Charles BEDFORD, Regional Managing Director, Asia Pacific Region
Charles Bedford is the Regional Managing Director for The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) Asia Pacific Region. Based in Hong Kong, Charles works closely with TNC country program leaders across Asia to identify and advance essential marine, freshwater and land conservation priorities and projects. He also focuses on working with the region’s business and government leadership on next-generation conservation solutions that will benefit both nature and people.
Charles has played a key leadership role in TNC’s Asia Pacific operations since 2009. Before that, he spent nine years leading TNC’s Colorado Chapter in the United States, shaping it into one of the organization’s most globally focused operating units and led the team that created both TNC’s Mongolia and Colorado River programs. He is the author of journal articles, blogs and a book on land tenure and conservation. Prior to joining TNC, Charles served as director of the Colorado State Land Board, overseer of 3 million hectares of state lands, and was Legal Counsel to Colorado Governor Roy Romer. He graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and holds a JD from the University of Colorado School of Law.
Jack HURD, Deputy Regional Managing Director, Asia Pacific Region
Jack Hurd is the Deputy Director of The Nature Conservancy’s Asia Pacific Region. In this capacity he oversees regional conservation strategies, the science and measures program, U.S.-based philanthropy and works as a member of the regional leadership teams guiding finance, management and fundraising. Now based in the U.S., Jack lived and worked in Southeast Asia for more than 10 years.
Prior to assuming this position Jack directed the TNC Regional Forest Program in Asia Pacific, and has also been the Director of TNC’s Forest Trade Program, which addressed the U.S. dimension of global timber trade. He has also served as the Conservation Director of TNC’s Washington Chapter in the U.S., overseeing forests, fresh water, grasslands and marine work across the state. Before joining TNC Jack worked in a number of capacities with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF); Pact, a global international development organization, and with Thailand’s Population and Community Development Association. Jack holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Washington and a Bachelors of Arts in Economics from the University of Vermont, both in the U.S.
Nancy SCHENK, Director of Finance and Operations, Asia Pacific Region
Nancy Schenk oversees The Nature Conservancy’s financial activities in the Asia Pacific Region, advising the Regional Managing Director, supporting in-country finance staff and serving as a liaison to TNC’s headquarters and CFO. Based in Tucson, Arizona in the U.S., she represents operations – Finance, HR, Legal, Information Technology and compliance on the Asia Pacific Management Team. She has worked for TNC for 16 years, previously as the Arizona and Rocky Mountain Division Finance Director, and later as the Director of the Finance Resource Center under Central Finance. Nancy continues to hold her license as a US Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Global Management Accountant. Before joining the Conservancy, Nancy was a tax accountant for 12 years for various firms across the U.S.
Andrew INGLES, Director, External Affairs, Asia Pacific
In May 2014, Andrew Ingles was appointed to the position of Director, External Affairs – Asia Pacific, responsible for formulating TNC’s policy agenda in the region, building and maintaining institutional relationships and delivering public funding to support TNC’s conservation priorities.
Andrew joined TNC in 2010 and has held the roles of Director of the Asia Pacific Forest Program, Interim Director for the Indonesia Country Program, and more recently the Chief Technical Adviser for the Responsible Asia Forestry and Trade (RAFT) Program.
Andrew spent the first 10 years of his professional career working in production forestry and forest management planning in Australia and then spent the next 25 years living and working in Asia. This included 15 years leading the technical conservation programs in Asia for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), based in South East Asia. In this role Andrew was responsible for IUCN’s work in forestry, wetland conservation, water resource management, environmental law, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and national protected area.
Azmar SUKANDAR, Director of Communications, Asia Pacific Region
Based in Hong Kong, Azmar Sukandar oversees TNC’s Asia Pacific regional external and internal communications strategies and activities. She works closely with senior executives in the region as well as global and in-country teams to increase the impact of TNC awareness to target audiences and potential partners, raise the visibility for our Asia Pacific projects and improve the cohesiveness of our messaging across the region. Prior to joining TNC, Azmar set up the Asia Pacific communications office for the Financial Times and also worked with Time and FORTUNE magazines and Microsoft’s MSN division. She holds a B.A. in International Relations and B.Sc. in Communications from Boston University, and a Master’s degree in media and communications from the London School of Economics.
Regional Program Leaders
Richard GILMORE, Country Director, Australia
Richard Gilmore joined The Nature Conservancy in January 2014 and brings extensive experience in the conservation, international development and commercial sectors, with active involvement in fundraising and bringing together diverse interests and audiences for a common purpose. As the Australia Division Director he oversees all aspects of the Australia program, including strategy, operations and conservation projects.
Before joining TNC, Rich was CEO of the Balibo House Trust, an organization that works with aid agencies and the government of Timor-Leste to drive ecologically sustainable, community-based economic development in that country. Prior to that, he was CEO of Earthwatch (Australia) where he oversaw steady growth, secured and maintained major cross-sector partnerships and implemented strong Board and managerial governance. He has also worked in the private sector with Amcor Recycling Australia and as a senior trader with one of Australia’s leading financial advisory firms and direct investment specialists.
