Our Team

Visionaries. Experts. Protectors.

Meet our team of dedicated ocean ambassadors, working in marine megafauna hotspots around the world to save Our Ocean, Our Future.

Executive team

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Dr. Andrea Marshall, Founder

Dr. Marshall was the first person in the world to complete a PhD on manta rays. After her thesis, she stayed in Mozambique to spearhead the conservation of manta rays in the region and around the world. She is the lead author of the IUCN’s Red List assessments for both species of manta rays and is a member of the IUCN Shark Specialist Group. Andrea featured in the BBC Natural World documentary ‘Andrea: Queen of Mantas’ as well as the broadcaster’s award-winning trilogy ‘Sharks.’ In 2013, she was inducted into the ranks of National Geographic’s Explorers as an Emerging Explorer in recognition of her efforts to protect these threatened rays.

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Dr. Simon Pierce, Founder

Dr. Pierce founded MMF’s flagship research program on whale sharks, and is now studying these gentle giants in seven countries. His work on the population ecology and management of this iconic species has made him the world’s top whale shark conservation biologist. In 2016, Simon led a research team whose efforts resulted in whale sharks being recognized as globally endangered for the first time on the IUCN Red List. He is also a scientific advisor to the online global whale shark database (www.whaleshark.org), regional co-chair of the IUCN Shark Specialist Group, and supervising multiple PhD students working on threatened marine species.

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Joshua Axford, Chief Executive Officer

Joshua joined the MMF team as Chief Operations Officer in May 2015. He has a BSc in Physics and an international career in project and operations management. In 2011 he attended the Royal Academy Sandhurst and graduated as an Officer in the British Army. Before joining the British Army he worked in the charity sector in Mozambique and Kenya and project managed the start-up of a charity tackling homelessness in the UK.

Research team

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Dr. Chris Rohner

Principal Scientist, Global Whale Shark Program
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Dr. Clare Prebble

Whale Shark Researcher, Whale Shark Program, MMF Mozambique
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Anna Flam

Global Manta Matcher Coordinator, Mozambique Manta Research Manager
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Nilza Catarina

Research Fellow, MMF Mozambique
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Janneman Conradie

Expedition Logistics, Media and Field Researcher, Global Manta Ray Program
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Alexandra Watts

Whale Shark Researcher, Whale Shark Program, MMF Mozambique
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Stella Diamant

Project Leader, Madagascar Whale Shark Project
Jens Paulsen, PhD student

Jens Paulsen

Whale Shark Researcher, Whale Shark Program, MMF Tanzania
Southeast Asia
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LILIAN ELLEVOG

Manta Ray Program Volunteer, MMF SE Asia
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Elitza Germanov

Project Lead, Manta Ray Program, MMF Indonesia
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Rob Perryman

Project Lead, Manta Ray Program, MMF Indonesia
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HELEN MITCHEL

Research Volunteer, Manta Ray Program, MMF Indonesia
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PETER BASSETT

Research Volunteer, Manta Ray Program, MMF Indonesia
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Stephanie Venables

Project Lead, Manta Ray Program, MMF Indonesia
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MICHELLE CARPENTER

Research Assistant, Manta Ray Program, MMF Indonesia
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Thanda Ko Gyi

Research Assistant, Manta Ray Program, MMF Myanmar
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Ric Parker

Research Assistant, Manta Ray Program, MMF Thailand
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Yurifa Ipeh

Operations Consultant, MMF SE Asia
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Rosie Cooper

Intern Coordinator, MMF SE Asia
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Dr. Katherine Burgess

Manta Ray Researcher, Manta Ray Program, MMF
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DR. TOM KASHIWAGI

Senior Scientist, Genetics, Global Manta Ray Program
Jessica Pate

JESSICA PATE

Project Manager / Field Researcher, Manta Ray Program, Florida
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Giles Winstanley

Research Manager, Manta Ray Program, MMF Ecuador

Education team

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Sarah Bishop

Education Program Manager, MMF Mozambique
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Aline Oliveira

Education Project Manager, MMF Mozambique
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Pedro Manuel Guiamba

Ocean Guardian Instructor, MMF Mozambique
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Luís José Macamo

Ocean Guardian Instructor, MMF Mozambique
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Narciso Gove

Ocean Guardian Master Instructor, MMF Mozambique
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Narciso Nhampossa

Ocean Guardian Master Instructor, MMF Mozambique
Azevedo Jaime, Ocean Guardian Instructor

Azevedo Jaime

Ocean Guardian Instructor, MMF Mozambique
Razaque Quive, Teacher, MMF Mozambique

Razaque Quive

Marine Conservation Educator, MMF Mozambique
Emildo Patricio Vilanculo, Ocean Guardian Instructor

Emildo Patricio

Ocean Guardian Instructor, MMF Mozambique
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Simone Cumbe

Ocean Guardian Instructor, MMF Mozambique
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Cathy Cronje

Swimming Consultant, MMF Mozambique

Conservation team

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Geri Skeens

Sustainable Livelihoods Consultant, MMF Mozambique
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Herculano Cumbi

Conservation Field Officer, MMF Mozambique
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Charlie Endsor

Conservation Program Manager, MMF Mozambique
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Jorge Sitoe

Conservation Researcher, MMF Mozambique
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Jose Macia

Conservation Field Offier, MMF Barra

Operations team

Mariana Coelho

Mariana Coelho

Country Manager, MMF Mozambique
Lydia Draper

Lydia Draper

Communications Officer, MMF Global
Sabrina Weiss, Press Officer, MMF Global

Sabrina Weiss

Public Relations Officer, MMF Global
Kevin Carr

Kevin Carr

Project Finance Officer, MMF Global
Roland Makai

Roland Makai

Information Systems Officer, MMF Global
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Giulia De Amicis

Graphic Design Volunteer, MMF Global
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Joaquim Guila

Operations Officer, MMF Mozambique
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Mel Hobson

Public Relations Officer, MMF Global