Our team

We take care of animals and nature
Vera Weber Vera Weber

Vera Weber

President and CEO Fondation Franz Weber
Leonardo Anselmi Leonardo Anselmi

Leonardo Anselmi

Director Fondation Franz Weber for southern Europe and Latin America

“At Fondation Franz Weber, I feel like the architect of a new world – a world that hasn’t yet been born, but exists in our hearts and minds: a world without violence, with civilised and progressive people who protect the planet and dedicate themselves to the well-being of their fellow humans and other animals.”

I coordinate a team of 22 people across nine countries, and work with organisations, the media and governments all over the globe.

Languages: Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese, Italian

Alejandra Garcia Alejandra Garcia

Alejandra Garcia

Director Sanctuary EQUIDAD

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

I represent Fondation Franz Weber in Argentina. Based in Cordoba, I work closely with governments, universities and civil organisations. Fondation Franz Weber inspires me every day to fight for a better world.

Languages: Spanish, English

Murielle Buchs Murielle Buchs

Murielle Buchs

Coordinator Administration and Executive Assistant

“Animals can’t speak up for themselves. That’s why it’s so important that we humans raise our voices on their behalf and advocate for them.”

I am coordinator administration and also assistant to Vera Weber. This means that I’m the first port of call, both internally and externally, for all manner of queries. I work actively on our projects and campaigns – my master’s degree in German and French enables me to act as translator for the Fondation. I am delighted to be able to work at Fondation Franz Weber; a small foundation that achieves a great deal with limited means, primarily thanks to a fantastic team!

Languages: German, French, English, Italian

Monica Biondo Monica Biondo

Monica Biondo

Zoologist M. Sc., Marine Biologist

“So long, and thanks for all the fish.” – Douglas Adams

Nature, the oceans and their inhabitants have been my lifelong passion. That’s why I chose to study zoology and marine biology. It hurts me on a personal level to see how the environment and animals suffer because of us humans. For this reason, I work scientifically, professionally and privately to protect nature, animals and species.

In my role at Fondation Franz Weber, I am able to devote my energy to protecting coral fish, among others, and to fighting the construction of the planned large aquarium “Ozeanium” in Basel. For me, that is a stroke of fortune, both professionally and personally.

Languages: German, Italian, English, French, Spanish

Simon Jost Simon Jost

Simon Jost

Intern Communication

“Before, I used to worry about shares – today, I worry about animals.”

As an intern in communication, I’ve been tasked with projecting Fondation Franz Weber to the public – using online and print media. During my tenure at a major bank, I learned just how vital communication and exchange are. At FFW, my aim is to put this into practice and, with your help, to continue improving our communication.

Languages: German, French, English, Italian

Anna Mulà Arribas Anna Mulà Arribas

Anna Mulà Arribas


Fondation Franz Weber gave me the opportunity to grow as a lawyer in the field of animal rights, thus combining activism, advocacy, consultancy, politics, research, education and learning. After completing my master’s degree in Management and Conservation of Species in Trade, I have now spent many years working alongside Fondation Franz Weber to stand up for animal rights.

Languages: Spanish, English

Rosi Carro Rosi Carro

Rosi Carro

Campaign leader in Barcelona

Since I began working at Fondation Franz Weber, I have learned to develop a holistic vision for implementing effective safeguards for animals – involving everything from technical know-how, political processes, to spreading the word about a particular matter. ZOOXXI is one of my key topics and my biggest campaign.

Language: Spanish

Claudia Roca Claudia Roca

Claudia Roca

Director communications, southern Europe and Latin America

“My whole life has revolved around human and animal rights. Fondation Franz Weber has enabled me to turn my passion into profession.”

Since completing my studies, I’ve been working for Fondation Franz Weber in visual communications in Barcelona, from where I manage our campaigns and communication strategies. The ZOOXXI project is one of my main activities.

Languages: Spanish, Catalan, English, French

Tirsa Sanchez Tirsa Sanchez

Tirsa Sanchez

Visual communication

“Through communication, I give a voice to those who do not have one.”

