Our staff are experienced and driven individuals who excel at networking and empowering those who are in a position to act to make change.
Favourite marine critter: The Wunderpus Octopus (Wunderpus photogenicus)
Chloë has been leading Reef-World’s fundraising efforts, international strategy and conservation programmes since 2008. She has a First Class degree with honours in Marine Biology from the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne (2005) and has been a keen diver since the age of 12. She is a qualified BSAC Assistant Instructor and spent most of her teenage years enjoying the sights and sounds of the underwater world around the UK coast.
Alongside JJ (her husband and Reef-World Director), Chloë has led the international development of Green Fins since 2008 under the direction of UNEP. Following in the footsteps of Reef-World’s founder Anne Paranjoti, Chloë has absorbed the Reef-World “to inspire and empower” philosophy and blended this with her scientific nature to drive the Green Fins management and training systems towards the practical approach it is today delivering tangible results across SE Asia.
She has been involved in establishing, capacity building, and implementation of Green Fins within the government and private sectors in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Maldives and Vietnam.
Chloë believes that education is her most powerful tool to save our coral reefs. She feels that we all choose to do things because of how we've been brought up, the experiences we've had and the lessons we've been taught. The Reef-World recipe is simple; provide people with knowledge to inspire change and match this with simple tools and guidance to practical solutions to instigate behavioural changes, the result; people taking meaningful and lasting action for environmental protection.
Chloë can be contacted directly at email@example.com
James J. Harvey
Favourite marine critter: Blue Ringed Octopus (Hapalochlaena lunulata)
As Director at Reef-World, JJ has led the development of Green Fins across nine South East Asian, Pacific and Caribbean countries since 2008 training national governments and NGO's to manage the initiative. Today, Green Fins is a globally recognised approach for managing sustainable diving activities internationally with a proven conservation impact.
He is also a marine biologist and Divemaster with over 10 years’ experience working in tropical marine environments. This combined background provides a scientific and balanced approach to training, helping to educate those in a position to act and explain how and why it is important to reduce threats to marine ecosystems. JJ has worked closely with national governments, the private sector and international agencies to achieve successful outcomes that are meaningful to all stakeholders.
JJ enjoys the everyday challenges of his work, specifically working alongside complex social and industry dynamics and the varied environments and cultures that he’s exposed to. He believes that nobody wants to harm the very environment we rely on to survive, and that by investing in the education of key people, Reef-World can achieve conservation impact on the ground and on the reefs.
He also brings to the team a fantastic knowledge of the opportunities of IT and the power the online community can bring to Reef-World, its projects and partners and continues to make our work more accessible to everyone, everywhere.
JJ can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Favourite Marine Critter: Harlequin Shrimp (Hymenocera picta)
Sam read marine biology at the University of Plymouth, graduating with a First class honours degree (2006) and achieving a distinction in her Masters in Applied Marine Science (2007). Working as a field biologist and project manager, Sam got years of experience leading teams and teaching biology and conservation issues from ridge to reef in Singapore and Malaysia. In 2011, Sam decided to pursue a career more tightly focused on marine conservation and moved to her mother’s homeland, the Philippines. Sam found her professional home in Reef-World in 2012 and continues to seek professional development. In 2016, she was selected as a Kinship Conservation Fellow.
Managing our field office, the majority of Sam’s time is focused on working with our national partners on the implementation of the Green Fins initiative across SE Asia and the Pacific. She leads the development of the teams in the Philippines and Indonesia, and provides crucial technical and capacity building support to Green Fins teams in all active countries. In addition, she provides key support to our Communications and Partnerships work.
Having witnessed first-hand the degradation of marine resources and dived some of the best coral reefs in the Philippines and neighbouring countries in the Asia-Pacific region, she stands firm in her belief that with the right information and tools, communities all over the world can have significant, positive effects on their coastal habitats to sustain their livelihoods. Sam is committed to continued growth both personally and professionally to achieve that goal, and havs built a substantial following of her marine biology and conservation awareness blog, Mad as a Marine Biologist.
She can be contacted directly at email@example.com
Media and Communications Manager
Favourite marine critter: Oceanic whitetip shark (Carcharhinus longimanus)
Juliana has developed her professional career up until this point in communications, specially focused on graphic design, graduating with a First class honours degree in 2010 in Advertising Design at Universidad Véritas, San José, Costa Rica. In addition to her creative vein she has always been passionate about the marine environment, leading to the completion of a Masters degree in Environment, Development and Peace with an emphasis in Sustainable Natural Resource Management at the UN mandated University for Peace, Costa Rica. She has experience working within the diving industry in Costa Rica and has a keen enthusiasm to combine her design and communication skills with marine conservation to enable her to address problems from another perspective.
Juliana seeks to orient her professional career towards a conscious interaction and a fairer relationship, based on mutual respect, between humans and nature. She’s eager to develop campaigns that will impact local communities in order to shift people’s thought and awareness. Helping to build a better understanding for those that live in a constant interaction with the marine environment. She is looking forward to the creation of new projects to change the course of the marine environment, put her creativity and enthusiasm at society’s service to protect life and what sustains it.
