I am a marine conservationist, who is passionate about tropical marine conservation, environmental education and self-sustaining conservation projects.
I am currently working as the Project Manager for Chumbe Island Coral Park Ltd, overseeing all aspects of the project, from ecotourism operations over to the conservation and environmental education programme.
Before Chumbe, I worked as the Manager for WiseOceans Seychelles, responsible for the overall NGO management, including government administration, procurement for the NGO, team management, representation at various conferences & symposiums. Tasked with raising the profile of WiseOceans in Seychelles, forming partnerships, developing networks and exploring further project opportunities. Conducted interviews with media, attended and led activities at outreach events, publicly advocated for environmental and sustainable issues.
In this role, I developed “The School Marine Education Programme”, targeting 1/3 of all schools in Seychelles, taught over 2,800 students, delivered 20 teacher training sessions, and created a resource catalogue for teachers.
On behalf of the Blue Economy Department of the Vice Presidents Portfolio, in both 2017 and 2018, we developed and implement the Blue Economy Youth Programme, a 2-week long marine holiday programme for 24 secondary students in Seychelles.
To generate funds for future education programmes, through a partnership with SeyVillas, a major tour operator for European tourists, we developed a new educational guided eco snorkel tour. Sold via SeyVillas website and 100% of the profits from the tour is given to WiseOceans.
Whilst in Seychelles, I was also part of several other organisations as an volunteer, as Treasurer for the advocacy NGO “Sea Turtle Friends Seychelles”, a member of the youth NGO “Global Shaper Victoria Hub” and board member for “SeyIT.tv” a social conversation inspiring video based NGO.
In 2018, I was asked to be the Chair of the “International Year of the Reef” IYOR Steering Committee for Seychelles, where I developed IYOR workshops in schools, IYOR themed Scientific Symposium held at the University of Seychelles and worked with the Seychelles Tourism Board’s annual Seychelles Ocean Festival be IYOR themed. As well as created an 80-meter IYOR mural painting at with school children and with local artist George Camille.
Prior to that, I worked as a Science Officer for Global Vision International (GVI) in the Seychelles, where I primarily taught, trained and managed volunteers to collect scientific data on the coral reefs in and around Cap Ternay marine protected area. Outside of my work I committed myself to developing several community projects to raise awareness of issues facing the marine environment and potential mitigation efforts.
I hold a masters in “International Marine Environmental Consultancy” from Newcastle University, UK. My interest in tourism has been gained through previous experiences including turtle and marine conservation projects in USA, Cape Verde and other Seychelles islands, where tourism was a key aspect to the success of conservation projects, as a source of generating awareness and funds.
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