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Belinda Stewart-Cox MSc OBE
London and Kanchanaburi, Thailand
  • Project Manager
[General description section]

After working in publishing and television, Belinda read Human Sciences at Oxford University, coming to Thailand in 1986 to do a short study of green peafowl in Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary. She has focused on the forests and wildlife of west Thailand ever since. In her early years here, she worked closely with one of Thailand’s best known wildlife researchers, the late Seub Nakhasathien.


Together with other officials, researchers and NGO campaigners, they helped defeat the Nam Choan Hydro-Dam proposal (1988); the revised law allowing loggers into wildlife sanctuaries (1989) and they wrote Thailand’s nomination for Thung Yui-Huai Kha Khaeng to become, in 1991, the first natural world heritage site in mainland southeast Asia. After Seub’s death in 1990, Belinda became a founding trustee of his namesake foundation, raising funds for numerous projects while helping to promote the need to conserve the Western Forest Complex.


She left the foundation in 1999 to develop a project that would become the Elephant Conservation Network in 2005. In the meantime, she obtained an MSc in conservation and tourism from the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology, Kent University, doing fieldwork in Kenya as part of a human-elephant conflict mitigation project, and she established a collaborative partnership with the Zoological Society of London. In 2011, H.M. Queen Elizabeth awarded her an OBE for her services to conservation in Thailand and for her role as a lay ambassador for Britain.

Zoological Society of London, Elephant Conservation Network
Position within organisation

Project Manager at ZSL


Founder and Executive Director of the Elephant Conservation Network


This project aims to mitigate human-elephant conflict in Thong Pha Phum National Park, Thailand.

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