Mariapía Bevilacqua

Co-founder and President of ACOANA. PhD in Biology and field ecologist. «My research interests are Biology of Conservation with human well-being, and my research includes systemic and transdisciplinary approaches designed from qualitative, quantitative , and ideological perspectives. I have 25 years of experience in research analysis, strategic planning, management, evaluation and supervision of projects and programs specialized in natural resource management, protected areas, and native territories. During the last 10 years I have also been working with neglected tropical diseases (malaria and parasitosis) with special focus on the region of Guayana and native communities. For us to reach biodiversity conservation is centered in what people want and are capable of being and doing to live the life they wish, linked with valuable functions of natural eco systems, which are the pillars of sustainable development. We see development as an effort to move towards the real liberties that are enjoyed by individuals; therefore, solutions provided inside the communities, and their good practices are part of our interest to promote such liberties with impact in the conservation of biodiversity».

    Marisol Aguilera

    Vice President. Has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Universidad Central de Venzuela (1971), and a PhD in Tropical Ecology from Universidad de los Andes (1995). She was a professor in Universidad de los Andes during the period 1975 to 1977, after which she taught at Universidad Simon Bolivar. She is currently retired from teaching. She held different administrative possitions in Universidad Simon Bolivar: Head of the Natural Resources Institute, Chair of the Department of Environmental Studies and Director of the Divission of Biology. She was the Coordinator of the Principal’s Office from 2003 to 2005. She has been the recipient of several distinctions and awards. She has published 66 articles in scientific magazines (national and international as well) in her field of specialization, which is biodiversity and evolutionary biology of mammals. She has published several books. Among them: «The Study of Mammals in Venezuela: evaluation and perspectives» in 1985, and «Biodiversity in Venezuela» in 2003. She was part of the Bioethics Commission of Fonacit and participated in the writing of the Code of Bioethics and Biosafety . She is currently the President of the Venezuelan Association for the Advancement of Science (AsoVAC) and of the Interscience Association, which is the organization that links all the Interamerican associations for the advancement of science.

      Oralyn Caldera

      Director. PhD in Ecology applied to Natural Space Management from University of Grenoble, France. Professor of Biology, with a degree from Universidad Pedagogica Libertador, Caracas. She has worked in the Ministry of Environment, CADAFE, Ministry of Science and Technology and PDVSA. She has been a consultant for the Interamerican Institute for Agricultural Cooperation (IICA), Global Consult, Ecosuca, CERSE, Arborea, La Salle Natural Science Society and Vitalis. She has been a professor of graduate studies in Social Responsibility in Universidad de Barcelona, Spain, and is a professor of Environmental Management and Business Social Responsibilities for graduate programs in Universidad Metropolitana, Caracas. She is currently Manager of Social Affairs in Banco de Venezuela, where she is in charge of the program of Financial Education and Local and Sustainable Development of Communities.

        Pedro Delfín

        Director. Since 2002 he is Assistant Professor of the School of Geography of Universidad Central de Venezuela. Chair of the Department of Regional Geography of the School of Geography of Universidad Central de Venzuela. Associate Professor of Universidad Nueva Esparta, Caracas. Evaluation of Environmental Impact Studies 2009-2012. Former Director of Territorial Organization in the General Direction of Environmental Planning and Organization in the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources. Research area: Environmental planning and territorial organization; Transportation and mobility: analysis of road accesibility and connectivity.

          Marina Bevilacqua

          Director. Bachelor´s Degree in Biology from Universidad Central de Venzuela (1980), with further specialization studies in Food Technology in Universidad Simon Bolivar (1986), Caracas. She has 4 years of experience in research and ecological management of shell fish in the Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research (1980-1984). She worked in environmental planning for the National Commission for Territorial Organization (1988-1989), and as a consultant in the areas of marine ecology and food technology from 1985-1989. Since 1996 she holds high management positions in Policlinica Las Mercedes, in Caracas