Joyce Jinhong MA, China Program Director
Joyce Ma joined TNC China in September 2016 as Chief Executive Officer, overseeing the China program’s strategic planning and project management. She is working with TNC China Board to bring together entrepreneurs with the most innovative nature conservation ideas and apply TNC’s 60-year of experience in protecting lands, water, climate change, oceans and cities in China to push forward the country’s sustainable development. She will lead a team of 70 to advance our conservation efforts through our projects in Yunnan, Inner Mongolia, Sichuan, Shanghai and Zhejiang.
Before joining TNC, Joyce was the CEO of the Customer Unit for China Unicom, Vice CEO for Northeast Asia of Ericsson, and HR Department Head of Ericsson.
Louisa HO, Executive Director, Hong Kong Program
Louisa leads marketing, philanthropy, and membership in Hong Kong to raise awareness and support for TNC’s conservation initiatives both in Hong Kong and across Asia Pacific. She works with business leaders, corporations, and the public on initiatives that can help enhance resource management and inspire public engagement. She is building an urban conservation portfolio for Hong Kong in line with TNC’s global priorities.
Prior to this position, Louisa was the regional Corporate & Marketing Director of the Asia-Pacific region. Before joining TNC, Louisa served as the Global Marketing Communications Director for Honeywell in the Building Solutions division where she led a global team to leverage communications, strategies and resources. She has a diverse portfolio of experience across both B2B and B2C sectors having worked at the regional headquarters of key brands such as Time Magazine (Time Inc), Hyatt International Hotels, and DLA Piper.
Rizal ALGAMAR, Country Director, Indonesia
Rizal Algamar joined The Nature Conservancy in 2012 and brings a wealth of skills and experience from both the corporate and non-profit sectors. As Indonesia Country Director, he oversees all aspects of TNC’s Indonesia strategy and operations, from external and government relations to corporate outreach and the conservation programs.
Rizal’s background includes early international stints within the garment export, consumer goods and pharmaceuticals industries at Indonesian conglomerates Texmaco and Tigaraksa Satria. He also worked with the Putera Sampoerna Foundation and was a Senior Vice President at Bank Tabungan Pensiunan Nasional (the Pensioners’ Bank – BTPN), majority-owned by US based private equity firm TPG Capital, where he designed and implemented successful CSR programs in health & wellness, entrepreneurial capacity-building training and a community empowerment program that aimed to improve customer’s businesses and livelihood. Rizal holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronic Engineering Technology from DeVry Institute of Technology in the U.S. and a Masters of Business Administration from the Indonesian Institute for Management Development.
Richard HAMILTON, Melanesia Program Director
Richard (Rick) Hamilton, PhD, is the Senior Melanesia Scientist for The Nature Conservancy. Rick lives in Brisbane, Australia, and works regularly in the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea, which is where he was raised. His background is in anthropology and marine science and he is fluent in several Melanesian languages. The majority of his work in Melanesia adopts a “ridges to reefs” (land to sea) collaborative approach to protecting endangered ocean megafauna, coral reef fishes, and sea turtles. Through this approach Rick works directly with communities, governments and universities to improve the management of the oceans.
Steven VICTOR, Micronesia Program Director
Steven Victor is a native of Palau. In October 2009, Steven joined the Nature Conservancy as a Micronesia Conservation Planner and now serves as Deputy Director for the Micronesia Program. Steven has been taking a leading role for the Micronesia program in fisheries, marine protected areas network design, marine protected areas management effectiveness evaluation, and learning exchanges to facilitate sharing of lessons amongst fishermen and conservation practitioners in Micronesia. He has also served as the Head of Research Department, Palau International Coral Reef Center. He earned his M.S. in Marine Biology from the Marine Laboratory at the University of Guam, thesis title: “The effects of copper on fertilization, larval development, settlement, and metamorphosis in the reef coral Acropora surculosa” in 2002. He completed his B.S. in Biology from the University of Guam in 1998. He is a member of the Palau National Scholarship Board and the Pacific Marine Resource Institute. Steven was a researcher at the Palau International Coral Reef Center from February 2002 – September 2009.
Enkhtuya OIDOV, Country Director, Mongolia
Enkhtuya Oidov joined The Nature Conservancy in 2008 and oversees all aspects of TNC’s Mongolia Program, from the conservation programs to external and government affairs. Under her leadership, TNC Mongolia is helping the government to map priority conservation areas around the country to help give the government a complete scientific picture that they will use for land use planning.
Prior to joining TNC, Enkhtuya was the General Secretary of the National Council for the Millennium Challenge Account and served as a member of parliament of the State Great Hural. Enkhtuya studied for her B.A. in Economics in Germany and has a Master’s degree in International Service from the American University in Washington, DC..
Tint Lwin THAUNG, Myanmar Program Director
Tint rejoined The Nature Conservancy in November 2016 as TNC’s first country program director for Myanmar, based in Yangon. He has over 30 years of experience on natural resources management in Asia and the Pacific and has been the Executive Director of RECOFTC-The Centre for People and Forests since 2011, leading the Bangkok-based organization to become a major forestry institution with seven country programs around the region. Before that, Tint spent 5 years with TNC first as our AP regional forest conservation coordinator based in Brisbane and later as the Training and Institutional Development Advisor for the Responsible Asia Forestry and Trade Program (RAFT) based in Bangkok.
