Russell Mittermeier is Chair of the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) Primate Specialist Group and Chief Conservation Officer of Global Wildlife Conservation, an IUCN Member. He has worked with IUCN for four decades: has been on the SSC Steering Committee since 1982, was an IUCN Councillor from 2004 to 2012, a Vice-President from 2008 to 2012, and is currently an Honorary Member. He is a primatologist and herpetologist by training, with a strong focus on tropical forest conservation. Dr Mittermeier is also the author of many books, as well as scientific and popular papers. Madagascar is one of his focal countries and he has made more than 90 trips there since 1984.