Saturday, March 17, 2018
The Forum / Steering Group


Claudio Campagna (Founder and President)

Scientist, conservationist and writer from Argentina. He has a long research experience in Patagonian marine mammals. He is member of the Wildlife Conservation Society and the COCINET (Argentina). Claudio has been founder and council member of several non-governmental organizations of a national and international nature, all of them dedicated to the conservation of biodiversity. He has designed and promoted initiatives of transdisciplinary and international scientific cooperation in order to increase the knowledge on the ecological values of the seas surrounding the Southern Cone (such as "Sea and Sky Project" and the "Atlas of the Patagonian Sea: Species and Spaces"). He is author of articles and books on popular science, essays and fiction.


Ana Di Pangracio (Vicepresident)

Argentinean lawyer from Buenos Aires University, specialist in Environmental Law. She was a Fellow of the Swedish program “Linnaeus-Palme” (Master in Environmental Policy, Lund University) and alumni of the Leadership Program for International Visitors of the Department of State of the United States. Ana graduated from the Legal Clinic in Environmental Law of FARN, worked at Fundación Vida Silvestre Argentina as an environmental consultant, and as a lawyer for the private sector. She has also been a professor at several Argentinean universities. Ana has been part of the FARN team since 2010, as the Coordinator of the Biodiversity Department and as Associate Director since 2013.


Leandro TaminiLeandro Tamini (Secretary)

Biologist from Argentina, graduated at Buenos Aires University. He has been part of the Aves Argentinas team since 2006, where he coordinates the Marine Program. His main interest is the development of practical solutions to reduce interaction between seabirds and fisheries on which he has been conducting research since 2003. He has also worked on a number of different projects covering citizen science, pollution and fish discarding.


Guillermo Cañete

Ecologist from Argentina, with a long career at the National Institute of Fisheries Research and Development where he worked on stock evaluation and by catch estimates; he also developed the On-Board Observers Program. Since 2003 he has been the Coordinator of the Marine Program at Fundación Vida Silvestre Argentina where he seeks a systemic vision of the Argentinean Sea. He promotes Marine Spatial Planning processes, a network of MPAs, and the sustainable fisheries. He is also a teacher of Fishing Engineering at the National Technological University in Mar del Plata.


José Luis Esteves José Luis Esteves

Founder of Fundación Patagonia Natural and current President. He has a PhD in Oceanography, from Aix-Marseille II University. He has been a researcher at Centro Nacional Patagónico, Conicet, in Puerto Madryn, Argentina. He has a large experience in studies of pollution I coastal zones, water chemistry in Patagonia and Antarctica, and anthropic processes of environment degradation. He has also encouraged studies of pollution in Patagonian cities, looking for mitigation mechanisms. Jose Luis has also been involved in some city council processes such as the creation of the Organic Charter of Puerto Madryn.


Andrés Estrades

Andrés Estrades

Founder of Karumbé in 1999. He currently holds the position of Executive Director. Technician in Museology, with university studies in Biology and Anthropology. In Karumbé he has developed conservation next to artisanal fishermen, and studies for the identification of marine turtles. He has created several centers of environmental interpretation, as well as environmental education programs. He has worked intensively for the creation of marine protected areas in Uruguay, and is currently advisor to the CAE of Cerro Verde, Rocha. His experience includes research and scientific publications on status, diet, migrations and threats, as well as aspects of education and conservation of sea turtle species in Uruguay and the South Atlantic Ocean. He is and active member of the IUCN group of marine turtle specialists and a member of International Sea Turtle Society. Member of the Forum since 2010.


Esteban FrereEsteban Frere

Biologist and PhD in Marine Ecology from Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has been studying the seabird ecology and conservation during the last 30 years at the Patagonian Coast, particularly on penguins, cormorants, albatross and petrels. He is professor of the Universidad Nacional de la Patagonia Austral, and researcher of CONICET, Argentina. In 1996, he and other colleagues, started to study interactions between seabirds and fisheries with special interest on the albatrosses and petrels mortality in the longline fishery. Since 2006 is the South American Coordinator of the BirdLife International Marine Programme (BIMP), based in Aves Argentinas.


Carina Righi

Carina Righi

Biologist from University of Buenos Aires, specialized Natural Space Management and Conservation, with a vast experience in marine conservation projects in Patagonia Argentina. She carries out the project Biology and Conservation of marine mammals in Santa Cruz, Argentina. She has also done some esearch on animal behavior at the University of Lujan. Since 2007, she leads the Conservation and Research Department of the Temaikèn Foundation, coordinating programs for the conservation of threatened species and protected areas. She is the coordinator of the Conservation Committee of the Latin American Zoological Association and member of Conservation Committees of the American and World Association of Zoos (AZA and WAZA).


Diego Taboada

Diego Taboada

Founding member and President of the Whale Conservation Institute. With a degree in Agricultural Engineering and then in foreign trade, over the years he was developing his vocation related to the conservation of biodiversity. In the early 1990s he joined the team led by Dr. Roger Payne, who started the Southern Right Whale Program in the province of Chubut, Argentina, in 1970. His dedication has allowed to conform a solid working team which has strengthened the continuity of scientific studies and the actions of conservation and education carried out by the ICB.


Liesbeth van der MeerLiesbeth van der Meer

Veterinarian from Chile, graduated from University of Chile. Master in natural resources management and environmental sustainability, specialized in fishing economy. She has worked for Oceana Chile since 2013 as Director of the Fisheries Campaign where she has focused on recovery plans for hake and horse mackerel. Through her research she contributed to the revision of the Fishing Law, to the demands on making public the information on antibiotics use in the salmon culture in Chile, and to the creation of the Nazca-Desventuradas Marine Park, the biggest in America. She has been vice president of Oceana, Chile since 2016.


Alejandro Vila

Alejandro Vila

He is a biologist and Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Buenos Aires University. He worked in ecology and conservation of mammals and birds, as well as marine and terrestrial ecosystems in the Southern Cone of America. He has 30 years of experience in education, management, research and management applied to conservation. He has worked for Buenos Aires University, Fundación Vida Silvestre Argentina, WWF and WCS, as was also a consultant for the National Parks Administration; The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries; the National Institute of Agricultural Technology, the National University of Southern Patagonia; JICA; Mitsubishi Research Institute Inc. and GEF / UNDP (Natural Patagonia Foundation). He has published many scientific articles and books. Today he is the Scientific Director of WCS Chile.


Alexandra Sapoznikow

Alexandra Sapoznikow (Coordinadora del Foro)

Biologist from Argentina dedicated to marine conservation through science and education. She has had a long research career dedicated to seabird conservation. Previously she worked for governmental institutions, national and international NGOs, where she developed environmental education, science communication and capacity building programs. She teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses about the human dimension of conservation and is the founder of the Network of Young Leaders of Marine Conservation. She has participated in different Forum projects since 2006 and is the current Coordinator, a post she has held since august 2016.



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