Adrian Skerrett is a businessman and conservationist born in Stoke-on-Trent, UK, resident in Seychelles since 1980 and naturalised since 1994. He has authored or co-authored many books about Seychelles and its natural history including Birds of Seychelles (2001, revised 2011), Aldabra (2006) and Outer Islands of Seychelles (2010) together with scientific articles and many popular articles. He co-authored the first Seychelles Inventory of Important Bird Areas. He founded Seychelles Bird Records Committee in 1992 and has added many new species to the Seychelles bird list. Over the years he has served as a Trustee on Seychelles Islands Foundation, Seychelles Heritage Foundation, Marine Conservation Society Seychelles, Nature Protection Trust of Seychelles, Wildlife Clubs, the Seychelles Centre for Marine Technology-Marine Parks Authority and Island Conservation Society UK. He is the Seychelles representative for the African Bird Club and Royal Naval Birdwatching Society and a member of the BirdLife International's Rare Bird Club. In business, he serves on the Board of Directors of 14 Seychelles-registered companies, including nine as Chairman.
Glenny Savy was born and bred in Seychelles. He has been the Executive Chairman of the Islands Development Company since 1982 and the Chairman of the Seychelles Fishing Authority since 1987. He graduated in Economics at the University of Merdoch (Australia) and later obtained a pilot license in the Republic of South Africa. He was also trained and licensed as a professional diver in Australia and Seychelles. In the early 1980s, he initiated the first environmental conservation projects in the outer islands of Seychelles managed by IDC in close collaboration with several wildlife specialists. Later, he developed links with the Nature Protection Trust of Seychelles for the environmental management of Silhouette Island over a period of 14 years to 2011. Glenny Savy also worked in tourism development in several islands of Seychelles including Alphonse, Desroches and Silhouette and he serves as a director on the Boards of a number of private Seychelles-registered companies.
Dr Jeanne A. Mortimer is an American biologist/consultant specialising on the biology and conservation of turtles, working in Seychelles since 1981 and naturalised in 2007. She has worked in some 20 countries on six continents for conservation organisations such as WWF International, WWF Malaysia, Fauna & Flora International, Caribbean Conservation Corporation, and Museo Goeldi Brasil. Her interests include coastal ecosystem conservation in the western Indian Ocean, particularly Seychelles where she has served as consultant to the Seychelles Ministry of Environment. She has been a member of the IUCN/SSC Marine Turtle Specialist Group since 1979, and has authored more than 125 publications and reports.
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Dr Gérard Rocamora is an ornithologist and conservation biologist based in Seychelles since 1995. Fluent in 6 languages, he grew up and studied in Europe (Montpellier & Barcelona) and has worked in countries of Africa, tropical America and the western Indian Ocean with organisations such as BirdLife International, Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux, Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle (Paris), CNRS, Seychelles Ministry of Environment or IUCN. Former Science Director of ICS and its FFEM project ‘Rehabilitation of Island Ecosystems’, he has lead numerous conservation initiatives in Seychelles, and also Mayotte, including the Seychelles White-eye Recovery Programme, 14 eradications of rats and 6 reintroductions of rare endemics (birds, reptiles, invertebrates) on islands. Part-time lecturer at the University of Seychelles where he serves on the Academic Committee, supervisor of Masters/PhD students and member of several specialists groups of IUCN, he also works as a private consultant and environmental adviser for various private, governmental and NGO entities. He has produced several books and audio CDs, and (co)authored numerous technical and scientific publications on threatened species, priority sites for conservation, species or habitat action plans, national or regional IUCN Red Lists.
Eddie Belle, from Seychelles, is Deputy CEO of Seychelles Petroleum. He has also served as Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and Transport and taught biology at Seychelles College. He graduated with First Class Honours in Chemistry at the University of Lancaster (UK), and obtained a Masters in Geology at the University of Texas in El Paso (USA). After training with the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate and in Washington D.C., he was appointed as Managing Director of the Seychelles National Oil Company. He has authored or co-authored several papers on the geology of the Seychelles. He serves on several other boards, including Chairman of the National Monuments Board, the Board of Trustees of the Seychelles ex-servicemen and Silhouette Foundation.