José Luis Manzano Loza

José is a Senior Wildlife Technician from Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas. He has worked in the study and conservation of endangered parrot species since 1990. His experience has been developed in species of the genus Amazona, the Guacamaya Verde and the Eastern parrot. He is currently a field technician for the Parrots in Danger of Extinction project in Mexico, in charge of the monitoring and training of the guards in three sites in the south of Tamaulipas.


Andriansyah is project coordinator for the Expanding a Network of Strategic Protected Areas Across West Java project. Andri has been working with Burung Indonesia since 2013. His last assignment before joining the Java Project was Communication and Knowledge Management Specialist in the Gorontalo Program. He has spent most of his career in the field. Andri has a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine and a Master of Science in the Management of Natural Resources and Environment.

Ronald Rodriguez

Ronald Rodriguez studied accounting and specialized in management of social development projects from international technical cooperation funds. He has worked at CEDIA for more than 15 years, helping to strengthen the indigenous peoples of the Peruvian Amazon, located in southeast (Cusco) and northeast (Loreto) of Peru, in issues of communal management for self support.

Marilyn dela Torre

Marilyn is a Forester and a member of the Dumagat tribe from Aurora Province in northeastern Philippines. Growing up in her ancestral land inspired her to focus on biodiversity conservation work. Her current role as Community Development Coordinator facilitates the critical engagement of indigenous peoples towards the protection, wise use and management of the forest resources on ancestral domains.

Mark Edison R. Raquino

Mark has been working on environment conservation and community development for 8 years. His work is encompassed by the huge Philippine challenge of Coastal Resource Management. His current focus is on community-based approaches that integrate strategies for poverty mitigation with management and biodiversity conservation of forest, agriculture and marine ecosystems.

Kagoya Esther

Ms. Kagoya Esther is a Ugandan conservationist. She holds a Masters in Fisheries Science from Pukyong National University in South Korea. Ms. Kagoya Esther has over 5 years of professional experience in natural resources and freshwater fisheries research. Currently, she is working as a Research Scientist for NAFIRRI in fish stock assessment, capture fisheries and biodiversity conservation. She is also working as a Field Officer a collaborative project with Rainforest Trust entitled “Securing a Global Freshwater Fish Hotspot on Lake Nyaguo, Uganda where she is charged with field operation planning and the implementation of field activities.

Paul Gacheru

Paul Gacheru is based in Kenya, working as a program manager in Nature Kenya – East Africa Natural History Society. His background is in wildlife conservation and management. His work involves reducing habitat pressure through science-led intervention to mitigate species extinction. One project that he leads is to save a critically endangered and endemic species of bird called the Taita Apalis (Apalis fuscigularis), one of the rarest birds in the world. Through land purchase funded by Rainforest Trust, the creation of conservation reserves and forest restoration helps to halt population decline of this important species.

Nonvie Pandeirot

Nonvie Pandeirot is (Yayasan Adudu Nantu Internasional) YANI’s Nantu Field Co-ordinator. She has 17 years full-time experience at Nantu and co-ordinates all YANI’s program activities and logistics. She has excellent working relationships with diverse stakeholders, from local communities to police and government partners.


Hassan is a wildlife and environmental enthusiast working as field assistant for Hirola Conservation Program (HCP) within the Bura East Conservancy. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Developmental Studies from the Catholic University of East Africa (CUEA). He is passionate about wildlife photography, which he says is one of the most effective ways of telling wildlife stories. Hassan is motivated by field based conservation and is particularly interested in finding solutions that improve human-wildlife relations. He is particularly keen on saving endangered species such as the hirola, reticulated giraffes and Grevy’s Zebra. This has enhanced his capabilities and motivation to work with wildlife and the local community. He has an excellent understanding of the local environment and communities as he hails from the larger Garissa County.

Yenny Villa Diaz

Yenny is an expert in the formulation and technical, economic and environmental evaluation of projects. She joined ProAves as an environmental educator on the Loro Orejiamarillo project in 2016, and is currently the deputy director of the regional reserve program in the Northwest of Colombia.