Who We Are

About Mandai Nature

Mandai Nature aims to advance efforts for nature conservation in Asia, with a focus on protecting threatened species from extinction, protecting and restoring ecosystems, driving nature-based solutions to mitigate climate change, and creating benefits for local communities.

We deliver impact by supporting local organisations on the ground through funding, development of capacity and skills, and by linking local and global agendas.

Our role is to create solutions, enable and catalyse action, help scale up conservation efforts, and support organisations and experts.

Mandai Nature proudly hosts the IUCN SSC Asian Species Action Partnership (ASAP) secretariat as well as the IUCN SSC Conservation Planning Specialist Group (CPSG) Southeast Asia Resource Centre.

Based in Singapore, Mandai Nature was established in December 2020 by Temasek and Mandai Park Holdings, the parent entity of Mandai Wildlife Group.

Our Vision

Flourishing ecosystems and thriving wildlife co-existing with vibrant communities in Asia.

Our Mission

Our Mission is to support nature conservation in Asia. We help:

  • Avert species extinction through direct ex-situ and in-situ interventions including rescue and rehabilitation, and addressing threats such as habitat loss and wildlife trade,
  • Protect and restore ecosystems like forests, peatlands and mangroves,
  • Engage and benefit local communities, and
  • Mitigate climate change through green and blue nature-based solutions.

Our Goals

By 2025, Mandai Nature hopes to directly and significantly contribute to:
Recovery or stabilisation of at least 20 threatened Asian species
Protection and restoration of 100,000 hectares of natural ecosystems
Economically benefit local communities in at least 10 landscapes, reaching up to 10,000 people

Meet The Team

Board of Directors

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Robin Hu

Chairman, Mandai Nature
Head, International Policy and Governance at Temasek International
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Claire Chiang

Director, Mandai Nature
Co-founder Banyan Tree Group,
Senior Vice President, Banyan Tree Holdings Limited
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Melissa Ong

Director, Mandai Nature
Director of Mojo Pte Ltd.
Vice President of Business Development and Director of Activities of COMO Hotels and Resorts
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Mike Barclay

Director, Mandai Nature
Group CEO, Mandai Wildlife Group
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Simon Stuart

Director, Mandai Nature
Executive Director, A Rocha International
Chief Scientific Adviser, Synchronicity Earth

Strategic Advisory Panel

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Caroline Lees

Co-convenor, IUCN Species Survival Commission’s Conservation Planning Specialist Group, Australasia
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Erik Meijaard

Managing Director, Borneo Futures
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Justin Adams

Executive Director, Tropical Forest Alliance
Co-Director, Nature Based Solutions, World Economic Forum
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Ruth Nussbaum

Co-Founder and Group Director, Proforest
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Sejal Worah

Programme Director, WWF India
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Shawn Lum

President, Nature Society (Singapore)
Senior Lecturer, Nanyang Technological University
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Will Duckworth

Wildlife Surveyor and Species Conservation Advisor

Singapore Advisory Panel

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Benjamin Lee

Director (Wildlife Management Research), National Parks Board
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Cheng Wen-Haur

Deputy CEO and Chief Life Sciences Officer, Mandai Wildlife Group
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Darren Yeo

Deputy Head (Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum), National University of Singapore
Associate Professor (Department of Biological Sciences), National University of Singapore
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Danwei Huang

Assistant Professor (Department of Biological Sciences), National University of Singapore
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Janice Lee

Assistant Professor (Coupled human-natural systems), Nanyang Technological University
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Norman Lim

Lecturer (Natural Sciences & Science Education), National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University

Mandai Nature Staff

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Kavita Prakash Mani

CEO
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Sonja Luz

Deputy CEO (Wildlife), Mandai Nature
Vice President, Conservation, Research and Veterinary, Mandai Wildlife Group
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Annie Ng

Manager (Finance)
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Charlene Yeong

Senior Manager (Wildlife Health and Rehabilitation)
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Christine Pang

Manager (Brand and Communications)
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Claris Tan

Personal Assistant to CEO
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Jessica Lee

Head (Avian Species Programmes and Partnerships)
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Li Ling Ho

Manager (Regional Partnerships)
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Nathaniel Ng

Manager (Aquatic Programmes and Conservation Research)
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Prashant Mahajan

Head (Ecosystems and Climate Change)
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Roopali Raghavan

Head (Terrestrial Species and Conservation Planning)

Asian Species Action Partnership Staff

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Nerissa Chao

Director
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Vicki Guthrie

Partnerships and Communications Manager
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Elizabeth Zhang

Partnerships Officer