Christopher J. Gervais, F.R.G.S.
Founder & CEO
Christopher is an environmental and marine scientist. He has decades of experience in field work and research with multiple academic institutions and natural history museums. A former science and social teacher, later an administrator, he became the youngest principal of a public school in the state of Florida. While a graduate student, Christopher conducted fieldwork and research to study the Pleistocene Mega fauna and their fossils that were deposited over 10,000 years ago. His study of these extinct species informs his concerns for preserving biodiversity and was a significant factor in the founding of the WCFF. Christopher was one of the first scientists to conduct underwater vertebrate paleontology research. He is a professional, advanced scuba diver with NAUI, PADI, SSI and NASDS with over 2,500 logged dives. Christopher founded the WCFF in 2010 using his life savings to get the organization off the ground and has maintained the operations since then. He is a philanthropic supporter of conservation organizations across the globe. Christopher is President of the International Exploration Society (IES), Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, member of the Ocean Geographic Society, friend of American Philosophical Society and a Board Member of the Pet Philanthropy Circle.
Fergus Beeley, F.R.G.S.
A senior producer with BBC Natural History for twenty years and also and executive producer with National Geographic Explorer. Fergus later was the cEO of the Nature Conservation Channel and has produced numerous wildlife documentary films over the past twenty five years.
A lifelong conservationist, Larry has worked for the National Park Service as an educator for over 25 years. His commitment to education, science and natural history includes work with the Academy of Natural Science over a 20 year span and also the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology where he served as the Volunteer Coordinator. Larry is a specialist with non-profits, particularly focused on conservation and education.
Has extensive experience building strong relationships with leading business and advertising publications, resulting in numerous media placements in outlets, as well as conferences and industry organizations. Christie is currently the Director of Agency Communications at DDB, apposition she has held since 2012.
Board of Advisors:
Actress, Author and former director of the National Endowment for the Arts
Tony Award winner and two-time Emmy Award winner
Film Producer, TV host and Wildlife Conservationist
New York, NY
New York City Council and Manhattan Borough President
New York, NY
Author, Environmentalist and Filmmaker
Dr. Sylvia Earle
Author, Aquanaut Explorer, Oceanographer, Founder of Mission Blue
Elizabeth David Dembrowsky, Esquire
Founder of Good Council
Law Committee of the New York Bar Association
Dr. Birute’ Mary Galdikas
Los Angeles, CA
Author, Primatologist, Founder of Orangutan Foundation International
Dr. David Guggenheim
Founder of Ocean Doctor, Director of Cuba Conservancy
Multiple Emmy Award winning Executive Producer
Wildlife Conservation Expert, Film Producer & Photographer, &
Communications Director of the Miami-Dade Zoological Park
Video Producer & Director, Conservation International
Professional Soccer Player and 2010 MLS Cup Champion
Gloucester, United Kingdom
Ambassador, United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)
Convention on Migratory Species, Chairman of the Great Ape Alliance
President & CEO of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International
Marine Filmmaker & Conservationist
Golden Globe nominee and BATA Award winning actor,
Director and Musician
Dr. E.O. Wilson
Harvard University, MA
Pulitzer Prize Winning Author, Biologist and Conservationist
Dr. Patricia C. Wright
Stony Brook University, NY
Distinguished Professor, Dept. of Anthropology, Stony Brook University.
World’s foremost expert on lemurs.
London, United Kingdom
Senior Producer & Director
2017 WCFF Committee (As of 6/10/17)
Eustace Emerick Alexander
Jeffrey Vasquez, Video Production
Joanne Flanders, NOAA
Solveig Galbo, Esq.
Kathleen Waybourne, Esq.
Kenneth Scarlatelli, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Bram Gunther, New York City Department of Parks & Recreation
Ilias Missyris, Festival Director & Producer of Wildlife Vaasa, Finland