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Peter Cornthwaite

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Peter Cornthwaite, Chief Executive Officer
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Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Peter Cornthwaite joined WWF in June of 2016 to take forward the groundwork for future growth of WWF and ensure the delivery of  Mai  Po Nature Reserve ‘The  21st Century Nature Classroom’ project. The latest CEO update and the WWF HK advocacy proposal on Transform HK into Asia’s Most Sustainable City  are now available.
It is WWF reputation as Hong Kong’s leading conservation organization,  delivering consistently excellent outcomes that attracted Peter to join our experienced team of experts. Peter will steer the necessary changes to policies, programs and organizational direction with the team.   The further success of WWF locally is in engagement with the community in conservation  and our management of wetland and marine reserves and the impact of WWF contribution to regional work on critically endangered species, priority places and habitats and global solutions for climate and energy, market transformation and sustainable fishing.
Peter represented Hong Kong in a 1985 trans-Pacific Raleigh expedition between Panama, the Galapagos Islands and worked on conservation in Hawaii national park.  Subsequently, he became a long-term volunteer with Raleigh Hong Kong and is an external advisor to both Youth Outreach and Hong Kong Baptist University. 
Peter comes to WWF from a 35 year  career with the Hong Kong Police Force, finishing as Assistant Commissioner – Chief Information Officer. As CIO, Peter was responsible for strategy formulation and change delivery  for the Force’s information and communications technology services.  He has worked closely with local community groups across Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories and holds a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management and has received both the Hong Kong Police Medal for Meritorious Service and the HKSAR Police Long Service Medals.

CEO update Transitioning HK to Asia’s Most Sustainable City

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.

Dr Michael Lau

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Dr Michael Lau, Conservation Assistant Director
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Director, Wetlands Conservation
Dr Michael Lau re-joined WWF-Hong Kong in 2011 and he is now the Director, Wetlands Conservation. 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 the Advisory Council on the Environment (ACE), Lantau Development Advisory Committee, Advisory Committee on Water Supplies as well as several IUCN Species Survival Commission specialist groups and helped with the Red List assessment. He is responsible for WWF’s Regional Wetlands programme, working with the teams to manage Mai Po Nature Reserve and strengthen the conservation of migratory waterbirds along the East Asian-Australasian Flyway. Besides, he is also leading the Environmental Watchdog team to ensure that development projects will not affect Hong Kong’s unique biodiversity and advocate a holistic conservation policy.

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.

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.

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.

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.