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May 6, 2010

Andrew Rowan, Ph.D

President and Chief Executive Officer, Humane Society International/Chief International Officer, Chief Scientific Officer, The Humane Society of the United States

Humane Society International

Andrew Rowan is President and Chief Executive Officer of Humane Society International, and Chief International Officer and Chief Scientific Officer of The Humane Society of the United States. He also serves as President of The HSUS Wildlife Land Trust Board of Directors. 

Rowan serves on the committees of several animal protection groups, including the World Society for the Protection of Animals. He is on the Scientific Advisory Panel for the Michelson Prize—a program to develop a chemical sterilant for dogs and cats—and on the Animal Welfare Panel for the Morris Animal Foundation. He has served in numerous other advisory and consultative roles, including as a member of the advisory committee on alternative methods in toxicology for the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and of the National Research Council committee on the use of animals and alternatives in the generation of monoclonal antibodies.

Before joining The HSUS, Rowan was director of the Tufts University Center for Animals and Public Policy and chaired the Department of Environmental Studies at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. He was also associate director for the Institute for the Study of Animal Problems at The HSUS, founding editor of the International Journal for the Study of Animal Problems, founding editor of Anthrozoos—an academic journal covering human-animal issues for the Delta Society—and scientific administrator for the Fund for the Replacement for Animals in Medical Experiments.

He has published scholarly books and articles on a wide range of topics including animal research, the development and implementation of alternatives to animals, the moral status of animals, companion animal demographics and the challenge of unwanted dogs and cats, immunocontraception and humane wildlife management, and the development and status of the animal protection movement.

Rowan received the Henry Spira Award in 2002 from the Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing; the Doerenkamp/Zbinden Award for contributions on alternatives; the Russell and Burch Award in 1996 from The HSUS for contributions on alternatives; and he is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Rowan received a doctorate in biochemistry from Oxford University in 1975 after earning a master's degree in biochemistry from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, in 1971. He received a bachelor's degree in chemistry and general physiology from Cape Town University in 1968.

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