View of the Wheatbelt, Western Australia © WWF-Aus / Alan Carmichael

Kathryn Michie

Public Sector Partnership Manager

I coordinate the partnership between WWF-Australia and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). I love my role because I get to oversee all of our international work. From improving food security and livelihoods through our fisheries program in the Pacific, to working with communities in India to reduce human-wildlife conflict between tigers and farmers, I’m always impressed by the innovation and dedication of our WWF colleagues across the globe.

Prior to joining WWF-Australia I worked with the WWF-Greater Mekong team on forest carbon in Laos, Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia. I started my career as a consultant at Ernst & Young and I’ve also volunteered with NGOs in Fiji and Cambodia and worked with AusAID (before it became DFAT) in its development banks and climate change and environment teams.

My favourite non-work trips have included visiting the Galapagos Islands, seeing polar bears in northern Canada, and visiting wildlife sanctuaries with my daughter in Sri Lanka. Turtle was one of her first words.

Only people can make the changes necessary to save our unique species and the ecosystems that we all depend upon. Conservation isn’t just about animals; it’s all about people and how they interact with and rely on our precious natural resources.

© Sian Breen / WWF-Aus

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