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Senior Management

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, Director, Conservation
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Director, Conservation
Gavin Edwards joined WWF-Hong Kong in 2013 as the Director of Conservation. He is responsible for directing a wide array of conservation, markets and climate-related programmes. With two decades of conservation experience, Gavin headed Greenpeace’s global Climate and Energy Campaign before joining WWF. He has also led successful forest conservation campaigns in Canada, the Amazon and Indonesia. 

Dr. Michael Lau

 
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Dr. Michael Lau, Director, Wetlands Conservation
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Director, Wetlands Conservation
Michael first joined WWF in the 1980s, working at Mai Po Nature Reserve. After obtaining his Ph.D. at the University of Hong Kong, he re-joined WWF-Hong Kong in 2011, becoming the Director of Wetlands Conservation. Michael also heads our Watchdog Team and is a member of the Advisory Council on the Environment, the Lantau Development Advisory Committee, and several other specialist groups. 

Thomas Leung

 
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Thomas Leung, Director, Finance
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Director, Finance
Thomas Leung joined WWF-Hong Kong in 2012 as the Director of Finance. He is responsible for the financial and legal management of WWF-Hong Kong. Thomas has decades of experience in finance – he holds a degree in Accountancy and an MBA, and is a fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

Yamme Leung

 
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Yamme Leung, Director, Education
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Director, Education
Yamme Leung joined WWF-Hong Kong in 2001 as an Assistant Education Officer. Now the Director of Education, he oversees the development, implementation and evaluation of school education programmes at all WWF centres. Yamme also works closely with the South China Wetland team to develop and monitor education work in South China. He holds a Master of Science in Environmental Management.

Nicole Wong

 
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Nicole Wong, Director, Corporate Affairs
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Director, Corporate Affairs
Nicole Wong joined WWF-Hong Kong in 1999 as an Education Officer at Mai Po. After nearly ten years in the field, Nicole became Director of Education in 2010, leading the development of WWF’s local and regional education programmes. Currently, she is the Director, Corporate Affairs and responsible for the overall management of organizational operations and corporate affairs. Nicole is a member of Country and Marine Parks Board. 
Our Team

Karen Ho

 
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Karen Ho, Head of Corporate and Community Sustainability
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Head of Corporate and Community Sustainability

Karen Ho is the Head of Corporate and Community Sustainability for WWF-Hong Kong’s Climate programme. She works on climate and energy issues in Hong Kong and China, engaging with businesses and industries across the spectrum to initiate, lead and oversee the development of climate programmes. An accomplished senior executive, Karen held senior management positions in several Fortune 500 companies prior to joining WWF. 

Samantha Lee

 
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Samantha Lee, Manager, Oceans Conservation
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Manager, Oceans Conservation
Samantha Lee joined WWF in 2010 as a Senior Marine Conservation Officer. She has led local marine conservation programmes on Chinese white dolphin conservation, sustainable fisheries management, marine protected areas and marine litter and is WWF’s spokesperson for marine-related development work. She holds an M.Phil degree in Biology and is one of Hong Kong’s foremost soft coral and gorgonian experts.

Jean-Marc Champagne

 
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Jean-Marc Champagne Climate Finance Advisor
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Climate Finance Advisor
Jean-Marc is WWF-Hong Kong’s Climate Finance Advisor, advising institutional investors on climate change-related financial risks. Previously, he worked in the investment banking industry for 17 years with Merrill Lynch, BNP Paribas and most recently at Jefferies, where he held the post of Senior Vice President - Equity Derivative Sales. He left in mid-2015 to join WWF, hoping to make a contribution to our society and the world.

Dr. Allen To

 
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Dr Allen To, Manager, Oceans Sustainability
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Manager, Oceans Sustainability
Allen joined WWF in 2009 and is now Manager, Oceans Sustainability. His work covers sustainable seafood, shark fin and Ecological Footprint. He holds a PhD on grouper biology and fishery. He is Regional Coordinator of IUCN Grouper & Wrasse Specialist Group and Thematic Editor (Pisces) of World Register of Marine Species. He is also an expert on Hong Kong reef fishes.

Prashant Vaze

 
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Prashant Vaze, Head of Climate & Energy
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Head of Climate & Energy
Prashant Vaze joined WWF-Hong Kong in 2017 as Head of Climate and Energy. He is responsible for campaigning to reduce business and household energy use and develop renewable energy. Prashant has degrees from Oxford University and Reading University and has written books on how individuals can reduce their environmental footprint and community-led programmes focusing on renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Dr. Xianji Wen

 
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Dr Xianji Wen, Programme Head, Mai Po Nature Reserve and Regional Wetlands
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Programme Head, Mai Po Nature Reserve and Regional Wetlands
Dr. Xianji Wen joined WWF-Hong Kong in 2001. He leads the habitat management of Mai Po Nature Reserve and the Wetland Management Training Programme, and runs regional programmes focusing on conservation and the wise use of wetlands. The author of books and scientific papers, Xianji worked in China’s Yunnan Province for over a decade, leading projects concerning wild birds and their habitats.

Alex Wong

 
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Alex Wong, Education Manager, One Planet Youth
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Education Manager, One Planet Youth
Alex Wong first joined WWF-Hong Kong in 2002 and worked in the Education Department for ten years. After obtaining a Master’s degree in Sociology, he re-joined WWF in 2015 as a project manager, overseeing a two-year citizen science project in Mai Po. Alex is now Education Manager for One Planet Youth, and is responsible for youth ESD programmes.

Cecily Yip

 
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Cecily Yip, Education Manager, Development
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Education Manager, Development
Cecily has been an educator in WWF-Hong Kong since 2004. She specializes in education programme development, collaboration with schools, teacher professional development and programme evaluation. Cecily is currently studying to obtain a Master of Research degree in Educational and Social Research in the hopes of invigorating and strengthening ESD programming in Hong Kong and the Asia-Pacific region through research.