Our Team




Vera Weber Vera Weber

Vera Weber

Executive President
Leonardo Anselmi Leonardo Anselmi

Leonardo Anselmi

Director 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. In addition, I am the coordinator of the concept ZOOXXI.

Languages: Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese, Italian

Anna Zangger Anna Zangger

Anna Zangger

Executive board member, Head of international Campaigns

“Preserving the wilderness, protecting its flora and fauna and reviving the natural habitats of our planet – this means relearning to coexist with Nature, without dominating it. We need a philosophical and moral revolution.”

Trained as a lawyer, specialising in environmental and spatial planning law, I am campaign leader International at Fondation Franz Weber and co-director of Helvetia Nostra. In addition to my legal work to preserve Switzerland’s landscapes and cultural heritage, I am also responsible for several international campaigns, including the fight against bullfighting and the protection of endangered species from international trade. I represent Fondation Franz Weber and Helvetia Nostra in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, where I come from.
As a lover of the mountains and the ocean, I imagine a future where humanity finally gives room for the surrounding natural world to thrive.

Languages: French, English, Spanish, German, Portuguese (basics)

Monika Wasenegger Monika Wasenegger

Monika Wasenegger

Executive Board Member

“Taking care of all living beings in the world is the best way to take care of oneself.” Dalai Lama

Knowledge and reason alone don’t make you a good person; you also need what’s in your heart.

Animals “know” things in their hearts, and when we interact with them, they shape the knowledge we hold in our hearts with their stories. They teach us how we all – animals, nature and people – can live together on this planet.
Similarly, Nature and its laws allow us to know things, and above all to understand – they are our most important teachers.

At Fondation Franz Weber, I do my part to preserve the basis of our existence, and I do my utmost –through targeted campaigns, organisational development and fundraising – to help create a world worth living in for all living beings.

Languages: German, English, French, Spanish (basics)

Dr. Monica V. Biondo Dr. Monica V. Biondo

Dr. Monica V. Biondo


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

As a zoologist and marine biologist, nature, the oceans and their inhabitants have been my lifelong passion. 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. We undertake research into the trade in marine ornamental fishes and are committed to marine protected areas. Nature conservation in Switzerland and abroad are also important tasks. This is a stroke of luck for me professionally and personally, because they coincide with my interests and my knowledge.

Languages: German, Italian, English, French, Spanish


M. V. Biondo, Quantifying the trade in marine ornamental fishes into Switzerland and an estimation of imports from the European Union, Glob. Ecol. Conserv. 11 (2017) 95–105.

M. V. Biondo, Importation of marine ornamental fishes to Switzerland, Glob. Ecol. Conserv. 15 (2018) 95–105.

S. Ndobei, I. Yasiri, A.M. Moore, M.V. Biondo, S.J. Foster, Study to assess the impact of international trade on the conservation status of Pterapogon kauderni (Banggai cardinalfish). Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species CITES, Animals Committee AC 30 (2018).

M.V. Biondo, R.P. Burki, Monitoring the trade in marine ornamental fishes through the European Trade Control and Expert System TRACES: Challenges and possibilities, Mar. Policy (2019) 108 (2019) 103620.

M.V. Biondo, The Impact to Reefs of The Trade in Marine Ornamental Fishes. REEF ENCOUNTER The News Magazine of the International Coral Reef Society. (2019) 34, 44-48.

M.V. Biondo, R.P. Burki, A Systematic Review of the Ornamental Fish Trade with Emphasis on Coral Reef Fishes — An Impossible Task. ANIMALS (2020) 10(11), 2014.

Anne Bachmann Anne Bachmann

Anne Bachmann

Project Manager Helvetia Nostra

“We do not have two hearts, one for animals and one for humans; we either have a heart or we do not have any. ” Alphonse de Lamartine

Every day, I put a drop of water in the ocean that represents the vital protection of the environment and animals. These really may just be drops in the face of the enormous challenges we face. And still, every day I am convinced that every drop of water contributes to the improvement and safeguarding of values, which I am totally committed to.

