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Gavin Edwards

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Gavin Edwards, Conservation Director
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Director, Conservation
Gavin Edwards joined WWF-Hong Kong in 2013 as the Director of Conservation, bringing his almost 20 years of environmental advocacy and conservation experience to the organization. Before joining WWF, he was the head of Greenpeace’s global Climate and Energy Campaign, developing Greenpeace’s worldwide strategy advocating solutions to climate change. Gavin has also led successful campaigns on forest conservation in Canada, the Amazon and Indonesia.

At WWF-Hong Kong, Gavin directs a wide array of conservation, footprint and climate-related programmes, from sustainable seafood, shark and environmental watchdog programmes and low-carbon initiatives, to local and regional wetland conservation programmes. His vision is to ensure Hong Kong is Asia's leading city in sustainability, creating conservation impact locally, regionally and globally.

He recently obtained an Executive MBA from the Kellogg School of Management in Chicago and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He spends his weekends hiking the trails and peaks of Lantau Island.

Yamme Leung

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Yamme Leung, Education Director
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Director, Education
Yamme Leung joined WWF-Hong Kong in 2001 as Assistant Education Officer. He has an extensive background of experience in nature conservation education and education for sustainable development (ESD), with target audiences including students and teachers groups, both locally and from South China region. In 2006 he received a Master of Science in Environmental Management from the University of Hong Kong. At WWF, he has overseen the development, implementation and evaluation of school education programmes carried out at all the WWF centres. He has also worked closely with the South China Wetland team to develop and monitor the educational work conducted in the South China region – in particular those in Guangdong and Fujian Provinces. His work has also involved collaborating with a variety of external parties such as the Education Bureau of HKSAR Government, educational institutes and organisations, private sectors such as corporations, foundations and other working partners to initiate the development of diverse ESD programmes or activities, which are closely tied in with current primary and secondary school curriculums.

Nicole Wong

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Nicole Wong, Corporate Affairs Director
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Director, Corporate Affairs
Nicole Wong joined WWF-Hong Kong in 1999 as Education Officer at Mai Po Marshes and Wildlife Education Centre to lead the development of school wetland education programmes. She was in charge of a number of resource materials produced by WWF that were widely used by schools and education institutes in Hong Kong and South China. Her proudest work in education includes developing the multiplier training programme for local and East Asia educators and nature reserve staff, helping to set up the Wetland Link International, Asia to link up all wetland centres in the Asia region, assisting in the establishment of Hoi Ha Marine Life Centre and the development of innovative marine education programmes. After nearly ten years working in the field to implement the Learning in the environment programme, Nicole was promoted as the Director, Education in 2010 to lead the development of the education programme for both local and Asia Pacific regions.

Most recently, Nicole took up the role as Director, Corporate Affairs who responsible for overall leadership and management of organizational operation and external corporate affairs.

Dr Michael Lau

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Dr Michael Lau, Conservation Assistant Director
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Assistant Director, Conservation
Dr Michael Lau re-joined WWF-Hong Kong in 2011 as the Senior Head of Local Biodiversity and Regional Wetlands Programme. From an early age, Michael had a keen interest in wildlife, particularly in reptiles and amphibians. After graduating from university, he worked for WWF-Hong Kong at Mai Po Nature Reserve from 1987 to 1991. He was the Reserve Manager when he left to pursue Ph.D. research at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) on the habitat use of Hong Kong amphibians and the conservation of endemic Romer's Tree Frog.

During his time at HKU, he also took part in the Hong Kong Biodiversity Survey and was in charge of the terrestrial vertebrates survey. After completing his Ph.D., Michael joined another local green group and led a forest conservation programme in southern China, while continuing to work on biodiversity projects in Hong Kong.

Michael is a member of several IUCN Species Survival Commission specialist groups and helped with the Red List assessment. Currently, he is responsible for WWF’s Local Biodiversity and Regional Wetlands programme, working with the teams to ensure that development projects will not affect Hong Kong’s unique terrestrial and marine biodiversity, to proactively conserve and manage threatened species and habitats, including Mai Po Nature Reserve, to advocate a holistic conservation policy, and to strengthen the conservation of migratory waterbirds along the East Asian-Australasian Flyway.

C.W. Cheung

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C.W. Cheung, Senior Head, Climate & Footprint Programmes
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Senior Head, Climate & Footprint Programmes
C.W. Cheung joined WWF-Hong Kong in 2010 as the Head of Footprint Programme and currently assumes the position of Senior Head, Climate & Footprint Programmes. At WWF, C.W. is responsible for all climate and footprint programmes, including climate policy advocacy and public engagement, carbon management for business, sustainable seafood deployment, shark fin trade regulation and consumption reduction, and Ecological Footprint measurement and analysis. He develops and implements various public and corporate engagement programmes which involve various supply chain stakeholders. These programmes are aimed at getting these stakeholders to commit to actions that have significant positive and long-lasting impacts on the environment. C.W. helps companies embrace the concept of addressing and reducing their negative impacts on earth into their strategic and operational plans. He is able to use his previous experience to advise companies how to fulfill their corporate social responsibility using integrated environmental, economical and social measures to achieve sustainable development mode of operations.

A chartered engineer with a MBA from the City University of Hong Kong, C.W. brings more than 20 years of experience in the commercial sector with him to WWF. He is a former senior executive, having worked in many listed companies and international conglomerates in Hong Kong. Before joining WWF, he was the executive director of a multinational jewelry company. C.W. also has 13 years of part-time teaching experience, including teaching university MBA courses.

