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Fellows

CSF cultivates the next generation of environmental economists. Our Conservation Economics Fellows program selects 10 to 15 young economists per year and mentors them on conservation-focused research projects. The program delivers policy-relevant, technically rigorous research and enlarges the economics talent pool for key regions.
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Eva Anggraini

2019- 2020 Indonesia Marine Fellow, Bogor Agricultural University

Eva's research is entitled “Impacts of Marine Litter on Fisheries and Marine Ecosystems: Economic and institutional analysis”. This project will assess the economic impacts of marine litter on fisheries and the marine tourism sector in the Belitung District, and formulate a strategy to cope with the consequences of marine litter.
This project is supported by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

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Adrian Damora

2019- 2020 Indonesia Marine Fellow, Syiah Kuala University, Indonesia

Adrian's research is entitled “Spatial Bioeconomics of Small-Scale Demersal Fisheries in the Regional Marine Conservation Areas in Bintan Regency”
This project will help achieve ecologically and economically sustainable demersal fisheries management in Bintan Regency.
This project is supported by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

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Diding Efendi

2019- 2020 Indonesia Marine Fellow, Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Indonesia

Diding's research is entitled “Policy Impact Assessment of the Grouper and Snapper Fisheries Supply Chain and Small-scale Fisheries in Saleh Bay: An agent based modeling approach”. This project will evaluate the impact of various policy activities and programs that have been implemented in the context of the supply chain of small scale snapper and grouper fisheries in the Saleh Bay region.
This project is supported by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

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Alin Halimatussah

2019- 2020 Indonesia Marine Fellow, University of Indonesia

Alin's research is entitled “Designing a Fiscal Scheme to Promote Sustainable Fisheries Management in Indonesia”. This study will provide recommendations for policymakers on optimizing non-tax fisheries revenue and promoting sustainable fisheries management in Indonesia.
This project is supported by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

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Fery Kurniawan

2019- 2020 Indonesia Marine Fellow, Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia

Fery's research is entitled “Study of Institutions and Economic Performance in a New Marine Protected Area Supported Incentive Program in Tolitoli, Central Sulawesi”. This study will calculate the costs and benefits of a new marine protected area, supported by an incentive program, in Central Sulawesi.
This project is supported by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

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Abdul Malik

2019- 2020 Indonesia Marine Fellow, State University of Makassar, Indonesia

Abdul's research is entitled “Potential Assessment of Payment for Environmental Services: A case study in the mangrove area of West Sulawesi”. This project will assess the feasibility of implementing a payment for ecosystem services (PES) scheme in the mangroves of Mamuju Regency, West Sulawesi Province.
This project is supported by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

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Sri Fitriani Monoarfa

2019- 2020 Indonesia Marine Fellow, Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia

Sri's research is entitled “Economic Value of Whale Shark Tourism in Botubarani Village, Bone Bolango Regency”. This study will analyze the economic value of whale shark tourism as an input to policy making for the development and management of sustainable tourism in Botubarani Village.
This project is supported by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

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Putu Liza Mustika

2019- 2020 Indonesia Marine Fellow, Cetacean Sirenian Indonesia (CETASI)

Putu's research is entitled “Dolphin-watching Tourism as an Alternative or Supplemental Livelihood for Marginalised Artisanal Fishers in Indonesia”. This project will explore whether dolphin-watching tourism can generate direct or indirect employment that provides a sustainable income equal or superior to a fisheries income.
This project is supported by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

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Andi Sagita

2019- 2020 Indonesia Marine Fellow, Generasi Maritim, Indonesia

Andi's research is entitled “Multi-Actor Model for Marine Plastic Debris Management Policy in Indonesia”. This study will use the Matrix of Alliances and Conflicts: Tactics, Objectives and Recommendations (MACTOR) method to formulate a policy model for marine plastic debris management.
This project is supported by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

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Permana Ari Soejarwo

2019- 2020 Indonesia Marine Fellow, MMAF Research Center for Marine & Fisheries Socio-economics, Indonesia

Permana's research is entitled “The Economic Cost of a Natural Disaster on Marine Tourism in Indonesian Coastal Areas: The case of South Lampung Regency”. This study will provide information to policy makers to support mitigation, adaptation strategies, and integrated natural disaster management in the preparation for the post-tsunami Lampung Tourism Visionary Masterplan.
This project is supported by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

