Project Director United for Wildlife
Dr. Naomi Doak has worked in international biodiversity conservation, specializing in protected area management and illegal wildlife trade, for 20 years. She is currently the Head of Conservation Programmes at The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex where she oversees the Conservation work of The Foundation including United for Wildlife.
United for Wildlife is a unique collaboration of seven of the worlds’ leading conservation organisations, working closely with NGOs, governments, intergovernmental organizations and others to engage young people in conservation and address the pressing conservation issues of our time, with an initial focus on illegal wildlife trade.
Under the work of United for Wildlife she has supported the establishment and actions of the Transport Taskforce – a unique partnership across the transport sector around efforts to combat illegal wildlife trade.
Previously she was the Coordinator of TRAFFIC’s Greater Mekong Programme where she led the development of an innovative and unique demand reduction campaign for rhino horn in Viet Nam, drove pivotal legislation change regarding ivory in Thailand and led projects focused on many other wildlife trade issues. Prior to that she was Coordinator of the Asia Regional Protected Area Programme for IUCN and led projects to develop new protected areas while assessing management effectiveness of marine areas and highlighting the need for greater protection of temperate grasslands.
She is a member of a number of IUCN Specialist Groups including African Rhinos and has been a consultant to the IUCN World Heritage Centre for the last 5 years, providing input and evaluations on sites in India, Bangladesh, Japan, Philippines, Thailand and Sudan.She majored in Marine Biology and Zoology at James Cook University, North Queensland, Australia for her undergraduate degree and obtained her Ph.D. in ecology and conservation genetics from Griffith University, Australia.