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Melanesia Special Advisor

We are delighted to share that Ms. Miriam Supuma has joined our Christensen team as Special Advisor for Melanesia. Miriam will be advising our work in Melanesia and contributing to our overall grantmaking across the foundation. We are fortunate to have Miriam’s leadership and new perspective enliven and enrich our collective work. Miriam is based out of Port Moresby.

Miriam comes to Christensen with a wealth of experience in biodiversity conservation and research and in non-profit management including previous positions at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS-PNG) where she began as a staff biologist and later became Acting Co-director. In 2008, Miriam co-founded the Papua New Guinea Institute of Biological Research, Inc (PNGIBR) where she served as Co-Director. Her work has emphasized the training of researchers in both the scientific and cultural aspects of conservation and in building the field of Papua New Guinean-led and informed research. Most recently, Miriam was a doctoral student at James Cook University in Australia. She studied hunting and trade of Papua New Guinea’s endemic montane bird species, their use in cultural adornment (headdress) and conservation.