Dr Lesley Dickie, CEO
Dr Lesley Dickie was educated at the universities of Glasgow (BSc Zoology), Cambridge (MPhil Biological Anthropology) and London (PhD). At Queen Mary, University of London, she undertook her PhD work entitled, ‘The Behaviour and Reproductive Physiology of the Fossa (Cryptoprocta ferox) in Captivity’.
She began her career in zoos at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland as a records and zoo keeper at Edinburgh Zoo. After completing field work in Madagascar and finishing her doctorate she began working at the Zoological Society of London, latterly as the Zoo Conservation programme Manager. Lesley is an editor of the book ‘Zoos in the 21st Century: Catalysts for Conservation?’ (published August 2007).
From 2008 to 2014 Lesley was the Executive Director of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria, based in Amsterdam, bringing in a number of strategic changes, particularly in developing a closer working relationship to the IUCN, as well as launching a research journal and training academy. In 2012 EAZA ran a joint fundraising campaign with IUCN SSC for species conservation in Southeast Asia, which helped fund the launch of ASAP, the Asian Species Action Partnership.
Lesley became the Chair of ASAP in October 2014 and was a fine art student at the Art Academy in London, developing art work that conveys a conservation theme. She has curated a conservation themed art exhibition in London and has taught on the Durrell Wildlife DESMAN course in 2016, demonstrating the uses of art in conservation practice.