Mahé

  • Dr Frauke Fleischer-Dogley
    Chief Executive Officer

    Frauke is a trained conservation biologist who was appointed a trustee on the board of SIF in 2003. Since 2007 she has led SIF as chief executive officer. Improving the management effectiveness of Seychelles' World Heritage Sites is her mission. She believes in science-based management decisions, innovation, and the need to rigorously review established practices to advance conservation management. Her PhD research substantially advanced understanding of the population management of the coco de mer (Lodoicea maldivica), Seychelles flagship species and has been published in several scientific papers. She has over 15 years of experience in protected area management and has also worked in the fields of tourism planning, ecotourism and international cooperation with the Government of Seychelles. In addition she has served on many national steering committees and is also a member of the National Environment Advisory Council and the Seychelles Climate Change Adaptation Trust. Frauke steers SIF steadily through stormy seas of the innumerable ups and downs inherent to managing two World Heritage sites with very different challenges. Among her strengths are keeping the bigger picture in mind and being present and approachable for her staff, thereby getting to know each of them on an individual level.

  • Dr Nancy Bunbury
    Consulting Director of Research and Conservation

    Nancy is an island conservation biologist who has led SIF's research and conservation work at both sites since 2008. Before this, she worked on avian conservation in Mauritius for 5 years, where she completed her PhD research on diseases in pink pigeons. She specialises in endangered species conservation and management, invasive alien species control, and improving management of protected areas. She has led many projects, including several successful invasive species eradications, for SIF; part of her work is to secure funding for these projects at both sites. She is a driving force behind much of SIF’s research work, and has co-authored numerous scientific papers. Her underlying approach is to apply or obtain scientific evidence wherever possible to inform and improve conservation and, in doing so, to try to bridge the gap between science and implementation. Nancy is the main contact point for SIF’s international research collaborations and projects.

  • Bernadette Julie
    Senior Administrative and Human Resources Officer

    Bernadette has been senior administration and human resources officer at SIF since October 2014. Prior to working with SIF she had 25 years of experience working in human resources and administration. Her role is to facilitate staff matters, including, recruitment, promotion, training and development. Bernadette also advises SIF managers on staff matters; provides technical advice to the CEO, prepares contracts and arranges work permits if needed. Bernadette is a caring colleague and very supportive to all staff in any situation!

  • Christina Quanz
    Projects Coordinator

    Christina started working for SIF in 2008 as a volunteer and is now the Projects Coordinator, responsible for overseeing all ongoing projects at SIF. Christina previously worked on Aldabra for four years to implement a renewable energy system which today supplies 98% of Aldabra's electricity demand with solar power. This was also part of her MSc thesis. Being very passionate about nature and especially small tropical islands, Christina feels very lucky to have found this unique place to work, where the protection of Seychelles' biggest treasures is the day to day priority and work is never routine but interesting, challenging and meaningful.

  • Elsa Pool
    Executive Assistant

    Elsa joined SIF in February 2021 as the Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer. With a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a Masters in Sustainable Environmental Management from the University of Plymouth, Elsa can thrive in SIF’s work environment. It allows her to learn a bit of everything, business and environment-related. She plays a significant role in providing a high standard of assistance to meet the CEO’s office requirements. Some of the activities include supporting the SIF Board of Trustees, assisting with the implementation of decisions through effective follow-up processes, analysing and reviewing internal reports and documentation, and presiding and executing specific projects while participating in developing policies and procedures related to the mandate and responsibilities of SIF. Her passion for environmental protection makes her an asset to the team, and is pleased to be part of an organisation with a similar ethos and mission.

  • Ronny Rose
    Operations and Logistics Officer

    Ronny is the operations and logistics officer and joined SIF in October 2016. Ronny is responsible for managing head office, Vallée de Mai and Aldabra logistics, including coordinating and organising the process of transportation of supplies and equipment to both sites. Ronny has to maintain effective communications with the managers of both sites and at head office to ensure efficient daily operations. He is looking forward to building a solid career and to contributing to the development of SIF. He believes that anything can be achieved with noble work ethics and team effort.