Languages: French, German

Marina Cornu Marina Cornu

Marina Cornu

Lawyer and Executive Assistant

“Currently, humanity is at war with nature, if we win, we’re lost.” Hubert Reeves

I work for the association Sauver Lavaux and also support Fondation Franz Weber and Helvetia Nostra. Through my work, I can help ease man’s war against nature. I hope to be able to reduce the impact of our delusions of grandeur on our centuries-old landscapes and on the animals. Preserve, protect and perpetuate are the objectives I hope to achieve with the foundation and the committed team that keeps it alive.

Languages: French, English, German, Italian (basics)

Rebekka Gammenthaler Rebekka Gammenthaler

Rebekka Gammenthaler

Political scientist M.A., Campaigns & Communications

“Being a planetary citizen does not need space travel. It means being conscious that we are part of the universe and of the earth. The most fundamental law is to recognise that we share the planet with other beings, and that we have a duty to care for our common home.” Vandana Shiva

I am a member of the Campaigns and Communications team in Bern and responsible for online communications.

Not a day goes by without news that highlight the enormous challenges we face in our time. I am grateful to contribute towards our shared goal of protecting natural habitats and animals, and – effectively – the future of our world, with my daily work for Fondation Franz Weber.

Languages: German, English, French

Peter Wäch Peter Wäch

Peter Wäch

Editing, texts

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Mahatma Gandhi

My family introduced me to nature at an early age, and intimately so. My grandfather, a nature-lover from Frankfurt am Main, taught me about wild animals in the nearby Mittelgebirge mountains, and took me wildlife-watching in a raised hide. My parents ‒ my mother from Germany and my father from Riedern in the canton of Glarus ‒ were keen hikers. In this way I learned even as a child how much power our diverse ecosystems hold.

Protecting animals was top of my agenda from a very young age. It was during the merciless hunting of baby seals that I first became aware that there were also prominent figures such as Franz Weber and the actress Brigitte Bardot campaigning for these defenceless creatures.

After many years in journalism and publishing, and with a qualification in corporate communication under my belt, I am delighted to be able to advocate for nature, animals, heritage and landscape conservation at Fondation Franz Weber. In addition to animals, I am particularly concerned about our oceans. It shocks and dismays me to see how people use seas and rivers as dumping grounds, and how companies ravage and deplete our rich waters.

I am sure that I can make a difference at Fondation Franz Weber. My grandmother used to say: “He’ll be a teacher or a minister, that boy.” By which she meant that I’m pretty good at convincing people of a good thing.

Languages: German, English, French (basiscs)

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 mainly responsible for managing donations in the form of legacies and bequests.

Languages: German, French

Angelica Agnant Angelica Agnant

Angelica Agnant


I’ve been part of the administration team at Fondation Franz Weber since 1997. Currently, I’m responsible to manage the archive.

Languages: German, French, English

Luana Masullo Luana Masullo

Luana Masullo


“We only have one world, and that is exactly why we need to take care of it.”

I am so grateful to be part of a foundation that fights so passionately for a world worth living in for animals, people, and nature. My work at Fondation Franz Weber involves looking after patrons and sponsors, managing donations, and other administrative tasks. I am positive that together we can make our world a better place, even if the steps we take are small sometimes!

Languages: German, Italian, French, English

Brigitte Boudissa Brigitte Boudissa

Brigitte Boudissa

Archive Concept 2025

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” Winston Churchill

I’m fascinated by the challenge of delving into the historical genesis of Fondation Franz Weber. It motivates me to be active from the archive concept to the strategy to a clear structure. The long-term goal is the professional creation of a clear document collection of all national and international campaigns of Fondation Franz Weber.

Languages: German, French, Italian, English

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

“Animals are not properties or “things” but rather living organisms, subjects of a life, who are worthy of our compassion, respect, friendship, and support.” Marc Bekoff

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

Natàlia Oriol Natàlia Oriol

Natàlia Oriol

Education Coordinator

“Greater empathy towards animals through education is an effective preventative strategy against abuse and cruelty perpetrated towards the planet and its inhabitants.”

As part of the Fondation Franz Weber team in Barcelona, I have the opportunity to create and develop humanitarian education programs. These programs are urgently needed to re-educate the behaviour and attitudes of future generations.

Languages: Catalan, Spanish, English

Tirsa Sanchez Tirsa Sanchez

Tirsa Sanchez


“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 foundation.

