Staff

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.
Leonie Lawrence
Technical Advisor, Forest Risk Commodities
Leonie has over five years experience in research and strategies to address the impacts of global supply chains on tropical forests, with a focus on climate and forest policy, certification schemes, corporate transparency and investor engagement. Leonie joined WCS in 2017 as Technical Advisor, Forest Risk Commodities, focusing primarily on the design and implementation of strategies to tackle the key commodity drivers of deforestation in priority WCS landscapes across Indonesia and Malaysia. Leonie joined WCS from the Zoological Society of London, where she managed the ‘SPOTT' initiative, a programme that supports investor engagement for environmental best practice in high biodiversity impact sectors. Leonie has served as a member on both the Board of Governors and the Biodiversity and High Conservation Value Working Group of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).
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