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.

Frederique Perpetu

Project management and tools development officer

Frederique joined Reef in June 2016 after being abroad for 12 years. She is now settled in Mauritius and one of her main reasons for returning, was because she wanted to do her part to preserve the beauty of Mauritius.She holds a degree in Communication and has worked in different sectors, mainly tourism, before joining WWF in Singapore where she decided to redirect herself and focus on conservation projects. Frederique loves to be involved in all aspects of conservation work. She coordinates different projects, she develop new sensitization and educational tools for various target group and plays an active role in outreach actions for the community projects.

Stéphania Jean

Administration and Communication Executive

Stéphania joined Reef Conservation in June 2018 as Administration and Communication Executive. Committed to make the world a better place, she wants to bring her contribution at Reef Conservation and be part of the change.

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


Nathalie has been with Reef Conservation since 2008. She is an avid snorkeller and scuba diver and is passionate about the marine environment. She was responsible of the running of Club Mer Programme. Over the years, Nathalie has also participated in various Reef projects, namely the Bis Lamer project, raising awareness about the marine environment with the community. Nathalie is now intervening in Bis Lamer as Educator.

Emeline Bouvelle

Marine Research Project Coordinator- VMCA

Graduate of a Master’s degree “Marine and Littoral Sciences” (SML)  with option “Expertise and Management of the Coastal Environment” (EGEL) at the European University Institute of the Sea, Emeline has always been attracted and passionate by the marine environment. As soon as she graduated, she started internships and volunteering in marine and coastal environments and conservation. Certified Level II CMASS Diver, she dives regularly. She joined the research team in December 2018 following her final internship with Reef Conservation. She participates in the different monitoring carried out in the lagoon and the actions / meetings with the community, database management and mapping.

Urvashi Dabysing

Education and Sensitisation Project Officer

After her studies in the psychology field and her first professional experience in NGO at Red Cross, Urvashi joined Reef Conservation in November 2016 as Education and Sensitisation Project Officer. She is mainly involved in the Bis Lamer project and brings also her contribution to the Club Mer project.


Sahib Eleeman

Educator – 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. Teaming up with Urvashi on the various sensitisation sessions and activities of Bis Lamer, Sahib is now an educator.

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