WWF's Conservation Innovation Awards

Innovation Ambassadors

The role of the Innovation Ambassadors is to:

  • Ensure that the judges have all the required information for each idea they are assessing
  • Make contacts between ideas posted and other relevant work


Michele Frank

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I am head of Conservation Projects for WWF-New Zealand. This includes the Conservation Innovation Awards, which aims to increase the scale and effectiveness of community based conservation in New Zealand, and Reconnecting Northland, a landscape scale restoration programme.

I have 25 years experience in the conservation sector across New Zealand and the South Pacific.


Fiona  Edwards

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I live in Raglan, a community that looks at its problems and creates its own solutions. I’ve helped by raising millions of dollars for community projects from tree planting and predator control to community health initiatives and local school projects. I’m Chairperson of an award-winning community project – Whaingaroa Harbour Care, which has planted more than 1.5 million native trees and rehabilitated a harbour ecosystem.


Dave West

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I am a Freshwater Scientist in the Aquatic Unit of the Department of Conservation (DOC), based in Christchurch. My role includes science project management, strategic planning and advice, independent research investigations and research contract management and review to support the Departments freshwater goals.

Previous to this I was a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Toxicology Centre, University of Saskatchewan, Canada, studying the effects of mines on aquatic communities. I completed a PhD on “Responses of wild freshwater fish to anthropogenic stressors in the Waikato River of New Zealand” at the University of Waikato in 2007. Prior to that I was a freshwater technical support officer for DOC in the Waikato and have worked as a research technician at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research.