John Scanlon holds a Bachelor or Laws and a Master of Laws (Environment) from the University of Adelaide, Australia. Over the course of a 30-year long career spanning Australia, Germany, Kenya, the Russian Federation, South Africa and Switzerland, John has gained a unique range of experience on environment and sustainable development governance, institutions, law and policy at the international, national, sub-national and local level and across multiple disciplines. His experience has been gained in senior positions with the private sector, in government, with international organisations and the United Nations, as a leader, manager, policy adviser and legal practitioner. Prior to joining African Parks, John served as Secretary-General of CITES from 2010-2018. In 2011, John was made a Member of the Order of Australia for service to environmental law nationally and internationally.