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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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Belle Brown

Intern, Middletown, Connecticut

Belle is a sophomore at Wesleyan University, where she is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and Government. Belle began working as an intern at Conservation Strategy Fund in 2019 and assists with communications, administration, and improving contact outreach systems. She has previous experience researching sustainability and conservation as an intern at the University of the District of Columbia’s Firebird Farm, and as a lab assistant in the Brosi Pollinator Lab at Emory University. Growing up in Jakarta, Indonesia as an avid scuba diver sparked Belle’s interest in marine conservation and after graduation, she hopes to continue working in the environmental field.

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Irina Cabrerizo

Technical Assistant, La Paz, Bolivia

Irina joined CSF in 2018 as a Technical Assistant. She has experience conducting research on wetlands in the Sajama National Park in Bolivia and with coffee producers in Caconde, São Paulo, Brazil. She has also worked as a consultant in environmental and industrial safety. She graduated from the Military School of Engineering in La Paz, Bolivia with a degree in Environmental Engineering, and holds a Master's Degree in Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Development from the Institute of Ecological Research (IPE) in São Paulo, Brazil.

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Setia Dewi

Administrative & Finance Officer, Jakarta, Indonesia

Setia joined CSF in March 2018 as our Administrative and Finance Officer for Indonesia. Before joining CSF, Setia worked with Jaya-Obayashi General Contractor, GIZ-ASEAN German Regional Forest Programme, GIZ-Competition Policy and Law, CIFOR and Palladium-INOVASI Project. She has 14 years of experience in Administration and Finance and holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the School of Foreign Language of Pertiwi (STBA Pertiwi). In her spare time, Setia enjoys reading and watching movies.

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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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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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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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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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Sopian Hidayat

Analyst, Jakarta, Indonesia

Sopian joined CSF in March 2018. Prior to joining CSF, he worked for PT. Hatfield Indonesia as environmental economics specialist, for EEPSEA as project leader of coastal resource management in Indonesia, and for Lembaga Cemerlang Indonesia as field coordinator. His core expertise includes extended cost and benefit analysis, impact evaluation, economic valuation, marketing and value chain analysis. Sopian holds a Master’s Degree in Agricultural Economics from University of the Philippines Los Baños and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Jambi University. In his spare time, Sopian enjoys cooking, traveling and watching movies.

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Camila Jericó-Daminello

Program Coordinator, São Paulo, Brazil

Camila joined CSF in 2015 to lead a project focused on the ecosystem services affected by a proposed dam in the Brazilian Amazon and how these losses would economically impact the communities in that region. She went on to lead different projects related to infrastructure, fisheries, forest conservation, and others. In late 2016, Camila became CSF-Brazil’s Interim Director, adding fundraising and leading collaborations with governments and international institutions to her role. After completing a fellowship from the German government working on river restoration with local communities, Camila returned to CSF-Brazil in 2019 as a Program Coordinator. Camila holds a Bachelor’s in Biology and a Master’s in Environmental Sciences, both from São Paulo University (USP). Camila’s approach to her work is transdisciplinary, connecting ecosystem services with social preferences, policy and decision making. She also has experience as a trainer and leading field trips.

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Carla Mendizábal Vergara

Analyst, La Paz, Bolivia

Carla joined CSF in January 2017 as an intern in our Bolivia office, and now works as an analyst. She studied economics at the Universidad Católica in La Paz, Bolivia. Before joining CSF, Carla volunteered at a local orphanage and at Fundación TECHO as part of the International Cooperation team. She has a special interest in environmental conservation and the application of quantitative methods, as well as learning how to use different tools such as ARCGis. In addition to English and Spanish, Carla also speaks French. She hopes to continue to learn more languages and pursue a master’s degree in Agricultural Economics.

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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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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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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.