Kelly has over 11 years of academic and corporate experience in environmental and sustainability roles. She is one of the co-founders and Management committee members of the IBC. Her focus is with the administrative and logistical management of the centre and its staff, as well as financial aspects including obtention and management of international grants. She is also the Director of the James Michel Blue Economy Research Institute and serves as the link between the IBC and the University of Seychelles. During her nine years working at UniSey, she has been Head of Programme for Environmental Science and she has developed and lectured courses relating to global change, environmental research, earth system science, tropical land management and biogeography. She has further developed her passion for nature conservation and sustainable development, and for encouraging people from different disciplines and backgrounds to work together in addressing complex global problems. She feels that making science accessible (to communities, decision-makers and investors) is crucial to advancing sustainable development and empowering communities to take positive actions that support human development and a healthy environment. Prior to joining the University of Seychelles, she worked as an environmental consultant in the field of Contaminated Site Management as well as Impact Assessment and Risk Management.