Vision: SeyCCAT envisions for Seychelles’ ocean and islands to be stewarded by the people of Seychelles, generating sustainable benefits for future generations to share.
Mission: SeyCCAT strategically invests in ocean stakeholders to generate new learning, bold action and sustainable blue prosperity in Seychelles.
Goal: To competitively grant at least US$ 750,000 per annum to support the stewardship of Seychelles’ ocean resources, island life and blue economy.
Objectives: SeyCCAT is committed to developing strong and lasting creative collaborations to advance our mission. These partnerships will enable us to deliver our objectives to:
- Support new and existing marine and coastal protected areas and sustainable use zones;
- Empower the fisheries sector with robust science and knowhow to improve governance, sustainability, value and market options;
- Promote the rehabilitation of marine and coastal habitats and ecosystems that have been degraded by local and global impacts;
- Develop and implement risk reduction and social resilience plans to adapt to the effects of climate change;
- Trial and nurture business models to secure the sustainable development of Seychelles’ blue economy.
Underpinning Themes: SeyCCAT is more than a project donor. It is not just what we do that is important to us, it is how we do it that matters too. We understand that our ambitious Vision can only be delivered through the people and organisations that we invest in, and that our success depends on theirs. We will create the space for new ideas, help those ideas evolve, forge new creative collaborations, and boost individual and collective impact. We will empower the local and regional leaders of tomorrow and disseminate what we, and our partners, learn. We believe that by demonstrating our commitment to:
- Ideating and Incubating;
- People and Partnerships;
- Empowering and Investing; and,
- Learning and Sharing
…. that together we will succeed in securing our Vision for:
Seychelles’ ocean and islands to be stewarded by the people of Seychelles, generating sustainable benefits for future generations to share.
Our Values provide ourselves and our partners with a strong set of guiding principles. We believe that our abidance by these values presents us with the best possible chance of success:
- Trust – we treat all our stakeholders with equal rights, respect their differing viewpoints, and deliver on our commitments.
- Partnership – we encourage partnerships to blend knowledge and expertise, to create shared-value solutions, towards boosting the social, economic and environmental returns from our investments.
- Excellence – we strive to achieve the highest standards and learn quickly from our failures while working with and advancing best practices.
- Transparency – we are open and clear about our ideas and actions, focusing on evidence-based decision-making, and welcoming external inputs and dialogue to help us achieve measureable results.
- Innovation – we appraise existing methods and models, advocate for continuous learning, and champion new ways of working.
SeyCCAT is governed by the Board of Directors, supported by a finance committee and grants committee, with the day-to-day leadership provided by the CEO and Executive team:
- The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is appointed by the Directors and is responsible for the general and active management of the affairs of SeyCCAT, subject to the supervision and control by SeyCCAT’s Board of Directors. The Chief Executive Officer ensures that the instructions of the Board are carried out and that the Board receives the necessary operational support to meet and transact the business of SeyCCAT.
- SeyCCAT is administered by the Board of Directors – The Directors manage the business of SeyCCAT and exercise all the powers of SeyCCAT unless the Directors are subject to restrictions imposed by SeyCCAT legislation (The Act, 2015). Directors’ meetings and decision making are only possible through a quorum of both ex-officio Directors and 5 other Directors. Each Director, as per the SeyCCAT Conflicts of Interest policy, declares in a written statement the nature and extent of any interest, direct or indirect – and is excused from any discussions of the Board in which it is possible that a conflict will arise.
- SeyCCAT’s Grants Committee consists of Directors with operational and technical programming skills who are committed to the conservation of renewable resources and sustainable development. The Grants Committee (i) analyzes and recommends projects and programs to be presented for approval by the Board, (ii) provides orientation on priorities of SeyCCAT and the projects and programmes to be funded, (iii) periodically reviews and brings up to date the conservation strategy of SeyCCAT and (iv) participates in the periodic review of the annual workplan, along with other stakeholders in the Seychelles.
- SeyCCAT’s investment assets (endowment funds) are managed by the Finance Committee. The committee is an appointed committee of the Board of Directors. The purpose of the committee is to serve in an adjunct advisory role for recommendations to SeyCCAT on matters related to the investments held by SeyCCAT and to support the growth of SeyCCATs asset base.
