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Core Strategist

Denise Dresner

Co-founder and Core Strategist

“But perhaps the most important lesson I learned is that there are no walls between humans and the elephants except those that we put up ourselves, and that until we allow not only elephants, but all living creatures their place in the sun, we can never be whole ourselves.”

Lawrence Anthony

Denise grew up in New York and Rome and later settled in England. She is a founding member of GMFER and of the British grassroots group Action for Elephants UK. As a core strategist for GMFER, she played a key role in organizing the first global march and subsequent ones. As a member of AFEUK’s core team, she is co-organizer of the group’s annual GMFER march and other events, and writes press releases, newsletters and website content; she has authored open letters to heads of government calling for ivory bans, trophy hunting bans, and other appeals for elephant welfare and survival. Her love of animals and nature has been a constant throughout her life, and found a natural home in advocacy for elephants and other wildlife.

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Denise has worked on archaeological sites in North Africa, Italy and the UK before moving to Oxford to work in reference publishing and later freelance editing and writing. She has written articles on the elephant crisis for The Dodo and The South African Times.


BA in English and Archaeology, University of Lancaster

MPhil in archaeology, University of London

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