Oxford GAV Conservation Venture Studio Appoints William I.Y Byun to Build Presence across Asia

Oxford, UK / SEAPRWire / Mar 25, 2021 / – Oxford GAV Conservation Venture Studio (CVS) announces that William I.Y. Byun has joined the team as a Partner to drive forward partnerships with both enterprises and governments across Asia.

The Oxford GAV CVS – the first of its kind across the globe – is collaboration between the University of Oxford and Global Accelerated Ventures. In Asia, it aims to promote a new way of thinking about conservation by supporting local conservation efforts and by creating a thought leadership platform.

Mr Byun brings more than two decades’ experience of sustainable energy, climate change mitigation, and finance in emerging markets. He currently serves as an independent director to the International Center of the Government of Kazakhstan, in addition to advising various governments and state-linked investment bodies on infrastructure and renewable energy policy, including the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. He has held senior finance roles at Conchubar Group’s Asia Renewables and the AES Corporation, and is an adjunct professor of finance at California State University.

With his experience and connections, Mr Byun will support the CVS to build relationships and influence environmental policy in the region.

Mr. Byun stated: “I’m incredibly excited to join the Oxford GAV Conservation Venture Studio, which is taking an exciting new approach to solving the world’s conservation issues. This will include tackling Asia’s biggest conversation problems, whether that being the fact that over half the countries in the region are water insecure, or how to balance deforestation with a lack of arable land.

“Conservation encompasses more than simply biodiversity loss but, also broader issues such as sustainable development, genetic management and energy and scientific policy. The interwoven societal nature of these issues means that the traditional venture fund approach is not sufficient. By combining public research with private enterprise, venture studios are perfectly placed to solve these complex issues.”

Thomas Buchar, Managing Partner of GAV, added: “Conservation is one of the most pressing issues of our time, yet the current model that relies on charitable donations is not sufficient. We aim to fix this problem through the commercialisation of conservation technology. Crucial to this is combining private enterprise with government support, which is where William’s experience will be crucial. His knowledge and deep bench of contacts across Asia will help us increase our presence across the region.”

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