  • Julio Agricole
    Operations & Logistics Manager

    Julio joined the SIF team in 2012 as a ranger on Aldabra. Since then, he has been involved in and led several successful eradication projects conducted by SIF. After graduating with honours in BSc Environmental Science at the University of Seychelles, he became Acting Site Manager for the Vallée de Mai UNESCO World Heritage Site. His role was to organize and supervise all departments in the Vallée de Mai to ensure that they all run effectively and efficiently. Julio also acts as relief manager for Aldabra when needed. He is now leading the Operations and Logistics team at the SIF head office on Mahé.

  • Dylis Cedras
    Marketing and Product Development Officer

    Dylis joined SIF in August 2015 as the marketing and product development officer. Her role is to research and develop products and services that will enhance visitors’ experience in the Vallée de Mai and Aldabra. Dylis’ responsibilities at SIF extend to the development of advertising media and working with promotional agents both locally and overseas to attract more visitors to both sites. Due to her outgoing personality she has served as master of ceremony at several national events of importance for SIF. She is very much looking forward to the Aldabra House project and getting ready to take on an even more important role.

  • Jeremy Raguain
    Communications and Outreach Coordinator

    Jeremy first started working with SIF in 2013 as a Field Research Assistant on Aldabra. His experience of Aldabra’s outstanding beauty and inspiring fauna heavily influenced his decision to pursue a general degree at the University of Cape Town, with Environmental Geographical Science and International Relations as his majors. After completing this degree and an Honours in International Relations, Jeremy returned to Seychelles at end of 2017 to work with SIF as a Project Officer, leading projects on Aldabra and in the Vallée de Mai. From mid-2020, after completing a six-month fellowship on Environmental Management, Jeremy resumed work with SIF as its Communications and Outreach Coordinator, making use of his passion of connecting people to nature and knowledge. With his interdisciplinary background and interests Jeremy has a particular focus in determining how small island/ large ocean developing states can better leverage themselves in international politics and protect their biodiversity vis-à-vis global challenges such as climate change, invasive alien species, pollution, an unsustainable ocean economy and maritime security.

  • Mara Rivolta
    Communications Officer

    Mara joined the team in August 2021 as the Communications Officer, and has since taken on multiple communication and outreach activities. She has a BA (Hons) in English and Creative Writing from the University of Birmingham, and a background in content marketing and social media management. With a keen interest in education, working with SIF allows her to be involved in the multiple engaging outreach activities, and help in educating the public on the organization’s conservation work and the importance preserving of our natural heritage. Since joining, she has been able to work on different projects and initiatives, and is thoroughly enjoying learning about conservation and research, a field that she had previously not been acquainted with.

  • Veronique Banane
    Project Officer

    Veronique joined the Head Office team in October 2019 as Project Officer, having graduated with a BSc in Marine Biology at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Since working with SIF, she has had extensive experience both on-the-ground, consisting of onsite helping with the control of yellow crazy ants in the Vallée de Mai, as well as assisting and leading project matters, such as securing grants and their associated procedures that allow for crucial research work and continued protection of both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Veronique also plays a vital role in biosecurity measures and procedures required to protect Aldabra from the globally pressing threat of Invasive Alien Species.

    She continues to strive for excellence, and looks forward to working on exciting projects in the future to ensure the protection of all sites.

  • Cheyenne Chang-Yunn
    Project Officer

    Cheyenne Chang-Yunn re-joined SIF as a Project Officer after completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Technology (Hons) from Quest International University, Malaysia. She previously worked with SIF as a Vallée de Mai Field Research Assistant in 2017, participating in the black parrot and coco de mer monitoring programmes while also contributing to the control and eradication of several invasive alien species. Before pursuing her degree, she also worked on the Marine Conservation Society Seychelles’ turtle monitoring and terrapin rehabilitation projects. Her passion for the environment has grown more towards implementing and enhancing effective systems for sustainable development and biodiversity conservation, with climate change adaptation and renewable energy being key focuses. Having several experiences in environmental management she is keen on turning her knowledge into action as one of SIF’s Project Officers.

