Henrietta Marrie has worked for many years as an academic with over 30 publications to her credit on issues relating to the protection of indigenous cultural heritage, intellectual property and the bushfood industry.
She took up a position in 1997 with the United Nations Secretariat for the Convention on Biological Diversity, researching and drafting documents on issues relating to traditional knowledge, access to genetic resources and benefit-sharing, protection of traditional knowledge as intellectual property, and the conservation and management of biological diversity. In 2003, she accepted a position as Program Manager for North Australia with the Christensen Fund, a California-based private philanthropic body which makes grants to indigenous and local communities in a number of regions around the world. She has also written grants in support of local Indigenous artists and exhibitions of their work at KickArts.
Henrietta is working to establish a Traditional Knowledge Research Centre, as part of the United Nations University, to be based in Northern Australia.