Leadership and Staff

Elly Hiby, PhD (Chair)

Elly photoDr. Elly Hiby is an Independent Animal Welfare Consultant and Scientific Coordinator to the International Companion Animal Management (ICAM) Coalition. Previously she worked at Dogs Trust as International Director, covering a range of dog welfare issues around the world but with a focus on humane dog population management. Prior to working at Dogs Trust, Dr. Hiby worked for the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) for eight years, including leading on the companion animal welfare program and advising on humane rabies control internationally. She has also worked as a technical expert with the World Animal Health Organisation (OIE), the World Health Organisation (WHO), and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on dog population management.

In 2006, while working for WSPA, Dr. Hiby and contemporaries from Royal Society for Protection of Animals, Humane Society International, and International Fund for Animal Welfare formed the ICAM Coalition. This coalition aims to improve understanding of effective population management by sharing experience and data from past and current non-profit projects and by combining knowledge to produce documents outlining best practice. In her current role with ICAM Coalition she leads the Indicators Project, aiming to develop guidance on monitoring and evaluation of dog population management to support academics, practitioners and funders to track progress, learn and subsequently improve their impact through the use of measurable indicators. 

Prior to joining WSPA, Dr. Hiby completed a PhD in dog welfare and behavior with a focus on improving the welfare of working dogs and the impact of training methods on pet behavior. However, her passion for animal welfare has led to work with many other species, from training horses under the guidance of “horse whisperer” Monty Roberts to surveying wild seal populations along the UK coastline.