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Kelly Malsch

Head of Programme | Species

Kelly is the Head of the Species Programme and leads on UNEP-WCMC’s thematic priority of “Securing a Future for Wildlife”. She manages a dedicated team focussed on supporting the implementation of species-related international agreements, such as CITES and CMS. Kelly also provides strategic direction to UNEP-WCMC’s portfolio of projects aimed at supporting sustainable wildlife management. Kelly is an internationally-recognised expert in CITES implementation, trade data analysis, and biodiversity data management.

Previous experience & expertise

Kelly has fifteen years' experience of work at the science-policy interface of international conservation, with a particular expertise in multilateral environmental agreements such as CITES, CMS and AEWA. Kelly has a degree in Applied Mathematics from Pomona College in California and an MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management from the University of Oxford. Before joining UNEP-WCMC she worked for EcoSecurities, where she researched climate change policy, and Defenders of Wildlife, where she focused on international biodiversity conservation in the context of CITES and regional fisheries agreements. While at UNEP-WCMC, she drove forward the redevelopment of Species+ and the CITES Trade Database.

Recent work by Kelly Malsch

Support to CITES implementation |

Kelly provides strategic oversight to a portfolio of projects supporting CITES implementation. Projects include the production of reports for the CITES Review of Significant Trade, the management of the CITES Trade Database and CITES trade data analyses at regional and global levels.

EU Wildlife Trade Support |

Kelly oversees the delivery of a programme of work for the European Commission focussed on supporting the implementation of the EU Wildlife Trade Regulations. Activities include the production of species assessments, on-going maintenance of Species+ and other bespoke outputs to inform the EU’s decision-making in relation to international wildlife trade.

Supporting the EU in addressing illegal timber trade through demand-side measures |

Kelly provides oversight for this project, which aims to support the European Commission and EU Member States in monitoring and assessing the implementation and enforcement of the EU Timber Regulations.