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Scott Edwards

Executive Director, Washington, D.C.

Scott joins CSF after seven years at Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) as the Latin America and Caribbean Director in the Oceans Program. Scott managed sustainable fisheries programs in Mexico, Cuba and Belize, and was instrumental in launching EDF’s Mexico office in La Paz, Baja California. During the last two years of his tenure at EDF, Scott managed a global community-based fisheries management initiative to address overfishing in hundreds of communities in places like Indonesia, Brazil and the Philippines. Prior to EDF, Scott was the Senior Director at the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA). At NPCA, Scott created an international program to provide protected area managers with private sector business tools to improve their capacity for revenue generation and cost effectiveness. In addition, Scott managed multi-year projects writing business plans for the US National Park Service and the US Forest Service. He served as a technical advisor to the United Nations Development Program on the $25 million project to enhance financial sustainability for protected area systems in six countries, and has led numerous workshops in developing countries on business planning and conservation finance. He has extensive experience working in Belize, Jamaica, Madagascar, France, and several countries of the former Soviet Union. Scott also held the position of labor market analyst at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, France for six years. Scott holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, San Diego and an M.B.A. from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. He enjoys travel, playing ultimate frisbee, cycling, surfing and spending time with his wife and two young children.

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John Reid

Distinguished Policy Fellow & Founder, Sebastopol, California

John has worked in conservation since 1991 when volunteered on a project in the lush coastal forests in the Brazilian state of Bahia. Conservation became a full-time profession shortly thereafter. John founded Conservation Strategy Fund in 1998 after positions with Resources for the Future, Conservation International and Pacific Forest Trust. He built CSF as an independent technical organization that has helped transform conservation practice by spreading economics skills among conservation professionals worldwide. CSF has provided leadership as the international conservation community has embraced the central role economics plays in successful environmental strategies. In 2012 CSF was recognized with the MacArthur Foundation's Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. After 18 years of leadership, John stepped aside as CSF's president in 2016 to dedicate himself entirely to technical work. John’s work has appeared in many CSF publications, in Scientific American, Conservation Biology, Environment, the Journal of Political Economy, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Journal of Sustainable Forestry, Megadiversidade and Ambio. He speaks fluent Portuguese and Spanish and terrible French. He loves writing, mountain biking and photography. He holds a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard and an undergraduate degree in English and Spanish from Amherst College. John became an honorary board member of CSF in 2016.

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Holly Busse

Chief Financial Officer, Arcata, California

Holly joined CSF in 2006 as the Director of Finance and is responsible for overall financial management, fiscal planning, budgeting, reporting and accounting. She has 20 years of experience with accounting, contract and project management. Holly has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Finance and holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from Humboldt State University in California.

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Alfonso Malky

Latin America Technical Director, La Paz, Bolivia

Alfonso joined CSF at the beginning of 2008. He has a Master's degree in Agricultural Economics from the Catholic University of Chile, a degree in Environmental Methodologies and Social Research at the University for Strategic Research in Bolivia and an undergraduate degree in Economics from the Bolivian Catholic University. Alfonso has extensive experience in conservation economics and in the sustainable use of natural resources.  His portfolio includes projects on protected areas, biodiversity, land-use change, economic incentives for the environment, evaluation of infrastructure projects, environmental valuation and ecotourism. Prior to joining CSF, Alfonso worked in the governmental Unit of Social and Economic Policy Analysis (UDAPE) where he participated in the design, monitoring and evaluation of public policies, with an emphasis on agriculture, forestry and environmental sectors.