I work for Fondation Franz Weber in Barcelona in visual communication. I completed my degree in this subject at the University of Barcelona. Before becoming a permanent employee, I spent a year volunteering at the Fondation.


Jerico Fiestas Flores Jerico Fiestas Flores

Jerico Fiestas Flores

Representative of Fondation Franz Weber in Peru

“I believe that we can create a world in which the suffering of animals and ecological destruction are no longer necessary ‒ based on well-founded information, scientific findings and international guidelines.”

I work intensively with governmental and non-governmental organisations to drive forward FFW projects in Peru.

Languages: Spanish, English

Leandro D. Fruitos Leandro D. Fruitos

Leandro D. Fruitos

Campaign coorinator ZOOXXI and Basta de TaS!

“I believe in the power of the people to be able to fight injustice and misinformation.”

Since childhood, I have been committed to issues that move me. Fondation Franz Weber gave me the opportunity to combine my passion with my work.

Languages: Spanish, English

Irene Torres Irene Torres

Irene Torres

Lawyer and part of the FFW legal team

“Seeing how we can prevent violence against people and animals every day through our campaigns and motions gives me great satisfaction. Being part of a committed and forward-looking team and employing our resources skilfully facilitates our work enormously.”

Languages: Spanish, English, Italian

Natalia Parra Natalia Parra

Natalia Parra

Representative of FFW in Colombia

I represent Fondation Franz Weber in Colombia. I action our concerns and work closely with partner organisations and authorities.

Mateo Alejandro Cordoba Cardenas

Researcher in Colombia for peace and environmental actions

After studying politics in Colombia, I joined the Fondation Franz Weber team and coordinate operations in Colombia. These focus mainly on efforts to secure peace and environmental protection.

Sérgio Caetano Sérgio Caetano

Sérgio Caetano

Representative of FFW in Portugal

I previously worked as a journalist for various media, but now I’m putting my skills to use at Fondation Franz Weber in Portugal. I drive our campaigns, compile research and analyses, negotiate with organisations and take care of communications in Portugal.

Languages: Portuguese, Spanish, English

Ruben Perez Ruben Perez

Ruben Perez

Campaign leader and lobbyist

“Nothing else in the world… not all the armies… is so powerful as an idea whose time has come.” ‒ Victor Hugo

I believe that the time of animal rights has come. I have a range of qualifications in social work, violence prevention, political communication and managing non-profit organisations. I’m happy to be able to apply my knowledge at Fondation Franz Weber.

Languages: Galician, Spanish, English, Portuguese

Martin Vizcarra Martin Vizcarra

Martin Vizcarra

Animal caretaker at Sanctuary EQUIDAD

“Animal wellbeing is my passion.”

Oriol Brestovitzky Oriol Brestovitzky

Oriol Brestovitzky

Animal caretaker at Sanctuary EQUIDAD

“Here, I can give something back to nature and animals.”

Santiago Zapata Santiago Zapata

Santiago Zapata

Animal caretaker at Sanctuary EQUIDAD

“EQUIDAD stands for freedom!”

Lisbeth Jacquemard Lisbeth Jacquemard

Lisbeth Jacquemard

Correspondence and consultancy

“As a child, I was happiest while in the countryside with animals. Today I protect them both.”

I have been employed at Fondation Franz Weber for almost 25 years now. I am responsible mainly for managing donations in the form of legacies and bequests.

Languages: German, French

Susanne Philipona Susanne Philipona

Susanne Philipona

Accounting and administration

“I’d like to do my part to leave behind a better world for my grandchildren and their children.”

Formerly, a sales and accounting specialist, I have previously worked for local and international organisations. Working at FFW, I am always broadening my horizons – for example, I am equally responsible for accounting as I am for managing benefactors. I’m also the first person you’ll be in contact with on the phone – so I’d love to hear from you very soon.

Languages: German, French, English

Angelica Agnant Angelica Agnant

Angelica Agnant


I’ve been part of the administration team at Fondation Franz Weber since 1997.

Languages: German, French, English

Dr. Rosalind Reeve

Legal advisor on CITES and elephant issues