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Alissa R. Takesy

Pacific Ocean Finance Fellow, Federated States of Micronesia

Alissa R. Takesy comes from a diverse Micronesian background and grew up in a multilingual household, which has enabled her to work in a variety of sectors including government, civil society, education, and retail. In her last assignment with the national government of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), she oversaw the complex institutional arrangements of the agriculture, forestry, biosecurity, coastal fisheries, and tourism sectors. Alissa’s work has focused on integrated management of FSM’s natural resources and maintaining partnerships to achieve collective goals in the region. She is currently interested in the ‘sustaining livelihoods’ objective of the Micronesia Challenge, a shared commitment by five Micronesian governments to conserve 30% of near-shore marine resources and 20% of the terrestrial resources by 2020.

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Amelia Faotusia

Pacific Ocean Finance Fellow, Tonga

Amelia Faotusia is a development aid coordination economist in the Government of Tonga’s Ministry of Finance where she helps to coordinate and manage the World Bank’s development portfolio which addresses areas such as disaster resilience and sustainable oceans. As a former fellow in the prestigious Tonga Fellowship on the Environment and Oceans in 2018, Amelia was also part of a team that undertook and published policy-oriented research focused on the ongoing Marine Spatial Planning process in Tonga. Amelia holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Waikato, New Zealand. Her current research focus is the economic and financial aspects of integrated approaches to oceans management and governance, particularly in the context of small island states like Tonga.

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Apisalome Movono

Pacific Ocean Finance Fellow, Fiji

Apisalome Movono has an undergraduate degree in marine affairs and tourism studies and a Master of Arts Degree from The University of the South Pacific (USP). His thesis on tourism's social and economic impacts on indigenous Fijian communities strengthened his passion for examining issues that affect Pacific Islanders. Dr. Movono became a Lecturer of Tourism at USP after completing his Ph.D. at Griffith University in Australia. His research seeks to enhance our understanding of resilience, sustainable livelihoods, and highlight the complex and adaptive nature of the Pacific Island social and ecological landscape. In 2018, Dr. Movono was awarded a US State Department - East West Center Professional Fellowship and also received the Vice Chancellor's Prize for Best Research Output by USP in recognition for his research.

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Danita Strickland

Pacific Ocean Finance Fellow, Samoa

Danita Strickland is from Samoa and earned her bachelor’s degree in geography from the University of Otago in New Zealand. She also holds a master’s degree in conservation and development from the University of Kent in the United Kingdom. Her dissertation focused on evaluating the performance of Samoa's first national multi-sectoral project addressing land degradation. Danita has also completed the Pacific Island Conservation Co-management Course at the University of the South Pacific. Her research there explored the underlying factors and values that move individuals to engage in ocean management through marine protected areas. She is currently working as a Programme Coordinator with Conservation International Pacific Island Programme based in Samoa.

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Emma Kabua-Tibon

Pacific Ocean Finance Fellow, Republic of the Marshall Islands

Emma Kabua-Tibon grew up with a love for the ocean in the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI). She holds a Bachelor of Marine Science from the University of the South Pacific and a Master of Marine Science from the Hawaii Pacific University. She takes pride in her fisheries career with the Marshall Islands Marine Resources Authority (MIMRA) where she has made various contributions to scientific surveys and legislation/policy development including the Reimaanlok National Conservation Area Plan and the Protected Areas Network. Emma co-organized the first National Ocean Symposium, which resulted in an Ocean Policy and Implementation Plan for the country. She leads as MIMRA Secretariat for the Coastal Management Advisory Council and is also the first woman to become Chairperson of RMI EPA Board of Directors. In addition, she is a board member of Jo-Jikum and Vice-President of Kora In Okrane (KIO), two active NGOs in the RMI.

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Fa’aui Ekapale-Telii

Pacific Ocean Finance Fellow, Tuvalu

Fa’aui Ekapale-Telii has undergraduate degrees in both marine affairs and law from the University of the South Pacific, and is currently working as a consultant for the DUWANNE Pty Ltd on marine management and legal practices. She intends to study potentially effective fisheries management regimes for Tuvalu. She wants to look at existing fisheries management initiatives and identify any weaknesses and/or gaps, particularly focusing on the most vulnerable inshore fisheries. Her project will focus on developing a plan for the transparent and effective use of Community Vessel Day Scheme Funds.

