EcoHealth Alliance Announces Election of Gerard B. Caddick to Board of Directors
NEW YORK – November 1, 2013
EcoHealth Alliance, a nonprofit organization that focuses on local conservation and global health issues, announced the election of Mr. Gerard “Ged” Caddick to its Board of Directors. With over 40 years of innovative science-based research, EcoHealth Alliance continues to be a leading environmental health organization with superior guidance from a diverse, multi-disciplinary Board of Directors. EcoHealth Alliance’s Board of Directors approve the strategic direction of the organization as well as ensure its financial health and sustainability. Mr. Caddick is President and CEO of Terra Incognita ECOTOURS based in Tampa, Florida. Mr. Caddick founded Terra Incognita ECOTOURS in 2004 after more than fifteen years of working in the expedition travel industry.
Prior to founding his company, Mr. Caddick worked for Lindblad Expeditions as Expedition Leader from 1992 to 2004, and for International Expeditions while living in Belize. Mr. Caddick has led trips for such organizations as the World Wildlife Fund, National Geographic Society and the American Museum of Natural History, the National Audubon Society and the Smithsonian Institution as well as many college alumni groups. “We are excited to elect Mr. Caddick to our Board of Directors, his expertise in ecotourism will provide the organization with a new opportunity to explore EcoHealth Alliance-sponsored excursions to regions where we are currently working to protect global health and conserve wildlife and ecosystems,” said Dr. Peter Daszak, President at EcoHealth Alliance.
Prior to becoming involved in the expedition travel industry Mr. Caddick work for 12 years in the conservation of endangered species – living and working on the isle of Jersey in the Channel Islands; in Millbrook in upstate New York and Belize in Central America. It is this mix of ecotourism and conservation as well as Mr. Caddick’s philanthropic goals to assist local conservation groups that has shaped the Terra Incognita ECOTOURS brand. The tours that Mr. Caddick operate in individual countries all have conservation partners that help assist in the experience of the destination while providing travelers with a bird’s eye view of the ecological conditions and challenges in those destinations. “My pledge is to engage in responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people while making the most minimal environmental impact,” commented Caddick.
Nominated as “Best Tour Operator” in the 2006 First Choice Responsible Tourism Awards, Terra Incognita ECOTOURS utilizes locally owned lodges, restaurants and operations and most importantly employs local guides in each destination to provide detailed knowledge, enthusiasm and insight to all the destinations the company visits with its travelers. Born in the United Kingdom, Mr. Caddick received his BS in Geography from the University of Liverpool and proceeded to earn his MS focused on Conservation Genetics at the University of Florida. Mr. Caddick and his wife currently reside in Florida.
About EcoHealth Alliance
Building on over 40 years of groundbreaking science, EcoHealth Alliance is a global, nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting wildlife and safeguarding human health from the emergence of disease. The organization develops ways to combat the effects of damaged ecosystems on human and wildlife health. Using environmental and health data covering the past 60 years, EcoHealth Alliance scientists created the first-ever, global disease hotspots map that identified at-risk regions, to help predict and prevent the next pandemic crisis. That work is the foundation of EcoHealth Alliance’s rigorous, science-based approach, focused at the intersection of the environment, health, and capacity building. Working in the U.S. and more than 20 countries worldwide, EcoHealth Alliance’s strength is founded on innovations in research, training, global partnerships, and policy initiatives. For more information, please visit www.ecohealthalliance.org.