Dr Dror Ben-Ami has a PhD in ecology specializing in wildlife biology and marsupials, and has co-authored numerous reports and papers, in particular on the welfare, policy and hygiene issues of the commercial killing of kangaroos.
Dror is the co-founder of THINKK, the think tank for kangaroos at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), the Centre for Compassionate Conservation at UTS and Compassionate Conservation Middle East at Tel Aviv University. Compassionate Conservation is an innovative new approach in the fields of nature conservation and management that merges animal protection and conservation for improved conservation outcomes. Dror is also currently co-developing the Israeli Green Party, which will merge environmental issues and animal protection.
Dror has been instrumental in creating social-change movements. He is directly involved in challenging the commercial kangaroo industry on the basis of environmental, welfare and hygiene concerns. He has also spear-headed the Million Hands Campaign which aims to foster a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians as well as narrowing the social-economic gaps within Israel. The campaign attained nearly 300,000 supporters and led to a public protest, ‘Israel Wants Change’ with 100,000 people in Rabin Square in Tel-Aviv in the 2015 elections.