Our performance, like any team, organisation or society, is a collection of our individual and collective capacities. We recognise that as individuals we are unique and that we each have our own drivers, ambitions and motivations. This is why at SeyCCAT we invest in our people, seeking individuals whose personal interests align with our organisational mission, encouraging growth and development, and working together to seek out the solutions to our challenges.
SeyCCAT Executive Team
Angelique has always had a passion for advancing the sustainable use and conservation of our oceans. She was born and grew up in a fishing district, Bel Ombre, in Seychelles where she gained a firsthand perspective on the critical importance to preserve marine resources.
Angelique is a lawyer (Seychelles and UK) and she holds an LLM in Environmental law specializing in the law of the sea and natural resources law. Also, Angelique is a trained climate change negotiator under the AOSIS Climate Change Fellowship Programme at the United Nations.
Angelique has worked in different countries in the Caribbean, Pacific and the Indian Ocean on a wide range of projects relating sustainable fisheries, sustainable management of marine biodiversity within and beyond national jurisdiction, and climate change, in particular, climate adaptation and climate finance. Further, she served as a legal expert of the African Group of Sixth Committee in works of oceans and law of the sea at the United Nations.
Moreover, Angelique has experience working with civil society as a co-founder and board member for not-for-profit organizations in Seychelles and abroad.
SeyCCAT Executive Assistant
Vania Robert is the Executive Assistant for Seychelles Conservation and Climate Adaptation Trust (SeyCCAT). Vania assists the SeyCCAT CEO, Board of Directors, Finance and Grants committee to run a high quality and efficient, functional and transparent service oriented organisation. Vania’s role also sees her providing support to the MSP team with administrative, process, and technical support and assistance to deliver stakeholder engagement and process management.
Prior to this position, Vania spent 17 years working with the tourism industry. She has 13 years experience at management level, in roles such as Assistant Financial Controller and Head of Finance. She has represented companies both locally and internationally. Vania has a wide experience in finance and administration, as well as payroll, budgeting and cashflow analysis. Vania is also well versed with external and internal audits.
Vania has a Diploma in Business Studies from the Seychelles Polytechnic and a HND in Business and Finance from Brunei Darussalam Technical and Vocational Education Council.
MSP Project Manager
Ms Sims is the Project manager of the Seychelles Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) initiative. She is responsible for implementing and achieving the MSP initiative by overseeing and representing The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in relationships with Government agencies, NGO and corporate stakeholders and working closely with the MSP advisory committees. She serves as the secretary to the MSP Executive and Steering Committees and MSP Technical working groups. She assists in funding proposals, research grants and coordination with other projects. Helena is currently the only TNC staff working on the MSP that is based in the Seychelles.
Helena has work experience in Marine Conservation Biology and Project Management. Upon her return from University she has worked at the Seychelles Centre for Marine Research and Technology (the current Seychelles National Parks Authority), as a Project coordinator at the Green Islands Foundation NGO where her work focused on Integrated Coastal Zone Management and managing a 4 year GoS-UNDP-GEF Protected Areas Project at the Project Coordination Unit to identify strengthen the Protected Areas network of Seychelles through the identification of potential new areas for protection.
Helena has a BSc in Marine Biology Advanced from the James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia.
Coastal Wetlands and Climate Change Project Manager
Annike is the Coastal Wetlands and Climate Change Project Manager for SeyCCAT. She will manage and coordinate project activities, as well as the day-to-day project implementation and overall coordination of the various project’s outcomes under SeyCCAT’s portfolio. Annike’s role will also include communication materials for the Blue Carbon project, as well as assisting in preparation and review for materials related to Blue Carbon and NDC for marketing, philanthropy and government relations.
Annike has over five years of experience in environmental project management. Fresh from university, she started work as a Project Manager for the Programme Coordination Unit and later for the United Nations Development Programme. Her projects were on various ends of the spectrum from Capacity Building, to the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan, Mercury Project under the Minamata Convention, Biodiversity Finance Initiative and Access and Benefit Sharing under the Nagoya Protocol.
Annike holds a BSc in Geography and Environment and a Masters’ in Environmental Management for Business.
Blue Grants Coordinator
Michel Pierre has been seconded to SeyCCAT. He holds the position of Blue Grants Coordinator.
He was formerly employed with Citizens Engagement Platform Seychelles as the Chief Executive Officer. He was responsible for the overall leadership and management of the Secretariat according to the strategic direction set by the Board.
