Key advisor on grasslands and their conservation management, John also leads botanical tours of the project area. He has carried out field research and lecturing across Europe, and has extensive knowledge of the flora of Greece, Balkans, Romania, Poland, Ireland and Britain. John was Member of Flora Europaea Editorial Committee (1988–1998) and is author of many scientific and popular publications.
Armando Almeida is responsible for the protection of the Neblina Reserve, works with the Forest Guards to carry out essential wildlife monitoring and tracking activities, and works with Sonja to co-ordinate and manage land purchase.
Co-founder of Corporación Bosques de Zapallar, our project partner for Parque El Boldo, Chile. She was part of the board of Directors for over 10 years She is widely responsible for promoting and managing the reserve.
Miguel is the project and native plant nurseries coordinator for the Dry Forest Project in Peru.
Katherine joined the Head Office team in 2021 managing the charity's administration, social media and events. She has a Master's degree in Conservation from UCL.
Following a career in business and a life long interest in wildlife, Peter founded Rainforest Concern in 1993. He is also a founding director of the Planet Foundation (Switzerland), founding director of the Carpathia Foundation (Romania) and trustee of the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation (UK).
Chilean author and photographer. Carolina manages Rainforest Concern's conservation projects in Chile. She liases with our project partners in Chile and communicates the projects to a wider audience.
Director of Ecuadorian law firm Bustamante Holguín Abogados, Mauricio is Rainforest Concern's lawyer and legal representative in Ecuador, and brings his many years of experience and commitment across many aspects of law.
Jorge is the supervisor for native plant nurseries at the dry forest conservation project with our project partners ANIA in Peru.
Marco is manager of the Nasampulli Reserve and responsible for its protection. Working with FORECOS foundation and the Universidad Austral de Chile, he focuses on ecology and restoration of the Araucaria forest relicts.
Enrique is the executive Secretary of FORECOS foundation and with Marco Cortés coordinates the management of the Nasampulli reserve.
José is the co-ordinator of the Los Cedros Reserve. He helps coordinate Los Cedros Reserve, in particular the outreach work with communities and the long-term strategy of the Reserve. He has lived in the Intag area for many years and managed community projects and initiatives, including Rainforest Concern projects, for over 15 years.
José is the co-founder and manager of the Los Cedros Reserve. He has been the driving force behind conservation at Los Cedros since he helped found it in the late 1980's. He has tirelessly worked to save this extremely important remnant of Chocó rainforest.
Sonja is the project manager of the Neblina Reserve. She has been Rainforest Concern's project co-ordinator in Ecuador since 2012 and manages the Reserve from co-ordinating the forest guards, to overseeing the purchase of threatened land.
An environmental lawyer, Carlos Fernandez has worked with Rainforest Concern since 2007. First as our legal representative for Pacuare Reserve and now as manager of Urpiano turtle conservation project.
Sarah joined Rainforest Concern in 2012, and now co-ordinates our Ecuador projects and handles grant proposals.
Martin Gardner is the co-ordinator of the International Conifer Conservation Programme at the RBG Edinburgh. He also chairs the IUCN Conifer Specialist Group. Much of the focus of Martin's conservation work and research is on Chilean plants.
With project co-ordination and financial control, Christi provides overall leadership of ADEPT, overseeing daily operations and ‘building organisational capacity’. Cristi graduated from Brasov University in IT, economics and accounting and has worked for rural development NGOs since 2000. He has been guide and translator for numerous World Bank missions, and speaks Romanian, English and German.
Coordinator of the AAA corridor project at our partner organization Gaia Amazonas, Mariana works with indigenous communities of the Colombian Amazon and with civil and governmental organizations.
Javier is a Doctor in Forest Sciences from Universidad Austral de Chile and Universidad de Concepción. He is an expert in carbon measurements of aerial/root biomass and remote sensing, and he has supported Rainforest concern since 2016 with GIS Development in Nasampulli and other projects in Chile, Ecuador and Peru. Currently, he directs his GIS technology company Campodigital.
Paulina is the project research leader coordinator for the Equatorial dry forests, Peru. Plant taxonomist with a PhD in systematics and biogeography, specialist in Chilean flora. Honorary Conservation Associate at the RBG Edinburgh, with a career in both botany and horticulture.
Highly respected and accomplished historian, author, publisher and Amazon conservationist. Dr John Hemming is a former Director of the Royal Geographical Society and a leading expert on Brazil's indigenous peoples. He was recently awarded the President's Medal by the British Academy for his histories about South America and work for its indigenous peoples.
Director of Gaia Amazonas, Francisco is an expert in local development strategies and intercultural environmental management.
Ethnologist, anthropologist and founder of our project partner Gaia Amazonas, Martín von Hildebrand's work to secure indigenous rights has led to more than 26 million hectares being officially returned to indigenous people in Colombia.
Bárbara and Johhny established the Urpiano beach protection project in Costa Rica in 2015. They are responsible for protection of the beach and monitoring nesting and hatching of leatherback turtles.
