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Biographies IPFD Board

    The initial Board of the IPFD is comprised of individuals with respected international reputations, who represent a broad array of stakeholders in dog health, well-being and welfare and who comprise a range of backgrounds and abilities that are needed by this new organization. They sit on the Board, not as representatives of their home organizations (Founding Partners), per se, but as individuals with commitment to the mission, vision and goals of the IPFD. Further, we have included an independent member of the Board who has no formal affiliation with the Founding Partners.

    Brief CVs for the current members of the IPFD Board are listed below.


    August 2019: IPFD Board Nominations

    We are now inviting nominations for open positions on the IPFD Board. A potential Board member’s profile should preferably include, but not be limited to:

    • Time to devote to active participation in the Board and for our Mission
    • A good network within or across communities/sectors relevant to our mission, e.g., the dog world (not necessarily limited to pedigree dogs); dog welfare; cynological organizations; education; research; veterinary medicine; pet industry, etc.
    • Willingness and responsibility to share knowledge from their own organization
    • Knowledge of and enthusiasm for IPFD
    • Being well-established and well-known in their field of expertise.
    • IPFD would benefit from expertise in one or more of these areas: the business/ management of non-profit organizations, fundraising, marketing/communications, strategic planning, etc.

    Click here for more information on IPFD Board Nominations

    Nominations are open until all vacant positions have been filled, but we encourage you to submit your nominations by 31 August.


    Current Members, IPFD Board


    Pekka Olson – Chair, Sweden

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    Veterinarian 1975, DVM, DR. h.c. (Honorary Doctorate Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences) 2013. Clinician/lecturer at the faculty of veterinary medicine, SLU, 1976 – 1996. Working at Agria Animal Insurance since 1996 and ongoing where he has had various roles including Veterinary Manager, Marketing Manager, Managing Director of Agria Pet Insurance, in the UK.

    Manager for Veterinary Strategies, Agria Animal Insurance, Sweden
    Chair, Swedish Kennel Club
    Vice Chair, Hundstallet (Swedish dog shelter and humane organization)
    On the boards of the Agria/SKK Research Fund; the Swedish/Norwegian horse research foundation, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), and Tröfast AB (an IT company providing service to 50% of Swedish veterinary practices).


    Caroline Kisko – Vice Chair, England


    Caroline Kisko is the Kennel Club Secretary and Director of Communications. She has spent her whole lifetime with dogs - growing up with Keeshonds and now having a pack of 18 Siberian Huskies and the 'odd' German shepherd. Her degree in Biology is from Sussex University and she worked for many years in PR and sales in the pet trade before moving to the Kennel Club. She became KC Secretary in 2000 and has been the principle spokesperson for the Kennel Club for a number of years. Prior to joining the KC she gave CCs in Siberian Huskies and Keeshonds and judged a number of other Spitz breeds. She continues to work her Huskies in harness.

    Secretary and Director of Communications, The KC, UK


    Peter Friedrich – Germany

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    Education and Profession Studies in Psychology and Biology; Professor for Psychology and Criminology : Analysis of extremely violent actions, especially cases of murder in the context of investigations, when the offender is unidentified, in the context of interrogation and questioning of accused, suspects and witnesses, in the context of court cases, in the context of prevention

    Memberships Allgemeiner Deutscher Rottweiler Klub since 1980, Deutscher
    Windhundzucht- und Rennverband since 2000, Deutscher Doggen Club 1888 since 2005 Breeding and Racing Society 2008 - 2011

    Working Judge (IPO, FH, BH) since 1990; Specialist Breed Judge since 2008
    Honouring : Großes Hundeführer-Sportabzeichen mit Kranz of the German Kennel Club (VDH) 1989
    Kennel Rottweiler "vom Sternbogen" together with Elvira and Reinhold Mühle and Manfred
    Mayer; Tahuara's Greyhounds and Sloughis , Owner: Heide Friedrich (Teamwork)

    President of the German Kennel Club (VDH) since 2009
    Head of the Breeding Board of the German Sighthound
    Professor for Psychology and Criminology



    Jean-Pierre Genevois – France


    DVM, PhD, Dipl of biomechanics and biorheology, Honorary Professor, small animal department at Lyon Veterinary School; Assistant Professor at Toulouse Veterinary School Faculty; PhD (Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse) in 1983. Full professor, Head of surgery at the Maison-Alfort Veterinary School (near Paris) in 1990; Head of surgery, Head of small animal department Lyon Veterinary School, as of 1992; author of many scientific and lay articles, chapters in books; international teacher and lecturer.

    Honorary Professor, small animal department, Lyon Veterinary School
    Member of the Scientific Commission of the Société Centrale Canine (French Kennel Club), in charge of hereditary bone and joint diseases
    Member of the International Elbow Working Group
    Member of the European Society of Veterinary Orthopaedics and Traumatology.
    Panelist for hip and elbow dysplasia screening, expert of the appeal procedure.


    Patricia N. Olson – USA


    Patricia N. Olson is a veterinarian, with a PhD in reproductive endocrinology and board certification in the specialties of theriogenology (reproduction) and animal welfare. In her career she established and owned a veterinary clinic; was a tenured faculty member at Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences; served as the veterinary advisor for the International Air Transport Association; and oversaw canine health, breeding and training at the largest guide dog school in North America (Guide Dogs for the Blind, Inc.). Dr. Olson also served as a congressional science fellow at the U.S. Senate, was the former President/CEO of the largest non-profit research granting agency in the U.S. to advance health and welfare for companion animals and wildlife (Morris Animal Foundation), and served six years on the Smithsonian’s advisory board. 

