Since the age of five, Stuart knew he wanted to be a “naturalist”. He started working for WWF in 1993, initially in Vietnam’s Bach Ma National Park and then in WWF-UK. As head of the WWF-UK Species Programme, which covered Asia, Latin American and Africa, he successfully devised a campaign which resulted in a change in UK law to make wildlife trade crime an arrestable offence.
Simon is a public intellectual focusing on Asia’s international relations, such as US-Asia relations, the global economy and issues of regionalization. He is concurrently the chairman of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs think-tank, professor of international law at the National University of Singapore and Senior Consultant at the law firm, WongPartnership.
William Winram is noted as an Ocean Environmentalist, Shark Publicist and Photographer. He established himself as one of the few freedivers in the world who can excel in pool and depth competitions, earning several medals at World Championships. After three years of competitive freediving and countless Pan-American records, William started using his breath-hold talents in aid of the world’s oceans.
TEDxWWF Singapore speaker - Darrel Webber, Secretary General, Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)
With prior working experience in an international environmental NGO and the private sector, in January 2011, Darrel Webber became Secretary General of RSPO. A not-for-profit association that unites stakeholders from seven sectors of the palm oil industry – namely oil palm producers, palm oil processors or traders, consumer goods manufacturers, retailers, banks and investors, environmental or nature conservation NGOs and social or developmental NGOs – RSPO’s goal is to develop and implement global standards for sustainable palm oil.
Sudhanshu is a London-based barrister, who has worked on environmental and human rights issues around the world, including in India, Colombia, Afghanistan, Syria and Darfur. He has a particular interest in the relationship between multinational corporations and the environment. Sudhanshu is Vice-Chair of the Human Rights Committee of the Bar of England and Wales and has lectured in international law at King’s College, London.
Irshad is one of Malaysia’s most celebrated naturalists with over 26 years experience in the field. A former banker, Irshad is based in Langkawi where he runs a successful bird watching company – Natural History Tours - and is a strong advocate for the conservation of Langkawi’s fragile natural heritage. A self-taught naturalist and outdoor buff, he conducts interpretive walks for The Datai Resort, a leading hotel. This gifted and passionate speaker is entertaining but serious and insightful and his walks always inspire his audiences.
TEDxWWF Singapore speaker - Lixin Huang, President, American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Lixin Huang is well-known for her thoughts on consumption reduction of illegal species in traditional medicine. She has been advocating sustainability in Chinese herbal medicine and has spoken widely on the challenges and opportunities ahead.
TEDxWWF Singapore speaker - Tim ‘Mac’ Macartney, Embercombe’s Founder and Head of Organisation Consultancy
Mac is the CEO and founder of Embercombe, a social enterprise located in Devon, United Kingdom, that seeks to inspire committed action towards a truly sustainable world. He has also co-founded a leadership development consultancy in Poland. Mac has been coaching and developing leaders from the corporate world since 1984 and has recently published his first book Finding Earth, Finding Soul.
Rory is an expert in brand identities, cutting edge interactive campaigns and behavioural economics .
Bio: Mike was part of the small team that developed the company’s groundbreaking Plan A, a 100 point, 5 year plan to address a wide range of environmental and social issues. He helps provide the vision and the energy to affect change and ensure a leading but efficient approach to sustainability across the company.
Stuart has been with WWF since 2006 and works with the private sector on a range of water related activities, from water footprint to public policy engagement.