Dr Frauke Fleischer-DogleyChief 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 BunburyDirector 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.
Vanesa LebonSenior Accountant
Vanesa joined SIF in October 2018 as the new senior accountant. She graduated from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) as a chartered accountant in 2016 and became a member of ACCA in 2018. Prior to joining SIF she worked at ACM and Associates as senior auditor. Vanesa is currently managing the accounting department and oversees three hard working staff. The accounts team work together to ensure that the Vallée de Mai and Aldabra have the support they need. Vanesa is very proud to be able to assist and work towards protecting Seychelles’ two World Heritage sites.
Bernadette JulieSenior 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!
Jennifer AppooScience and Projects Coordinator
Jennifer joined the head office team as science and projects coordinator after serving as the assistant scientific coordinator on Aldabra from April 2017 until April 2018. Prior to joining SIF she was the project manager at Green Islands Foundation where she coordinated and assisted in several conservation projects encompassing protected area proclamation, invasive species control, community outreach and education. She is experienced in habitat, species and environmental monitoring. Jennifer holds an MSc degree in Marine and Coastal Zone Management from University of Montpellier and is passionate about marine biodiversity conservation. In her new role, Jennifer is responsible for facilitating and overseeing some of SIF’s major projects as well as research programmes at both sites.
Christina QuanzProject Coordinator
Christina started working for SIF in 2008 as a volunteer and is now the Aldabra House project coordinator, responsible for the planning and implementation of Aldabra House which aims to create a remote-access visitor centre on Mahé. In an exciting and interactive way, the centre will bring Aldabra closer to the people of Seychelles and the world. Prior to working on the Aldabra House project Christina worked for 4 years on Aldabra to implement the outcome of her MSc thesis on a renewable energy system for Aldabra which today supplies 98% of Aldabra's electricity demand with solar power. Being very passionate about nature and especially small tropical islands, Christina feels very lucky to have found this unique place to work, where to protection of Seychelles biggest treasures is the day to day priority and work never gets routine but is interesting, challenging and meaningful.
Sophie AdamsCommunications, Education and Outreach Coordinator
Sophie is the communications, education and outreach coordinator at SIF. She has an MA in English and joined us in May 2019 having worked in communications across a variety of sectors in London. Sophie is responsible for local and international communications. She aims to raise awareness of SIF’s work and of the value of the Vallée de Mai and Aldabra Atoll among Seychellois and in the international arena. You’ll see her work in our newsletters, annual reports and social media pages and in our educational and outreach activities. Sophie is an avid hiker and traveller and she is thrilled to have the opportunity to explore Seychelles!
Ronny RoseOperations 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.
Dylis CedrasMarketing 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 RaguainProject Officer
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 and currently works as a project officer for SIF. In this role Jeremy serves as a facilitator for SIF’s projects on Aldabra and in the Vallée de Mai, playing key roles in the Aldabra Clean-Up Project, the 2018 Black Parrot census and the Inva’Ziles project. His responsibilities also include contributing towards the planning, implementation and review of SIF’s day to day operations. With his interdisciplinary background and interests Jeremy has a particular focus in determining how small island/ large ocean states can better leverage themselves in international politics and protect their biodiversity vis a vis global challenges such as climate change, invasive species, plastic pollution and marine security.
Lorraine CookAldabra House Science Officer
Lorraine joined the team at Head Office in May 2018 after returning from one year on Aldabra where she was a volunteer in the research team. During this time she reviewed several monitoring programmes and enjoyed exploring decades of data. She also used her time to get to know the atoll’s flora and update botanical records. Prior to coming to Seychelles Lorraine spent ten years with the Department of Conservation in New Zealand where she managed threatened species and ecosystems, lead large-scale restoration projects and, most recently, was part of New Zealand’s national biodiversity monitoring and carbon evaluation programme. Lorraine has a strong interest in plants and the outdoors and is grateful for the chance to spend time in the Seychelles
Vallée de Mai
Julio AgricoleVallée de Mai Site 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 is now in the position of site manager for the Vallée de Mai UNESCO World Heritage Site. His role is 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 sees his new role as an opportunity to obtain greater experience in the field of management, overcoming new adversities and finding ways to bridge the gap between scientific research and tourism.
Maria BriocheEducation 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 PayetSenior Ranger
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.
Shanone AdelineInvasive Species Technical Officer
Shanone is the invasive species technical officer at the Vallée de Mai and joined SIF in October 2014. Shanone has been extensively trained in invasive plant control techniques and is involved in all research conducted on invasive species in the Vallée de Mai. She works on other research activities including the Seychelles black parrot and coco de mer monitoring programmes. Shanone aims to contribute to the successful eradication of invasive alien species and the rehabilitation of the Vallée de Mai to a near natural state.
Elsa LesperanceAssistant Administrative and Accounts Officer
Elsa joined the SIF team in August 2017 as the assistant administrative and account officer. She has been trained in basic accounting at Computing and Additional Learning and prior to joining the Vallée de Mai team she worked for three years as a bank clerk. Her role is to manage the cash transactions in the Vallée de Mai, including working very closely with the accounts team at head office. Elsa also handles staff issues and welfare at the Vallée de Mai and acts as the right hand of the site manager. Elsa has a passion for nature and loves working in the Vallée de Mai. As a Praslinoise she is happy to be contributing to the development of the UNESCO World Heritage site!
Ralph LegaieVisitor Centre and Services Coordinator
Ralph joined the Vallée de Mai team at the end of 2018 after graduating with a First Class Honours from his BSc in Environmental Science at the University of Seychelles. His role is to ensure the smooth operations of the visitor centre and to oversee the tourism services on offer at the Vallée de Mai, such as the ticketing booth, souvenir shop and the Kokosye café. Prior to working for SIF he was a secondary level science teacher for several years. He also has extensive experience working in tourism, as well as auditing and accounting. His vision for the visitor centre is for more efficient operations, a stronger online presence and high quality service delivery through staff professional development.
Jude BriceAldabra 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.
Cheryl SanchezAldabra Science Coordinator
Cheryl joined the Aldabra team in 2017 as scientific coordinator. Prior to Aldabra, she spent several years working in conservation management on tropical islands. The most recent years were spent in Seychelles working in senior roles on a variety of flora and fauna, both terrestrial and marine. Cheryl has a strong background in sea turtle research and is a certified bird ringer. She is responsible for managing the research team on Aldabra: maintaining high quality data collection and storage, collating the information into technical reports, and being the main contact point for researchers on Aldabra. Cheryl aims to continue the research programme and to meet the goals of the new Management Plan for Aldabra.