On April 22nd, 2016, during the 63rd General Assembly of the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC) in Brussels, Belgium, Bernard Lozé (France) announced that he has completed his terms as President of the CIC after 6 years of service. His Presidency is characterized by the professionalization of the CIC and the achievement of many objectives such as the Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management (CPW), which is a platform for 13 international organizations, all dealing with certain aspects of wildlife management, the granting of diplomatic status to the CIC in Hungary, as well as the formation of a cooperation between the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and the CIC.
During the closing ceremony of the 63rd CIC General Assembly, Bernard Lozé was nominated as Honorary President of the CIC.
He is succeeded by George Aman (Switzerland) who has already served as Treasurer of the CIC and Head of the CIC Swiss Delegation in the past. George Aman, who was born in 1953, began his career at Credit Suisse and then moved on to Guiness Mahon & Co in London, Brown Brothers Harriman, as well as Granger & Co in New York and Hottinger & Cie in Paris. He specialized in the areas of financial analysis and asset management. From 1980, he was a financial consultant for Clariden Bank in Zurich, where he became Vice President in charge of Central America. In 1990, he and his partners established Burgauer Huser Aman & Partner. He speaks German, English, French, and Spanish.
During the Members’ Assembly, CIC President Aman briefly described his reasons for accepting the office of CIC President:
1. Having reached a certain stage in life, where he can look back at an interesting past as a hunter, he feels that it is his duty to give something back to hunting and future generations of hunters.
2. Furthermore, and inarguably, he was asked by his father, who was a prominent CIC member himself, not to forget the CIC.
3. It is important to him to contribute to the mission of the CIC so that many future generations can continue to hunt.
It is a task to find the balance between the character of the CIC and external communications. “We must work hard to make the CIC better known and for that reason, we must openly and transparently communicate with our members and the conservation world. However, financial resources are needed and here I appeal to our members, as without them this would not be possible to achieve.” When closing he said: “I can give one promise, namely that I will try to achieve these goals jointly with our Headquarters and our leadership institutions.”