Staff

Sebastián Valdivieso
Program Director
Sebastian coordinated the mitigation Project in Ecuador and is the current Program Director. He holds an environmental engineering degree from the Universidad SEK (1998, Ecuador) and a master's degree in sustainable energy development from the University of Calgary. His experience is mainly related to environmental management, social responsibility and sustainability in the oil industry. Sebastian has worked in the oil industry for 18 years in technical and executive positions. He has worked in oil operations in Ecuador and Syria, and as consultant in Colombia, Peru and Bolivia.
Walter Prado
Local Technician
Walter is a local technician in logistical support, taking data in the field and help WCS with efforts in the Ministry of Environment in Coca. Walter is also our canoe motorist.
Yolanda Chávez
Projects Manager
Yolanda got her BS degree in Biology at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (PUCE, 2012). In 2015, she completed her master's degree in Conservation Sciences at the University of Queensland in Australia, where she looked at the effects of climate change on early life history of invertebrate species from the Great Barrier Reef. Some of her main fields of expertise are taxonomy of opisthobranchs, embryology, animal physiology, marine biology, forests ecology, sustainable development, and human-wildlife conflicts. She has worked as a Science Researcher at PUCE and the State University of Santa Elena (Ecuador). She has almost ten years of experience working with public institutions and private companies as a Leading Environmental Consultant. Finally, she held a position as Director of Projects in a national NGO, which conferred her proficiency in projects design and management, as well as elaboration of grants and funding proposals.

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