Kathy MacKinnon has been an early pioneer in developing the organization in Asia and active mentor and supporter of Wetlands International’s for many years. Kathy has over 30 years of experience working on conservation projects globally, including 10 years spent in Indonesia where she engaged in tropical ecology research and protected areas planning and management. She has worked extensively with international and national conservation NGOs, as well as government agencies in developing countries. She is the author of over 100 scientific books and publications, including recent books that promote protected areas as proven and sustainable natural solutions, helping societies to cope with climate change. In 2007, she was awarded the Distinguished Service Award of the Society of Conservation Biology and in 2018, she has won the Midori Prize for Biodiversity, a prestigious conservation award.
From 2011-2021 Kathy was a member of the Supervisory Council and Board of Association and she encouraged the Wetlands International team to connect to water and climate issues and to play a leading role in peatlands. We are very proud to appoint Kathy as a Counsellor of Honour.