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SCI Increases International Influence with New European Liaison


Safari Club International has engaged Juan Magaz van Nes as European Liaison.

In this new position, Magaz will work with SCI’s teams in government relations, advocacy and membership to increase SCI’s footprint across Europe, defending hunting and impacting policy in favor of sustainable use conservation. Magaz is the founder and operator of the consulting company of Magaz Global Solutions.  A political scientist fluent in five languages and a European Union (EU) law expert, he has the expertise required to help SCI navigate EU institutions, advise on government relations, and enhance communications in Europe. 

In his role as European liaison, Magaz will guide SCI in advancing its policy agenda in EU institutions, including the European Parliament, European Commission and European Council. With his long-established contacts and experience, Magaz will enhance the effectiveness of SCI’s pro-hunting lobbying efforts, maintaining high visibility in Brussels, developing a lobbying strategy and representing SCI’s position to Commissioners and elected members of the European Parliament, their staffs and EU officials.

SCI Europe, the organization’s chapter and membership network on the continent, will continue its ascent with Magaz serving as the conduit between SCI and its European member base, helping with recruitment and retention.

“SCI advocates for hunters everywhere,” says Ben Cassidy, EVP of International Government and Public Affairs. “The increasing threats to hunting in Europe and the proliferation of misguided trophy import bans there call for targeted engagement with policy makers and their constituents. In his capacity as SCI’s European liaison, Magaz will greatly expand SCI’s impact across Europe.”

“SCI Europe is excited to have someone with this level of knowledge and experience join our team,” added Chair of SCI’s Europe Committee Miguel Estade. “We look forward to working with Magaz on initiatives that will not only reach the right people in government but will help them better understand the role of hunters in conservation and why bans and excessive restrictions are counterproductive.”