Our Team

Dr. Susannah McCandless

North America Director

Susannah McCandless, North America Director of Global Diversity Foundation and Advisor of the Global Environments Network, facilitates North America-based GEN regional academies and community exchanges....

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Dr. Emily Caruso

Director of GDF U.K.

As Director of the Global Diversity Foundation in the UK, Emily Caruso supervises GDF's growing Mediterranean Regional Programme. She is also Advisor to the Global Environments Network....

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Dr. Ugo D’Ambrosio

Mediterranean Ethnobiology Programme Director

Ugo D'Ambrosio heads up Global Diversity Foundation's Mediterranean Ethnobiology Programme, which currently focuses on the maintenance of High Atlas cultural landscapes. ...

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Dr. Hassan Rankou

Mediterranean Conservation Programme Director

Global Diversity Foundation's Mediterranean Conservation Programme Director, 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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Nessie Reid

GEN Director and GESA Programme Director

As Director of the Global Environments Network, Nessie Reid is responsible for envisioning the future of GEN and maintaining a dynamic and productive network....

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Marina Aman Sham

Communications Coordinator

As Communications Coordinator, Marina supports initiatives to showcase Global Diversity Foundation’s work in the Mediterranean through its website, in print and through other outreach platforms and tools....

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Inanc Tekguc

Media Director

From Cyprus, Inanc Tekguc's perspective in photography and videography is complemented by his MA in visual anthropology from the University of Kent (UK)....

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Carlos del Campo

Mexico Biocultural Territories Coordinator

Since 2007, Carlos del Campo has been working with Anima Mundi – Investigación y Acción Biocultural and Global Diversity Foundation in projects supporting community conservation in Oaxaca, Mexico, and supporting both organisations with internet projects....

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Dr. Soufiane M’sou

Morocco Field Scientist

Soufiane M'Sou joined Global Diversity Foundation in 2017 as Morocco Field Scientist for its Ethnobiology Programme, which focuses on the maintenance of High Atlas Cultural Landscapes as territories and areas conserved by indigenous peoples and local communities (ICCA), and research on policy and governance....

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Dr. Rachid Ait Babahmad

Morocco Field Scientist

Rachid Ait Babahmad joined Global Diversity Foundation in March, 2017 as a Field Scientist with a primary focus on the study and monitoring of biodiversity in the High Atlas. He is based in Morocco....

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Pommelien da Silva Cosme

Mediterranean Programme and Communications Coordinator

As Mediterranean Programme and Communications Coordinator, Pommelien da Silva Cosme ensures the successful implementation of the High Atlas Cultural Landscapes Programme and co-leads on grant management and donor relations. ...

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Mohamed El Haouzi

North Africa Director of Projects

Global Diversity Foundation’s longest collaborator and our Director of Projects in Morocco since 2003, Mohamed El Haouzi implements many of our field-based activities in Morocco. ...

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Dr. Abdellah Aghraz

Morocco Field and Laboratory Scientist

In his role as Global Diversity Foundation's Morocco Field and Laboratory Scientist, Abdellah Aghraz collects data on chemical analysis and biological activities of various essential oils and plant extracts. ...

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Ahmed Bendella

Policy and Governance Research Lead

As Policy and Governance Research Lead for the Global Diversity Foundation, Ahmed is tasked primarily with carrying out research on Moroccan law and policy in relation to land governance to help deliver GDF’s strategy to strengthen communal governance of High Atlas cultural landscapes....

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Omar Saadani Hassani

Field Agronomist Researcher

Omar Saadani Hassani, Field Agronomist Researcher with Global Diversity Foundation, is responsible in implementing research and capacity-building activities in the High Atlas....

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Dr. Mohamed Ouknin

Local Product Commercialisation Coordinator

Dr. Mohamed Ouknin, Global Diversity Foundation's Local Product Commercialisation Coordinator, holds a PhD in Biotechnology and the Valorisation of Aromatic and Medicinal Plants from the Faculty of Science and Techniques-Errachidia, Moulay Ismail University....

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Dr. Gary J. Martin

GDF Founder and Mediterranean Programme Lead Consultant

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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Eda Elif Tibet

Media Consultant

Eda Elif Tibet, an independent documentary filmmaker and an anthropologist from Istanbul, is founder of Karma Motion and the collaborating film-maker for Global Diversity Foundation`s new narratives on cultural landscapes and migration in the Mediterranean....

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Pablo Domínguez

Communal Governance Systems Consultant

Pablo Domínguez, an Environmental Anthropologist based at the French National Council for Scientific Research, is Communal Governance Systems Consultant for Global Diversity Foundation....

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Edward Martin

Project Consultant, Global Migrants Project

As a project consultant, Edward Martin leads the Global Migrants Project, a new Global Diversity Foundation initiative supporting West and Central African migrants stranded in Morocco....

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Cécile Michiardi

Programme and Partnerships Manager, Global Migrants Project

As Programme and Partnerships Manager for the Global Migrants Project, Cécile Michiardi coordinates programmes on health care, legal support and job opportunities in partnership with Moroccan institutions, and develops intercultural activities and spaces involving migrants communities....

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Manish Panjabi

Finance and Administration Manager

As Finance and Administration Manager, Manish Panjabi supports Global Diversity Foundation’s day-to-day operations and has strategic oversight of the organisation’s global budget and financial monitoring systems.  ...

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Hamza Aboubaigi

Hamza Aboubaigi

In his role as Environmental and Community Outreach Coordinator at Jnane Tamsna Boutique Hotel and Organic Gardens, Hamza Aboubaigi collaborates with Global Diversity Foundation to source local products for EthnoBotanica, a social enterprise hosted by Jnane Tamsna, ensuring benefits for rural and urban communities in Marrakech and its hinterland....

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Fatema Wahmane

Community Liaison and Dar Taliba Focal Point

In her role as Community Liaison and Dar Taliba Focal Point, Fatema Wahmane coordinates all of the Dar Taliba school garden project field activities....

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