Vallée de Mai
Marc Jean-BaptisteSite Manager
Marc has been working for SIF since 2008, when he worked as Island Manager on Aldabra. Before this he worked as the Praslin Environment Coordinator at the Ministry of Environment and Transport, and as the Vice Chairman at Terrestrial Restoration Action Society Seychelles (TRASS). Marc has an MSc in Conservation Biology from the University of Kent. He is passionate about his work and has ensured a high standard of customer service at the Vallée de Mai during his time as Site Manager, which has resulted in the site being awarded TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence for seven years. Marc also created and spearheaded an anti-poaching taskforce which has been successful in reducing coco de mer poaching incidents in the forest.
Aurelie HectorVallée de Mai Science Coordinator
Aurelie Hector is a conservation biologist from Mauritius. She worked with the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation (MWF) for almost five years and worked on an island restoration project as the Round Island Senior Warden. Her role was to ensure that the island biosecurity was maintained, to remove emergent threats caused by invasive species introductions, to manage island infrastructure, and to train and supervise new staff, students, and volunteers. Aurelie also worked on the Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered (EDGE) of Existence Project to protect a very unique species of snake. Aurelie’s love for nature has helped her to travel around the world and build her knowledge of wildlife conservation. She moved from Mauritius to Madagascar to England and now to the Seychelles where she is now working with SIF as the Vallée de Mai Science Coordinator.
Maria BriocheEducation and Outreach Programme Officer
Maria joined SIF in April 2011 as the education and outreach programme officer on Praslin. Maria is responsible for outreach to tourists, school children and the Praslin community in general. She aims to raise people’s awareness of the work being done by SIF at both sites. She is also responsible for educating school children about the flora and fauna of the Vallée de Mai and Aldabra. Prior to joining SIF Maria was a schoolteacher for 12 years, where she was responsible for both the wildlife club and the Eco-school programme. Her love for the environment and her experience as an educator has led Maria to dedicating her time to promoting environmental education for SIF. Maria is known for her social skills and her incredible ability to make people feel at ease and comfortable, especially small children who love to discover the Vallée de Mai with her.
Terance PayetAssistant Field Research Officer
Terance is a senior ranger in the Vallée de Mai. He joined SIF in October 2011 as a field worker and later the same year became a ranger. As a research team member he plays a major role in ongoing research and monitoring programmes on fauna and flora in the Vallée de Mai. Terance is a key member of the black parrot breeding team and now leads this monitoring programme in the field each year. Terance has completed the Durrell Endangered Species Management (DESMAN) course based at Jersey Zoo in the UK and he was trained as an EDGE (Evolutionary Distinct and Globally Endangered) fellow focussing on black parrots under a recent national project as part of the Darwin Initiative. Terance has also received specialised training in climbing and mist-netting, but most importantly, has a natural passion for the wonderful black parrots. He is one of the most knowledgeable staff in the field and in every field session with Terance one will discover something new.
Jessica MoumouField Research Officer / YCA project team leader
Jessica joined SIF in 2012 as an Invasive Species Technical Officer on one of the eradication projects on Assumption. From 2012-2015 she has been involved in and led two eradication projects conducted by SIF. Working with SIF gave Jessica the opportunity to pursue future studies, and earn the David Stoddart scholarship to study at the University of Seychelles. After graduating with Honours in BSc Environmental Science, Jessica re-joined SIF as a Field Research Officer and that gave her the privilege of working at both UNESCO World Heritage Sites and Head Office. Jessica is now working as a Field Research Officer and team leader of the yellow crazy ant project at the Vallée de Mai.
Ralph LegaieVisitor Centre and Services Coordinator
Ralph joined the Vallée de Mai team at the end of 2018 after graduating with a First Class Honours from his BSc in Environmental Science at the University of Seychelles. His role is to ensure the smooth operations of the visitor centre and to oversee the tourism services on offer at the Vallée de Mai, such as the ticketing booth, souvenir shop and the Kokosye café. Prior to working for SIF he was a secondary level science teacher for several years. He also has extensive experience working in tourism, as well as auditing and accounting. His vision for the visitor centre is for more efficient operations, a stronger online presence and high quality service delivery through staff professional development.
