William F. Laurance

William Laurance is a Distinguished Research Professor at James Cook University in Cairns, Australia, and holds an Australian Laureate Fellowship, one of Australia’s highest scientific awards. He also holds the Prince Bernhard Chair in International Nature Conservation at Utrecht University, Netherlands. Laurance is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and former president of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation. He has received many scientific honors including the BBVA Frontiers in Ecology and Conservation Biology Award, a Distinguished Service Award from the Society for Conservation Biology, and the Heineken Environment Prize. He is also founder and director of ALERT—the Alliance of Leading Environmental Researchers & Thinkers, a group that advocates for environmental sustainability.

Gina M. Pereira

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Gina M. Pereira is a lawyer and the Founder and CEO of Dana Philanthropy, a philanthropy advisory firm with offices in Bermuda and Los Angeles offering bespoke strategic advisory and support services to individual and corporate philanthropists throughout all stages of the philanthropy lifecycle.  

Mason Campbell

Mason Campbell is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Science at James Cook University in Cairns, Australia. His research examines human land-use impacts on tropical plant and animal communities, land-use planning, and the conservation of natural ecosystems, especially in the Asia-Pacific region. He writes prolifically for both scientific and popular audiences, and is an award-winning public speaker. He received his training at James Cook University and Australian National University.

Mohammed Alamgir

Mohammed Alamgir is a spatial ecological and climate change modeler. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Science at James Cook University in Australia, and an Assistant Professor of Forestry and Environmental Sciences at the University of Chittagong in Bangladesh. He uses spatial modeling to assess the impacts of land-use and climatic changes on natural ecosystems and biodiversity.

Sean Sloan


Dr Sean Sloan is a geographer of land-cover change and its human dimensions, with interest in spatio-temporal patterns of tropical forest change. He supports the spatial modelling within the Laurance Laboratory, amongst other initiatives. Dr Sloan is currently leading an analysis of spatial planning reform in Aceh and North Sumatra provinces of Indonesia.

Judith Dipodiputro

Judith ‘Joe’ Dipodiputro is a stake-holder relationships management and communication professional, an institutional integration specialist, and societal activist. Currently Chairman of Pokja Papua, established in 2014 by Kantor Transisi Jokowi-JK. Pokja Papua advocates and chaperones the inclusion of women, marginalized and indigenous communities into the Indonesian economy.

Teatulohi Matainaho


Professor Teatulohi (Lohi) Matainaho is Chairman of the PNG Science and Technology Council and Chief Executive Officer of the PNG Science and Technology Council. As the Chief Science Advisor, he is tasked with coordinating scientific and technological advice and informing Government on the vital role of research and innovation in achieving social, health, economic and environmental outcomes.

Cynthia Ong


Cynthia Ong engages in facilitating processes, partnerships and projects that provoke ecologically sustainable co-existence between groups, communities, regions and nations.  Her experience over the past 25 years has been in the fields of organizational leadership, process facilitation, project management and financing.  With a passion for finding the creative tension and balance between process and task, Cynthia founded LEAP – Land Empowerment Animals People – which has helped birth multiple long-term partnerships and organizations coalescing around systemic solutions and change.  

Ahimsa Campos-Arceiz


I am a tropical conservation ecologist – and an optimist – working in a region with a high rate of deforestation and biodiversity loss. My main research interest lies in the behavior, ecology, and conservation of Asian megafauna, particularly elephants, which I have studied for nearly 15 years. I study the ecological role of large animals in seed dispersal and work on evidence-based strategies to mitigate human-wildlife conflicts.

G. Balamurugan

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Dr. G. Balamurugan is the Managing Director of ERE Consulting Group – Malaysia’s leading environmental consultancy. He has over 27 years of consulting experience in a wide range of sectors from infrastructure, biodiversity, transportation, energy and water resources. Dr Bala has planned and managed over 200 environmental projects in Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Myanmar and has served as advisor to a wide range of government agencies, private sector and non-governmental organisations across Asia. 

Benoît Goossens


Benoît is the Director of the Danau Girang Field Centre in the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary, a research and training facility co-managed by Sabah Wildlife Department and Cardiff University, where he leads projects on biodiversity responses to habitat fragmentation and degradation. Benoit is also a Reader at Cardiff University and a member of the IUCN SSC’s Asian Wild Cattle, Crocodile, Asian Elephant and Primate Specialist Groups.

Nathan Whitmore

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Nathan is WCS PNG’s Scientific Support Officer and leads the team’s terrestrial research programme.He trained as a population biologist, obtaining an MSc (Zoology) from the University of Otago, and has been with the WCS PNG program since 2012. His expertise lies in the application of analytical methods to applied conservation projects, and the management of conservation projects.

Barano Siswa Sulistyawan


Barano Siswa Sulistyawan is a senior scientist at WWF Indonesia where he has worked since 1996. He currently works as part of the natural capital project (Stanford University, Minnesota Unversity, TNC and WWF) for applying InVEST models and is also undertaking a PhD examining the impact of roads on wildlife habitat connectivity.

Nicole Senn

Nicole Senn is a social and digital media strategist with a strong interest in conservation. With a bachelors degree in both public relations and, media and communication, she decided to combine her expertise and interests and began a graduate diploma in Conservation Biology. She applies her marketing and social media knowledge to publicize scientific articles through ALERT Conservation.