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 Advisor and Representative of WCS in Singapore
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.
Elizabeth Matthews
Associate Director for Marine Conservation
Elizabeth Matthews, PhD, Associate Director for Marine Conservation, recently relocated to Singapore to focus directly on providing technical and strategic assistance to WCS’s expanding efforts and interest in marine conservation across Asia/Pacific. For 10 years, primarily working from WCS’s headquarters in NY, she has provided strategic programmatic guidance to marine field programs in Indonesia, Melanesia (Papua New Guinea, Fiji and Solomon Islands), Myanmar, Bangladesh, and the Western Indian Ocean (Kenya, Madagascar and Tanzania). Additionally, she leads work on gender, small-scale fisheries and marine conservation, determining ways to better include women in conservation and fisheries management decision-making processes so their knowledge, needs and experiences are better incorporated into project design and implementation.
Leonie Lawrence
Technical Advisor for the WCS’s Southeast Asian Archipelago Region
Leonie is a Technical Advisor for the WCS’s Southeast Asian Archipelago Region, working with country programs to develop strategies to address the drivers of deforestation in key landscapes. Leonie holds an MSc in Conservation Biology from the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE) and over the past eight years has focused on the impacts of commodity production on tropical forests, as well as solutions including supply chain transparency and interventions, public-private partnerships, and financial sector engagement, previously managing the Zoological Society of London’s SPOTT initiative and serving on the Board of Governors of the RSPO. Most recently, Leonie has been working with the WCS Indonesia Program to develop BBS KEKAL, a landscape partnership between government, companies and communities, to reduce the risk of deforestation and support coffee farmers in the Bukit Barisan Selatan landscape in southern Sumatra, and translating lessons from this landscape approach for application by the private and public sector. Leonie also leads WCS’s engagement in Trillion Trees; a joint venture between BirdLife International, WCS and WWF founded on vision for a world where forests are expanding and not shrinking.
Ming Ling Lim
Regional Business Manager for the Southeast Asian Archipelago Program and Melanesia Program
Lim Ming Ling is the Regional Business Manager for the Southeast Asian Archipelago Program and Melanesia Program. She is an associate member of Association of International Accountant since 2007. Ming Ling’s has worked in International aid and development for over 21 years. She was previously with CARE International in Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar as Assistant Country Director for Program Support and also with ActionAid International in Latin America. She had lead in financial planning, restructuring and nationalization. She also had diverse experience in multi-cultural environments and experience in managing diverse sources of funding.
Patricia Chu
Regional Conservation Finance Specialist
Patricia Chu is Regional Conservation Finance Specialist for the WCS’s Southeast Asian Archipelago Region. Patti is an experienced cross-disciplinary professional with a background rooted in economics and finance. Her sectors of expertise include access to finance, education and clean energy. Patti’s prior experience spans across various types of organizations, including financial institutions, foundations, corporations and non-profits, which have provided her with a unique ability to understand and navigate multiple stakeholder partnerships successfully. Her past employers include the World Bank, Citigroup and the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network. Patti’s specialties include strategy, project design, project management, business development, deal sourcing and evaluation. Patti is a native of Argentina and has working experience in Latin America, the United States, Asia and Europe – and is a Permanent resident of Singapore. She has a B.Sc. in Business Administration from the University of Richmond, and a M.A. in International Development and Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She speaks Spanish, Chinese, Portuguese and Danish.
Yong Choon Ling
Regional Grant Manger for the WCS’s Southeast Asian Archipelago Region
Linda Yong is a Regional Grant Manger for the WCS’s Southeast Asian Archipelago Region, working with Singapore country program to act as the main point of contact for procurement related questions, assist country programs as needed with the preparation listing of qualified vendor lists and procurement supporting documentation and support for Southeast Asian Archipelago regional activities. In addition, Linda will be responsible for maintaining sound financial systems and controls to ensure effective implementation of the projects and will produce timely reports, including variance and budget monitoring reports to assist management with an assessment of the financial performance of the grants.
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