He has over ten years of experience working with the Civil Society sector in Seychelles focusing on capacity building of civil society organizations to effectively implement projects and programmes and engaged in advocacy, policy issues and resource mobilization. He has excellent skills in project management which involve coordination, monitoring and effective evaluation. He has managed various national projects aimed at empowering and building the capacity of NGOs in Seychelles and as a result, they have contributed meaningfully towards the development of the country.
Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
Thembekile Manjengwa is responsible for Monitoring and Evaluation for SeyCCAT, in relation to its organizational mission and goals, the Blue Grants Fund and associated grants and projects. She is a Development Expert with extensive experience in Monitoring and Evaluation and Project Management. She has more than 12 years of career experience in development programming relating to Agriculture, Natural Resources Management and Sustainable livelihoods involving Monitoring and Evaluation, Project Management, Program Design, Proposal and budget development, and Coordination with donor agencies, UN organizations, NGOs and Governments.
Thembie is a Certified Development Project Manager with a BSc in Natural Resources Management and Agriculture and Masters Development Management.
SeyCCAT Board Members
Minister Flavien Joubert
Flavien P Joubert was born in 1972 and was educated in Seychelles up to secondary level. He successfully completed an HND and graduate studies at the Manchester Metropolitan University the United Kingdom and Masters studies at York University in Canada, During the time at the Department of Environment, he has collected various competencies especially in oil spill combat and operation of sewage treatment plants.
Since 1996, he has worked in the Ministry of Environment. He has held and served in several key posts including Director General for Wildlife Enforcement and Permits, CEO of the Seychelles National Parks Authority and CEO of the Landscape and Waste Management Authority. Mr Joubert has served on several boards such as the Planning Authority and Seychelles Petroleum as company Director and on Boards of national importance such as the Pesticide Control Board, Licensing Authority and Seychelles islands Foundation.
Through his university studies, he re-discovered one of the rarest bat species in the country, and has, throughout his time at the ministry promoted research and conservation on the bat species. He has co-written two papers on that subject. He has also played instrumental roles in several initiatives that have to do with chemical safety in Seychelles.
On the international arena, Minister Joubert has represented Seychelles in many fora related to chemicals and waste and was the focal points for the Basel, and Stockholm Conventions. He also led the organization of the Nairobi Convention 8th conference of Parties meeting in 2015, for which UNEP congratulated Seychelles for the level of organization.
Mr Joubert was appointed Minister for Agriculture, Climate Change and Energy and on 4th November 2020.
Minister Joubert is yet to marry and has two children.
Minister Naadir Hassan
Minister Naadir Nigel Hamid Hassan was appointed Minister for Finance, Economic Planning and Trade on 3rd November 2020.
He studied at the University of Manchester from 2001 to 2005 and holds a Bachelor’s degree with honours in International Business, Finance and Economics and from 2012 to 2013 at the University of Stirling and holds a Master’s degree in Banking and Finance.
Upon his graduation, Mr Hassan joined the Policy and Strategy Department at the Ministry of Finance as a Policy Analyst and thereafter got promoted to Senior Policy Analyst. After two years at Finance (2005 to 2007), he moved to the Central Bank of Seychelles (CBS) as a Public Debt Officer and shortly transferred to Financial Services Supervision as a Financial Services Analyst from 2007 to September 2009. He rose through the ranks as a Senior Financial Services Analyst, Director and ultimately head of the department. After 14 years at CBS, in July 2020, he moved to Cable and Wireless Seychelles as Chief Digital and Risk Officer.
Mr Hassan was part of the Finance team that initiated discussions to start the process of joining the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and also trade agreements with the European Union. He also initiated the process for significant liberalization of tariffs. He was on the CBS technical team working on the 2008 economic reform programme which was supported by International Monetary Fund (IMF). Mr Hassan has also formed part of numerous High-Level committees at the Central Bank responsible for monetary policy and implementations, international reserves investments and management, risk management and human resources policy development. He was the chairman of the Financial Sector Development Technical Committee at CBS and was Vice-Chairman of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) subcommittee on banking supervision.
During his leisure time, Mr Hassan enjoys fishing and his sporting passion is football.
