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Our Team



​Our experienced team of experts are fully engaged in local biodiversity and conservation issues, and in the management of wetlands and marine protected areas. We engage stakeholders to promote sustainable cities and implement regional work for critically endangered species and on tackling the illegal wildlife trade. WWF works with regional markets to introduce green finance initiatives, and engages schools, youth and our supporters with activities and events at our visitor centres that help them connect to nature.

Learn more about our team and about the work of WWF-Hong Kong in our latest CEO update , the Annual Review and the WWF-Hong Kong booklet on our vision to  Transform HK into Asia’s Most Sustainable City . 

Peter Cornthwaite

 
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Peter Cornthwaite, Chief Executive Officer
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Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Peter Cornthwaite joined WWF as CEO in June 2016 to steer necessary changes to policies, programmes and organisational direction, including transforming the Mai Po Nature Reserve into a 21st century nature classroom to enable our community to connect with nature and engage schools and youths in citizen science. Peter holds a master’s degree in Human Resource Management and sits on the board of Raleigh Hong Kong and is an external advisor to both Youth Outreach and Hong Kong Baptist University. He retired as Assistant Commissioner of Police in 2015 after 35 years of government service.

David Olson

 
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David Olson, Director of Conservation
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Director of Conservation
David Olson joined WWF-Hong Kong in January 2019 with extensive experience in conservation strategy development, protected area management, biodiversity surveys, field research, community-based conservation, illegal wildlife trade and anti-poaching programme, and endangered species conservation. David has worked on conservation projects in more than 50 countries, and served as director for several conservation science and field conservation programmes around the world, including in his previous posting as Country Director of the Zoological Society of London in Cameroon. David has an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science from the University of California Berkeley, and a PhD in Zoology from the University of California Davis.

Eric Wikramanayake

Eric Wikramanayake,
Director of Wildlife & Wetlands 
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Eric Wikramanayake, Director of Wildlife & Wetlands
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Director of Wildlife & Wetlands
Eric Wikramanayake has more than 25 years’ experience leading conservation projects across Asia with WWF’s Conservation Science Programme. As Senior Conservation Scientist, Eric provided technical assistance and served as the science lead in WWF’s ecoregion and landscape conservation programme in Asia before becoming Chair of the Board of Directors of the non-profit Environmental Foundation, Ltd in Sri Lanka. Eric has a PhD in Ecology and Conservation Biology from the University of California Davis.

Tim Cooke

 
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Tim Cooke, Head of Operations and Events
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Head of Operations and Events
Tim Cooke joined WWF in September 2018, overseeing community engagement activities as well as the management of WWF centres, including Mai Po Nature Reserve, Hoi Ha Wan Marine Life Centre and Island House Conservation Studies Centre. He has decades of experience in Europe and Asia in the hotel, hospitality industry and vocational education and training. Most recently, Tim was CEO of a Thai hotel group and spent three years as Head of the School of Hospitality at Westminster Kingsway University London.

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 One Planet Schools and Youth education programmes at all WWF centres or in outreach programmes. Yamme also works closely with the Conservation team providing support with citizen science programmes and in the delivery of teacher training on Education for sustainable development. He holds a Master of Science in Environmental Management.

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 an Education Officer at Mai Po. After nearly 10 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. Nicole is a member of the Country and Marine Parks Board.

Dr. Xianji Wen

 
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Dr. Xianji Wen, Assistant Director, Mai Po Nature Reserve and Regional Wetlands
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Assistant Director, 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.

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. 

Eligio Ma

 
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Eligio Ma, Lead Creative Producer
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Lead Creative Producer
Eligio Ma heads the creative digital design team at WWF, coordinating creative projects for fundraising, media and communication, education, and conservation. He is also part of the WWF sustainable fashion project, serving as the liaison point within the industry and providing technical advice. Before joining WWF, Eligio held senior management posts in the apparel industry, including at Wrangler, Lee and Puma.

Jean-Marc Champagne

Jean-Marc Champagne, Head of Environmental Finance 
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Jean-Marc Champagne, Head of Environmental Finance
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Head of Environmental Finance
Jean-Marc Champagne is WWF-Hong Kong’s Head of Environmental Finance, 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.

Cecily Yip

 
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Cecily Yip, Assistant Director, Education
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Assistant Director, Education
Cecily Yip has been an educator in WWF-Hong Kong since 2004. She specialises in education programme development, collaboration with schools, teacher professional development and programme evaluation. With a Master of Research in Educational and Social Research, Cecily is focusing on invigorating and strengthening ESD programming in Hong Kong and the Asia-Pacific region through research.

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.

Angela Lam

 
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Angela Lam, Education Manager, One Planet Schools
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Education Manager, One Planet Schools
Angela Lam has been an educator for WWF-Hong Kong since 2007. She is responsible for school partnership projects, with an aim to mainstream sustainability into school-based curriculum through the whole-school approach. She also oversees teacher professional development trainings, school outreach programmes, and student-learning activities in WWF outdoor classrooms. Angela received her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Life Science from the University of Hong Kong.