She can be contacted directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Global Partnerships Manager
Favourite marine critter: Giant manta (Manta birostris)
With an B.Sc in Economics from the University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius, Klementina has a wealth of experience in fundraising and partnerships. Wanting to dedicate her career to sustainable development she has broadened her knowledge by undertaking a MSc. in Sustainable Development, Natural Resources Management. With a decade of experience in partnership development and consultancy for start-ups and NGOs, Klementina is also an active climate advocate and speaker as part of Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps.
With a drive for conservation stemming from the need to sustain our ecosystems in order to sustain ourselves, Klementina joined the team in 2017. She aims to combine sustainable development, conservation and business model innovation, by pursuing progressive financing practices to allow Reef-World to achieve its conservation goals globally.
She can be contacted directly at email@example.com
Media and Communications
Favourite marine critter: Giant Manta (Manta birostris)
Melissa is a Communications professional with over 10 years’ experience developing and delivering PR & Communications strategies for travel, marine conservation, charity, consumer and corporate companies. She has a First Class degree with honours in English Literature from the University of Bristol (2008) and is a certified PADI Rescue Diver. Since qualifying as a diver in 2007, she has dived in destinations around the world including the Great Barrier Reef, Mozambique, Sipadan (Borneo), Japan, Fiji, South Africa, Egypt, Grenada, Tobago - and even the UK (brrrr!).
She is also a journalist, mainly focused on responsible travel and marine conservation, with articles published by the likes of Lonely Planet, Diver magazine, Fodor's, AFAR, MTV, Family Traveller, Culture Trip and more.
Melissa is responsible for ensuring Reef-World's Communications strategy reaches and influences the right people to encourage positive behavioural change. Her passion for the ocean combined with her extensive expertise in PR and journalism is helping the charity elevate its communications to new heights to achieve its mission of making sustainable scuba diving and snorkelling the social norm globally.
Melissa can be contacted directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ankaret El Haj
Favourite marine critter: Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia Mydas)
Ankaret graduated with an MSc in Global Environment, Politics and Development in 2017, having received an EU Masters Scholarship to study at the University of Edinburgh. She focused her degree on issues that affect the marine environment, including the impact of SCUBA diving and ocean plastic. As well as a foundation in marine policy and ecology, she developed a thorough understanding of the social and political dimensions of marine issues.
She also has more practical experience. Having worked as a Divemaster, she has seen first-hand the impact of human activities on our oceans. This experience prompted the development of a conservation project which she presented at the Clinton Global Initiative University conference. Overall, Ankaret is committed to working together towards a healthier marine environment and believes in the power of education and communication to forward that aim.
She can be contacted directly at email@example.com
Green Fins Project Coordinator
Favourite marine critter: Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas)
Áine fell in love with the ocean following her first SCUBA dive when she was 15. Attributing the origin of her environmental awareness to learning to dive as a teenager, Áine trained as a Divemaster and BSAC Assistant instructor; where she hoped to share this passion for the marine environment with her students. She graduated with a First Class honors degree in Zoology from Trinity College Dublin in 2018.
With a vast interest in natural science, Áine has worked as a fisheries research assistant and has been actively involved with the Irish Wildlife Trust. In 2017 she worked alongside Green Fins through the Zoox Experience Programme to coordinate the initiative in the Philippines.
Ultimately, Áine hopes to align her passion for ecology with a career focused on advocating for marine conservation and creating real impact. She is now supporting the implementation and delivery of Green Fins in the Philippines and beyond.
Green Fins Project Coordinator
Favourite marine critter: Ornate Ghost Pipefish (Solenostomus paradoxus)
Anne graduated with distinction in 2011 in a Masters of Political Science at the University of Ghent, Belgium. With a major in global governance and diplomacy, Anne developed an in-depth understanding of the dynamics of international relations, policy analyses and decision-making processes.
Anne is driven to become a true changemaker and to inspire and empower people to join forces to drive social and environmental impact. As a diver, she witnessed at first hand the threats the oceans are facing, and led her to pursue a career in marine conservation. Anne is able to leverage her knowledge and experience of international policy level and sustainability initiatives, while being able to generate positive impact at grass-root level through the Green Fins approach. She is now supporting Green Fins implementation work in the Philippines.
Favourite marine critter: Pygmy Seahorse (Hippocampus bargibanti)
Following the completion of an MSc in Biological Diversity, Rebecca has obtained experience in the marine science and conservation sectors at internationally recognised research institutes and conservation charities. This included working for the Reef-World Foundation in 2014 where she provided support across various projects including the Green Fins initiative. With a fascination for life underwater and a love for diving, Rebecca is dedicated to promoting environmentally sustainable messages and practices to others. She will be supporting Reef-World in communicating their message and work to their supporters and wider audience.