GRASP Ambassadors are appointed by the GRASP Secretariat with the approval of the GRASP Executive Committee. It is an honorary position, designed to promote GRASP at the highest possible political, scientific and public levels to aid policy and outreach.


Primatologist and UN Messenger of Peace


Dr. Jane Morris Goodall, DBE, is an English primatologist, ethnologist, anthropologist, and UN Messenger of Peace. Considered to be the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees, Dr. Goodall is best known for her 55-year study of social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees in the Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania. She is the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and the Roots & Shoots program, and she has worked extensively on conservation and animal welfare issues. Dr. Goodall is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes, including being named Dame Commander in the Order of the British Empire, the French Legion of Honor, Japan’s Kyoto Prize, the Medal of Tanzania, the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Science, the Gandhi-King Award for Non-Violence, and the Spanish Prince of Asturias Award. Dr. Goodall is the author of dozens of books, including In the Shadow of Man (1971) and two autobiographies in letters, Africa in My Blood (2000) and Beyond Innocence (2001).


Primatologist and Herpetologist


Russell Mittermeier is a primatologist and herpetologist who served as the president of Conservation International from 1989 to 2014. Named a “Hero for the Planet” by Time magazine, Mittermeier is regarded as a world leader in the field of biodiversity and tropical forest conservation. He has travelled widely in more than 150 countries on 7 continents, and has conducted field work in more than 20 -– with much of his field work having focused on Amazonia (particularly Brazil and Suriname), the Atlantic forest region of Brazil, and Madagascar. Mittermeier has served as Chairman of IUCN Species Survival Commission’s Primate Specialist Group since 1977. He was previously chair of the World Bank’s Task Force of Biological Diversity and vice-president of the World Wildlife Fund. Among Mittermeier’s many awards are The Netherlands Order of the Golden Ark and Brazil’s Grand Order of the Southern Cross. Mittermeier has published more than 400 scientific and popular articles and 15 books, including the 2005 trilogy Megadiversity, Hotspots and Wilderness, as well as  Wildlife Spectacles (2003), Hotspots Revisited (2005), Pantanal (2005) and Transboundary Conservation (2005).