Senior plant conservationist at our partner organization Gurukula Botanical Sanctuary, Laly specializes in the plant conservation of Asclepiadaceaea, Bryophytes, Pteridophytes, Balsaminaceae and Gesneriaceae.
Senior Plant Conservationist at our partner organization Gurukula Botanica Sanctuary, Suma specializes in Orchidaceae, Araceae, Zingiberaceae, carnivorous and ornamental plant species.
Director and founder of our project partner Fundación FORECOS for the Nasampulli Reserve in Chile. Professor Lara at Universidad Austral de Chile specialises in documenting the ecology of native forests of Chile.
A graduate of Technical University, Lasi, in Chemical Cngineering with diplomas in marketing and rural business entrepreneurship. Ben has responsibility for farmer training and extension services, assisting farmers with access to funding and implementation of projects for small producers. He is also responsible for schools activities and local community relations. He speaks Romanian and English.
Andrew Mitchell is an international thought leader on natural capital finance and tropical forests. He is the founder of Equilibrium Futures and Senior Adviser to Oxford think tank, Global Canopy, which he founded in 2001. As Founder and Senior Adviser to the Natural Capital Finance Alliance, he helps design natural capital tools for banks, investors and insurers.
A successful artist with a deep interest in wildlife conservation, Max has been a trustee of Rainforest Concern since 2007. During this time, Max has actively supported our work and has visited a number of projects.
Botanical specialist, environmental consultant, management and establishment of conservation areas - Equatorial dry forests project with our partner ANIA in Peru.
Nat has been working in Romanian rural development since 1998 and is a director of ADEPT. After 15 years in H.M. Diplomatic Service, he now divides his time between managing his organic beef farm in southwest England and promoting conservation of the High Nature Value farmed landscapes of Romania.
Fiona has worked with Rainforest Concern since 1995, mostly in Ecuador, where she ran an ecotourism lodge before her role as Ecuador Project Manager for over 13 years. Fiona set up local partnerships and co-ordinated projects throughout the Choco Andean Corridor and the Amazon region, as well as setting up the Neblina Reserve in Intag. She’s currently helping Rainforest Concern as a consultant.
Răzvan brings considerable expertise on sustainable development, agri-environment and biodiversity conservation, including farmer training and extension. A graduate of Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj, in Ecology, he is currently engaged in a PhD in protected area management planning. He speaks Romanian, German and English.
Sir Ghillean Prance FRS FLS FRSB is a world renowned botanist and ecologist and has published extensively. He is a former Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, a Fellow of the Royal Society and Fellow and past President of the Linnean Society.
Founders of the Carpathia Conservation Foundation, Christoph and Barbara are wildlife biologists who have lived and worked in Romania for over 15 years. They have been directly responsible for protecting 21,000 hectares of Carpathian wilderness.
A consultant of Chilean law firm Philippi, Prietocarrizosa & Uría, Alberto became a trustee of Rainforest Concern in 2011. The charity's Chilean projects have greatly benefited from Alberto's expertise.
Carmen Rosa is the executive director of CBZ, our project partner for Parque El Boldo, which protects coastal Chilean habitat.
Gabriel has been working with Corporación Bosques de Zapallar from it's very beginnings as head of Parque El Boldo's trail network team. He is also in charge of maintenance and develops projects in other conservation areas.
Conservationist Suprabha Seshan manages restoration, education and outreach at GBS, Rainforest Concern's partner project. In 2006 she won UK’s top environmental prize, the Whitley Award.
Senior partner of international law firm Charles Russel Speechlys, Catriona is an expert in charity law and has been a trustee of Rainforest Concern since its establishment in 1993.
Ecologist, botanist, illustrator and naturalist. With 25 years at RBG Kew and valuable experience gained in Peru and Andean countries, Oliver has focused on conservation through sustainable use, agriculture and restoration.
Carlos Zorilla has dedicated his life to protecting Ecuadorian cloud forests and in particular fighting against the ongoing threat of mining. He is the founder of the environmental organisation DECOIN, which conserves the unique biodiversity of the Intag region.
Botanist, researcher on the flora and vegetation of Lambayeque at our partner organization ANIA for the Equatorial dry forests protection project.
Megan began her career as a researcher on live children's and wildlife programmes at Thames Television and then as a Producer/Director, filming wildlife and conservation stories around the world. For the last 10 years, Megan has created and produced a wide range of high profile creative events.
Megan joined the Rainforest Concern team in 2020 as a Corporate Fundraiser.
Sita is delighted to join Rainforest Concern as a trustee having worked in the field of international development and private philanthropy for over 10 years. In 2007, she founded the charity Prospero World to create positive change through education, collaboration, and action.
Manuela is the founder and director of the Colombian organisation, Fundación TierrAmar which aims to address the lack of environmental education within rural schools across Colombia.
President of the board of our partner organisation Corporación Bosque de Zapallar (CBZ) in Chile. He has been involved with El Boldo since it very beginning in 2010.
He is also the founding partner of the law firm Morales & Besa in Santiago.