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Mike Van Abel

Bio:

Since 2004, Mike has steered the IMBA juggernaut as its President and USA Executive Director. He does so under the auspices and leadership of IMBA's volunteer board of directors. "It's a dream job and a privilege to combine one's personal passion with that of your vocational goals.", says Mike. His professional career spans over 30 years of not-for-profit work. "It's the dedication and generosity of volunteers and contributors that daily inspire me. And that makes the tough times and days when I wonder, 'Am I making a difference?', all come into perspective." "I am most fortunate to be part of a community that is making the world a better place."

Time Will Tell

Posted: February 14 - 2013

"Time will tell" is a saying usually accompanied by healthy skepticism. At this moment, time and history are on everyone's minds here at IMBA as we reflect upon the 25 years since IMBA's birth. There... Read More

Priorities emerge from the 2012 IMBA Chapter Congress

Posted: November 5 - 2012

IMBA Chapters have spoken and they know what they want to do in order to improve the chapter program. To be more precise, 32 of the current 102 chapters who had representatives in attendance at the... Read More

The IMBA Chapter Congress: The Making of our New Association

Posted: August 28 - 2012

The second IMBA Chapter Congress will convene on October 12 at the IMBA World Summit in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This is an important gathering of IMBA staff, board members and chapter leaders as we... Read More

Birthday for IMBA-Europe

Posted: May 16 - 2012

IMBA-Europe officially arrived today. After nearly three years of gestation, it's the birth of another progeny of IMBA, joining its siblings, IMBA-Australia and IMBA-Canada. I arrived for the birth... Read More

The "World's Greatest Conservation Leaders" Assemble in Washington DC

Posted: March 6 - 2012

Last Friday, I was privileged to be invited to and speak at the White House Conference On Conservation. It was a great opportunity to network among "the greatest conservation leaders in the world",... Read More

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