For more than 20 years, Ari has been involved in Indigenous led cultural conservation, working alongside Aboriginal people on country. Ari has primarily worked at the Kimberley Land Council (KLC) with her experience spanning across native title, cultural and natural resource management, and community engagement.
Passionate about Indigenous-led conservation, Ari worked with 14 Native Title groups to register the West Kimberley on the National Heritage List for its outstanding cultural and natural values. More recently, she led the registration of the North Kimberley Savanna Carbon Projects – the first of their kind in Australia to be registered on native title lands. In recent years Ari has engaged with national and international networks to promote best practice models of Indigenous led conservation.
Ari’s vision is the creation of a service hub within the KLC to enable Aboriginal ranger groups and native title corporations to scale up cultural and conservation enterprises, and effectively drive a new economy in remote Kimberley communities.
In 2015 Ari was awarded a Barbara Thomas Fellowship in Conservation Financing via The Nature Conservancy Australia, which included a study tour of Canada and the USA investigating conservation investment projects, sustainable financing models and fundraising strategies.
She was a committee member for the 2013 World Indigenous Network conference in Darwin, presented at 2014 World Parks Congress in Sydney and 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris. Ari has a Bachelor of Arts from Murdoch University majoring in sustainable development and entrepreneurship.