CEPF
Protecting Nature's Hotspots for people and prosperity

Our Team

​​​​​​​​Secretariat

Olivier Langrand

Executive Director

Olivier joined CEPF as its Executive Director in January 2015. He previously spent three years with Island Conservation as the Director of Global Affairs and 11 years with Conservation International (CI), working first as the Senior Vice President in charge of the Africa and Madagascar Program and then as the Executive Vice-President in the Center for Conservation and Government.

Olivier holds a Master of Science in zoology from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. He is an expert on the birds of the southwest Indian Ocean islands and author of two authoritative books on the subject as well as many scientific publications.

Languages: English, French (native)


Pierre Carret

Grant Director

Pierre is an agronomist and expert in biodiversity conservation. He worked for 10 years with several international institutions, including the European Commission, on programs for nature conservation, especially in the Congo Basin. Through his assignments he has supported grassroots organizations from the Maldives to South Africa, Haiti, Laos, Liberia and Kazakhstan. From 2010 to 2014, he served as advisor to the executive director of CEPF, and he’s now Grant Director for the Madagascar and Indian Ocean Islands and the Mediterranean Basin hotspots, and is based in France.

Languages: English, French (native), Spanish (limited)


Bradford Castro

Finance Manager

Bradford earned his master's with honours business studies and economics from the University of Edinburgh in 2011 and began interning with Conservation International’s Verde Ventures that year. In October 2012, Brad began working for CI’s Ecosystem Finance Division in financial management and grants administration.

Bradford is currently working to receive his Master of Liberal Arts in sustainability from the Harvard University Extension School. He’s also worked as an editor for the 2016 Inter-American Development Bank Infrastructure 360 Awards. Outside the office, Bradford is an avid hiker, snowboarder and cyclist, and has been passionate about environmental issues for his entire life.

Languages: English, Spanish


Ines Castro

Senior Program Coordinator

Ines is a conservation biologist with extensive experience in environmental program management. She is a flexible multi-tasker who has managed international, multidisciplinary conservation programs, focusing on logistics and operations and contributing to the development of technical issues. Ines also has a very strong personal commitment to the preservation of endangered species and natural environments and to animal welfare.

Languages: English, Portuguese (native), Spanish (limited)


Antonia Cermak-Terzian

Grant Manager

Born and raised near the picturesque mountains of Switzerland, Antonia has long valued the importance and beauty of the natural world. She has a master’s in business management from the University of Geneva and a master’s in environment and development from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. She previously served as a United Nations (UN) volunteer for the UN Development Small Grant Program in Nicaragua, where she gained firsthand experience addressing the challenges faced by local communities in balancing the dual objectives of economic development and environmental stewardship.

Antonia joined the CEPF Secretariat in 2013 and currently serves as Grant Manager for the East Melanesian Islands, Madagascar and Indian Ocean Islands, and Mediterranean Basin hotspots, as well as for Haiti in the Caribbean Islands Hotspot.

Languages: English, French (native), Spanish


Mandy DeVine

Communications Manager

Mandy has always had an interest in conservation, particularly in relation to wildlife and the connection between people and nature. She has been a part of the CEPF communications team since 2012, helping ensure strategic and efficient communications about CEPF’s activities and its grantees’ achievements, generating content for the CEPF website and leading social media engagement.

Mandy previously worked in Conservation International’s Center for Environmental Leadership in Business and at the Wilderness Society in Washington, D.C. She graduated from the George Washington University with a master’s of tourism administration in sustainable destination management, and has a Bachelor of Science in anthropology from the Virginia Commonwealth University.

