GDF Team

Dr. Gary J. Martin

Founder & Director

Dr. Gary J. Martin, a cultural anthropologist and ethnobotanist, is founder and director of Global Diversity Foundation, Global Environments Summer Academy and Global Environments Network. ...

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Dr. Gary J. Martin

Dr. Susannah McCandless

International Programme Director

Dr. Susannah McCandless, International Programme Director of Global Diversity Foundation and Co-Director of the Global Environments Network, leads GDF's North America Regional Programme, through which she facilitates North America-based GEN Regional Academies and Community Exchanges....

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Dr. Susannah McCandless

Dr. Emily Caruso

Regional Programmes Director

As Regional Programmes Director at Global Diversity Foundation and Co-Director of the Global Environments Network, Emily supervises GDF's growing Mediterranean Regional Programme and helps to coordinate Global Environment Network Regional Academies and the InterNetWork, its online networking platform....

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Dr. Emily Caruso

Carlos del Campo

Mexico Biocultural Territories Coordinator

Carlos del Campo obtained his degree in psychology from Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León (UANL), Mexico in 1997. That same year, he trained in ecopsychology through Project NatureConnect with the Institute for Global Education. Since then, he has worked with marginalised groups, students and professionals with nature therapies and meditation...

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Carlos del Campo

Silvia Forno

Global Environments Network Coordinator

Silvia Forno is a consultant and social researcher in the area of rural livelihoods, access to land and natural resources, with a focus on learning and network coordination. She worked several years with global networks, advocacy NGOs, research institutes, grassroots organisations and intergovernmental organisations, gaining experience in network development, multi-country...

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Silvia Forno

Inanc Tekguc

Media Director and GEN Communications Officer

Coming from Cyprus, Inanc Tekguc‘s perspective in photography and videography is complemented by his MA in visual anthropology from the University of Kent (UK). His interest in community-based conservation and biocultural diversity has taken him to Kenya, the Philippines, Malaysia, India and Morocco to carry out independent research, volunteer work or as part of his contribution...

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Inanc Tekguc

Angela Easby

North America Regional Programme Coordinator

Angela Easby is a Métis Anishinaabe woman currently living on unceded Lekwungen and WSANEC territories, in what is also known as southern Vancouver Island, Canada. She completed her MA in environmental studies at the University of Victoria in December 2015. Her thesis consisted of a feminist community-based research project in...

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Angela Easby

Christina Ashford

Programme Manager, GDF UK

As Programme Manager at GDF UK, Christina works closely with the Regional Programmes Director to ensure the coordinated implementation of the High Atlas Cultural Landscapes Programme and co-lead on grant management and donor relations....

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Christina Ashford

Dr. Ugo D'Ambrosio

GEN Coordinator for European Events

Dr. Ugo D’Ambrosio is a Catalan biologist with international education and professional experience acquired in Barcelona, the USA, Costa Rica, the UK and more recently Morocco. He holds a PhD in Ethnobiology from the University of Kent (UK) and two masters, one in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology (University of Massachusetts), and...

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Dr. Ugo D'Ambrosio

Marina Aman Sham

Communications Director

Marina Aman Sham received a Diploma in Hotel Management from Les Roches, Switzerland in 1997. Her work in tourism management in Tsavo East National Park, a protected area in Kenya, exposed her to wildlife conservation initiatives, propelling her focus on the wellbeing of nature and people. In 2002, she returned to her home in...

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Marina Aman Sham

Dr. Hassan Rankou

Mediterranean Regional Programme Coordinator

Global Diversity Foundation's Mediterranean Regional Programme Coordinator, Dr. Hassan Rankou, a plant conservationist, is founder and director of the Moroccan Biodiversity and Livelihoods Association and the focal point for the IUCN Moroccan Plants and Livelihoods Specialist Group....

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Dr. Hassan Rankou

Mohamed El Haouzi

North Africa Director of Projects

Originally from Marrakech, Mohamed el Haouzi received his Bachelor of Arts in animal biology from Cadi Ayyad University of Marrakech in 1987. GDF’s longest collaborator and our Director of Projects in Morocco since 2003, Mohamed implements many of our field-based activities in Morocco. He has been particularly active in GDF’s flagship applied research...

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Mohamed El Haouzi

Dr. Abderrahim Ouarghidi

Morocco Field Coordinator

Dr. Abderrahim Ouarghidi is an Arab-Amazigh Moroccan from the High Atlas Mountains. During his undergraduate degree in Animal Biology at Cadi Ayyad University in Marrakech, he began working with GDF as a research assistant on the project Animals and Plants Commercialised in Southern Morocco. For his MSc at Cadi Ayyad University,...

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Dr. Abderrahim Ouarghidi

Claudia Camacho

Mexico Programme Coordinator

Claudia Camacho is co-director of the Mexican NGO Anima Mundi – Investigación y Acción Biocultural, with which GDF has partnered for the implementation of a number of projects (see North America Region programme). In that capacity, she was at the helm of GDF’s Mesoamerica programme from 2007 until 2015. Claudia received...

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Claudia Camacho

Ronny Roma

Mexico Field Coordinator

Ronny Roma received his bachelors degree in renewable natural resources from Universidad de San Carlos in Guatemala in 2003, followed by a Masters in natural resources and rural development from Colegio de la Frontera Sur in Mexico in 2011. He is now working towards a PhD in rural development at...

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Ronny Roma