Languages: Spanish, Catalan, English, French


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

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

Alejandra García  Alejandra García 

Alejandra García 

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

Federico Sordo Federico Sordo

Federico Sordo

Communication at Santuario Equidad, graphic design

“Cooperation is the thorough conviction that nobody can get there unless everybody gets there.” Virginia Burden

I went from being an art director at a number of different advertising agencies to advocating for animal rights. I work in communications at Santuario Equidad, where I found a new family. I collaborate in the ELE Project as well as in various other campaigns led by Fondation Franz Weber, a place that makes creating a world free of all injustices possible.

Languages: Spanish

Santiago Zapata Santiago Zapata

Santiago Zapata

Animal caretaker at Sanctuary EQUIDAD

“EQUIDAD stands for freedom!”

Languages: Spanish

Oriol Brestovitzky Oriol Brestovitzky

Oriol Brestovitzky

Animal caretaker at Sanctuary EQUIDAD

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

Languages: Spanish, Catalan, English and French

Leandro D. Fruitos Leandro D. Fruitos

Leandro D. Fruitos

Campaign leader

“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

Leonardo Barnabá Leonardo Barnabá

Leonardo Barnabá

Legal adviser and representing attorney of FFW in Argentina

“Where there’s a law, there’s a legal remedy to enforce it.”

I have been a lawyer since 2017, undertaking many legal proceedings defending non-human animals. At FFW I have found a very courageous group of humans who really love what they do and have given me enormous support in my work.

Languages: Spanish, English

Victoria Zaffari Victoria Zaffari

Victoria Zaffari

Design and web development

“We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim.” Elie Wiesel

From Argentina, where I graduated from the University of Buenos Aires as a graphic designer and studied photography along with other audio-visual disciplines, I work on different projects at Fondation Franz Weber in design and communications.

Languages: Spanish, English, French

Felipe Pavez Felipe Pavez

Felipe Pavez

Representative of FFW in Chile

“Fondation Franz Weber has been a key activist in Chile. Its support in legislative matters and the work it has done for animal welfare certainly positions our institution as a staunch ally.”

I represent Fondation Franz Weber in Chile. I work nationally with a great many social organisations, political authorities, and notable opinion leaders.  The last few years of my career have been defined by legislative work and designing spaces for dialogue (and consensus) between the social world and the world of politics.

Languages: Spanish, English (basic)

Mateo Cordoba Mateo Cordoba

Mateo Cordoba

Researcher in Colombia for peace and environmental actions

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

Languages: Spanish, English, Creole

Jorge Vázquez Jorge Vázquez

Jorge Vázquez

Responsable de comunicación en Islas Galápagos

Trabajo como representante de la Fundación Franz Weber en el proyecto de Convivencia Responsable en las islas Galápagos y también en el área de comunicación para campañas globales. Me gusta colaborar a nivel profesional en un lugar donde mis esfuerzos individuales por dejar una huella positiva en el planeta se ven ampliados a nivel organizacional.

Idiomas: Español nativo – Inglés avanzado

Virginia Portilla Virginia Portilla

Virginia Portilla

Coordinator of the Delegation in the Galapagos Islands

I am a psychologist and hold a Master in Governance and Public Management for Latin America from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) in Barcelona. I am a member of the Coordinadora por la Prevención de Abusos (CoPPA). From 2016 to 2019 I was office manager of the research institute “Estudios para la Relación entre Animales y Humanos” (ERAH) of the government of the province of Guayas (Ecuador). The institute researches the relationship between humans and animals from a scientific perspective.

I am currently coordinating a project in the Galapagos Islands, San Cristóbal, on the management of urban fauna. The project aims to reduce urban fauna’s negative impact on the conservation efforts of endemic species.

Languages: Spanish, English

Jerico Fiestas Flores Jerico Fiestas Flores

Jerico Fiestas Flores

FFW Representative 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 Fondation Franz Weber projects in Peru.

Languages: Spanish, English

Dr. Hedia Baccar Dr. Hedia Baccar

Dr. Hedia Baccar

Advisor Wildlife/CITES

I’m Fondation Franz Weber’s consultant with regard to the African Elephant Coalition at CITES.