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Fiafia Rex

Pacific Ocean Finance Fellow, Niue

Fiafia Rex is the founder and President of one of Niue’s longest standing volunteer educational and research organisations, Oma Tafua (meaning “to treasure whales”). Her NGO is dedicated to the protection of marine mammals in Niue and the Pacific. She is a graduate of the University of the South Pacific, and she wears several hats including jobs in hospitality and as a reporter. When not working with Oma, Fiafia can be found volunteering with the University of Life on village projects to develop and manage marine and terrestrial conservation areas. As an oceanholic, Fiafia not only aspires to be wild, beautiful, and free just like the sea but is also driven by it to find or be a voice for those without.

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Genna Saiske

Pacific Ocean Finance Fellow, Palau

Genna Saiske grew up on the ocean in Palau. Before she learned about what ocean health was in school, she was taught at home to be a steward of the ocean; to take only what she needed and not to disturb the ecosystem because everyone relies on the ocean for their livelihood. Her undergraduate thesis focused on aquaculture and alternative fish farming methods as solutions for food security. That research allowed Genna to learn about ocean governance in Palau and the Micronesia region, which she is currently using in her role as a Development Officer at the Palau Conservation Society. In 2018, she implemented the Choose Pelagics Campaign which inspired a presidential directive to reduce pressure on the reefs and support local fisheries.

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Martin Pine

Pacific Ocean Finance Fellow, Kiribati

Martin Pine is from Kiribati and has a Bachelor of Art Degree in Management and Public Administration and a Master of Commerce Degree in Management and Public Administration, both from the University of the South Pacific. He served as a Chief Executive Officer for the Kiribati Provident Fund, one of the largest financial institutions in the country, from 2012-2015. He also served as a finance associate for the United Nations Population Fund from 2017-2018, and as a facilitator for the accounting program at the University of the South Pacific. Martin is currently working as the Finance Officer for the Phoenix Islands Protected Area Implementation Office.

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Obed Timakata

Pacific Ocean Finance Fellow, Vanuatu

Obed Timakata is the Operations Manager for the private company Timakata & Associates in Vanuatu, which established the first marine protected area (MPA) on Emae Island in 2004. There are now seven marine protected areas surrounding the island, all implemented by fishing communities who have seen the benefits of the first MPA. They have now undertaken the ambitious project of establishing the world’s first organically certified island to encourage sustainability from ridge to reef, including agroecological farming, a chemical free tourism industry, and a network of conservation areas and marine life sanctuaries. Obed holds a diploma in business studies from the Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand, and is working towards a bachelor’s degree in accounting and economics from the University of the South Pacific.

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Presley Kokwaiye

Pacific Ocean Finance Fellow, Papua New Guinea

Presley Kokwaiye is a fisheries socio-economist with Papua New Guinea (PNG) National Fisheries Authority, which manages and regulates commercial fisheries in the country. He holds a Bachelor of Economics Degree from the University of Papua New Guinea, a Master of Applied Science Degree in Fisheries and a post-graduate Certificate in Coastal Community Management from the Australian Maritime College. Presley works with Provincial authorities, local communities, resource owners, fishing industry players, small scale fisheries businesses, civil society organisations, and other stakeholders and clients to ensure sustainable fisheries management and equitable benefits. Some of Presley’s work over the years has included community-based fisheries management, fisheries cooperatives, provincial fisheries development policies, administration of small fisheries grants, and fish farming for sustainable livelihoods.

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Rosalie Masu

Pacific Ocean Finance Fellow, Solomon Islands

Rosalie Masu was born in Honiara but grew up in a rural coastal village and her earliest memories are of fishing and gardening with her parents to meet their family’s subsistence needs. She holds a Master of Applied Science Degree in Marine Biology from James Cook University, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and Chemistry from the University of the South Pacific. She is currently the Deputy Director of the Inshore Fisheries division at the Solomon Islands Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources. Rosalie oversees inshore fisheries management, research, marketing and development, and community-based resource fisheries management activities. Since joining the Ministry in 2001, she has gained valuable experience in national policy-making, development planning, and fisheries regulation.