Winnie Lau


Winnie Lau
Winnie Lau, Ph.D.
Project Director
Preventing Ocean Plastics
The Pew Charitable Trusts


Winnie Lau, Ph.D., is a project director with Pew’s preventing ocean plastics project, which aims to propose strategies to reduce the global ocean plastic pollution problem. She has also worked on Pew’s international conservation unit, developing new projects, and partnerships in Asia.

Before joining Pew, she was the climate change science and technology adviser with the U.S. Agency for International Development’s mission to Sri Lanka and the Maldives. She also managed the Marine Ecosystem Services Program at Forest Trends and was a science and technology policy fellow for the American Association for the Advancement of Science at the U.S. State Department.

Lau holds a bachelor’s degree in integrative biology and environmental sciences from the University of California, Berkeley and a doctorate in oceanography from the University of Washington.