As Expert in environmental protection and endangered wild species – for excample as former Director in the Cabinet of the Tunisian Minister of Environment and Agriculture – I have extensive experience in environmental protection and international relations. In particular, I represented Tunisia in the negotiation of several environmental agreements, MEAs, and the Mediterranean Action Plan. I also led my country’s delegation at CITES.

After several years with the IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare), I joined Fondation Franz Weber in 2014; I’m working actively for the protection of African elephants.

Languages: French, Arabic, English

Dr. Rosalind Reeve Dr. Rosalind Reeve

Dr. Rosalind Reeve

Legal Advisor CITES and protection of the African elephant

Originally from the UK, I’m an environmental lawyer, campaigner and political strategist. My 27 years experience ranges from field investigations to wildlife trafficking in Africa and Asia to influencing international environmental policy and law through active engagement at CITES and other international conventions. I have been campaigning to protect elephants from ivory trade since 1988, when my work took me to Kenya and Tanzania, where I witnessed first hand the impacts of rampant poaching and trafficking on African elephants. I also work on climate and forest policy, and have been at the forefront of the campaign to prevent deforestation through action under the climate change convention for the last six years.

I’m the author of the book “Policing International Trade in Endangered Species: the CITES Treaty and Compliance”. I have a master’s degree in environmental law from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and a PhD in Biochemistry from University College London.

Languages: English, French (basics)

Patricia Awori Patricia Awori

Patricia Awori

Advisor elephant protection

Born in Nairobi, I hold a B.A. degree in International Relations, with a minor in Behavioural Sciences.

I am the Director of Pan-African Wildlife Conservation Network, the Founder and Chair of the Kenya Elephant Forum and a member of the East African Wildlife Society. I had an active role in developing the African Elephant Coalition and the Kenya Elephant Forum – both highly influential advocacy groups in the campaign for the preservation of elephants.

As an expert in wildlife conservation, and in particular the protection of elephants, I advise Foundation Franz Weber in its work in favour of the African elephant.

Languages: Kiswahili, English, French, Spanish (basics)

T. John Duhig T. John Duhig

T. John Duhig

Senior EU Advisor

I have been involved for more than 25 years in EU public affairs, having worked at the European Commission for a number of years, before spending more than a decade at two of Brussels’ leading public affairs agencies. I’ve had the good fortune to have campaigned on a number of animal conservation issues with different coalitions of European and international groups for more than 15 years. This has included, in particular, supporting the lifelong ambition of the Fondation Franz Weber to end the international ivory trade. It is a privilege to support the Foundation on this and help raise awareness among politicians of how the EU ivory trade has contributed to elephants becoming critically endangered in much of their range in Africa. To that end, I engage Members of the European Parliament and also work with EU officials and diplomats in Brussels, as well as national MPs and officials in European countries. One thing I have learned over the years of working with the EU is not to take No – or Yes – for an answer so perseverance is key!

Languages: English, French

Dr. Keith Lindsay Dr. Keith Lindsay

Dr. Keith Lindsay

Advisor Elephant Protection

I am a Canadian-British conservation biologist and environmental consultant based in Oxford, UK, with over 40 years’ professional experience, which includes: project design, management, and monitoring/evaluation in the fields of biodiversity research and conservation, community-based natural resource management, and policy/institutional analysis in Africa, Asia, and the Americas.

My life-long involvement with elephants began in 1977 with the Amboseli Elephant Research Project (AERP) in southern Kenya, and MSc and PhD research projects on feeding ecology and population demography. I have remained a Collaborating Researcher with AERP, focusing on ecosystem change, elephant ranging, and human-elephant co-existence. My professional work has included elephant-focused assignments in southern Africa (Botswana, South Africa), Central Africa (regional elephant conservation), West Africa (Mali) and East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania). Broader concerns include the trade in ivory  and live elephants under CITES (the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species) and the welfare of captive elephants in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

Languages: English, Kiswahili (basics)

David Perpiñán David Perpiñán

David Perpiñán

Consultant in veterinary science

I’m a vet, naturalist, and nature film-maker born and bred in Barcelona. My task at the foundation is to provide scientific advice and generate audio-visual content. My areas of expertise are zoology, wild animals in captivity, medicine and animal wellbeing, and the study and protection of nature.

Languages: Spanish, English, Catalan, Portuguese (basic)