- Maria Pena
- Project Assistant
She is the Project Assistant at the Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES) University of the West Indies (UWI) with over 20 years’ experience in natural resources management. Her interests are in the biological and socio-economic aspects of marine resource management. She has implemented and managed numerous externally funded marine resource management projects.
- Axel Krumsiek
- Project Manager
He is a Project Manager - Marine Ecoregions at WWF Germany, holding responsibility for the marine project portfolio development in Latin America and the Pacific. He has supported the design and initiation of a project focusing on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction through sustainable mangrove management in the Pacific island nations of Fiji and Papua New Guinea.
- Steven Canty
- Coordinator of the Marine
He is the Coordinator of the Marine Conservation Program at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and specifically the projects based in the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef and Eastern Pacific region. The group focuses on the design of marine reserves to promote the health and resilience of coral reef ecosystems in the Mesoamerican barrier reef region.
- Montserrat Acosta-Morel
- Operations Officer
She is an Operations Officer at the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank Group where she is applying her economics degree to climate change adaptation, climate risk management, and nature-based solutions. Her past experience has involved managing climate change projects for The Nature Conservancy and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in the Caribbean region with a focus on ecosystem-based adaptation.
- Leslie John Walling
- Coastal Resource Management, Policy Review and Development, Climate Change Adaptation Planning.
Leslie is a project manager and technical lead with experience managing development initiatives in the areas of coastal resource conservation and management, climate change adaptation planning, and disaster risk management. Many of the development initiatives in which Leslie has been involved have been cross-cutting and multi-disciplinary in nature. His experience in ocean and coastal resource management (OCZM) has included: contribution to the design and establishment of multi-use marine protected area systems, and guiding the review, analysis, and enhancement of OCZM policy and governance frameworks.
- Wendy C. Atieno
- Programme Officer, Ecosystem-based Adaptation
Wendy is the Programme Officer, EbA, Climate Change Unit at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), where she oversees the Global EbA Fund Secretariat. In addition, she supports IUCN’s global EbA activities in Asia, Africa and Latin America working to strengthen the reciprocal relationship between global policy and action on ground.
- Neranda Maurice-George
- Sustainable Development Consultant
Neranda is a Regional Consultant for the Caribbean with the Green Climate Fund with 18 years of experience in sustainable development issues. Her professional background includes policy and programme management in Climate Change, Sustainable Energy, Environmental Management, and the UN-Sustainable Development Agenda with an emphasis on SIDS, at the national, regional and international levels. Her interests are promoting resilience to climate change impacts in SIDS and improving access to climate finance.
- Eddy Silva
- Climate Adaptation Program Manager
Eddy is currently working in the Nature Conservancy providing technical support and leadership to implement the Caribbean Division’s climate adaptation strategy and priority projects that enhance the role of nature to address climate change impacts and promote a path to resilience. He is also the overall manager of the Resilient Islands project, the supported by Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and Building (BMUB) within the framework of the International Climate Initiative (IKI) to help vulnerable communities in the Caribbean cope with the impacts of climate change.