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Kim Bonine

Training Director, Arcata, California

Kim leads CSF’s Economics for Environmental Leadership training program, with activities in over 40 countries and five continents. Over the past 15 years she has led the design and implementation of environmental economics courses and analysis projects in Africa, Asia and North and South America on themes such as wildlife conservation, infrastructure development, fisheries management, tourism economics and sustainable development scenarios. She has teaching expertise in natural resource economics, environmental valuation, conservation finance, behavioral incentives, environmental policy, cost-benefit analysis, and strategic communication.  Since 2001, Kim has led CSF’s flagship two-week international course delivered in partnership with Stanford University and UC Berkeley. Prior to joining CSF, Kim worked at Stanford’s Center for Environmental Science and Policy conducting ecological and economic fieldwork in the mangrove forests of Micronesia, and researching vulnerability and resilience in human-environment systems.  Her work has appeared in Ambio, Conservation Biology and Pacific Science. Kim holds a Master’s degree in Earth Systems and a Bachelor’s degree in Human Biology, both from Stanford University.

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Aaron Bruner

Senior Economist, Washington, DC

Aaron joined CSF as Senior Economist in 2013 with 15 years of experience leading conservation initiatives and research in developing countries. He was most recently the Director of Economics and Planning at Conservation International, where he led research on protected area benefits and costs for the European Community's global TEEB report and developed strategy for major Green Economy initiatives in Indonesia and Cambodia. Aaron has experience in conservation and development, including ecosystem service values, development planning, negotiating conservation incentive agreements, and the role of protected areas. He holds a Masters in Public Policy with a concentration in economics from Princeton University and an undergraduate degree in Economics with a minor in Environmental Studies from Wesleyan University.

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Mubariq Ahmad

Indonesia Director, Jakarta

Mubariq has enjoyed a 30-year career working as an economic policy researcher and professional activist in a variety of organizations including The World Bank, WWF, and LEI/Indonesian Ecolabeling Institute. Among Mubariq's many accomplishments was co-writing and leading the development of Indonesia's National REDD+ Strategy, and the development and promotion of Heart of Borneo Initiative and the Coral Triangle Initiative. Mubariq holds a Natural Resources and Environmental Economics from Michigan State University, an MA in Economics from Columbia University, and a Bachelor in Economics from University of Indonesia. Mubariq will guide CSF's Marine Conservation Economics program, and launch CSF's work on forest conservation across Indonesia's globally significant natural landscapes.

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Jorge Maldonado

Senior Technical Advisor, Bogota, Colombia

Jorge is associate professor in the Department of Economics at Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. He is also deputy director of the Latin America and Caribbean Environmental Economics Program (LACEEP). His main research interests are economics applied to environment, natural resources and development, in particular the nexus of poverty and livelihoods. He has published in different journals such as Ecological Economics, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, World Development, Environment and Development Economics, among others. He teaches environmental economics, natural resource economics, and microeconomics at both undergraduate and graduate level. Currently, he is the director of the Platform for Evaluation and Learning of Graduation Programs in Latin America, funded by the Ford Foundation, IDRC and Fundación Capital. He is also the director of the project Conditional Cash Transfers and Rural Development in Latin America, funded by FIDA.

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Rocío del Pilar Moreno Sánchez

Senior Technical Advisor, Bogota, Colombia

Rocío has worked for 20 years on issues related to the role of economic incentives, local resource users, and institutions for biodiversity conservation. She has conducted specific research on topics such as fishing, payments for environmental services, adaptive capacity of resource-dependent communities in marine protected areas, economic valuation of protected areas, co-management of common-pool resources, and the relationship between poverty and resource dependence. Rocio´s work has been published in several books and scientific journals including Ecology and Society, Plosone, Ambio, World Development, Environment and Development Economics, Ecological Economics, and Biodiversity Conservation. She holds a Master of Science in Environmental and Resource Economics from the Universidad de los Andes-University of Maryland, and a Master of Science in Agricultural, Environment and Development Economics from Ohio State University. Since 2011, Rocío has served as academic advisor for CSF’s fellowship program and as professor for CSF’s economic tools for conservation courses.