Tint began his career as a national park warden and revenue officer at a Thai-Myanmar border logging operation. After six years in the Forestry Department of Myanmar, he became the first Myanmar Country Program Coordinator for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).
Tint was trained as a forester in Myanmar and he received his master degree in Natural Resources Management and Development from the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok and his PhD in Forest Restoration from the University of Queensland, Australia.
Michael LOOKER, Country Director, New Zealand
Appointed previously as Director of Regional Strategies, Infrastructure to focus on developments across the Asia Pacific, and Australia Program Director before that, Michael was the first Australian to join The Nature Conservancy. He has led the Australia Program to achieve remarkable results including the protection of 3.6 million hectares through 28 land acquisitions, the establishment of a Corporate Conservation Council to forge a closer alliance between business and conservation, and the development of close working relationships with Indigenous communities and organizations. The acquisition of Fish River Station (180,000 hectares) in the Northern Territory as part of this program marked the first time that a conservation NGO in Australia has been involved in purchasing land that will be handed back to its Traditional Owners and managed for conservation.
In addition, under Michael’s leadership the Australia program supported the planning and declaration by Traditional Owners of Indigenous Protected Areas (IPAs) over many millions of hectares. This program also pioneered approaches to provide long term sustainable funding via support of various initiatives. From its early introduction in Australia, Michael adopted TNC’s Conservation Action Planning (CAP) and widely expanded its use across the country. It has now become a standard approach for landscape-scale planning among local NGOs and Indigenous communities (as Healthy Country Planning). Under Michael’s leadership the Conservancy’s program supported conservation efforts across more than 120 million hectares of Australia’s lands and waters.
Prior to his role with TNC, Michael served as the Director of Trust for Nature. He was previously a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Horticulture at the University of Melbourne where his main focus was on vegetation management, especially tree selections for urban open space. He was awarded the Victorian State Planning award for the first study in Melbourne on Significant trees and Gardens for the City of Prahran used to develop planning controls over important trees and landscapes. He went onto to undertake similar studies for other Victorian local Government jurisdictions. Prior to this he was Superintendent of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne. Michael trained in Horticulture and Public Open Space management at The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London and has a BSc, Biological Sciences and PhD in Botany from La Trobe University, Australia. He is co-editor of the Oxford Companion to Australian Gardens, a comprehensive work on all aspects of gardens, designed landscapes and garden history in Australia that took 10 years to research and produce. The companion has become the standard reference on the subject.
Trina LEBERER, Pacific Division Director
As Pacific Division Director for The Nature Conservancy, Trina Leberer oversees conservation operations in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam, leading a team of over 40 dedicated staff focused on innovative fisheries reform, integrated ridge to reef planning and management, climate change resilience and ecosystem-based adaptation, and extractive industries reform resulting in positive environmental and social outcomes.
Before joining TNC in 2004, Trina worked for the Guam Department of Agriculture’s Division of Aquatic and Wildlife Resources for seven years as a biologist, fisheries supervisor, and acting chief. As TNC’s coordinator of marine conservation for the Micronesia Program, she assisted partners in all aspects of their ocean conservation efforts, and as Micronesia Program Director she led a team of ten focused on assisting partners to achieve lasting conservation results through science-based management, organizational capacity building, sustainable financing, and supportive policy.
Trina has a Master of Science degree in biology from the University of Guam Marine Laboratory and a Bachelor of Arts degree in environmental, populational, and organismic biology from the University of Colorado in the U.S.
Barbara Masike, Papua New Guinea Program Director
Barbara has been working with The Nature Conservancy for over 11 years. She has facilitated various MOUs between the Conservancy and government departments. She has project management skills and her work with the West New Britain provincial government resulted in the program being institutionalized in the Fisheries division and then the Division of Forests Environment and Climate Change. As project manager of the recently closed MARSH (Mangrove) project, she guided the project to achieving ground-breaking results in less than a year – in the development of mangrove policies for West New Britain and Manus provinces. Barbara studied journalism majoring in world history and Pacific politics and graduated from the University of PNG with a Bachelor of Journalism in 1993. She also has a certificate in Pacific NGO Leadership and management from the Unitec Institute of Technology in Auckland, October 2013.
Willie ATU, Solomon Islands Program Manager
Willie Atu joined the Conservancy in 2001. In his role as Program Manager for the Solomon Islands, he is responsible for the management of conservation programs, building and maintaining partnerships with communities, government agencies, and other institutions, and ensuring the coordination of strategy implementation between these groups and the Conservancy.
Willie has an Environmental Degree from the University of the South Pacific and has spent 16 years teaching in various schools throughout the Solomon Islands. Prior to joining the Conservancy, he was the headmaster of one of the leading high schools in the Solomon Islands. Willie has been able to parlay this experience into public relations and networking with important local leaders on behalf of the Conservancy.