SeyCCAT Treasurer and Chair of the SeyCCAT Finance Committee
Oliver is currently a Partner with ACM & Associates. Until August 2017 (when EY stopped operations in Seychelles), he was also the Country Senior Manager of EY Seychelles (formerly known as Ernst and Young Seychelles),the only Big Four Firm to have established itself in the Seychelles since 2011.The firm had a strategical alliance with ACM & Associates.
In total, Oliver manages a workforce of 25 employees, providing a myriad of service lines including Taxation, Advisory, Transactional and Assurance. Before coming back home, Oliver was working for EY London for 6years. Working in the private sector for all these years has enabled Oliver to appreciate that entrepreneurship is critical for innovation, business expansion and employment, particularly for young people. Through volunteering his time, he worked extremely closely with the Department of Youth and the Department of Entrepreneurship to kickstart the new generation of individuals who are ready to help their countries meet growth and employment challenges. Oliver is presently the Chairman of the Seychelles Chamber of Commerce & Industry, where he works very closely with local businesses as well as the various Government Ministries and departments and all key players in the various industries.
Oliver has been educated in Seychelles, Singapore (from the age of 9–18years) and in the United Kingdom (BSc)(Hons) degree in Accounting & Finance, Loughborough University). These diverse experiences, cultures and skills captured have enabled him to ensure that his staff gets the right learning, experiences and coaching to accelerate their career development. Alongside the framework adopted by his firm, he ensures that these types of learning and experiences are designed and deployed to integrate their personal growth with the needs of their clients,Seychelles, and the business. The most important responsibility of Oliver is to provide leadership. The success of any organization starts at the top. Oliver leads by example exhibiting integrity, energy, enthusiasm, dedication, and commitment.
Adnan has a Masters in Conservation Biology and a PhD in Marine Biology from the University of Cape Town. He has over 20 years of experience working on issues of ocean conservation throughout Africa and the world. In recent years, he has been working on emerging challenges related to ocean governance, maritime biosecurity, protection of biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction, and the development of marine spatial planning approaches to facilitate a balanced and sustainable blue economy. In May of 2020 he joined The Nature Conservancy as the Africa Oceans Strategy Director.
Chair of the BGF Committee
Founder and executive director of Silhouette Cruises Capt. Amit Wasserberg has spent 5 years in the Israeli Navy, serving in many missions, later on captained different vessels and yachts in the Mediterranean, Red sea, east Pacific ocean and many parts of the Indian Ocean.
Living in Seychelles for the past 27 years, Amit sailed most of the Seychelles waters and knows most islands intimately as well as other islands and coastal countries in the region from the east African coast to Chagos archipelago and Madagascar to the Maldives.
Amit has gained experience in many aspects of the maritime services from tourism-sailing-diving with thousands of happy tourists who spends their holiday onboard Silhouette Cruises vessels to commercial off-shore support work providing services to clients from the oil and gas industry, reputed universities and research institutes and government bodies.
We are committed to build upon this success and provide a high standard of service while operating in a responsible and sustainable manner in co-existence with the natural eco-systems we visit.
Entrusted with the challenge of revitalising citizen’s engagement through civil society, Alvin Laurence is, as of May 2021, the new Chief Executive Officer for the Citizens Engagement Platform, Seychelles (CEPS). His Philosophical, Theological, Social and Political Science background brought him to work as the Director of Policy and Public Affairs in the Vice President’s Office in 2010. After completing his first professional service contract, Alvin undertook postgraduate studies in Governance and Public Policy – MA (Hons) in Political Science at the University of Manchester. In February 2014 he was appointed as the Deputy Chief Executive Officer and in 2015 the Chief Executive Officer of the Seychelles National Youth Council until his appointment as the Principal Secretary of the Poverty Alleviation Department in February 2019 to April 2021.
Dr Ameer Ebrahim
Ameer Ebrahim is a marine ecologist with vast experience in fisheries management and ecology. He received his PhD in Marine Ecology mid last year at the University of Queensland, Australia. His research was focused on the ecological and functional roles of commercially important rabbitfish species in a marine environment. He is currently the Principal Fisheries Scientist at the Seychelles Fishing Authority. His role primarily involves developing, facilitating and coordinating scientific research programmes in Seychelles, and forming strong international ties within the sector. He is also the Chief Scientific Advisor to the James Michel Foundation (NGO), which aims to promote the Blue Economy concept, to sensitize people about climate change and its impacts on Seychelles and the world, to promote environmental protection and sustainable development, and to defend and promote the cause of small island developing states. Currently, he is also exploring Blue Carbon opportunities in Seychelles with a team of experts from Deakin University in Australia. The outcome of the project will provide important information to be incorporated into our countries National Determined Contribution (NDC). Dr. Ebrahim is also a published scientific author, with several scientific papers on his research conducted in Seychelles and Australia published in leading international journals.
