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Our people

At the heart of Fauna & Flora International is a team of leading experts who help deliver real benefits to people and wildlife around the world.

They range from biologists and conservation ecologists to community conservation ambassadors.

Read on to learn more about our people and the valuable work they do.

Tuy 'Vathana' Sereivathana

Tuy 'Vathana' Sereivathana

Uncle Elephant

Vathana has always had a deep respect for nature and a particular fascination with elephants. He has worked with FFI since 2003 firstly as a seconded government officer on elephant conservation then with the FFI Cambodia team as manager of the Cambodian Elephant Conservation Group dealing with human-elephant conflict.

Affectionately known as "Uncle Elephant" in the communities he works in Vathana holds a Masters degree in wood technology and was awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize for 2010.

Mbake Sivha

Mbake Sivha

Committed to conservation

FFI's Community Conservation Coordinator in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mbake Sivha, is known for her tenacity and passion. She has been leading conservation action tied to community development and welfare in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo since 1989.

Throughout her career Mbake has shown an incredible commitment to long-term community-driven solutions that link conservation and human development. Her work has made a tangible difference to the local people living in extreme poverty and hardship tied to the 16 year long conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

José Urteaga

José Urteaga

Young Explorer

José, a marine biologist who studied at Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata in Argentina, is an inspiration for his colleagues at FFI. He has been working on FFI's marine turtle program since 2002.

In 2010 he was named a National Geographic Emerging Explorer for his conservation work on threatened marine turtles. Bringing marine turtles back from the brink of extinction requires protection on beaches and at sea.

José and his team have been working tirelessly not only to patrol the beaches and protect turtle and their nests but also to build understanding and awareness amongst the community.

Jarkyn Samanchina

Jarkyn Samanchina

Bridging the gap

Jarkyn, FFI's Kyrgyzstan in-country representative, is dedicated to helping women become leaders in catalyzing change within their communities. She previously worked with FFI through our local partner and has Masters Degrees in International Cooperation and Development and International Relations.

She is now involved with a broad spectrum of FFI projects, from protecting fruit and nut forests to building the skills of local people.

She has played an important role in assisting women across Kyrgyzstan to find livelihoods which are not only environmentally sound but locally appropriate through a small grants programme run by FFI and a local organization.

Dr Jenny Daltry

Dr Jenny Daltry

Senior Conservation Biologist

Dr Jenny Daltry decided to become a conservation biologist at 8 years of age, under the influence of work by Gerald Durrell and Sir David Attenborough. She became a member of FFI (then the Fauna & Flora Preservation Society) just three years later.

In her teens, Jenny worked as a volunteer with various zoos and projects in the UK and India, and at the age of 25 she gained a doctorate from the University of Aberdeen for her work on the ecology of venomous snakes in Southeast Asia, which also led to a front-cover article in Nature.

Jenny joined FFI's staff in 1995 and co-led a highly successful project to save the world's rarest snake, the Antiguan racer. Since then she has worked in more than 20 countries, helping local people and governments to solve conservation problems, and was recently awarded a knighthood from the Royal Government of Cambodia. Jenny is now FFI's Senior Conservation Biologist.

Jenny's work has occasionally taken her into hurricanes, minefields and volcanoes, and she has been chased by wild elephants and a submarine (on separate occasions), but she still relishes any opportunity to get into the field.

Matt Rice

Matt Rice

Programme Manager for North East Africa

Matt Rice has over 20 years experience in wildlife conservation across Africa from Eritrea to South Africa. He was initially involved with tourism in Namibia, but before long he had moved into a conservation role and was involved in the formative days of the country's successful community conservancy programme.

Since then he has spent considerable time in Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and South Sudan. His work has focused particularly on community conservation. Building on his earlier work in Namibia, he was heavily involved in the establishment of the Northern Rangelands Trust: the largest community conservancy initiative in Kenya.

Matt has worked for FFI for the last 10 years and today is Programme Manager for North East Africa. He is responsible for the development of FFI's expanding work in South Sudan, amongst other projects.

Dr Yingyi Zhang

Dr Yingyi Zhang

FFI China Programme Manager

Dr Yingyi Zhang joined FFI in 2002, and helped to establish the FFI China Programme.

Yingyi is trained as a primatologist, and before joining FFI she worked on the conservation of one of the world's most endangered primates, the white-headed langur. She is still a member of the IUCN Primate Specialist Group.

Yingyi loves the great outdoors and is a keen hiker and mountain climber. Time spent with her young son has made her even more keenly aware of the need to conserve the world's natural wonders for future generations.

In 2010 Yingyi was appointed as the FFI China Programme Manager and she is currently leading a highly skilled team to protect China's biodiversity from the impacts of rapid economic development.

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