Managing Committee

Francois-Rogers

Francois Rogers

President

François Rogers is the director of a tourism and leisure company in Mauritius.  With over 30 years in the tourism industry, he developed, implemented and managed several lesiure activities directly linked with nature tourism, both marine and land-based. After being an active member and supporter since its inception, François became president of Reef in late 2009 and has kept this position since.

Veerle-Van-Roy

Veerle Van Roy

Vice President

Veerle Jaynut – Van Roy is the director of SYNERGY Training & Coaching Ltd.  Master Practitioner in Neuro-Linguistic Programming and a certified Corporate Coach, she has more than 20 years experience in adult learning, training, coaching and HR consulting. She is a former consultant at the HR division of De Chazal Du Mée. After nearly a decade as Manager of the training academy of two well established regional Hotel Groups, she specialised in coaching and management development. An avid diver since her arrival on Mauritius from her native Belgium in 1997, she developed a a keen interest in marine ecology. She joined Reef Conservation in 2005 and has been a member of the managing committee since 2006.

Varuna Bunwaree

Varuna Bunwaree

Secretary

Studied law at the University of Nottingham, England with a module in International Wildlife law. Completed barrister training in the UK and came back to Mauritius in 2001. Currently in private practice with 10 years call at the Mauritian Bar in 2012. Eager swimmer and diver, Varuna has always had an interest in environmental matters especially in the marine environment. She initially approached Reef to see where help might be needed and subsequently got involved in the Managing Committee of Reef Conservation in 2009. Varuna was elected Secretary of the Managing Committee in 2010 and has been in the post up to now. Her responsibilities at Reef include assistance in legal matters of the organisation.

Pierre

Pierre Baissac

Assistant Secretary

Mr P. de Boucherville Baissac is a trained marine biologist holding a MSc (Zoology) University of Cape Town (1985), a BSc (Honours) in Zoology University of Cape Town (1973) and a BSc (Zoology and Geology) University of Cape Town (1972). Pierre Baissac started his career in 1974 as biologist and project manager for aquaculture projects in Mauritius and South Africa. Returning to Mauritius in 1994 he joined the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation as Director of Development, later becoming project leader for the MWF ecotourism programme. During his years with MWF he was closely involved with the growth of the organisation. After 12 years in nature conservation Pierre Baissac left the organisation in 2006 to devote his career to consultancy as ecologist, through his firm Diospyros Ltd. 

Jean Lincoln

Jean Lincoln

Treasurer

Jean Lincoln is a founding member of Reef Conservation and has been its treasurer since its inception. He has been a background in mechanical engineering and has spent several years working in this field in Mauritius and Reunion before opening his dive shop in 2001. He is also involved in the managing committee for the Mauritian Scuba Diving Association.

Nico Kux

Nico Kux

Assistant Treasurer

NicoKux is also a founding member of Reef Conservation, and has been diving 1976, when he worked until 1988 as a commercial diver around the globe. He trained in electrical, mechanical and accounting and in 1992 started operating his dive center. He has been managing hotel and tourism operations since and has been a pioneer in kitesurfing, opening his kitesurfing school in 2000.

Vellin Bhurton

Vellin Bhurton

Member

Vellin is a founding member of Reef Conservation. He started his professional career as a Nursing Officer working in open-heart surgery in Saudi Arabia for several years, and has traveled extensively throughout Africa and Central Asia/The Middle East. He has been a diver for 35 years and a PADI Instructor for 25 years. His diving center, Atlantis Diving, has been opened for 17 years and he has also led a local association working towards the protection of the marine environment, registered under the same name.

Iain Watt

Iain Watt

Honorary President and Founder

Iain Watt has aMSc in Marine Environmental Protection with experience in project development, planning and management, in Coastal Zone, Marine Parks/Protected Areas management, habitat restoration and tourism in East Africa, Middle East, Indian Ocean and China, working for various international organisations including the UN and EU. Iain has experience in oil spill assessment, clean up remediation and oil spill contingency planning. He has encouraged and instigated community stewardship and stakeholder participation for sustainable marine resource management on various projects. Iain is an experienced instructor/trainer/assessor and a diving and Yachtmaster Instructor and has developed training programmes and capacity building for marine parks, coastal zone management, community resource stewardship and mainstreaming marine conservation through the tourism industry developing training for sustainable marine ecotourism and eco-guides and education programmes for schools and communities.   Iain now lives in Australia and continues to provide technical assistance to Reef.

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