Karen Ho

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Karen Ho, Business Engagement Leader, Climate
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Business Engagement Leader, Climate

Karen Ho is the Business Engagement Leader, Climate programme for WWF Hong Kong, working on climate and energy issues in Hong Kong and Southern China. In this capacity, she works across all businesses and industries to initiate, lead and oversee the development of climate programmes. She also works to engage stakeholders in the commercial sector to pursue efforts in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. 
Karen is an accomplished senior executive with diverse international management, business development and marketing experiences. Prior to joining WWF Hong Kong, Karen has been in senior management positions in Fortune 500 companies including BP, Coca-Cola and Owens-Illinois.  Karen’s regional and local experience across multiple industries in different part of the value chain is invaluable to the success of development and implementation of WWF’s climate business engagement programmes.

Karen holds a Master degree of Business Administration from University of Surrey, UK and is accredited as Chartered Marketer by the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK since 2001.

Bena Smith

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Bena Smith, Mai Po Centre Manager
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Mai Po Centre Manager
Bena Smith joined WWF-Hong Kong in 2004. Educated in the UK, he acquired his BSc. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Southampton, and MSc. in Conservation Management from the University of East Anglia with a research focus on boreal forest fire ecology.

Prior to joining WWF, he worked in several UK Environmental NGO’s managing a wide spectrum of natural habitats for endangered flora and fauna, and carried out species research and monitoring. He also carried out primate studies and rainforest research for a West African based NGO. At WWF he formerly led the ecological research work at the internationally renowned Mai Po Nature Reserve, then as Reserve Manager managed and designed wetland habitats at the Reserve particularly for migratory waterbirds.

Bena now works on regional projects to conserve migratory waterbirds in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway. He represents WWF on the Partnership for the East Asian-Australasian Flyway, is a member of the Shorebird Working Group within the Partnership, and a member of The Asia-Pacific Working Group on Migratory Waterbirds and Avian Influenza. He presents at regional symposiums and lectures at local Universities on the topic of wetland and waterbird conservation.

Dr Xianji Wen

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Dr XianJi Wen, Conservation Manager, South China Wetlands
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Conservation Manager, South China Wetlands
Dr Xianji Wen joined WWF-Hong Kong in 2001. He is now leading the wetland management training programme at Mai Po Nature Reserve, as well as conservation and wise use of wetlands in South China. He has various skills and experience related to wetland conservation, including management planning, protected area design, habitat management, environmental education and community participation among others. Xianji trained in zoological research during his graduate studies, and worked in Yunnan Province in China for more than 10 years. He led a number of research projects there, covering taxonomy, evolution, behaviours and conservation of wild birds and their habitats, and has been author and co-author of many scientific papers and several books.

Prentice Koo

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Prentice Koo, Assistant Manager, Climate Policy and People
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Assistant Manager, Climate Policy and People
Prentice joined WWF-Hong Kong in 2015. He is leading climate policy and public engagement work of WWF. He is responsible for creating social momentum to pave the way for local climate policy change. 
Before joining WWF, he was the team leader of Greenpeace Climate and Energy Campaign in Hong Kong. He trained in journalism and communications in the Chinese University of Hong Kong and qualified as a Health Physics Expert in the Delft University of Technology. He joined the field tour to Fukushima and Chernobyl to conduct studies on the impact on ecology and livelihood.

Samantha Lee

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Samantha Lee, Assistant Conservation Manager, Marine
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Assistant Conservation Manager, Marine
Samantha Lee joined WWF in 2010 as Senior Conservation Officer, Marine. She has genuine interest in marine ecology and conservation particularly related to corals.  She obtained her M.Phil degree in Biology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and became one of the very few soft coral and gorgonian experts in Hong Kong. She is also an experienced diver who performed SCUBA diving in over 100 spots in Hong Kong.

As a devoted conservationist, Samantha is now leading the local marine conservation programme on Chinese white dolphin conservation, sustainable fisheries management, Marine Protected Areas and marine litter. She is also the spokesperson in commenting environmental impacts from any marine-related development works. Samantha is being appointed as the member of AFCD Marine Mammal Conservation Working Group since 2011, member of Marine Biodiversity Working Group and leader of Marine Habitat Focus Group of Biodiversity Species Action Plan (BSAP) of Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) during 2013-2014.

Recently, she’s actively leading communications and engagement work with number of stakeholders, notably fisherman communities and general public on sustainable fisheries management and marine littering public engagement programme.      

Dr Allen To

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Dr. Allen To, Assistant Manager, Footprint Programme
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Assistant Manager, Footprint Programme
Allen joined WWF-Hong Kong in 2009 as Marine Conservation Officer and is now Assistant Manager, Footprint Programme. He acquired his BSc from the University of Hong Kong, and pursued PhD research at the same university on the biology and fishery of groupers in Hong Kong and adjacent waters.
During his time at university, Allen led scientific projects of a local green group and since then, he has been conducting underwater survey to document the diversity of reef fish in Hong Kong and mainland China. He also worked with different institutes to research on the seafood trade centred in Hong Kong. Allen is a member of IUCN Species Survival Commission specialist group and helped with the Red List assessment.
At WWF, Allen formerly led the Hong Kong’s work on WWF Coral Triangle Initiative and the campaign on bluefin tuna. Currently he is responsible for the work on sustainable seafood, shark fin and Ecological Footprint, working to engage the public and business sector for all these initiatives so as to reduce Hong Kong’s impact on the environment.