Meet the Team

Professional biologists and support staff to implement and manage projects and train volunteer divers and crew.

Kathy Young

Kathy Young

Project Manager

Kathy Young, Project Manager, Reef Conservation is from Trinidad and Tobago and holds a BSc Zoology and Botany and specialised through her training and work experience in marine ecology, She joined the Reef team in 2009 and has over seven years experience in research and project management for marine ecology and community based environmental management projects both in Tobago and Mauritius. She is a certified PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and is involved in the development of all of Reef’s projects and management of the organisation.

Sameer Kaudeer

Sameer Kaudeer

Education and Training Coordinator –

Sameer Kaudeer, Biologist joined Reef Conservation in 2008 as head of training and environmental education. He holds a Master in Sustainable Development and Environmental Management, from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. He participated in the implementation of the marine environmental education project in 85 primary schools and coordinates the two Resource Centers of the NGO. He was involved in the development of the MQA approved Marine Ecoguide Course. He intervenes in the delivery of the Course in several modules on coastal and marine ecosystems.

Celine Miternique

Céline Miternique

Marine Research Project Leader

A graduate of a Master “Management of Natural Renewable Resources  with an option in Ecological Engineering” of the University of Angers (France), Celine has specialized during her studies and internships in marine biology. She is certified Level III CMASS Diver and Federal Instructor in Subaquatic Biology. She has been working at Reef conservation since 2010 on the proposed establishment of Voluntary Marine Conservation Areas in the lagoon of Mauritius, Roches Noires and Anse La Raie.

She is also involved in training in Ecoguide modules on marine ecosystems: rocky shores, coral reefs, seagrass and algae.

Eugene Vitry

Eugene Vitry

Technical Coordinator

Eugene Vitry started scuba diving in 1978 and obtained all his dive certificates in 1996 while working at the Maritim Hotel. At the same time he used to volunteer to help Reef Conservation with their Fixed Mooring Buoys (FMB) project. He joined Reef Conservation as a full time staff in 2008 on the FMB Project where he took the responsibility of the deployment and maintenance of buoys around the island. He also worked in setting up swimming zones on some popular public beaches.  In partnership with Shoals Rodrigues he deployed the demarcation buoys around the 4 Marine Reserves on the west coast of Rodrigues. He now works at Nauticaz Marine Discovery Center, where he sensitizes visitors on the coastal and marine environment and participates actively with Céline on the research and monitoring aspect of Reef Conservation.

Nathalie Perrine

Nathalie Perrine

Beach Resource Center Officer

Nathalie has been with Reef Conservation since 2008. She is an avid snorkeller and scuba diver and is passionate about the marine environment.  She is responsible for running the Beach Resource Center, welcoming visitors every day. Over the years, Nathalie has also participated in various Reef projects, namely the primary school project, raising awareness about the marine environment with the Cap Malheureux community, and now is part of survey and monitoring team for Anse-la-Raie.

Nathalie Summers

Natalie Summers

Project Coordinator – VMCA

Natalie is an avid scuba diver and has turned her passion into her profession by studying marine biology, both in Reunion Island and subsequently obtaining a master’s degree in applied sciences at James Cook University in Australia. Natalie is well travelled, having spent one year during her studies in Canada, and volunteering after her undergraduate degree in Mexico. Natalie joined the Voluntary Marine Conservation Areas team to l lead research and training in coral reef monitoring with community stakeholders and volunteers.


Emma Montocchio

Project Coordinator – VMCA

Emma is an avid scuba diver and is passionate about conservation. She recently graduated from the University of Kent with a degree in Wildlife Conservation. She has gained further experience in Marine Conservation through her volunteer and work in Mauritius, England and the Canary Islands. Emma has joined the Reef team on the Voluntary Marine Conservation Area project and will be working on lagoon restoration.


Claire Rose

Bis La Mer

Claire joined Reef Conservation in 2008. In 2014 she joined the Bis La Mer team as an educator . She is passionate about ecology and wants to transmit the most important message: “The Oceans and of Mother Earth are fragile … Lets change the world together!”


Sahib Eleeman

Driver – Bis La Mer

Joined Reef Conservation in May 2014 as driver of Bis Lamer after working 12 years as a driver for a tour operator. He assists Claire Rose in the various sensitization sessions and activities of Bis Lamer. Fluent in Kreol, English and French.

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