Professor Reuben Clements

Associate Dean of Research in the School of Medical and Life Sciences

Senior Fellow with the Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development

Professor Gopalasamy Reuben Clements is a conservation scientist by training. He is currently the Associate Dean of Research in the School of Medical and Life Sciences in Sunway University and a Senior Fellow with the Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development. He received his PhD in conservation science from James Cook University and obtained his MSc and BSc in biology from the National University of Singapore. Reuben’s research focuses on forest and biodiversity conservation and has published over 90 articles that include Nature, and his work has been featured in the BBC, New York Times and National Geographic. He has also co-founded a local non-profit research organization known as Rimba, which conducts applied research on the conservation of threatened species and ecosystems in Peninsular Malaysia. In 2018, Reuben’s team work with the Terengganu state government to create a 30,000-hectare protected area known as the Kenyir State Park. Rimba has now incubated a non-profit social enterprise called Nature-Based Solutions to continue developing conservation finance mechanisms to fund the management and expansion of this State Park under the Kenyir for Life project. This project will be a catalyst for the development of other NBS projects to help protect other threatened forests in Malaysia. 

Contact Professor Reuben to learn more about:

  • Kenyir for Life: securing the future of forests, wildlife and people in the 200,000-hectare Kenyir Watershed

  • Nature-based solutions for forest conservation in Malaysia

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