Melanie Ryan

Melanie Ryan

Capacity Development and Fellows Programme Lead

Melanie is a programme management, engagement and facilitation expert with extensive experience in international cooperation and coordinating environmental programmes. Over the last decade she has worked extensively in the water, environment, river basin and sustainability fields. She has a passion for cross-sector engagement, facilitating knowledge exchange and programme development for meaningful environmental outcomes.

Having worked across a range of sectors, including government, cooperative research centres, NGO and statutory bodies, Melanie has further developed her skills and understanding of multi-sector approaches and perspectives to environmental conservation and sustainability at local, national and international scales.

Her research interests lie in climate change, integrated approaches to environmental management and capacity development for environmental management in the 21st century. Additionally, she is passionate about ensuring integrated approaches to environmental conservation that recognise gender, youth, indigenous peoples and a range of other issues.

Melanie is also an Ambassador for the International RiverFoundation (IRF) where she worked previously as the International Programmes Manager. In this role she managed the IRF international programmes, managed logistics for the International Rivers Symposium, created the ‘Women in Rivers’ forum and worked with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to create an Emerging Water Professionals programme to increase early-career professional involvement in the rivers symposium.


MSc, Environment and Sustainability, University of Southern Queensland, Australia (current).

Dip. Project Management, Australian Institute of Management, Brisbane, Australia (2011).

First Class Hons. BA, International Relations, University of Southern Queensland, Australia (2009).

Honours thesis of the Year, ‘China’s double-edged sword: Managing the environment under a growing economy in a globalised society’, University of Southern Queensland (2009).

BA, International Relations and German, University of Southern Queensland, Australia (2004).

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