Wednesday, March 4, 2009

MIC Member Profile: Willy Kostka

Willy KostkaWilly Kostka
Executive Director
Micronesia Conservation Trust

Willy has served as the Executive Director of Micronesia Conservation Trust (MCT) since 2006. In addition to his executive duties, he also serves as the Co-coordinator of the Pacific Islands MPA Community, an initiative funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Prior to joining MCT Management he served as one of the founding members of the MCT Board of Directors, holding the offices of Chairman and Vice-Chairman. During that time, he served as the founding Executive Director of the Conservation Society of Pohnpei, building the organization from the ground in 1998 into the leading conservation NGO in the FSM at the time of his departure. He earned an AA from Santa Rosa Junior College in 1990 and has attended numerous training courses and professional enhancement programs since. Notably, he was named a fellow by the Pew Foundation for Ocean Science in 2005 and has been active in the development and promotion of the Micronesia Challenge. He is active in community organizations and Boards including the Micronesians in Conservation, President’s Council on Sustainable Development, Pohnpei Resource Management Committee, and the Xavier High School Board. His other professional experience includes work as an elementary school teacher, various positions in the state government as an accountant and administrator and work in the private sector managing family business ventures.

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