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Kathryn Fuller

Kathryn S. Fuller, former president and chief executive of World Wildlife Fund

The Kathryn Fuller Science for Nature Fund supports and harnesses the most promising conservation science research and puts it into practice. Named in honor of the former president and CEO of WWF-US, the fund supports an annual Science for Nature Symposium featuring global leaders in science, policy, and conservation. Additionally, a regular seminar series provides a regular forum for the conservation community.

What WWF Is Doing

2018 Fuller Symposium

Living Systems

Embrace complexity, change the planet

How can conservation shift to keep up with the demands of our rapidly changing world? On December 6, 2018, this year’s Fuller Symposium, presented in collaboration with National Geographic, inspired thinking on why and how to integrate principles of systems theory in conservation. We brought together a diverse array of leading experts to challenge our current way of working—and to devise creative solutions to complex conservation and development challenges in the context of our dynamic planet.

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About the Series

WWF’s Science for Nature Seminars provide a regular forum for the conservation community to learn, discuss, network and inspire. The series seeks to advance the discussion of cutting edge research relating to international conservation by featuring distinguished scientists from across the globe. Seminars are:

  • Free
  • Open to the public
  • Held at WWF’s Washington, D.C. Headquarters (1250 24th St. NW, Washington, DC 20037)
  • Begin at 4:30 p.m., followed by a reception at 5:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Kate Graves at 202-495-4604.

WWF's Fuller Science for Nature Seminar Series

Dark Commerce and Corruption: Undermining a Sustainable Future
Who: Louise Shelley, Terrorism, Transnational Crime, and Corruption Center
When: May 23, 2019 at 4:30 pm, Reception to follow
Where: WWF’s Washington, D.C. Headquarters (1250 24th St. NW, Washington, DC 20037)

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About the Seminar:

The global trade of goods has drastically and fundamentally changed in recent years. The illicit trade of natural resources and associated corruption threatens both biodiversity and the sustainability of our planet. This illicit activity is insidious: decimating wildlife, threatening our oceans and forests, and undermining responses to climate change. Forests are illegally felled, carbon markets are hijacked by criminals, illegal pesticides destroy the soil, and more.

Louise Shelley, author of Dark Commerce: How a New Illicit Economy is Threatening our Future, will share research from her 2018 book on how globalization and technological advances have fueled the exponential growth of dangerous illicit trade. Elizabeth Hart, Chief of Party of the Targeting Natural Resource Corruption Project, will discuss the challenges that corruption poses in this context, and how the global community can no longer afford to ignore it.

About the Speakers:

Louise Shelley, Founder and Director, Terrorism, Transnational Crime, and Corruption Center. Dr. Louise Shelley is the Omer L. and Nancy Hirst Endowed Chair and a University Professor at George Mason University. Dr. Shelley directs the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC), which she founded. She is a leading expert on the relationship between terrorism, organized crime and corruption, human trafficking, and transnational crime and terrorism. She also specializes in illicit financial flows and money laundering. Her newest book, Dark Commerce, on illicit trade and sustainability, was released in 2018 with Princeton University Press. She has spoken at various international fora and universities, both in the United States and abroad, on transnational crime, terrorism, human trafficking, illicit trade, and corruption.

Moderated by Elizabeth Hart, Chief of Party, Targeting Natural Resource Corruption, WWF. Dr. Elizabeth Hart is Chief of Party for the Targeting Natural Resource Corruption (TNRC) project at WWF. Supported by USAID, the goal of TNRC is to strengthen anti-corruption knowledge and practice to improve biodiversity outcomes by reducing threats posed by corruption to wildlife, fisheries and forests. Liz has more than twenty years of experience in governance and anti-corruption analysis and practice in the international development sphere. In addition to a 14-year career with USAID, she was formerly the director of the U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre and an active consultant in governance, anti-corruption and development.

Projects

  • Kathryn S. Fuller Science for Nature Seminar Series

    WWF’s Science for Nature Seminars provide a regular forum for the conservation community to learn, discuss, network and inspire. The series seeks to advance the discussion of cutting edge research relating to critical topics in international conservation by featuring distinguished scientists from across the globe.

  • 2011 Fuller Science for Nature Symposium

    The 2011 symposium titled “Conservation Forward” brought together a diverse group of conservation leaders and change makers to answer one critical question: What are the most promising new ideas and innovations for effecting conservation?

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