Languages: English


Maren Hozempa

Web Manager

Maren began her digital storytelling career in 2003 producing documentary films,​ including multimedia video exhibits at the Newsuem. After completing a comprehensive web design and development certificate course at Georgetown University in 2007, Maren has brought her visual storytelling expertise to nonprofits' websites. Joining CEPF as Web Manager in 2012, Maren has focused on enhancing the user experience of the website. She has a dual Bachelor of Arts in cinema and media studies and English language and literature from the University of Chicago.​

Languages: English


Skylar Hurwitz

Grant Coordinator

Skylar joined the CEPF team in early 2015 and currently serves as the Grant Coordinator for the Indo-Burma, Maputaland-Pondoland-Albany, Wallacea and Western Ghats hotspots. Skylar previously worked as the Energy and Environment Program Assistant for the US-based National Association of Regional Councils. He also worked as the Community Outreach Specialist for American Field Service Intercultural Programs, and served in the Security Advisory Services Division at Command Consulting Group. Skylar graduated cum-laude from American University with a Bachelor of Arts in international studies for global environmental policy.

Languages: English, French, Italian (limited)


Laura Johnston

Grant Manager

Laura has worked with CEPF since 2009, supporting grantees in every stage of the grantmaking process, from application to implementation to closeout. Laura serves as the grant manager for the Caribbean Islands, Eastern Afromonante and Cerrado hotspots. She also co-leads CEPF's training program for the Regional Implementation Teams (RITs) in all our global hotspots around the world. Additionally with Nina Marshall, Laura is co-leading the development of a comprehensive learning program for CEPF that will lead to increased capacity of CEPF’s grantees, sharing of lessons, and replication of experiences.

Laura has a dual Bachelor of Arts from Virginia Tech University in international relations and political science, and a Master of Arts from Georgetown University in liberal studies in human values with a focus on environmental ethics.

Laura was born in Germany, spent four years of her childhood in Kenya, and as an adult has lived in Washington, D.C., Peru and Switzerland. She is motivated by a love of the outdoors, people, wildlife and landscapes to protect the planet and improve livelihoods of people around the world. 

Languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian (limited), Kiswahili (limited)

Nina Marshall

Senior Director, Monitoring, Evaluation and Outreach

With an undergraduate degree in anthropology from Harvard and a master’s in forest science from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Nina started her career with a focus on ethnobotany and plant trade. She spent nearly 12 years working on wildlife trade issues for several different organizations including WWF, IUCN and the wildlife trade monitoring program TRAFFIC, with posts in Belgium, South Africa and Kenya. She has extensive experience in east and southern African conservation issues, and extended that knowledge to West Africa through her work with CEPF.

Nina joined CEPF in April 2001 and previously served as both a grant director and managing director for the fund. In addition to her current focus on monitoring and evaluation, Nina is developing a comprehensive learning program that will lead to increased capacity of CEPF’s grantees, sharing of lessons, and replication of experiences.

Languages: English, French (limited) and Spanish (limited)


Kevin McNulty

Senior Director, Finance and Operations

Kevin has worked primarily in financial management roles in nonprofit and academic settings focusing on conservation and economic development. Kevin developed his passion for conservation and the outdoors while camping, hiking, and climbing in the Appalachian mountains and applies this passion and his experience to help solve conservation issues.

Languages: English


Megan Oliver

Director, Grants Management Unit

A native of Houston, Texas, Megan studied linguistics at the University of Virginia and obtained her master’s in public health from Tulane's School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She worked for a decade at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation where she managed a staff of 12 who administered 1,600 grants. Megan now oversees the Grants Management Unit at CEPF and is responsible for maintaining the CEPF operational manual and for the implementation of CEPF's new grants management system.

Languages: English


Peggy Poncelet

Grant Director

Peggy joined CEPF after working for four years with Noé Conservation, one of CEPF’s grantees in the Mediterranean Basin Hotspot. Peggy also previously worked for three years on a community-based natural resources management program funded by the French Global Environment Facility, and she spent five years in various wildlife scientist positions for Namibian and British institutions.
 
Peggy is a tropical agronomist, having received her Master of Science from the Resource Ecology Group at the Wageningen University, The Netherlands. At CEPF, Peggy is the Grant Director for the Guinean Forests of West and Central Africa and the Cerrado hotspots. She is also supporting the implementation of CEPF’s monitoring and evaluation program at global level.

