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Winnie Lau

Guest Speaker

Professional affiliation

Senior Officer, Preventing Ocean Plastics, The Pew Charitable Trusts 

Full Biography

Winnie Lau is a senior officer with Pew Charitable Trusts’ preventing ocean plastics project, which aims to propose economically and politically feasible strategies to reduce the global ocean plastic pollution problem. Winnie joined Pew’s international conservation unit in 2014, and focused on developing strategies, new projects, and partnerships in Asia. Before joining Pew, she was the climate change science and technology adviser for the United States Agency for International Development’s mission to Sri Lanka and Maldives. She also served as manager of the Marine Ecosystem Services Program at Forest Trends, as well as a science and technology policy fellow for the American Association for the Advancement of Science at the U.S. State Department. Winnie holds a bachelor’s degree in integrative biology and environmental sciences from the University of California, Berkeley and a doctorate in oceanography from the University of Washington.