Melanie Ryan

Head of Programme (ad-interim)

Melanie is a programme management, design, engagement and facilitation expert with extensive experience in international cooperation, science-policy and environmental programmes. Over the last 12 years she has worked extensively in the conservation, water, environment, capacity development and sustainability fields. Her focus lies in delivering successful cross-sector engagement, facilitating knowledge exchange and programme development for meaningful social and environmental outcomes.

Melanie has worked with the Luc Hoffmann Institute since 2015. She led and designed the initial Fellows Programme and is now Senior Programme Manager. In this role she oversees the design and standardisation of the institute’s portfolio of projects, undertakes project leadership and partnership development, as well as leads capacity-development activities. Based in Cambridge, she also manages UK-based Luc Hoffmann Institute team members and consultants through the institute’s collaboration with the UN Environment – World Conservation Monitoring Centre. 

Having worked across a range of sectors, including government, cooperative research centres, NGOs and statutory bodies, Melanie is skilled at designing projects and partnerships that effectively tackle complex and challenging problems. Her research interests lie in designing integrated approaches to socio-environmental issues, understanding impact and evaluation, complexity and systems thinking, and capacity development for environmental management in the 21st century. Understanding and designing processes that harness a broad range of human talent is key and includes developing approaches to conservation that recognise gender, youth and indigenous peoples among all kinds of diversity.

Melanie is also an Ambassador for the International RiverFoundation (IRF) where she worked previously as International Programmes Manager. Through this role she has served as a Programme Committee member for the International Riversymposium as well as creating and facilitating ‘Women in Rivers’ forums in Australia, Europe and India. 

Melanie has a First Class Honours in International Relations, is a qualified Project Manager and is currently finalising a Master of Science in Environment and Sustainability.

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