Glenny Savy is a highly experienced Chief Executive who has demonstrated the ability to lead diverse teams of professionals to new levels of success in a variety of highly competitive domains and fast-paced environments. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Politics from Murdoch University, Western Australia, 1979 -1982.
Glenny is the long-standing CEO for the Islands Development Company (IDC). He has strong technical and business qualifications with an impressive track record of more than 35 years of hands-on experience in strategic planning, business unit development, project and product management.
Glenny provides us with a proven ability to successfully analyse organisational critical business requirements, as well as the ability to identify deficiencies and potential opportunities, and develop innovative and cost-effective solutions for enhancing competitiveness, increasing revenues, and improving customer service offerings.
Paul is a Seychellois entrepreneur who has been involved in their family business after completing his International Baccalaureate Diploma in 1986. He completed his secondary education at the Seychelles College in 1983.
He has been the Managing director of the Morin Group of companies for the last twenty years, the family has been involved in a number of different businesses linked with our maritime resources. Namely in the trade of sharks fins, tuna fishery and sea cucumber. And their company has played a pivotal role in transforming our sea cucumber trade from an artisanal and low key sector to a vibrant and modern one. He has always been a firm believer in the vast potential of our countries maritime resources.
Paul has been the Chairperson of the Seychelles Sea cucumber Industry (AMSSI), since 2010, and holds the post till today. Being a firm believer in a reasonable approach in the sustainable exploitation of our maritime resources, he has displayed a sense of true leadership in getting members of the industry to appreciate the importance and taking ownership of their industry whilst gradually accepting the general principles of having a proper management model which balances between the need to exploit and protect the resources themselves. He currently sits on the sea cucumber Management Advisory Committee (MAC), the platform that advisers the management principals of the industry.
He has served on the executive committee of Fishermen & Boat Owners Association (FBOA) and now rebranded to Seychelles Fishermen & Boat Owners Association (SFBOA) in the role of Vice-Chairman, Secretary and Executive member since 2008. FBOA/SFBOA has been and remains the main body on the national platform, leading in the negotiations and playing an important role in harmonizing the national need of stakeholders of our Fishing Industry with the Seychelles Fishing Authority, the Government and other related partners.
He currently also sits on the Association of Fish Processors and Exporters (AFPES), as the association’s secretary.
SeyCCAT Board Observers
Mr. Jean Paul Adam is the Director for Climate Change, Environment and Sustainable Development at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.
He is the former Minister for Health of the Republic of Seychelles. He has occupied the post since November 2016. Since taking on the role, he has emphasized the importance of Seychelles’ achievements in universal access to healthcare- and has further prioritized a focus on raising the quality of healthcare by benchmarking Seychelles’ against global standards.
Prior to this, he was the Minister of Finance, Trade and the Blue Economy. In this role he spearheaded numerous initiatives related to the blue economy dossier, notably the blue bonds initiative. As the Finance and Trade Minister he promoted the concept of sustainable growth and investment through diversification strategies which include the move towards an inclusive blue economy. In this period, he was also the founding chairperson of SEYCCAT.
Between 2010 to 2015 Mr. Adam served as the Foreign Minister where his active involvement in the Blue Economy dossier started, including through mobilization of global support for the debt swap initiative and the creation of SeyCCAT. In this role he also oversaw Seychelles’ active engagement on the international arena through advocacy on behalf of Small Island Developing States, taking the lead on sustainable development, in the fight against climate change as well as in the fight against piracy in the Indian Ocean.
As Foreign Minister he has chaired the Commonwealth Small States Ministerial Committee and has also been chair of the World Bank Small States Forum between 2015 and 2016 as Minister of Finance.
Mr. Adam has worked in the Office of the President in various high level positions; namely Secretary of State, Principal Secretary and Director General of Presidential Affairs. Before that, Minister Adam worked in the Foreign Ministry as a career diplomat.
