International Council Member, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Thomas S. Kaplan is the Chairman of the Electrum Group of Companies. Its entities control substantial interests in publicly-traded companies, including NovaGold Resources Inc. and Gabriel Resources Ltd. NovaGold and Gabriel own several of the largest proven gold resources in the world. Electrum Group entities also own interests in Taung Gold and Sunward Resources, which control significant gold resources in South Africa and Colombia respectively. The Group's privately-held exploration division, Electrum Ltd., holds a diversified global portfolio of gold exploration assets ranging from the western U.S. through to West Africa, as well as the Middle East and Asia. The Group is also the controlling shareholder of privately-held Sunshine Silver Mines, with holdings in the U.S. and Mexico.
Dr. Kaplan is Chairman of the 92nd Street Y, a New York cultural and community center. A passionate environmentalist, he and his family are among the foremost supporters of wildlife conservation. With his wife, Mrs. Dafna Recanati Kaplan, Dr. Kaplan founded Panthera, a U.S. and U.K. Charity dedicated to conserving the world’s species of big cats and their ecosystems. They subsequently endowed the Recanati-Kaplan Center at Oxford University's Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, the WildCRU, creating the leading university-based felid conservation program. The Kaplans also founded Project Orianne, named after their daughter, to preserve long-leaf pine forests in the southeastern United States.
Dr. Kaplan holds Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral degrees in history from Oxford University.