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Spike Millington

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Vice President of International Programs and Director of Asia, International Crane Foundation

Full Biography

Spike Millington is Vice President of International Programs and Director of Asia for the International Crane Foundation, based in Wisconsin, USA. Previously, he was Chief Executive of the East Asian – Australasian Flyway Partnership from 2012 to 2017, bringing together 35 representatives of country governments, inter-governmental and international non-governmental organizations to conserve migratory waterbirds and their habitats in the 22 countries of the Flyway. In 2011, he assisted USAID in developing its global biodiversity policy. From 2006 – 2010, Spike was UNDP Chief Technical Advisor on the EU-China Biodiversity Program, EU’s largest biodiversity program outside the EU. He advised on strategic planning, institutional and policy development, as well as technical support to 18 field projects. Prior to this, he worked at the Asian Developing Bank, developing the China-GEF Controlling Land Degradation in Dryland Areas of Western China (OP13) Program. Spike spent 13 years in Africa, including as IUCN Senior Policy Advisor in Ethiopia, and as Program Coordinator for USAID helping Madagascar implement its pioneer Environmental Action Plan. He holds a B.Sc in biology from University of Leeds, UK and an MS from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA in ecology and evolutionary biology.