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Felipe Vásquez Lavin

Senior Technical Advisor, Concepción, Chile

Felipe holds a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics and is an Associate Professor in the School of Business and Economics at the Universidad del Desarrollo in Chile. He is also a member of the Scientific Committee of the Latin America and Caribbean Environmental Economics Program (LACEEP). His areas of research include the Economics of Climate Change, Water Resources, Economic Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Health Economics. He has published research articles in journals such as Value in Health, Climatic Change, Journal of Environmental Management, AMBIO, Water Resource Research, among others. Currently he is an associate researcher in the Environment for Development (EfD) Center in Environmental and Resource Economics, and the Center for the Study of Multiple-Drivers on Marine Socio-Ecological Systems funded by the Chilean Ministry of Economics.

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Rhona Barr

Economist, Sebastopol, CA

Rhona began working as an economist with CSF in 2012. Her work focuses primarily on the development of CSF’s Oceans Initiative: CSF’s most recent program which focuses on building the economic literacy of marine resource managers and decision-makers to promote the recovery of fish stocks and the protection of ocean and coastal areas. Prior to joining CSF Rhona was awarded a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Her research examined the feasibility of the payments for environmental services mechanism to improve environmental stewardship within artisanal fisheries characterized by high levels of poverty and inequality. Rhona has also worked with the United Nations Development Program, the World Bank, James Cook University and the Zoological Society of London. Analyses have included work on the economic valuation of ecosystems, green commodities, resource allocation frameworks, sustainable tourism and climate change vulnerability and adaptation investments. She also holds an MSc in Environmental Economics and Policy from Imperial College London and a BSc in Zoology from the University of Edinburgh.

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José Carlos Rubio Ayllón

Analyst, Lima, Peru

Jose Carlos joined CSF in early 2014 as an Analyst. Prior to CSF, Jose Carlos worked as an economist at the Agrarian University of La Molina. He has six years of experience working with issues related to environmental management in mining and infrastructure projects, economic valuation of environmental impacts and cost benefit analysis. José Carlos has a degree in Agricultural Business Management as well as academic training in environmental economics and payments for ecosystem services.

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Annie Julissa Escobedo Grandez

Analyst, Lima, Peru

Annie is a Peruvian biologist that holds an MSc in Management and Conservation of Tropical Forest and Biodiversity from the CATIE- Costa Rica. Prior to joining the CSF team, Annie worked for more than ten years with native communities in the Amazon and in National Protected Areas in Peru. She has worked with fisheries and wildlife management plans, master plans for protected areas, environmental education activities, human-wildlife conflicts resolution and landscape scale analysis. In order to improve her professional skills, Annie has participated in economic tools training courses offered by CSF and LACEEP. She joined the CSF in 2015 as a consultant and has contributed to study cases in biodiversity offsets and other projects.

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Thaís Vilela

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Berkeley, California

Thaís is an applied economist with a focus on energy and the environment. Born in Brazil, she joined CSF in September 2015 after receiving her PhD in Economics from the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. Her doctoral research targeted markets for automobiles and fuels in Brazil, focusing on the economic consequences of innovation, regulation, and increased use of renewable resources. She was a visiting doctoral student at the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Berkeley, in 2014. Before her doctoral studies, Thaís worked at Engenho and at Grupo de Economia da Energia, both in Rio de Janeiro. In these positions, she worked on topics such as optimal electricity generation portfolios, energy integration in South America, and behavioral response to changes in the prices of gasoline and ethanol in Brazil.

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Carlos Solis

Consulting Analyst, La Paz, Bolivia

Carlos first got to know CSF in 2010, through the Research Fellows Program. Since then, he’s been collaborating on multiple projects throughout the Andean Amazon. In 2016, he rejoined the staff after having completed his Master in Food and Resources Economics at the University of Florida. In addition to his CSF work, Carlos has worked in projects related to environmental economics and sustainable development for eight years with several organizations: USAID, Solimar International, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and the University of Florida among others. When not working, he enjoys playing guitar, reading, cooking, doing exercise, exploring natural landscapes and randomness.

