Winnie Lau


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


Winnie Lau directs Pew’s preventing ocean plastics project, which aims to implement science- and evidence-based solutions and policies to reduce the global plastic pollution problem.

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.