Languages: English, French (native)


Daniel Rothberg

Grant Director

Dan has worked for CEPF since 2009, and has been involved in international development since 1990. He is most interested in how communities address the challenges of collective action, whether those be managing limited water supply or working together to manage a unique habitat. Prior to CEPF, he spent 13 years in the world of USAID-funded contracts and he seeks to apply that experience to improve the project management abilities of our grantees. Dan is currently the Grant Director for the Eastern Afromontane, Maputaland-Pondoland-Albany and Wallacea hotspots.

Languages: English, Indonesian


Julie Shaw

Director, Communications

A journalist and communicator throughout her career, Julie joined the CEPF communications team as a writer/editor in 2008, and became communications director in 2010. Prior to working with CEPF, she was an editor for the Washington Examiner newspaper in Washington, D.C, and she also previously worked for the Newark Advocate newspaper in Ohio, the National Groundwater Association and the Ohio Historical Society.

Julie has a Master of Science in journalism from Ohio University and a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from Miami University, with a minor in Spanish. For her master’s program, Julie traveled to Uganda in 2004 to work as a writer and editor for the Ugandan newspaper The Weekly Observer, and developed an immense respect for the country’s people, and especially the journalists, as well as its natural wonders.

Languages: English, Spanish (limited)


Jack Tordoff

Managing Director

As the Managing Director of CEPF, Jack is responsible for ensuring efficient and strategic grant-making in all biodiversity hotspots where CEPF invests. In addition to supervising CEPF’s team of grant directors, Jack has direct responsibility for CEPF’s portfolio in the Indo-Burma Hotspot. Jack joined CEPF in 2009, as a Grant Director for the Asia-Pacific region, having previously spent 10 years with BirdLife International. He also worked as a consultant on several World Bank-supported initiatives, including studies of the biodiversity implications of development plans in Vietnam and Mongolia. Jack graduated from Oxford University and completed postgraduate studies at Cambridge University.

Languages: English, French (limited), Vietnamese (limited)


Nicole Zach

Finance Coordinator

Nicole graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside with a Bachelor of Science in accounting and business management with a concentration in finance and a minor in environmental studies. During her time at Parkside, Nicole served as a member and then president of the Parkside Environmental Club. Prior to joining CI, Nicole worked as a staff accountant at Foley & Lardner in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She spent June through August 2015 volunteering at SANCCOB in Cape Town, South Africa, rehabilitating African penguins and various other seabirds.

Languages: English


Michele Zador
Grant Director

Michele has served as a Grant Director for most of CEPF’s portfolios in the Americas since 2001. Her work at CEPF seeks to promote integrated and long-term approaches to biodiversity conservation that build local capacity, promote community development and policy mainstreaming, and foster financial, social, and institutional sustainability. Prior to joining CEPF, Michele worked on a variety of short and long-term assignments worldwide for USAID and The World Bank with expertise in biodiversity conservation, coastal zone management, natural disaster prevention, and monitoring and evaluation. Her degrees in international environmental policy and the environmental science are from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and the College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry. Michele is currently the Grant Director for the Caribbean Islands, East Melanesian Islands, and the Tropical Andes. 

Languages: English, Spanish, Hungarian, and Portuguese (limited).


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Regional Implementation Team (RIT)

Caribbean Islands
Anna Hadeed
RIT Manager
CANARI
Port of Spain, Trinidad, West Indies

Ea​st Melanesian Islands
Helen Pippard
Suva, Fiji

Eastern Afromontane
Maaike Manten
RIT Manager
BirdLife International
Nairobi, Kenya
Indo-Burma
Scott Perkin
RIT Manager
Bangkok, Thailand

Ma​dagascar and Indian Ocean Islands
Ravaka Ranaivoson
RIT Manager
F​ondation Tany Meva​
Antananarivo, Madagascar

Maputaland-Pondoland-Albany
Roelie Kloppers
Project Leader, CEPF-RIT
Wildlands Conservation Trust
KwaZulu-Natal, Republic of South Africa

Mediterranean Basin
Liz Smith
RIT Manager
BirdLife International 
Middle East Office

Wallacea
Adi Widyanto
RIT Manager
B​urung Indonesia​
West Java, Indonesia​​

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