Prof. David Bellamy
Dr. Ian G. Bride, University of Kent
Nass Frangakis, SG Hambros
Dr. Caroline Heeps
Dr. Roger Poland
Dr. Max Kasparek
Francesco Saverio Civili,ex coordinator MED POL programme, UNEP/MAP
Alexa Apostolaki, ‘Kaleidoscope’ Publisher
Dr. Christos Anagnostou, Director of Research, HCMR, Institute of Oceanography
Ioli Christopoulou, nature policy officer, WWF Greece
Dr. MAX KASPAREK
Consultant Natural Resources Management
Dr. Max Kasparek is biologist and is working as a freelance consultant for natural resource management since 25 years. He is specialised in international environmental conventions such as the Biodiversity Convention, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and has acquired a rich experience in project implementation through managing and back-stopping long-term projects in developing countries. His focus is on the Middle East, Asia and Africa, and his main clients include UNDP-GEF, GIZ, and KfW Development Bank. He has designed and prepared many projects in the field of protected area management, ecological land use planning, rural development, and wildlife management. Max Kasparek is also an active member of some environmental non-governmental organisations and has a solid scientific background in zoology and ecology. He is editor-in-chief of the international journal Zoology in the Middle East, member of IUCN’s Species Survival Commission, and UNDP’s roster of experts in the field of biodiversity, land degradation and integrated ecosystem management.
Dr. ROGER POLAND
Science and Education Advisor, Operation Wallacea
Roger graduated with a Zoology degree from Leeds University followed by a PhD at Exeter University based on Mediterranean Sea turtles and Environmental Education that was largely inspired by his association with MEDASSET and the support and enthusiasm from Lily Venizelos. After teaching for 108 terms at King’s College, Taunton in Somerset (UK) where he was Head of Science, Roger has now joined Operation Wallacea (www.opwall.com) as their ‘Senior Science and Education Advisor’ and will be helping and advising on how OpWall and 16-18 year old students can get the best from their expeditions. In the last 4 years he has helped to manage Opwall Expedition research sites in Madagascar, Honduras and Sulawesi, travelled extensively on lecture tours and conducted important research for the organisation.
Whether passing on a love of wildlife, the theatre, contemporary art or anything else, Anna is essentially trying to do the same thing… communicate enthusiasm with directness, passion, honesty and a sense of fun. When it comes to the natural world, the marine environment is an obvious focus for her, as she is an islander from Chios by descent. Anna believes in our human responsibility not to destroy what we cannot create; in our obligation to hand on to future generations as beautiful, varied and balanced an earth as the one we ourselves have inherited and enjoyed. When not involved with MEDASSET, she works with the Hellenic Society for the Environment and Cultural Heritage, Chios Nature, and Animal Action. Other interests include choral singing and contemporary art. Anna’s most beloved hidey-hole is a windmill on the tiny island of Kasos, and she admits she is a lazy but keen swimmer… most of the year round – provided the sun is out!
Dr. CAROLYN HEEPS
Development Strategy Manager, RES Offshore
Dr Carolyn Heeps is the International Development Strategy Manager at Renewable Energy Systems (RES) Offshore. Carolyn’s work takes her all over the world in pursuit of opportunities in new markets that are wishing to develop offshore wind projects. Carolyn got involved in renewable energy in 2001 when she joined The Crown Estate (TCE – the owner of the UK seabed) as Environmental Policy Officer. She left TCE in 2008 to join Fred Olsen Renewables, a Norwegian renewable energy company before joining RES in 2011. Prior to her time at TCE she was Head of Education at the National Museums and Galleries of Wales and before that had a successful career as an academic, running a successful Masters programme in Coastal Zone Management. It was whilst she was running this course at Bournemouth University that she first got involved with the work of MEDASSET, as MEDASSET’s founder Lily Venizelos was a regular speaker and provided internship opportunities for a number of postgraduates.
Carolyn is an alumni of Cardiff University where she completed her undergraduate degree in Maritime Geography, before completing her PhD is and postgraduate studies in coastal geomorphology and hydrodynamics.
Dr Ian Bride
Senior Lecturer in Biodiversity Management, Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology, School of Anthropology and Conservation, University of Kent, Canterbury UK. CT2 7NS
Dr Bride’s varied academic background, which includes the natural and social sciences, as well as the arts, reflects an interest in understanding the relationship between humans and their environment from a range of perspectives, in particular a strong belief in the value and potential of education and training, both as a general process that builds capacity in individuals, communities and institutions, and as a specialist subject area within conservation. Although the primary areas of his research focus might be categorised as ‘conservation education’ and ‘communication’, he is concerned with the development of ‘interdisciplinary’ and sustainable solutions to conservation problems. He currently teaches modules in ‘guiding and interpretation’, ‘creative conservation’ and ‘ecotourism’, and is firmly of the opinion that it is the integration of knowledge and understandings from different fields which best offers fresh insights and new ways of working for biodiversity conservation, and which should provide the central focus of conservation research and education.