Countering Wildlife Trafficking Institute

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Our Team

Countering Wildlife Trafficking Institute Founder, Odean Serrano, PhD

Dr. Odean Serrano worked for the US Federal Government for over 26 years. She began her career with NASA as a space shuttle and payload operations engineer at Kennedy Space Center, then as an environmental program manager at NASA Headquarters, and co-authored the first NASA Strategic Plan.  She transitioned to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, developing Human Geography programs and spearheading Environmental Geography projects; served as an Agency liaison for partner and academic engagement programs; and was a lead author of the first NGA Strategy. 


Dr. Serrano was designated by the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper as the first Intelligence Community lead for Combatting Wildlife Trafficking, holding the position from 2015-2017.


Now retired from the federal government, she founded the Countering Wildlife Trafficking Institute and serves as the Director of Geospatial-Analytics for Chengeta Wildlife. 

Our CWTI Team Members

David Gwynn , CWTI Strategic Management

Samoa Asigau, Team Mentor, Advisor

Gizelle Cota, Lead Central Africa GIS / Machine Learning Analyst 

Dustin Turpin, Lead Mali GIS / Informatics Analyst

David Ridge, Lead Remote Sensing Analyst

Kevin Wells, Disease Vector Analysis & Risk Analysis

Laura Roy,  GIS / Modeling / Common Operating Picture 

Emma Carroll-Monteil, Targeted Social-Media Awareness Campaigns

Meghann Humphries, PhD, Pangolin DNA Analysis Exploration

Sam McGarey, CWT GIS and applications to Envionmntal Economics

Selaam Dollisso, Illicit Networks Processes