Mr. Adam has a Degree in English Literature and French from the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom (UK). He also holds a Masters in International Political Economy, which he obtained at the Department of Government, International Politics and Philosophy at the University of Manchester, UK.
Between January 2006 to January 2009, Minister Adam engaged in the teaching profession as a part time lecturer with the Manchester University and Seychelles Polytechnic Twinning Programme where he taught International Politics.
Minister Jean- Paul Adam is married and father to two girls.
The Honourable Didier Dogley is the former Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Seychelles.
Didier Dogley was born in 1964 and was educated in Seychelles. He successfully completed his studies at the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt, in Germany and Reading University, United Kingdom. Later he obtained a Diploma in Management at the Seychelles Institute of Management, now University of Seychelles.
Since 1989 he has been working in the Ministry of Environment. He has held and served in several key posts including Director General for Nature Conservation and Principal Secretary of Environment. Didier was chairperson of the National Planning Authority, Waste and Landscape management Agency and the National Parks Committee. Furthermore he served on several boards of national importance such as the Seychelles Tourism Board, the Island Development Company.
He was the Founding Chairman of the Non-government Organisation called Plant Conservation Action Group; a botanical association, which seeks to promote the conservation and protection of the endemic and indigenous flora of Seychelles.
He played an instrumental role in implementing the Seychelles debt swap for conservation and climate adaptation and the development of the Seychelles Marine Spatial Plan initiative.
On the international arena he has represented Seychelles in many sustainable development, biodiversity and land degradation related negotiations and fora in particular the UNCBD, UNCCD and RIO+ 20. He chaired the Nairobi Convention COP 8 meeting.
Principal Secretary Rebecca Loustau-Lalanne
Rebecca was born in Seychelles to Seychellois parents. She is a Roman Catholic and was educated in the Seychelles up to Polytechnique Level (A levels). Rebecca completed a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Politics, International Relations and Philosophy at the Middlesex University, United Kingdom in 2003. She completed a training “Diplomats for Leadership and Executive Training for African Diplomats” in Berlin, Germany in 2012.Rebecca is single with no children.
Rebecca is a diplomat, event coordinator and senior civil servant. She has over 10 year’s professional experience with the Government of Seychelles and a 3 year work experience with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) sub-unit in Seychelles overseeing the implementation of national projects under the UNDP country portfolio ranging from social welfare, good governance and sustainable development. From January 2012 to February 2015, she was working with the Foreign Affairs Department as a First Secretary, until she was appointed Principal Secretary for the Blue Economy Department in the Ministry of Finance, Trade and the Blue Economy, and subsequently transferred to the Vice President’s office in December 2016 with the same portfolio.
Over the years, she has developed core skills and competences in facilitation, representation, negotiation, organisational and management skills (people and financial resources), communication, and strategic leadership with the development of the Blue Economy concept for the Seychelles.
Rebecca is an open-water diver and a member of the Red Cross Society of Seychelles. A member of the HASH Harriers of Seychelles with a passion to explore the natural beauty of the islands.
PS Kenneth Racombo
Mr. Racombo is currently the Principal Secretary for the Department of Blue Economy. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Economic, a Masters in Strategic Management and another Masters in Diplomatic Studies. He started out as an economist and he later became the Director of Development and Regional integration at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from June 2011 till June 2012 and the Director General of the same department from June 2012 till September 2017. He was also the Head of Resource Mobilization and development at the SADC Regional Tourism Organization of Southern Africa from May 2017 till September 2017. From September 2017 until March 2018 he was the acting Chief Executive Officer of the SADC Regional Tourism Organization of Southern Africa.
Dr. Frauke Fleischer-Dogley
Dr Frauke Fleischer-Dogley is the Chief Executive Officer of the Seychelles Islands Foundation (SIF). The foundation was established as a public trust in 1979 and manages and protects Seychelles’ UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Aldabra Atoll and the Vallée de Mai. Improving the management effectiveness of Seychelles’ World Heritage Sites is her mission. She believes in science-based management decisions, innovation, and rigorous review of established practices to advance conservation management. She has realised her dream to set foot on the largest raised coral atoll in the world and is determined that, as one of the World Heritage Sites most threatened due to climate change and sea level rise, Aldabra will be protected for future generations. One of her on-going goals is to ensure, through SIF’s work, that the marine treasures of Aldabra are comprehensively monitored to better understand and appreciate this relatively undisturbed marine ecosystem and enhance its prospects of survival.
