Canadian by birth, Sian Owen’s vision for a world of equal opportunity and wise resource use is rooted in eight formative years spent growing up in Indonesia. With an undergraduate degree in Economics from Queen’s University in Ontario and a Master’s degree in Development Studies from the University of London, Sian headed back to Southeast Asia in the early ’90’s looking to make a difference. Sian’s career started with several years experience in national and regional media and marketing research, first in Vietnam and then in the Netherlands.
Following a period of consulting in the environmental sector, Sian took on a full-time position with the World Wildlife Fund leading a new three year Coral Reefs Advocacy Initiative for the Global Marine Program. This was the first in a series of program development roles, which included the conception and realization of the People and Nature Initiative, focused on the integration of marine conservation initiatives into national development planning. From 2007 Sian took the lead on policy and partnerships for WWF’s Coral Triangle Initiative. With the launch of her own consulting firm, Sustainability Options consulting, Sian has continued to work for the triple bottom line of People, Profit, and Planet. Sian joined CREE because of its entrepreneurial spirit of innovation for the natural world.
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