Our team

Dr. Susannah McCandless

North America Director

Dr. 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 and Co-Director of the Global Environments Network, Emily supervises GDF's growing Mediterranean Regional Programme and helps to coordinate GEN regional academies and its members-only online platform GENet....

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Christina Ashford

Programme Manager, U.K.

As Programme Manager at GDF in the UK, Christina works to ensure the coordinated implementation of the High Atlas Cultural Landscapes Programme and co-lead on grant management and donor relations. She also is active in the Global Environments Network, supporting fundraising and grant management....

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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, 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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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 Director

As Communications Director, Marina Aman Sham showcases Global Diversity Foundation's areas of work....

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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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Soufiane M’sou

Morocco Field Scientist

Soufiane M'Sou joined Global Diversity Foundation in 2017 as a Morocco Field Scientist, based in Morocco....

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Rachid Ait Babahmad

Morocco Field Scientist

Rachid Ait Babahmad joined Global Diversity Foundation in March, 2017 as a Field Scientist and is based in Morocco....

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Pommelien da Silva Cosme

Morocco Communications and Field Officer

As Communications and Field Officer for GDF's High Atlas Cultural Landscapes programme, Pommelien da Silva Cosme creates engaging communication about GDF’s projects and supports the team on the field in Morocco. ...

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Hajar Salamat

Morocco Field Researcher (Social Science)

As a Field Researcher (Social Science), Hajar is responsible in ensuring community engagement and delivering participatory action research on cultural practices of conservation, sustainable land use practices and ethnobotanical knowledge in High Atlas Amazigh communities....

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Abdeddaim El Hajjam

Morocco Field Researcher (Agronomy)

Abdeddaim El Hajjam is a field agronomist for Global Diversity Foundation's High Atlas Cultural Landscapes programme, working on plant characterisation, resource assessment and agroecosystem management, amongst others....

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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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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

As Legal and Finance Officer, 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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Sifeddine Ouahdani

Local Plant Commercialisation Officer

As Local Product Commercialisation Officer for GDF's High Atlas Cultural Landscapes Programme, Sifeddine supports communities to better manage and conserve their valuable biodiversity by commercialising it sustainably and effectively....

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Jamila Boussata

Community Liaison and Dar Taliba Focal Point

Jamila Boussata leads efforts to strengthen the capacity of the girls at the Dar Taliba boarding house through educational activities....

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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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