Adam M. Roberts, based in Washington, D.C., is the CEO of Born Free USA and Born Free Foundation. He helped launch Born Free USA in 2002 to bring the UK-based foundation's message of compassionate conservation to the American public. Roberts has significant expertise and more than two decades of experience in international wildlife trade and captive wild animals, and serves on the board of directors of the Species Survival Network (SSN), which is dedicated to ensuring that the international wildlife trade does not cause overexploitation of animals and plants. He is also a founding member and current chairman of the board of Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries. Roberts began his animal protection career in Washington, D.C. in 1991. A recognized authority on compassionate conservation and the protection of all animals, he has written and spoken in international forums, and is regularly interviewed about animal welfare and wildlife conservation issues.