Dr. Richard Beilfuss, President & CEO | International Crane Foundation

International Crane Foundation


Dr. Richard Beilfuss, President & CEO

Dr. Richard Beilfuss has served as the International Crane Foundation’s President & CEO and ex officio member of the Board of Directors since 2010. Beilfuss provides oversight, direction and prioritization to the foundation’s programs across Asia, Africa and North America, working closely with regional offices in China, Vietnam, Cambodia, India, Zambia, Uganda, South Africa and Texas. He is responsible for the foundation’s $8 million annual budget and led their four-year, $40 million comprehensive capital campaign.

From 2006-2009, Beilfuss lived in Mozambique with his family and served as Director of Conservation Services for Gorongosa National Park. From 1992-2006, Beilfuss was responsible for developing and managing the International Crane Foundation’s regional program in Africa. He worked with foundation staff and associates in more than 20 countries across the continent and spearheaded public and private efforts to implement innovative water management practices in the water-stressed Zambezi River Basin for the benefit of cranes, many other species and human livelihoods.

Over his 30-year career, Beilfuss has engaged in water management and wetland restoration efforts in more than 20 countries across Africa and Asia, with a particular focus on Nepal, Vietnam, Mozambique and Zambia.  He has contributed to the restoration and management of thousands of acres of prairie and savanna landscape in the Midwestern USA. He has authored more than 100 scientific papers, technical reports, proceedings and lay-audience publications, and presented his research and conservation findings to governments, communities and peer-scientists worldwide.

Beilfuss is a Licensed Professional Hydrologist and has a Ph.D. in Land Resources (Wetland Ecology), an MSc in Civil and Environmental Engineering-Hydrology, an MSc in Water Resources Management, and a BSc in Natural Resource Economics. Beilfuss is an Adjunct Faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he enjoys teaching courses and mentoring students. He was appointed by the Governor of Wisconsin to serve on the Examining Board of Professional Geologists, Hydrologists and Soil Scientists.

Beilfuss lives with his wife Katie and their two sons in Madison, Wisconsin. He is an avid unicycle rider, dart-thrower and birder — but not all at the same time.

Click here to view a listing of Rich’s publications on ResearchGate. Learn more about our work in Sub-Saharan Africa.