United Nations University
Based in Tokyo, Japan, Evonne is a researcher of the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) and secretariat to the International Satoyama Initiative, working towards promoting the global effort to realise societies in harmony with nature through the revitalization and sustainable management of “socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes” (SEPLS) for biodiversity and human well-being. Her research expertise also includes FAO’s Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) initiative, for which she has assisted the designation of several GIAHS sites in Japan and Korea. Evonne is a key research member of several project teams including Agrodiversity and Sustainability and an UNU-IAS joint project with the Rural Development Administration of the Republic of Korea on Introduction of technologies on characteristic analysis and conservation management in Agricultural Heritage Systems. She is also a participating researcher in the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN) funded project on “Sustainable mangrove rehabilitation for global and local benefits” coordinated by the University of the Philippines Los Banos in cooperation with the Forest Research Institute (Myanmar) and Jawaharlal Nehru University (India). Her past UNU-IAS research projects included Developing a Comprehensive Assessment Method for Ingenious “Agri-Cultural” Systems in Japan (ACS) (FY2012-2014) and Monitoring and Evaluation Method for Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Use through Multi-stakeholders Governance (FY2015-2017). She is also well versed in ocean and coastal fisheries issues, driving the OUIK “Noto’s Satoumi Movement” at UNU-IAS' local operating unit (OUIK) in Kanazawa City, Japan.
Evonne is a Singaporean citizen, with a PhD in Agricultural and Life Sciences (specializing in global fisheries studies) and a Masters Degree in Public Policy from the University of Tokyo, and a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) degree with The National University of Singapore.