MEET THE TEAM

NBS combines the core team’s experience in engaging policymakers, natural resource management and conservation with financial expertise to further forest conservation and help companies meet their ESG/Sutstainability commitments.

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SRI VENKATESWARA RAO, M.SC.

Director

Sri has over 10 years of experience in conservation project management and regularly liaises with federal and state government agencies. He was a YSEALI Professional Fellow at the Environmental Law Institute in Washington DC. Sri is currently the Conservation Finance Manager for Rimba and is currently a Fellow with the Kinship Foundation based in Chicago.

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GOPALASAMY REUBEN CLEMENTS, PH.D.

Conservation Science

Reuben has 15 years of conservation research and management experience in Malaysia. He has published over 90 scientific articles and managed projects that have received USD 4.6 million in funding to date. He was the co-founder of Rimba, and is currently a Professor with Sunway University and a Senior Research Fellow at the Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development Sunway.

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TAJANG JINGGUT, PH.D.

Project & Program Development

Tajang has 10 years of experience in building and developing projects and programmes in the fields of conservation, sustainable land use and research. He has a fundraising portfolio of USD 8 million for programmes and projects that he has designed and managed.

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DYLAN JEFRI ONG, B.ENG

Project Development

Dylan has over 15 years of experience as a consultant specializing in biodiversity conservation and natural resource planning, Some of the key conservation related projects that he has worked on include the National Physical Plan, Central Forest Spine (CFS) Masterplan, Heart of Borneo, East Coast Economic Region (ECER) Masterplan and National Policy on Biodiversity.

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NORIZAN MOHD MAZLAN, M.SC.

Partnership Development

Norizan has 19 years of experience working as a water engineer and in conservation. She led the Peninsular Malaysia Terrestrial Conservation programme in WWF-Malaysia. Her skillsets include partnership building, providing direction of scientific, technical and policy matters, programme management against a robust monitoring and evaluation framework.

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HAN CHING CHOONG, M.A., CFA

Conservation Finance

Han Ching has over 20 years of experience in finance, most recently as co-founder and sole fund manager of the Kriya China Fund. Prior to that, she was a Managing Director at a US Investment Bank in Hong Kong.

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JOSEPH KELLY, M.SC.

Spatial Ecology

Joe has 12 years of experience in conservation and ecological research in Africa, Asia and Europe. He has led field projects on topics such as bird diversity on remote Indonesian islands and forest elephant movements in Cameroon. He is currently using remote sensing data and machine learning to inform conservation policy in Malaysia

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