Tackling Illegal Wildlife Trade Through Partnerships

Tackling Illegal Wildlife Trade Through Partnerships

25 May 2021


Supported by the CSR Steering Group, Education Committee and Environment & Energy Committee



Brian Gonzales, Head of Endangered Species, WWF

Kim Downs, CAMS, CFE, Financial Crime Fraud and Sanctions Risk Management, ANZ Bank

Sam Inglis, Wildlife Programme Manager, ADM Capital Foundation

Woody Chan, CSR & Sustainability Manager, Foodpanda


Chinali Patel, Illicit Finance Policy Lead, British Consulate General



Illegal Wildlife Trade: growing impact on economies and supply chains and driving change through cross-sector partnerships

Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT) is estimated to be worth around $20bn per year, making it the 4th largest crime on a global level. The pandemic and its devastating impact on economies, environment and livelihoods has like never before opened the window to the often hidden world of IWT and its links to organised crime. Pangolins, rhinos, other endangered wildlife and biodiversity are hugely impacted, but the cumulative impact upon citizens and economies worldwide is impossible to ignore. It is evidently a global threat requiring a coordinated global and local response through effective cross-sector partnerships.

The panel includes cross-sector leaders that are delivering impactful initiatives and implementing creative solutions in tackling illegal wildlife trade in supply chains, associated money flows and preserving our biodiversity and environment. The webinar will be providing key insights into the following:

  • How can you spot red the red flags and risk indicators?
  • Learn more about first global compendium toolkit for shipping sector.
  • What changes are proposed to include IWT as part of Organised Serious Crime Ordinance?
  • What measures and policies can the food industry implement?
  • Hear more about the amazing #BreakTheChain project which brings animals and artwork to life on the streets of Hong Kong, through murals and augmented reality (AR).


Click here to view the project video (Source: ADM Capital Foundation is collaborating with The Collective and Artists who Love Animals & Nature (A.L.A.N.) to spread the message about Hong Kong's significance as a global wildlife trafficking hub - through the #BreakTheChain project. Working with local artists to bring animals and artwork to life on the streets of Hong Kong, through murals and AR, building awareness about our city's vital role in the illegal trade, as well as gathering support for a legislative change that will finally see wildlife crimes treated as the organised and serious crimes they are).


About the speakers

Brian has over 20 years’ experience in project and development technical assistance management, conservation and enforcement policy, as well as programme monitoring and evaluation. He assumed leadership roles in multiple USAID-funded projects implemented by the IUCN/TRAFFIC and Freeland, working across Southeast Asia designed to raise institutional and policy response to counter-wildlife trafficking. His last position was lead of the partnerships, policy and political commitment portfolio of the $25M project, USAID Wildlife Asia. Prior to that, he worked for the Asian Development Bank, WWF and Ayala Corporation. He holds a master’s degree in Management of Development from the University of Turin, Italy and a BA from De La Salle University - College of Saint Benilde, Manila. Brian is an appointed member of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL), and in December 2013, he was awarded Asia 21 Young Leader by the Asia Society and Bank of America Merrill Lynch.


As part of the Financial Crime Portfolio, Kim manages Fraud and Sanctions risk for ANZ Bank. In this role she provides 2nd line advisory and support to the institutional and retail business internationally. Kim has worked for ANZ for 12 years and prior to moving to Melbourne worked in both Singapore and Hong Kong for more than 25 years in a variety of regional roles in the finance sector. Kim’s passion and interest in IWT was sparked when ANZ became the only Australian bank signatory to the United for Wildlife Mansion House declaration in 2018. Since then, together with a group of ANZ IWT champions, she has worked with internal groups and external partners across the bank to help raise awareness, develop typologies and operationalise intelligence to detect, disrupt and prevent the growth of this growing crime in the region.


Sam is a researcher with experience working on a range of environmental issues in Asia, namely water security, cryospheric change and wildlife trade. He has worked for ADMCF since 2016 and is currently their Wildlife Programme Manager, overseeing projects on wildlife trade and crime. He was one of the lead authors of ADMCF's 2018 reports characterising Hong Kong's significance in the global wildlife trade and the subsequent 2021 update 'Still Trading in Extinction: The Dark Side of Hong Kong's Wildlife Trade'. He continues to develop the Foundation's work on illegal wildlife trade, as well as emerging research on the trade of wildlife online and of exotic species.


Woody leads corporate social responsibility and sustainability initiatives in foodpanda Hong Kong, strengthening foodpanda’s commitment to grow sustainably with its ecosystem of riders, merchants, and consumers.Since joining the company in 2020, Woody has focused on tackling issues such as carbon emissions, plastic consumption and food waste by building initiatives and establishing strategic partnerships with market-leading environmental groups. More specifically, Woody spearheaded foodpanda’s signing of WWF Hong Kong’s corporate pledge to ban shark fin menu items from its platform, the first by a food delivery platform in Hong Kong. On the CSR front, Woody is dedicated to helping foodpanda give back to the community and improve employee wellbeing.

Prior to joining foodpanda, Woody led projects at CWR, one of Asia’s leading think tanks on climate and water risks, honing his skills in research and analysis. As an advocate for sustainability, Woody has also participated in various public speaking engagements, from TEDx talks and university seminars to industry forums and panels.


About the moderator

Chinali commenced the role as Consul International Illicit Finance at the British Consulate General in Hong Kong in April 2019. The role has a specific focus on policy and strategy - enhancing diplomatic engagement, capability and capacity building in close coordination with UK, regional and international partners to tackle illicit finance. Chinali also chairs the Diversity and Inclusion Committee at the British Consulate General. 

Chinali has 17 years of UK Law Enforcement experience in tackling serious and organised crime including predicate offences (child sexual exploitation and abuse online, modern slavery and human trafficking). Chinali maintains excellent relationships with key influencers, wider civil society and international partners to ensure a coordinated and responsive approach to issues which need addressing at international level, ensuring that public protection messages are aligned across agencies and have maximum impact.


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5/25/2021 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
China Standard Time
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