  • Corianna Julie
    Science Officer

    Corianna Julie joined SIF as the Science Officer in 2020 and has been loving the new experience. Corianna completed a Master’s degree in Botany at the Nelson Mandela University in 2020, with a focus on mangrove ecology. Prior to this, Corianna completed a BSC Environmental Science degree, double majoring in botany and geography, and a BSc Honours degree in Marine Botany from the same university. Currently, Corianna plays a significant role in supporting, developing and strengthening the Vallée de Mai’s research programme, as well as providing administrative, logistic and general support for the implementation of SIF’s general research and conservation programme. She has thus far enjoyed this position as she has learned so much, and finds there is never a dull and idle day in the life of an SIF team member. Corianna has a passion for inclusive science that creates a space for everyone to actively learn and play a role in sustainability, and environmental management. She believes that science needs to be communicated effectively to the public to bring more success. Corianna has expressed that she is looking forward to contributing to the advancement of research at both sites in the near future and is excited for what is yet to come!

Vallée de Mai

  • Marc Jean-Baptiste
    Site Manager

    Marc has been working for SIF since 2008, when he worked as Island Manager on Aldabra. Before this he worked as the Praslin Environment Coordinator at the Ministry of Environment and Transport, and as the Vice Chairman at Terrestrial Restoration Action Society Seychelles (TRASS). Marc has an MSc in Conservation Biology from the University of Kent. He is passionate about his work and has ensured a high standard of customer service at the Vallée de Mai during his time as Site Manager, which has resulted in the site being awarded TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence for seven years. Marc also created and spearheaded an anti-poaching taskforce which has been successful in reducing coco de mer poaching incidents in the forest.

  • Jessica Constance
    Vallée de Mai Science Coordinator

    Jessica joined SIF in 2012 as an Invasive Species Technical Officer. From thereon, until 2015 she led two successful eradication projects. Working with SIF gave Jessica the opportunity to pursue future studies, and earn the David Stoddart scholarship to study at the University of Seychelles. After graduating with Honours in BSc Environmental Science, she re-joined as a Field Research Officer. Working with SIF has given Jessica the privilege of working with both UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and has given her the chance to express her passion for nature and conservation.

    In 2021, she was promoted to Vallée de Mai Science Coordinator, and hopes to bring forward that additional value that research work brings to the reserve, and create a strong research foundation in our research staff.

  • Maria Brioche
    Education and Outreach Programme Officer

    Maria joined SIF in April 2011 as the education and outreach programme officer on Praslin. Maria is responsible for outreach to tourists, school children and the Praslin community in general. She aims to raise people’s awareness of the work being done by SIF at both sites. She is also responsible for educating school children about the flora and fauna of the Vallée de Mai and Aldabra. Prior to joining SIF Maria was a schoolteacher for 12 years, where she was responsible for both the wildlife club and the Eco-school programme. Her love for the environment and her experience as an educator has led Maria to dedicating her time to promoting environmental education for SIF. Maria is known for her social skills and her incredible ability to make people feel at ease and comfortable, especially small children who love to discover the Vallée de Mai with her.

  • Terance Payet
    Assistant Field Research Officer

    Terance is a senior ranger in the Vallée de Mai. He joined SIF in October 2011 as a field worker and later the same year became a ranger. As a research team member he plays a major role in ongoing research and monitoring programmes on fauna and flora in the Vallée de Mai. Terance is a key member of the black parrot breeding team and now leads this monitoring programme in the field each year. Terance has completed the Durrell Endangered Species Management (DESMAN) course based at Jersey Zoo in the UK and he was trained as an EDGE (Evolutionary Distinct and Globally Endangered) fellow focussing on black parrots under a recent national project as part of the Darwin Initiative. Terance has also received specialised training in climbing and mist-netting, but most importantly, has a natural passion for the wonderful black parrots. He is one of the most knowledgeable staff in the field and in every field session with Terance one will discover something new.

  • Monica Griffith
    Black Parrot Officer

    Monica is a conservation ecologist who first joined the team at the Vallée de Mai in 2018. Before moving to the Seychelles, she worked in Mauritius on the Echo Parakeet recovery project where she learnt to climb trees to access nest boxes, to handle and ring parrots and to monitor their breeding attempts. With this background, it was a natural progression to take up a post with SIF where she could put these skills to use and work with the iconic Seychelles black parrot. Despite the challenges of the role, Monica loves working with the black parrots as they continue to surprise us with new behaviour, and is keen to help increase our knowledge of Seychelles’ national bird.

