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Julian Hyde

General Manager

Reef Check Malaysia

Julian Hyde is a scientist by training, with a degree in biochemistry. He worked for several years as a management consultant, including six years in Russia managing a variety of environmental consulting programmes. He moved to Malaysia in 1998, initially managing an environmental consulting company in KL before moving to Tioman Island to pursue his dream of running his own dive centre, which he did for six years. It was during that time that he became interested in Reef Check.

In 2006 he worked with a team to establish Reef Check Malaysia (RCM) as a registered NGO in Malaysia. Since then he has continued to raise funds for the organisation and to develop its programmes which now include a national annual coral reef survey programme, education programmes for schools, community-based projects and reef rehabilitation programmes. 


2020 marked 13 years of operations for RCM. During that time the annual survey programme has grown to cover over 200 sites, and RCM has established close relationships with relevant government agencies involved in reef management. In particular, it is helping Marine Park management agencies to change their approach to managing marine protected areas, with more emphasis on community engagement and participation.

Contact Julian to learn more about:

  • Marine ecosystems and the value that they provide to communities

  • Climate change impacts on marine ecosystems

  • The importance of involving local stakeholders in management

  • RCM’s alignment with the SDGs

  • How we can help companies to reduce their environmental and social impacts

  • How companies can contribute to marine conservation

  • Our view on sustainability – it’s not corporate philanthropy

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