Dr Frauke Fleischer-DogleyChief Executive Officer
Frauke is a trained conservation biologist who was appointed a trustee on the board of SIF in 2003. Since 2007 she has led SIF as chief executive officer. Improving the management effectiveness of Seychelles' World Heritage Sites is her mission. She believes in science-based management decisions, innovation, and the need to rigorously review established practices to advance conservation management. Her PhD research substantially advanced understanding of the population management of the coco de mer (Lodoicea maldivica), Seychelles flagship species and has been published in several scientific papers. She has over 15 years of experience in protected area management and has also worked in the fields of tourism planning, ecotourism and international cooperation with the Government of Seychelles. In addition she has served on many national steering committees and is also a member of the National Environment Advisory Council and the Seychelles Climate Change Adaptation Trust. Frauke steers SIF steadily through stormy seas of the innumerable ups and downs inherent to managing two World Heritage sites with very different challenges. Among her strengths are keeping the bigger picture in mind and being present and approachable for her staff, thereby getting to know each of them on an individual level.
Dr Nancy BunburyDirector of Research and Conservation
Nancy is an island conservation biologist who has led SIF's research and conservation work at both sites since 2008. Before this, she worked on avian conservation in Mauritius for 5 years, where she completed her PhD research on diseases in pink pigeons. She specialises in endangered species conservation and management, invasive alien species control, and improving management of protected areas. She has led many projects, including several successful invasive species eradications, for SIF; part of her work is to secure funding for these projects at both sites. She is a driving force behind much of SIF’s research work, and has co-authored numerous scientific papers. Her underlying approach is to apply or obtain scientific evidence wherever possible to inform and improve conservation and, in doing so, to try to bridge the gap between science and implementation. Nancy is the main contact point for SIF’s international research collaborations and projects.
Vanesa LebonSenior Accountant
Vanesa joined SIF in October 2018 as the new senior accountant. She graduated from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) as a chartered accountant in 2016 and became a member of ACCA in 2018. Prior to joining SIF she worked at ACM and Associates as senior auditor. Vanesa is currently managing the accounting department and oversees three hard working staff. The accounts team work together to ensure that the Vallée de Mai and Aldabra have the support they need. Vanesa is very proud to be able to assist and work towards protecting Seychelles’ two World Heritage sites.
Bernadette JulieSenior Administrative and Human Resources Officer
Bernadette has been senior administration and human resources officer at SIF since October 2014. Prior to working with SIF she had 25 years of experience working in human resources and administration. Her role is to facilitate staff matters, including, recruitment, promotion, training and development. Bernadette also advises SIF managers on staff matters; provides technical advice to the CEO, prepares contracts and arranges work permits if needed. Bernadette is a caring colleague and very supportive to all staff in any situation!
Christina QuanzProjects Coordinator
Christina started working for SIF in 2008 as a volunteer and is now the Projects Coordinator, responsible for overseeing all ongoing projects at SIF. Christina previously worked on Aldabra for four years to implement a renewable energy system which today supplies 98% of Aldabra's electricity demand with solar power. This was also part of her MSc thesis. Being very passionate about nature and especially small tropical islands, Christina feels very lucky to have found this unique place to work, where the protection of Seychelles' biggest treasures is the day to day priority and work is never routine but interesting, challenging and meaningful.
Sophie AdamsCommunications, Education and Outreach Coordinator
Sophie is the communications, education and outreach coordinator at SIF. She has an MA in English and joined us in May 2019 having worked in communications across a variety of sectors in London. Sophie is responsible for local and international communications. She aims to raise awareness of SIF’s work and of the value of the Vallée de Mai and Aldabra Atoll among Seychellois and in the international arena. You’ll see her work in our newsletters, annual reports and social media pages and in our educational and outreach activities. Sophie is an avid hiker and traveller and she is thrilled to have the opportunity to explore Seychelles!