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Lauren Richards

Program & Development Associate, Washington, DC

Lauren joined CSF in 2016 as the Program and Development Associate focusing on donor relations, fundraising coordination and project management. Her background is in integrated approaches to sustainable development primarily working on health, education and community development initiatives. Previously, she worked in East Africa as a Social Sector Specialist with Columbia Global Centers Nairobi and also served with the US Peace Corps in South Africa. Most recently she worked with a children's advocacy center and Orlando Health in Central Florida as a grants and development manager. She holds a Master's in Development Practice from Columbia University and a Bachelor's in International Studies and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Niki Gribi

Training & Communications Manager, Arcata, CA

Niki joined Conservation Strategy Fund in 2014 as a Training Associate, and is working closely with Kim at our Arcata office. Niki lived in Japan for three years during high school, traveled widely in Asia, and participated in Habitat for Humanity building projects in the Philippines. Exposure to extreme poverty sparked her interest in economics and sustainable development, which she pursued at UC Santa Cruz, where she earned her B.A. in Economics and M.S. in Applied Economics and Finance. She then spent three years as a naturalist, farmer, and educator at Hidden Villa Farm and Wilderness Preserve in Los Altos Hills, CA. In 2008, she followed her heart to Humboldt County where she worked for a variety of local non-profits before coming to CSF.

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Desta Pratama

Program Manager, Jakarta, Indonesia

Desta joined CSF in 2016 as the Program Coordinator for our office in Indonesia. Prior to working with CSF, Desta worked with the University of Indonesia, Conservation International, the World Bank, and CIFOR. His main area of interest is how economics relates to marine and forest ecosystems and climate change. Desta has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Indonesia, and a master’s degree in Environmental and Resource Economics from the Australian National University. In his spare time, he enjoys photography, reading, diving and cycling.

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Kathy Hunter

Staff Accountant, Arcata, CA

Kathy joined CSF in 2011 as Staff Accountant. Kathy brings 25 years of experience in integrated accounting, human resources and financial reporting. Kathy is responsible for maintaining the accounts from CSF’s offices and global staff, assisting with administration of grants and contracts, and for preparation of managerial and funding reports.

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Cíntia Andrade

Financial Manager, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Cíntia joined CSF in November 2015. She has 14 years of experience in financial management, 7 of which were specifically with finance, accounting and governance for NGOs. She is a graduate in Business Administration and has her MBA in Finance from IBMEC-RJ.

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Claudia Durán

Administrative Accountant, La Paz, Bolivia

Claudia began working with CSF in November 2011 as Administrative Accountant and is responsible for accounting, payments, budgets and the elaboration of financial reports. She has 15 years of experience with accounting, and 3 years of managing environmental projects. She is an Accountant of the INCOS institute and is currently studying English.

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Marion Le Failler

Administrative & Program Assistant, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Marion joined CSF in October 2014 as a Project Assistant and works in the technical, fundraising, communication, course organization and administrative areas of the organization. She has previous experience in the areas of project, commercial, human resources and organization of events for private companies and NGOs in Brazil, France or Mexico. She holds a Masters and Bachelors degree of Business Administration from Sup de Co Montpellier Business School in France. She also has degrees from Yunnan University of Finance and Economics in China and Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico where she completed an exchange program. She speaks English, Portuguese, French and Spanish fluently.

Jesse Agar

Animator, Fergus, Ontario, Canada

Jesse began working with CSF in the beginning of 2014 on our series of animated conservation economics video lessons. Jesse has a bachelor's degree in Environmental Science with a focus in Biology from University of Guelph and has always been interested in film making and science. After discovering a particularly inspirational video, Jesse started creating animated shorts that quickly gained a following due to his unique voice and vision. Since joining CSF, Jesse has created over 20 videos on various conservation economics topics, ranging from intro to cost benefit to fisheries management.