Dame Alison Richard, PhD

Alison RichardFormer Vice Chancellor of the University of Cambridge
Dame Richard has studied the ecology and social behavior of wild primates in Central America, West Africa, and the Himalayan foothills, but she is best known for her work on Madagascar lemurs. Richard has worked for over 30 years to help conserve Madagascar’s unique natural heritage and improve socio-economic opportunities for people near the forest. She is a member of the Boards of the World Wildlife Foundation International and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and she serves as an advisor to Arcadia. She has received numerous honorary doctorates, and in 2005 she was appointed Officier de l’Ordre National in Madagascar. In 2010, Richard was awarded a DBE (Dame Commander of the British Empire) for her services to Higher Education.