Frauke is a trained conservation biologist. Her PhD research substantially advanced understanding of the population management of the coco de mer, 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 board member of the Seychelles National Parks Authority and the National Environment Advisory Council in addition to the SeyCCAT.
Dr Nirmal Shah
Dr. Nirmal Jivan Shah is a second-generation Seychellois environmentalist. He has a Bachelors degree in business, an MSc and PhD in biology and ecology. He has occupied senior environmental positions in the Parastatal, Government, private and NGO sectors as well as worked for international organisations such as the World Bank, IUCN ,Sida, and several UN agencies.
He is the Chief Executive of Nature Seychelles, a leading environmental non-profit organisation in the East African region. He is the President’s Special Envoy for Environment and Climate Change, Managing Director of ENVI.R.O, Chair of the Seychelles National Environment Advisory Council, and Board Member of local and international organisations, including the University of Seychelles, National Disaster Relief Foundation, Public Health Appeals Board. He is also the Honorary Consul for Mauritius in Seychelles.
He has designed and led implementation of internationally acclaimed, world class projects that have rescued several bird species from extinction, including the once Critically Endangered Seychelles Magpie Robin and Seychelles Scops Owl being down listed on the IUCN Red List in 2005, the Seychelles Fody being removed from BirdLife International’s Threatened Birds of the World listing in 2006 and the (once Critically Endangered) Seychelles Warbler removed from this list by 2016. This work has inspired similar projects by other organisations. He has developed and coordinated partnerships for the rescue of the Seychelles Flycatcher, the only critically endangered bird left in Seychelles, and for research of the Critically Endangered Seychelles Sheath-tailed Bat and on the Seychelles Sooglosid Frogs.
He is currently leading the management of a climate change adaptation coral reef restoration project, the world’s largest using the “reef gardening” method. His multi-disciplinary and cross cutting work has extended in the East African Region, notably being founding member and recent outgoing President of the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA).
Matt Brown is the Deputy Director for TNC’s Africa Region. In this role, Matt oversees the conservation team that manages TNC conservation projects in priority places with local partners. He creates the link between needs on the ground and TNC organizational resources that can be applied to help scale-up impact and deliver lasting conservation results. Bringing TNC organizational culture to our expanding program is key aspect of Matt’s job and a vital part of our succession planning. Matt led a continent wide priority setting exercise to define TNC investment and he helps to strategically grow the program via fundraising, staff development and new geography expansion. Matt leads our thematic teams (Agriculture, Smart Development, Freshwater, Terrestrial, Marine) and is helping to ensure we focus on both priority places and key practice areas that help us get to scale.
Prior to this position, Matt spent 10 years working with the US Department of the Interior on US domestic land use planning efforts on public lands in the western US. He worked for the United Nations in Eritrea and was a Peace Corps forestry volunteer in northern Ghana.
Matt has a degree from Colby College in Biology/Environmental Science and a Master of Science degree from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University in Environmental Science with a concentration in Water Resources Management.
Matt’s scientific specialties: GIS, Remote Sensing, Conservation Planning, rangeland management, surface water management, and general monitoring and science project management.
A Finance Committee and a Blue Grants Committee support the Board and Executive teams.
Finance Committee members
Oliver Bastienne (Chair)
Minister Naadir Hassan
Kai Kim Chiang
Grants Committee members
Amit Wasserberg, Chair of the Blue Grants Committee
Kenneth Racombo, Principal Secretary, Blue Economy Department
Marie-May Muzungaile, Department of Environment
Sheriffa Morel, Department of Fisheries
Isabelle Ravinia, Seychelles National Parks Authority
Helena Sims, TNC – MSP initiative
Elke Talma, GoS-UNDP-Programme Coordination Unit
Greg Burke, representative of the Fishers and Boat Owners Association
Lyndy Bastienne, GEF Small Grants Programme
Maria Finesse, SIDS Youth AIMS Hub
Kelly Hoareau, University of Seychelles
Brian Nicette, Enterprise Seychelles Agency
Chantal Ellen, Citizens’ Engagement Platform Seychelles