Dr. Henry Chan holds the degrees Doctor of Social Sciences from the University of Helsinki, Finland and Master of Philosophy from the Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Malaya.
From May 2012, he is Head of Conservation Sarawak, WWF-Malaysia. Dr. Chan oversees the conservation programme for Sarawak that focusses on conservation spatial planning, protected areas, responsible forestry, sustainable palm oil, advocacy for sustainable hydropower, species conservation, policy and advocacy, and community education and engagement, amongst others.
Over April 2015 to July 2017, Henry was seconded to be the Heart of Borneo Leader for WWF-Indonesia and WWF-Malaysia. His key responsibilities involved developing a concerted transboundary conservation programme across six priority landscapes that are interconnected through the HoB corridor, a project developed by the HoB member countries to address deforestation and connect fragmented protected areas across the island. His task involved also supporting the member countries develop the corridor and raise fund to implement it.
Henry was Manager, Environmental Impact Assessment and Social Initiatives, Sarawak Forestry Corporation (2003-2012). He was socio-economic advisor for the German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ) in a Malaysian-German pilot project on sustainable forest management (1998-2001). In 2001, he was recipient of the Asian Public Intellectuals (API) Fellowship of the Nippon Foundation, which brought him to study forestry conflicts in Thailand and Indonesia.
His published works include The Environmental Status of Borneo 2016 (2017); Living Landscapes, Connected Communities: Culture, Environment, and Change Across Asia as co-author (2013); Punan Vuhang Belief System in the Borneo Research Bulletin Vol. 39 (2008); Survival in the Rainforest: Change and Resilience among the Punan Vuhang of Eastern Sarawak, Malaysia, Research Series in Anthropology No. 12 (2007); History and the Punan Vuhang: Response to Economic and Resource Tenure Change. In: Beyond the Green Myth: Borneo’s Hunter-Gatherers in the 21st Century. Edited by Peter G Sercombe and Bernard Sellato (2007).