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Belinda Stewart-Cox OBE

Founder & Executive Director of the Elephant Conservation Network

MSc Tourism & Conservation (Eliot 2001)


Belinda began her career in publishing and television before studying Human Sciences at Oxford University, focusing on the conservation of wildlife in Thailand, in 1986. She has worked on the conservation of the forests and wildlife of the region ever since and collaborated with one of Thailand's best-known wildlife researchers, Seub Nakhasathien, during her early years there. After his death in 1990, Belinda became a founding trustee of his foundation.

In 1999 Belinda left the foundation to develop a project that became the Elephant Conservation Network (ECN) and established a collaborative partnership with the Zoological Society of London. The ECN works to safeguard the wild elephants of Thailand's western forest complex and protect their habitat for the benefit of other wildlife and the local people.

Belinda was awarded an OBE in 2011 for her services to conservation in Thailand and her role as a lay ambassador for Britain.

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