Staff

Martin Callow
Regional Director for Southeast Asia Archipelago Region
Martin is the Regional Director for the Southeast Asian Archipelago Program. He grew up in the UK, and graduated from the University of Plymouth in 1996 after studying environmental and marine sciences. Martin’s early career saw him working for the UK's Natural Environment Research Council studying ocean productivity, and for Posford Haskoning conducting marine Environmental Impact Assessments. He has lived and worked in the Seychelles (for the Royal Geographical Society), coordinating a multi-year marine research, education and training program focused on coral reefs and marine protected areas. He joined WCS in 2008, when he helped to lead a transformation of the Fiji program, focused on community-based marine and coastal management. More latterly, Martin has served as the WCS Europe Senior Programme Advisor assisting the establishment of WCS’s presence in Europe, while supporting WCS marine fisheries efforts specifically in Gabon and Belize. His expertise has also been instrumental in supporting the development of WCS's global sharks and rays strategy. He has brokered relationships with private sector companies headquartered in the UK/Europe, and developed relationships with the fisheries investment community. Martin completed his Executive MBA at the University of Bath (2015). He has led the development of the inaugural WCS Myanmar Marine Program, and most recently spent two years as the CEO of the Seychelles Conservation and Climate Adaptation Trust (SeyCCAT) - a globally unique conservation trust fund, whereby innovative financing structures have helped unlock marine and coastal conservation funds from a sovereign debt restructuring and a sovereign blue bond.
Madhu Rao
Senior Regional Advisor and Representative
Madhu is a Senior Advisor and Representative of WCS in Singapore. She has provided technical, strategic and programme development support for WCS country programmes across Asia. She has broad experience with international protected area and wildlife policy and has engaged extensively with conservation planning and regional-scale conservation prioritization. She serves as Advisor to the secretariat of the Asian Species Action Partnership (ASAP), an IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) initiative to catalyze conservation action for Critically Endangered species in the ASEAN region that is led by the Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS). She has a Master’s and PhD degrees from Duke University and is currently an Adjunct Faculty member in the Department of Biological Sciences at the National University of Singapore (NUS). She has published scientific research on wildlife exploitation and trade, protected area effectiveness, human-wildlife conflict and community management of protected areas.
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