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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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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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Pedro Gasparinetti

Brazil Director, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Pedro joined the team in 2016 to contribute to the project on mangroves environmental services values. He is an economist, with a masters in environmental economics from the University of Brasilia, focusing on environmental valuation using stated preference methods. Before joining CSF, he worked as a consultant on projects for the Brazilian Ministry of Environment, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Institute for Applied Economic Research (IPEA), covering topics such as economics of ecosystems and biodiversity in the TEEB-Brazil project, ecological footprint, evaluation of urban infrastructure projects and projects using ecosystems based approaches.

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Frank Merry

Senior Resident Fellow, Washington, DC

Frank Merry, Ph.D. joined CSF in 2017 as a Senior Resident Fellow. Prior to this Frank was a Research Associate Professor of Natural Resource Economics in the Department of Forests and Environmental Conservation at Virginia Tech. Frank also served as a Director at Alianca da Terra, a Brazilian non-profit organization ( focused on improving agricultural production in the Brazilian Amazon and Cerrado. He has published numerous articles on land and forest economics, including topics ranging from forest policy and timber trade to the economics of smallholders and cattle ranching. At Alianca da Terra, Frank was responsible for institutional strengthening and fundraising. Previously, as a research scientist at the Woods Hole Research Center, Frank was the lead economist on the Amazon Scenarios Project— a multi-institutional land use change modeling project. Frank has wide-ranging experience in international development and more than 15 years of work in the Amazon region. He is a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago, and has worked or conducted research in Bolivia, Brazil, Mozambique, Peru, Senegal, and Trinidad. Frank speaks Portuguese and Spanish, lives in Carrboro, North Carolina and has two daughters. He is a recreational cyclist and occasional surfer, but his spare time is mostly spent taking his daughters to swim meets and school events.