WWF's Conservation Innovation Awards

Judges Profiles

Devon McLean

Director, Project Janszoon

Devon’s love of trees and plants carried though from his childhood to a career in the forest industry. In 1990 Devon was involved in setting up Project Crimson – a trust devoted to the protection of New Zealand’s pohutakawa and rata trees since then he has been a trustee and served as Chairman for 10 years. Recent interests include Project Managing the Living Legends campaign and as a member of the Trust restoring Rotoroa Island in the Hauraki Gulf. As director of Project Janszoon, a privately funded trust, he is working with the Department of Conservation, the Abel Tasman Birdsong Trust, the community and local iwi to restore the ecology of the Abel Tasman National Park over the next 30 years.

Shane Inder

Head of Industrial Design & Innovation, AUT University

Shane’s background includes training as an engineer before studying product/industrial design and taking up industrial design lecturing positions at Massey University then AUT University. Shane has run his own design consultancy and worked with a range of New Zealand and international manufacturers including WilliamsWarn and Intel. He is currently working on the design and development of new automated pest detection, monitoring and toxin delivery devices in conjunction with Connovation Ltd and Lincoln University.

Matthew Monahan

Silicon Valley Entrepreneur

Matthew is a founding contributor to Kiwi ConnectInflection, and Namaste Foundation. He splits his time between Silicon Valley and a permaculture farm outside Upper Hutt, New Zealand. He is passionate about regenerative technologies, conscious media, impact entrepreneurship, and community design.

Justine Daw

General Manager, Landcare Research & WWF-New Zealand Board Trustee

Justine has a background in sustainable development and climate change policy and programmes, working offshore as part of United Nations, Pacific Regional and Commonwealth initiatives, as well as working more recently in NZ in the environmental and environmental science sectors.  She sits on a range of governance bodies across the Natural Resources Sector, and actively champions new approaches to increase the relevance, application and impact of environmental research.

Michele Frank

Head of Conservation Projects, WWF-New Zealand

Michele has a background of 25 years working in the environment and conservation sectors in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. Her roles have included practical hands-on conservation, facilitation, training and coaching. Michele is passionate about community conservation, and while living in Raglan for the past eight years she has been Chair of the Whangaroa Environment Centre, greatly enjoying her involvement in the Karioi Seabird Mountain Project and Whangaroa Harbour Care.