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    ECOTONE RESILIENCE TEAM ON SITE IN UDALO, OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, PHILIPPINES

    Carina Garcia

    Translator

    Carina is an active and committed member of her community : aside of being a mother of five, and helping her husband on their farmland, she was a Barangay Councilor for 3 years and is now assisting the Local Government in administrative work and logistics. Having worked in the touristic area of Puerto Galera for 2 years, she mastered her English skills and is a very precious translator, Carina acts as facilitator during workshops, training, meetings, and various interviews with the fishermen, farmers, etc.

    Christine Evangelista

    Nutrition & Waste

    Christine lives in Bugtong with her husband Nemesio in a home that could be a model in term of sustainability and gardening. She is active on many fronts, bubbling with new ideas to improve the community well being. She has been organizing school feeding programs for indigenous children in the Barangay with the support of the LGU. She has trained and organized groups of women in handicrafts activities using various material and techniques such as coco crafts. Christine's passion for singing brought her many distinguished first prices in singing contests.

     

    Fidel Silan

    Fishing & Logistics

    Our lieutenant in Udalo, Fidel is a fisherman who understands like no one else that the biodiversity is at risk if not properly managed from this point on-wards. Fidel has a deep understanding and on the ground knowledge of the ecosystems whether maritime or terrestrial and is very valuable to the success of the project. He is one of the key stakeholders and plays a key role within the local communities in their variety (mainly Tagalog and Mangyans). Fidel speaks both Tagalog and English.

    Guillaume Bertrand

    Permaculture

    "Kuya G" is our permaculture specialist focusing on setting up nurseries, kitchen gardens, new crops, and waste management.

    Guillaume is currently building a demo farm and establishing a network of kitchen gardens in order to bring a practical and sustainable answer to malnutrition problems due to lack of locally grown basic and healthy food.

    Nemesio Evangelista

    Bamboo & Handicrafts

    Nemesio has been involved in sustainable materials during all his life, especially bamboo which he grew and traded several varieties on the island of Mindoro. He has an extensive knowledge of local plants and his garden is testimony to his gardening talent. Very eager, as his wife Christine, to improve the livelihood of the local community, he set up the first farmers cooperative in the area in 1998. A master craftsman, Nemesio can build pieces of art with the simple use of his Bolo (the local traditional knife).

    Roda Evangelista

    Field & VCO

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    Elsa Ligaya Dingkuhn

    Organic Agriculture

    Elsa is German and Filipina. She grew up in Africa and completed her organic agronomy and farm management degree in France, focusing on sustainable agriculture. Elsa has worked extensively with farmers, accompanying them towards a holistic understanding of their farm-system. Her work emphasizes on a community based approach of self-assessment mechanisms, to help farmers identify room for improvement (quality of life, financial and tehnical) while converting to organic set-up. She brings a solid hands-on understanding of agricultural land management that aims at catalyzing agro-ecological transition.

    Professor Helen Yap

    Marine Complex Systems

    On Helen’s side, this initiative has its seeds in the efforts of her father, Emmanuel, during his lifetime. She also acknowledges the full unquestioning support of her family. Helen is a professor at the Marine Science Institute, University of the Philippines where she began her career over thirty years ago. In the 1990s, she was twice Chair of the Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine environmental Protection (GESAMP), an advisory body to the entire United Nations system. She is an awardee for science of “The Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service” (TOWNS) of the Republic of the Philippines.

    Liwanag Sales Fromont

    Plant Pathology

    Liwanag is Filipina. She is a specialist in plant pathology and mycology. She has worked at the National Crop Protection Center in Los Banos, University of the Philippines and the Department of Plant Pathology, Bureau of Plant Industry before she volunteered as a researcher for the West African Rice Development Agency in Senegal. She received her diploma from UP in Sciences and Agriculture. Liwanag is a mother of five and speaks both English and French and seven Filipino dialects.

    Valerie Daoud Henderson

    Finance & Environment

    Valerie has been in finance for most of her twenty+ years professional career. Over the past ten years, she has specialized in sustainable investments with high social and environmental impact. Her intimate knowledge of the financial sector brings a concrete vision to the project financial dynamics, its risk profile and its impact from a financial, social and environmental aspects. Valerie is a passionate advocate of bridging the gap between finance, people and sustainable projects.

    Cesar Jung-Harada

    Citizen Science

    Cesar Harada is a French-Japanese environmentalist, inventor and entrepreneur based in Hong Kong. CEO of MakerBay (Hong Kong MakerSpace for Social and Environmental Impact) where he teaches Citizen Science, Scoutbots and Protei INC (Ocean Robotics). Cesar is dedicating his life to explore and protect the ocean with open technologies. Cesar is a Former MIT project leader, TED Senior Fellow, GOOD 100, IBM Figure of Progress, Unreasonable at Sea Fellow, Shuttleworth foundation and Ocean Exchange grantee. Cesar believes that nature, human and technology can thrive in harmony.

    Dr Clement Dumont

    Marine Biology

    Clement is a marine biologist who has managed three MPAs in Mexico, Chile and Malaysia in close collaboration with the local fishermen. Over the years Clement has been responsible for several sustainable projects working closely with universities. He holds a PhD in biology from Laval University, Canada and post-doc from Stanford University. He had a Research Assistant Professor position at the University of Hong Kong between 2008 and 2011. In his free time, Clement likes to challenge himself with 100km trail running races.

    Raymond Dizon

    Entrepreneur & Science

    Of Filipino and Spanish descent, Raymond lived in many countries before settling in Manila where he lives with his family. He studied business in New York University and Environmental Science in Autonomous University of Barcelona. While his passion is sports and nature, he is dedicated to his real estate development and mining business. Raymond is a PhD candidate and specializes in studying natural systems. He loves diving, windsurfing and mountain biking. Raymond speaks Tagalog, English and Spanish fluently.

    Tarek Toubale

    Finance & Development

    Tarek decided to bring his deep knowledge of the financial world to the development field. After a career at Morgan Stanley where he was managing director of the equity division, Tarek worked for several high profile NGOs and most recently headed Karuna-Shechen, Matthieu Ricard’s NGO. Despite his involvement in several development projects, Tarek finds the time to teach yoga and to share his chess passion with children in developing countries.

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