Crawford Allan

Senior Director, Wildlife


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Crawford leads biodiversity conservation and wildlife crime programs and projects nationally and internationally, with 30 years of experience. He oversees complex, large-scale projects for WWF US, such as the USAID Save Threatened Wildlife project in Viet Nam. Crawford founded the Coalition to End Wildlife Trafficking Online with nearly 50 of the world’s largest tech companies and works with the private sector to bring solutions and partnerships with governments to leverage greater impact. Leveraging technology is critical, and he was the creator and leader of phase one of WWF’s Wildlife Crime Technology project, which included a $5 million Google Global Impact Award Grant to pilot tech innovations in the field. He served on the Federal Advisory Council to the US Presidential Task Force on Wildlife Trafficking, 2013-2017.

Crawford has led numerous large-scale projects combating wildlife trafficking as a prior leader of TRAFFIC’s global work combating wildlife crime for over 15 years. He co-created and oversaw USAID Wildlife TRAPS and the USAID ROUTES Partnership multimillion-dollar, international wildlife trafficking programs targeting supply chains from Africa to Asia and leveraging the transport sector.

He helped to pioneer regional wildlife enforcement networks, including the ASEAN WEN, South Asia WEN, and the Central American WEN. From 1995 to 2005, he was Chairman of the UK government’s Forensics Working Group of the Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime. He is the author and editor of numerous publications on wildlife trade, such as the CITES Identification Guide for Ivory and Ivory Substitutes (4th Edition) 2020.

Crawford was educated at the University of Hertfordshire, England, with science degree qualifications in environmental science and biological conservation. His previous roles in wildlife conservation were with UNEP, IUCN, and the World Conservation Monitoring Center.

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Senior Director


BSc - Environmental Studies, University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

Areas of Expertise

  • Wildlife trade law enforcement support - intelligence analysis, investigations, training, strategic assessments
  • Wildlife trade regulations - laws, treaties, implementation and management of trade, including the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species
  • Governmental capacity building
  • Policy and advocacy related to wildlife trade issues
  • Project and program development - developing innovative solutions to wildlife trade problems