  • Irma Dubois
    Field Research Officer

    Joining in November 2019, Irma has been working at the Vallée de Mai as a Field Research Officer.  Her work entails the monitoring of different flora and fauna within the Vallée de Mai and National Park, whilst also working closely with the yellow crazy ant and black parrot projects. Irma holds a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science, specialising in tropical biodiversity and conservation. Prior to SIF, she had been involved in different fields of conservation, including sea bird monitoring, coral reef restoration, marine education and surveying. She has worked with different local organisations such as WiseOceans, SaveOurSeas and Marine Conservation Society of Seychelles, who focus on education and awareness, conservation and rehabilitation and research of the different constituents of the marine and coastal environment. She is extremely passionate in her field of work and believes that research at a sustainable level will help us to better understand some of our unique species in order to better protect them.

Aldabra Atoll

  • Jude Brice
    Aldabra Island Manager

    Jude started working for SIF as a skipper on Aldabra in 2008 and spent many years in this position and in the role of senior skipper, so he knows the waters around the atoll incredibly well. He was promoted to the position of island manager for Aldabra in 2016 and is now responsible for running Aldabra operations, managing staff, supporting the research team, enforcing regulations to protect Aldabra, and providing regular monthly reports to maintain contact between Aldabra and the SIF head office on Mahé. Jude has a great love of the marine world and is a competent diver as well as skipper. It is his deep feeling of belonging to Aldabra which has made him grow in his career, as well as his natural talent to engage with people easily.

  • Christopher Jones
    Aldabra Science Coordinator

    Chris is primarily a seabird biologist but has broad interests in island restoration ecology. He joined SIF as the science coordinator of Aldabra Atoll in 2021. Before this he worked on several remote islands as a field biologist. Most recently he was part of the Gough Island Restoration Programme, collecting baseline ecological data prior to a mouse eradication and was also involved in the baiting operation. Prior to that he was a field biologist for the FitzPatrick Institute on sub-Antarctic Marion Island where he studied the demography and foraging ecology of albatrosses and petrels. He has also previously worked on some of the other outer islands of Seychelles collecting data on turtles and seabirds. On Aldabra he is responsible for managing the research team, ensuring meticulous data collection across all projects, providing regular technical reports and being the main contact point on Aldabra for collaborating researchers. Chris endeavours to continue the legacy of high quality scientific research on Aldabra.

  • Emma Mederic
    Assistant Aldabra Science Coordinator

    Emma joined SIF in October 2020 as the Assistant Science Coordinator on Aldabra. Prior to joining the SIF team, Emma worked with SeyCCAT as a scientific advisor; conducting monitoring and evaluation of projects, and representing the organisation on strategic committees. She holds a BSc in Marine Biology, from Deakin University in Australia, and is a competent diver. Stemming from her love for the marine environment, Emma’s main area of focus is marine research and conservation, and is part of the first all-female marine team on Aldabra. Her role also involves conducting fieldwork for terrestrial monitoring programs, and assisting the science coordinator with supervising and training of all research staff and volunteers. Emma expressed that working with SIF has allowed her to build her capacity both in terms of research and management. Aldabra holds a very special place in Emma’s heart, and she strives to keep contributing towards the conservation success story of the atoll.

  • Frances Atienza Benstrong
    Field Research Officer

    Frances joined SIF in October 2021 as a Field Research Officer on Aldabra. She recently graduated with a BSc in Ocean Science & Marine Conservation at the University of Plymouth. Her dissertation was about Coastal management in Seychelles, whereby she investigated and calculated local sea level rise rate and correlation between sea surface temperature and El Niño events. Before leaving for Aldabra, she has been working at Head Office assisting with biosecurity and supply boat, as well as Communications and other projects. She has been an ocean and environmental advocate for many years, and it is a dream of hers to be working for SIF, and feels privileged to be working in a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As her first job, she’s excited to be joining Aldabra team, and to be exposed to such an untouched environment.