Peter  Knights

Peter Knights

Peter has served as Executive Director of WildAid since its founding in 2000. He was formerly a program director working on illegal wildlife trade with Global Survival Network and a senior investigator for the Environmental Investigation Agency. He specialized in conducting global on-site investigations and campaigned against the trade in wild birds for pets and the consumption of endangered species in traditional Chinese medicine. In 1996 while working across Asia, Peter created the first international program aimed at reducing demand for endangered species products, receiving an Associate Laureate of the Rolex Award for Enterprise for his work. He initiated the Marine Protection Program and Demand Reduction Program in marine species, ivory, and rhino horn. His work on the bird trade led to the Wild Bird Conservation Act stopping airlines from transporting wild birds. Peter holds a B. Sc. in Economics from the London School of Economics. Learn more at