The National Whistleblower Center (NWC) is proud to announce that Scott Hajost has been named the new managing director of the NWC’s Global Wildlife Whistleblower Program. Mr. Hajost will work to forge new partnerships, both in the U.S. and globally, to refer and protect whistleblowers in the areas of wildlife crime, including illegal logging and fishing.
“We are very happy to welcome Scott to the NWC team. With his decades of experience, and as former executive director of the IUCN-US, we believe that Scott will be a driving force behind the development of our Global Wildlife Whistleblower Program,” says Stephen M. Kohn, executive director of NWC.
Mr. Hajost is an international environment and conservation policy and law expert and manager with over 36 years working with the US Government, NGOs, multilateral institutions, and leading global environment and development projects. Most recently, he was the Chief of Party for the Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge, a global initiative of USAID in partnership with National Geographic, the Smithsonian, and TRAFFIC. In 2016, NWC’s Global Wildlife Whistleblower Program was selected as a Grand Prize winner of the Challenge and won the People’s Choice Award.
Mr. Hajost is also vice-chair of the board of the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC), senior adviser to the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA), and is an elected member of the Executive Committee of the U.S. IUCN National Committee.
As managing director, Mr. Hajost will play an integral role in educating NGOs, international institutions, and whistleblowers, among others, worldwide, about how U.S. laws such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, False Claims Act, and the Lacey Act, can be leveraged as tools to combat wildlife trafficking.
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