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Rhona Barr

Economist, USA

Rhona’s work focuses on the role of economic instruments in marine conservation and sustainable development, and in designing programs that translate to real benefits for stakeholders and the environment. Over the last ten years Rhona has worked with Conservation Strategy Fund, Starling Resources, Oceans 5, the UNDP, the Waitt Foundation and the World Bank. Her analyses have covered a wide range of topics, including value-chain economics, sustainable financing for marine protected areas, and infrastructure development. Over the past 6 years, she has worked mostly in Indonesia and the Pacific. Rhona holds a PhD in Environmental Economics from London School of Economics, an MSc in Environmental Economics and Policy from Imperial College, London and a BSc is in Zoology from the University of Edinburgh.

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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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Natalia Sanin

Consultant, Colombia

A native of Colombia, Natalia studied biology in her homeland, Medellin, and holds a masters degree in Conservation Leadership from the University of Cambridge. Her interests range from strategic planning to co-management of protected areas and conservation programmes, community-based conservation, shared governance, leadership skills with an emphasis in participative processes, sustainable livelihoods, gender and community empowerment, post-conflict and environment in Colombia, environmental economics, sustainable technologies, and alliances for conservation. Natalia is currently the Pacific Ocean Finance Fellowship Program Coordinator.

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Cecilia Simon

Resident Fellow, Mexico

Cecilia Simon joined CSF as a consultant in 2015 acting as local manager for the Valuation of Ecosystem Services in Four Protected Natural Areas project in Mexico. In 2017 she developed a Fisheries Opportunity Analysis for CSF to identify the degree to which economic analyses and capacity building can influence sustainable fishing practices in Mexico. Cecilia has also been working in climate change related issues since 2007, including forest carbon projects and REDD+ where she has contributed to the development of the Climate Action Reserve Protocol (currently being tested as a pilot project), Mexico´s REDD+ Strategy and the promotion of market-based tools. She also works on conservation finance and is currently analyzing biodiversity offsets as a potential finance mechanism. Cecilia has wide experience working with numerous stakeholders in the Mexico and internationally, including government agencies, non-profit organizations and local communities. Prior to working as a consultant, she headed Pronatura Mexico’s Climate Change program. Cecilia received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Universidad Iberoamericana and a Master of Science in biodiversity, wildlife and ecosystem health from the University of Edinburgh. She is a 2014 Kinship Conservation Fellow.

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Leo Trujillo

Consulting Designer, São Paulo, Brazil

Leo Trujillo joined CSF as a consulting graphic designer in 2017- his first big project with us being our 2016 Annual Report. Leo has over 12 years of experience in design and is passionate about creating for brands and organizations with a social mission. He especially enjoys developing the aesthetic and visual part of projects and capturing the true essence of a brand.

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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.