    Currently, she is working with wildlife biologists to protect endangered species and is working regionally and nationally to address the cost of veterinary services for low-income individuals with companion animals. In 2016, she was named a distinguished alumna by Colorado State University for being a champion to advance animal and human welfare. In 2018, she joined the board of directors for the Animal Assistance Foundation, a foundation dedicated to advance animal welfare through charitable, scientific and educational means. 

    In 2019, Dr. Olson will be chairing the Animal Welfare Advisory Board for the Dog Aging Project at University of Washington. This study has a goal to enroll 10,000 dogs and follow them throughout their lifetimes. The objective of the Dog Aging Project is to assess causes for chronic diseases in older animals. The study is supported by the National Institutes of Aging. 

    Consultant in Animal Health and Welfare
    Member of the Health Committee of the AKC
    Member on the Boards of: the Smithsonian; and Proctor and Gamble (Mars).


    Kirsi Sainio – Finland


    Education: Ph.D., University of Helsinki, Faculty of Medicine 1998

    Adjunct Professor in Developmental Biology, University of Helsinki 1999 - ;Principal Investigator, Institute of Biomedicine, Biochemistry and Developmental Biology 2003 – ; Senior University Lecturer, Institute of Biomedicine 2008 –

    Research Activities: 50 original scientific articles; Other publications: 15 (chapters in books, reviews); Supervisor of numerous Ph.Ds and master’s thesis
    Public Relationships: Specialist in Radio Broadcasting and TV news and special programs (Finnish Broadcasting Company News, Finnish Broadcasting Company Prisma-program; Swedish Radio Vega etc.), interviews to Newspapers; Numerous articles in magazines

    Member of the Board of The Finnish Kennel Club 2008 - (http://www.kennelliitto.fi/fi)
    Finnish Kennel Club:
    Chair of the Breeding and Scientific Commission
    Finnish Kennel Club: Chair of the DNA-group
    Nordic Kennel Union: Chair of the Scientific Committee and DNA-group
    Fédération Cynologique Internationale; Scientific Commission, member
    Fédération Cynologique Internationale (http://www.fci.be/); Breeding Commission, member and secretary
    Finnish Kennel Club: conformation judge (FCI group 3; Terriers)
    The Skye Terrier Club of America, Health Committee Chairperson
    Skye Terriers since 1974, breeder (prefix of Skyeline).
    Currently owner of 9 Skye Terriers in USA and in Finland and 1 Airedale Terrier


    Officers (Ex-officio on the Board)


    Brenda N. Bonnett – CEO, Canada


    Formerly tenured faculty at the Ontario Veterinary College, Brenda is a veterinarian and Consulting Epidemiologist. Her research and projects in Europe and North America include, e.g., development of national and international programs with kennel clubs; extensive work with / publications on animal insurance data; human-animal interactions, numerous pet welfare initiatives spanning the National Council on Pet Overpopulation (1993) and, e.g., for the American Humane Association: Cat Welfare Forum (Sept. 2013) and Keeping Pets (Dogs and Cats) in Homes: A Three-Phase Retention Study. As Lead Scientist at Morris Animal Foundation (2010) she assisted in development of the (now titled) Golden Retriever Lifetime Study.

    Brenda is a frequent speaker on topics of animal health, welfare and human animal interactions at scientific meetings (e.g. Waltham-WSAVA Welfare symposium at the North American Veterinary Conference, 2013); plenary at Association of International Human Animal Interactions Organizations, Stockholm 2010, as well as to many stakeholders in the dog world, i.e., breed and kennel clubs, judges and veterinarians. Since the autumn of 2011 Brenda has spearheaded the work which has resulted in the creation of the IPFD and DogWellNet.com.

    BSc, DVM, PhD
    Papers (79) in refereed journals: 60 companion animals/ human-animal interactions/ education, 11 food animal, 8 horse; Co-author of book chapters: Selective Breeding, in Companion Animal Ethics: Sandoe, P, Corr, S and Palmer, C. (in preparation); Epidemiology and the Evidence-Based Medicine Approach, in Withrow and Vail / Small Animal Clinical Oncology, 5th Edition. Saunders, 2012; Evidence-Based Medicine: Critical Evaluation of New and Existing Therapies, in Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine. A.M. Schoen, S.G. Wynn (ed), Mosby, 1998. Supervisor/Co-advisor of 12 Doctoral (PhD, DVSc) and 10 MSC students; examiner on numerous qualifying exams and thesis defences.

    CEO, International Partnership for Dogs
    President, B Bonnett Consulting, Canada


    Ulf Uddman – CFO, Sweden


    CEO of Svenska Kennelklubben (SKK) since 1984. Before that he was employed at EY (firm of accounts) after studying economics at the Stockholm University. Ulf has been the SKK representative in a number of governmental investigations regarding animal issues e.g. animal protection, disease control and import of pets. Representing the Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI) in various international working groups e.g.: the development of an ISO-standard for chips for pets, FCI Task Force 2010 producing an operational plan for a modernization of FCIs activities.

    CEO, Swedish Kennel Club, (Svenska Kennelklubben (SKK))
    Chair, Board of the Hundstallet (Swedish dog shelter and humane organization)
    Member of the Boards: Agria/SKK Research Fund, Swedish University of Agricultural Science (SLU) Research Fund for Pets.



    Past Members, IPFD Board

    Eddie Dzuik - USA

    Alan Kalter - USA


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