John Ronneth, Island Reach Program Coordinator 2014-2019
Ronneth is a seasoned conservation activist, having served as an enviromental resource monitor since the inception of the Vanua-tai Network25 years ago. He has also been a member of the Nguna-Pele Marine & Land Protected Area Network for 13 years, and served as network Chairman for four of those years. He has traveled throughout the Pacific region to train on both conservation leadership and coral reef restoration. In 2016, he certified with the Pacific Island Community Co-Management program of the University of the South Pacific.
Dr. Bartlett has been living and working in the Pacific Islands since 2002, currently as a freelance climate and environmental expert. His extensive work with communities, civil society, private sector and governments in the Pacific have shaped his current action research interests. These include innovative and science-based solutions and strategies for dealing with change in the Pacific, including climate change.
Donald James, Coordinator, Wan Smolbag Vanua-tai Environmental Resource Monitors Network
Port Vila, Vanuatu
As the Program Coordinator for the Vanua-tai Network, Donald has vast knowledge about environmental leadership and issues across Vanuatu and is an expert in marine conservation.
Willie Kenneth, Secretary, Nguna-Pele Marine and Land Protected Area Network
Worasiviu, Pele Island,
Willie worked as a field coordinator for Island Reach for two years before moving on to attend the Australian Pacific Technical College to earn a Qualification in Community Development. Willie later helped IR liaise with the Nguna Pele Marine and Land Protected Area Network and develop a Memorandum of Understanding for collaboration
Dr. Les Kaufman
Professor of Biology, Boston University Marine Program & Marine Conservation Fellow, Betty and Gordon Moore Center for Science and Oceans, Conservation International
Les's research is focused on coral reef recovery, and also in helping to build the cross-disciplinary, CHANS science needed to guide global sustainability and climate change adaptation. Les also writes popular books, magazine articles and television, including multiple stints as either author or subject with NOVA and National Geographic. He was awarded the first marine Pew Fellowship in 1990.
Dr. Austin Bowden-Kerby, Director of Corals for Conservation
Austin's passion is to address coral reef decline by developing sustainable, community-appropriate enterprises designed to shift the burden away from over-used and depleted fisheries resources. He developed coral gardening methods that are easily adopted by communities, at low expense, and that focus on protecting super corals (highly adaptive corals) that may have a better chance of surviving warming seas.