Collaboration and networking is fundamental to achieving the goals of ElephantVoices. Our web of colleagues, like the social network of elephants, extends far and wide across countries and continents. Even though our formal team is small - the big circle of individuals and institutions that we regularly team up with is far-reaching. ElephantVoices couldn't operate effectively without them, which is why this short introduction is included on this page. We thank all our collaborators, including those from the earliest days, for the discoveries and achievements made possible by working together. A special thank you to all those we continue to work with in Amboseli and Maasai Mara, Kenya, and in Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique, where we have spent most of our field time over the years.
Joyce Poole is Co-Founder and Co-Director of ElephantVoices. She has a Ph.D. in elephant behavior from Cambridge University, and has studied the social behavior and communication of elephants for over 40 years, dedicating her life to their conservation and welfare. Her contributions to science include the discovery of musth in male African elephants, the description of the contextual use of elephant vocalizations, including those below the level of human hearing, and the discovery of vocal imitation.
Her finding that ivory poaching destroys the fabric of elephant society was instrumental to the decision to ban the international trade in ivory in 1989. Her understanding of male elephant behavior, and the importance of social learning and role models in elephant society have been key to the adoption of more humane elephant management practices. Joyce has written two books, numerous scientific papers and popular articles on the subject of elephant behavior and conservation, and has participated in scores of media projects.
Petter Granli is an economist with broad experience from corporate level management and marketing, and is Co-Founder, President and Executive Director of ElephantVoices. He has worked for many years as a management consultant with special focus on leadership, teambuilding, marketing, and communication. He has extensive experience in different trades as board Chairman or member. Petter was one of the founders and headed the Norwegian ecotourism company Basecamp Explorer AS from 1998 to 2001, and initiated the Maasai Mara Cheetah Conservation Project and several eco-friendly, collaborative projects involving the Maasai.
Junia Machado has been working as a dedicated volunteer for ElephantVoices since January 2010, representing the organization in Brazil, and being a driving force for better lives for elephants throughout South America. In 2015 she became the CEO of Elephant Sanctuary Brazil (ESB), a groundbreaking initiative ElephantVoices has been working toward since Junia came on board. ElephantVoices is co-founder of both ESB and Global Sanctuary for Elephants, where Scott Blais (co-founder of The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee) is CEO. Scott and Kat Blais is currently living and working on the ESB property in Chapada dos Guimarães, Mato Grosso, Brazil.
Junia was born in São Paulo, Brazil, and has been passionate about wildlife and specifically elephants since she was a child. She graduated in 1987 in social communication at FAAP university, where she started to study photography. Junia worked at IBM, in the Corporate Communications area, and in the Marketing Communications area, where she was responsible for the planning and coordination of the “Planet Earth” exhibition in Sao Paulo in 1988. She worked for Hewlett-Packard Co. from 1988 to 1995, in the Marketing Communications Sector, being responsible for operations in Latin America. Junia founded (in 1995) and directed (until 2002) MSG – Marketing Services Group and Latina/MSG, agencies responsible for marketing communications activities of companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Intel, DuPont, Net Manage, Baan Software, Artefacto and others. She graduated in interior design, professional photography and photojournalism in 2011.