OUR TEAM

OUR TEAM

As part of the DEA’s Special Operations Division, our lead investigators have led high-level, sensitive investigations into transnational organized crime and terrorism networks across the globe. This includes spearheading significant cases such as the arrests of Viktor Bout, Monzer Al Kassar and Paul LeRoux, some of the world’s most notorious criminal traffickers.

Our investigative team is supported by expert intelligence analysts who play a vital role in piecing together the complex web of criminal supply chains, and training specialists who work with government agencies to build capacity and long-term solutions to wildlife crime.

Lastly, Focused Conservation relies heavily on our ‘in-field advisors.’ While their identities remain confidential, it is only through their dedication and commitment that we are able to bring wildlife traffickers to justice.

As part of the DEA’s Special Operations Division, our lead investigators have led high-level, sensitive investigations into transnational organized crime and terrorism networks across the globe. This includes spearheading significant cases such as the arrests of Viktor Bout, Monzer Al Kassar and Paul LeRoux, some of the world’s most notorious criminal traffickers.

Our investigative team is supported by expert intelligence analysts who play a vital role in piecing together the complex web of criminal supply chains, and training specialists who work with government agencies to build capacity and long-term solutions to wildlife crime.

Lastly, Focused Conservation relies heavily on our ‘in-field advisors.’ While their identities remain confidential, it is only through their dedication and commitment that we are able to bring wildlife traffickers to justice.

MEET THE TEAM

MEET THE TEAM

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Founder & Chief Executive Officer

WILLIAM BROWN

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Chief Financial Officer

ROB PILKINGTON

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Director of Tactical Training

RON OBERHELMAN

Director of Special Wildlife Crime Units

ROBERT ASBURY

Director of Intelligence

Dr Timothy Wittig

Senior Analyst

Dr Patricia Raxter

Program Officer

Sarah House, MPH

Enhanced OSINT Analyst

Grace Holske

Director of Investigations

Eric Stouch

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

WILLIAM BROWN

William (Wim) Brown is a recently retired US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent with 26-years of law enforcement experience. He specialized in targeting transnational organized criminal networks involved in drug, weapons, and wildlife trafficking, narco-terrorism, financial crimes, and other illicit activities. These investigations spanned Africa, Central and South America, Europe, Asia and the USA. For the last ten years he has established and mentored an elite, vetted unit in East Africa that conducted numerous investigations, one of which dismantled a major international drug and wildlife trafficking network. Wim is an accomplished investigator, small-team leader, and a committed law enforcement officer. As Founder and CEO of FCS, he is focused on reducing organized wildlife trafficking.

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Chief Financial Officer

ROB PILKINGTON

Rob Pilkington is a qualified Chartered Accountant (South Africa) with 29 years of experience in senior financial and risk management. After 10 years with Ernst & Young, he joined the South African subsidiary of Diageo PLC, a global leader in beverage alcohol where he gained over 20 years of experience in financial controllership, risk management, and strategy. Specifically, he served as the Finance Director for the listed business in Ghana, Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited. During Rob’s many years of working in the African continent, he developed a keen interest in wildlife and now leads Focused Conservation’s financial management team.

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Director of Tactical Training

RON OBERHELMAN

With over 20 years of experience, Ron Oberhelman is recently retired from the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and is a respected law enforcement firearms and tactical instructors. A leader in the design, development and execution of training programs, he distills complex concepts into easily understood and compelling presentations and drills. As a former Weapons/Communications Sergeant and Sniper in the U.S. Army 7th Special Forces Group (Green Berets) who served in Central and South America, Mr. Oberhelman has exceptional interpersonal skills and a leadership approach that emphasizes genuine consideration and respect for his trainees.

Director of Special Wildlife Crime Units

ROBERT ASBURY

Robert Asbury has 30 years of law enforcement experience working against the internationally highest echelons of criminality. Robert, now retired from the UK National Crime Agency, has operational and strategic experience leading global, innovative investigations, collaborating with partners, sharing intelligence, and achieving results. Robert has experience initiating and managing vetted units in Africa, investigating international drug traffickers, people traffickers, wildlife trafficking, and other organised transnational criminals. Robert is well versed in handling the highest levels of sensitive intelligence and managing complex high-risk international investigations internationally.

Director of Intelligence

Dr Timothy Wittig

Tim is the Director of Intelligence and a founding board member of Focused Conservation. He conceived of and currently runs the central intelligence sharing system of the United for Wildlife Taskforces, a groundbreaking program of the Royal Foundation of the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge in partnership with Focused Conservation, which – using high-level formal commitments enforced by the sharing of actionable intelligence – has mobilized 150+ of the world’s largest banks, maritime shipping companies, and airlines to take meaningful action against global wildlife trafficking.

Senior Analyst

Dr Patricia Raxter

Tricia Raxter serves as the Senior Intelligence Analyst for United for Wildlife. Before coming to UfW in 2020, Tricia served as an intelligence analyst with the United States government for more than a decade.  She was awarded her Doctor of Philosophy in International Studies from Old Dominion University in 2015.

Program Officer

Sarah House, MPH

Sarah serves as the Program Officer for FCS. She has over 15 years of international experience in creating, implementing and leading evidence-based programs to decrease disparities in health and increase social justice for vulnerable communities.  Sarah has extensive practical experience in community development; community education; domestic violence; program development and management; and monitoring and evaluation of programs.  In addition to her professional work, Sarah has been an active campaigner for environmental justice and worked with community members to establish a Community Based Organization (CBO) to protect the Oloolua Forest, an urban forest in Nairobi, Kenya.  Sarah holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Glasgow and a Bachelors of Science in Public Relations from the University of Florida. 

Enhanced OSINT Analyst

Grace Holske

Graces Holske serves as the Enhanced OSINT Analyst. She grew up abroad which allowed her to travel and develop a passion for conservation and environmental issues. Grace graduated from James Madison University in 2020, majoring in Global Justice. She has interned at Women’s Earth Alliance, Blue Ridge Legal Services and the US Embassy Bangkok.

Director of Investigations

Eric Stouch

Eric is a retired US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent with over 28 years of law enforcement experience.  Eric spent a majority of his career assigned to a highly specialized unit at DEA’s Special Operations Division and was responsible for investigating and bringing to justice the most dangerous, and the most violent transnational criminal networks. Eric has extensive experience with the leadership and management of multi-agency teams focused on proactive high impact international law enforcement investigations and recognizes the convergence of illicit wildlife trafficking with many other organized criminal networks.  Eric has a passion to apply his skill set to collectively take up arms against the atrocious crimes of illicit wildlife trafficking.