Michelle Kovacevic is a communicator, science journalist, project manager and facilitator working at the nexus of agriculture, forestry and rural livelihoods. Michelle co-founded the global ‘youth in landscapes' initiative, which unites top young innovators to tackle global land use challenges and create solutions using digital tools, leadership development and disruptive thinking. In 2011, Michelle relocated to Indonesia as the youngest staff member to work at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). She founded the institute’s blog and social media channels, which quickly became leading examples in the development sector. Michelle has published over 100 articles and led dozens of workshops to build science communication and social media skills of policymakers, journalists, scientists and teachers.
Michelle holds a first-class honours degree in neuroscience and diploma in Indonesian language from the University of Melbourne and is a member of the Global Shapers Community, an initiative of the World Economic Forum.