Ronny RoseOperations and Logistics Officer
Ronny is the operations and logistics officer and joined SIF in October 2016. Ronny is responsible for managing head office, Vallée de Mai and Aldabra logistics, including coordinating and organising the process of transportation of supplies and equipment to both sites. Ronny has to maintain effective communications with the managers of both sites and at head office to ensure efficient daily operations. He is looking forward to building a solid career and to contributing to the development of SIF. He believes that anything can be achieved with noble work ethics and team effort.
Julio AgricoleOperations & Logistics Manager
Julio joined the SIF team in 2012 as a ranger on Aldabra. Since then, he has been involved in and led several successful eradication projects conducted by SIF. After graduating with honours in BSc Environmental Science at the University of Seychelles, he became Acting Site Manager for the Vallée de Mai UNESCO World Heritage Site. His role was to organize and supervise all departments in the Vallée de Mai to ensure that they all run effectively and efficiently. Julio also acts as relief manager for Aldabra when needed. He is now leading the Operations and Logistics team at the SIF head office on Mahé.
Dylis CedrasMarketing and Product Development Officer
Dylis joined SIF in August 2015 as the marketing and product development officer. Her role is to research and develop products and services that will enhance visitors’ experience in the Vallée de Mai and Aldabra. Dylis’ responsibilities at SIF extend to the development of advertising media and working with promotional agents both locally and overseas to attract more visitors to both sites. Due to her outgoing personality she has served as master of ceremony at several national events of importance for SIF. She is very much looking forward to the Aldabra House project and getting ready to take on an even more important role.
Jeremy RaguainProject Officer
Jeremy first started working with SIF in 2013 as a field research assistant on Aldabra. His experience of Aldabra’s outstanding beauty and inspiring fauna heavily influenced his decision to pursue a general degree at the University of Cape Town, with Environmental Geographical Science and International Relations as his majors. After completing this degree and an Honours in International Relations Jeremy returned to Seychelles at end of 2017 and currently works as a project officer for SIF. In this role Jeremy serves as a facilitator for SIF’s projects on Aldabra and in the Vallée de Mai, playing key roles in the Aldabra Clean-Up Project, the 2018 Black Parrot census and the Inva’Ziles project. His responsibilities also include contributing towards the planning, implementation and review of SIF’s day to day operations. With his interdisciplinary background and interests Jeremy has a particular focus in determining how small island/ large ocean states can better leverage themselves in international politics and protect their biodiversity vis a vis global challenges such as climate change, invasive species, plastic pollution and marine security.
Jude BriceAldabra Island Manager
Jude started working for SIF as a skipper on Aldabra in 2008 and spent many years in this position and in the role of senior skipper, so he knows the waters around the atoll incredibly well. He was promoted to the position of island manager for Aldabra in 2016 and is now responsible for running Aldabra operations, managing staff, supporting the research team, enforcing regulations to protect Aldabra, and providing regular monthly reports to maintain contact between Aldabra and the SIF head office on Mahé. Jude has a great love of the marine world and is a competent diver as well as skipper. It is his deep feeling of belonging to Aldabra which has made him grow in his career, as well as his natural talent to engage with people easily.
Luke A'BearAldabra Science Coordinator
Luke first joined SIF as the science coordinator of the Vallee de Mai, before transferring to Aldabra in November 2019. Before coming to the Seychelles he worked for over two years in Mauritius on Round Island, co-managing the conservation and restoration projects. Prior to that he was based in Southeast Alaska working on forest and salmon stream restoration projects. On Aldabra he is responsible for managing the research team, ensuring high quality data collection across all projects, providing regular technical reports and being the main contact point for researchers. Luke hopes to build on the strong foundations of all the previous Aldabra staff and continue the great research that has gone before him.