Maureen P. Smith is the new of the Jane Goodall Institute. You may be familiar with Dr. Goodall and her work with chimpanzees. The Jane Goodall Institute, which was founded in 1977, is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. They also have many innovative community-centered conservation and development programs in more than 120 countries!
Maureen Smith is a veteran of the media industry, and recently led Discovery Communication’s Animal Planet channel, as well as Animal Planet Media Enterprises.
“Maureen’s arrival at the Institute couldn’t come at a more opportune time,” said Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace. “Fifty years later, the research at Gombe continues to yield groundbreaking results. We are engaging new partners, like the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Tanzania, to support local reforestation efforts and we’re working with companies from ESRI to Google Earth Outreach to employ cutting-edge geospatial technology to address conservation challenges in Africa. And all over the world, we are developing the next generation of leaders through our Roots & Shoots program. With Maureen’s expertise, we will be able to spread our messages and expand our mission in a way never before possible.”
While at Animal Planet, she was able to meet and work alongside her “lifelong hero,” Dr. Goodall. Together with Dr. Goodall, Smith and her team produced the great documentaries Return to Gombe, Jane Goodall’s When Animals Talk and Jane Goodall’s Heroes. We personally enjoyed watching all of them, as I am sure that many of you did as well.
For more information, please visit www.janegoodall.org. It will be very exciting to see what changes the new president will bring to an already wonderful organization. Congrats Maureen, and best wishes in your new appointment.