Our team

Jon Hutton I Director

Jon is an ecologist and conservation leader with decades of experience in nature, natural resources, rural development and the complex interplay between politics, economics and environmental policy.

Adrian Dellecker I Head of Programme

Adrian is a political scientist and environmental advocacy expert. Before joining the institute he was Head of Policy and Advocacy in WWF International’s Global and Regional Policy Unit.

Melanie Ryan I Senior Programme Manager

Melanie is a programme management, design, engagement and facilitation expert with extensive experience in international cooperation, science-policy and environmental programmes.

Richard Gauld I Head of Operations

Richard has over 17 years’ experience in strategy implementation, operations and performance evaluation in the public and not-for-profit sectors.

Carina Wyborn I Research Advisor

Carina is an interdisciplinary social scientist with a background in human ecology. Her research focusses on knowledge co-production in climate adaptation and biodiversity conservation.

Sandrine Jimenez Logistics and Administrative Coordinator

Sandrine organises travel and events and carries out many other administrative functions, ensuring the smooth running of the Luc Hoffmann Institute.

Michelle Demateis Schmitt Project Finance Account Manager

Michelle has over 10 years’ experience in project finance, providing financial management, oversight and operational expertise for the effective coordination of WWF projects and programmes.

Anca Damerell I Research and Projects Coordinator

Anca is an economist and social scientist working at the science and policy interface to find pathways to sustainable development.

Nicola Chapman | Project Coordinator

Nicola is an expert in marine ecology with a background in international conservation project management.

Jessica Villat Head of Communication

Jessica is a communication and sustainability professional with international strategy-building experience, change management skills, and a passion for improving the well-being of nature and people. 

Luc Hoffmann InstituteOur team