Key areas: Enabling resources, networks and knowledge to support the Blue Economy (ocean-bases sustainable development) research, education and awareness.
Kelly joined the University of Seychelles in September 2011 and has over 11 years of academic and corporate experience in environmental and sustainability roles. Kelly is the Director of the James Michel Blue Economy Research Institute at the University of Seychelles where she is leading the operationalisation of the first academic environmental research network in Seychelles. She is also one of the managing members of UniSey’s Island Biodiversity & Conservation centre. Prior to her current position, Kelly was the Head of Programme for Environmental Science, where she managed the development and implementation of UniSey’s first Environmental Science degree. She has also developed and lectured courses relating to global change, environmental research, earth system science, tropical land management and biogeography.
During her seven years at UniSey she has further developed her passion for negotiating for sustainable development, inspiring innovation, and encouraging people from different disciplines and backgrounds to work together in addressing complex global problems. She feels that making science accessible (to communities, decision-makers and investors) is crucial to advancing sustainable development and empowering communities to take positive actions that support human development and a healthy environment. Prior to joining the University of Seychelles, she worked as an environmental consultant in the field of Contaminated Site Management as well as Impact Assessment and Risk Management.