Bhagabati leads WWF's efforts to apply InVEST in priority field sites. He developed an interest in conservation growing up in the biodiversity-rich region of northeast India near the Eastern Himalayas. After completing undergraduate work in India in biology and computer science, Bhagabati pursued doctoral research at the State University of New York, studying geographic variation in birds (Mexican Jays) in the southwestern US and northern Mexico. Subsequently, he studied the genetics of an avian hybrid zone at the Smithsonian Institution, and then worked as a bioinformatics analyst at The Institute for Genomic Research, where he developed software, analyzed data, and trained biologists in data analysis. Bhagabati also has a degree in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology from the University of Maryland. He has worked with several environmental organizations, including the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, Conservation International, the National Wildlife Federation and World Wildlife Fund, on diverse projects including GIS-based analyses of human dimensions of conservation, biofuels, tropical deforestation and climate change policy, and landscape-level conservation planning.
Barano Siswa Sulistyawan
Conservation Spatial Plan Coordinator
World Wildlife Fund Indonesia
Marc Conte, Ph.D.
Conte is developing and applying environmental service valuation models with the Natural Capital Project. He is particularly interested in the impact of policy mechanism choice on the magnitude and location of service provision across the landscape. Conte received a Ph.D. from the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara as a fellow in the NSF-funded Economics and Environmental Science IGERT program.
Barano Siswa Sulistyawan
National Conservation Spatial Plan coordinator of WWF Indonesia
Barano has been working with WWF Indonesia since 1996. He started as a research coordinator of Wasur National Park Project at WWF Indonesia Program in district Merauke of Papua province of Indonesia. He has a degree in Biology from Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta. In 1999, he worked on freshwater issues on the lakes and rivers of Papua; a priority place for WWF-Indonesia. At same time, he became involved in the ecoregional planning approach for large landscape conservation programme. In 2002, Barano returned to the same university to continue with a Masters Degree in Remote Sensing; where TM & ETM land satellite images were used to measure and monitor water hyacinth populations in the Maro river. Upon graduation, he continued to utilize the ecoregional planning approach at the TransFly ecoregion in Papua, by including the mapping of community land values, ecological and social values into the spatial plan.
In 2008, Barano was promoted to lead the Conservation Spatial Plan programme which led to him collaborating with the Natural Capital teams and applying the InVEST tool for Indonesia, starting in Sumatra. He has since completed the Stanford University training on InVEST and is looking to expand the use of InVEST to the Heart of Borneo and the southern part of Papua.
Senior Program Officer for the Borneo & Sumatra Program in WWF-US
As the Senior Program Officer for the Borneo & Sumatra Program in WWF-US, Ginny leads the cross-cutting teams by building, expanding and maintaining relationships and communications with staff from the Markets, Policy, Global Support, Strategy and Science and Resource programs within WWF-US and the WWF network. She has also been providing technical support to the offices in Indonesia and Malaysia and is part of the team working on the recently signed US-Indonesia second Debt for Nature Swap agreement specifically for the Heart of Borneo. She is also the lead in maintaining relationships with US-based partners and stakeholders, including US Government agencies, other conservation NGOs, universities, foundations, Indonesian and Malaysian diplomatic missions.
Prior to this position, Ginny worked with the United Nations Development Program in Malaysia, and was involved in the development of the Country Programme Outline (2008-2012) and managed multi-lateral projects funded by the Global Environment Facility. She had also worked with WWF-Malaysia, and during her time there, she developed the Malaysian chapter of the Global Forest and Trade Network. She was also instrumental in leading the implementation of WWF Forest Strategy for Malaysia which addresses forest conservation issues in Peninsular Malaysia, Sarawak and Sabah.
GIS Analyst - World Wild Fund Indonesia
Oki is GIS Analyst particularly for Sumatera. He graduated from Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia, where he obtained his Bachelors Degree for Cartography and Remote Sensing majoring Geographic Information System.
Lead - Science-Policy Interface
McKenzie is developing tools to enable environmental services information to be effectively incorporated into decisions, policies, and finance systems. She has used environmental economics to influence policy in the Pacific, Caribbean, and Europe, including black pearl farming in the Cook Islands, aggregates extraction in the Marshall Islands, and forest biodiversity in Montserrat. She has built environmental economics programs and projects - leading research, developing toolkits, training staff, and providing policy advice. She previously worked as environmental economics advisor to the UK government, based at the Joint Nature Conservation Committee. In 2003-2005, she was awarded an Overseas Development Institute Fellowship, based at the Pacific Applied Geoscience Commission in Fiji. McKenzie received a Masters Degree in International Policy Studies from Stanford University, and a Bachelors Degree in Economics from Cambridge University.
Olwero oversees WWF US Geographic Information Systems (GIS) program including managing the GIS lab and providing GIS and RS support to the Conservation Science Program. He graduated from Moi University in Kenya (undergraduate and postgraduate) with an M.Phil. degree in Environmental Science majoring in Environmental Information Systems.