Environmental Initiatives

Imogen Zethoven

Director, Global Shark Conservation, The Pew Charitable Trusts

Imogen Zethoven

Email: izethoven@pewtrusts.org

Washington, D.C.

Imogen Zethoven joined Pew in 2007 as project manager for the Coral Sea Campaign and, two years later, became director of the program to establish the world’s largest fully protected marine park. She became director of Pew’s Global Shark Conservation in November 2013.

Before joining Pew, Zethoven worked in many organizations and agencies, including the Australian Prime Minister’s Ecologically Sustainable Development process and the Federal Environment Minister’s statutory Biological Diversity Advisory Committee. Before joining Pew, she worked for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), helping to designate one-third of the Great Barrier Reef as a marine park closed to fishing. This action created the world’s largest network of highly protected marine reserves.

She later moved to Berlin to lead WWF’s global climate change campaign, PowerSwitch!, which focused on the EU Emissions Trading Scheme. Previously, Zethoven headed the Queensland Conservation Council, where she led a campaign to curb land clearing in Queensland that protected 4 million hectares (8.8 million acres) of endangered and vulnerable ecosystems. She has also worked as environmental advisor to the leader of the Australian Democrats in Canberra.

In 2006, Zethoven was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for service to conservation and the environment. In 2003, she was awarded a Centenary Medal for her service to conservation in Queensland.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand, and a master’s degree in environmental studies from the University of Adelaide.

News Room

  • Media Interview with Imogen Zethoven

    • Nov. 26, 2012
    • MediaCoverage

    Global Ocean Legacy Coral Sea director Imogen Zethoven is interviewed by Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s News 24 about the Australian government’s November 2012 proclamation to create the Australian Coral Sea Marine National Park. More

  • Australia Creates World's Biggest Marine Park

    • Nov. 16, 2012
    • MediaCoverage

    (The Telegraph) About a million square miles of ocean will be proclaimed reserves today in a bid by the Gillard Government to limit fishing and oil and gas exploration. More

  • Lawsuit Seeks Release of Arctic Offshore Safety Data

    • Sep. 7, 2012
    • MediaCoverage

    (Cordoba Times) A lawsuit filed Aug. 30 in federal court in Anchorage seeks release of testing data that would shed some light on whether an incident similar to the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico could happen offshore in Arctic Alaska.


  • Pew Responds to Letter to the Editor in Sail World, Australia

    • Aug. 24, 2012
    • Opinion

    Imogen Zethoven responds to a letter published in the Sail World, Australia on Monday, August 20 that was critical of Pew's efforts to protect the Coral Sea.


  • Marine Reserve Compensation 'A Drop in the Ocean'

    • Jun. 15, 2012
    • MediaCoverage

    (Sydney Morning Herald) Commercial fishermen are set to receive compensation of about $100 million to help them adjust to the establishment of the world's largest network of marine reserves around Australia, Prime Minister Julia Gillard said this morning.


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