The Team

Agnes Schneidt

Agnes has a Master’s degree in Sustainability Management and a diploma in Business Administration and Tourism Management. She is currently working towards her MSc in Biodiversity, Wildlife and Ecosystem Health from the University of Edinburgh.


Anaïk has a Masters degree in International Peace Studies from the University of Trinity College Dublin, and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of Geneva. Before joining the institute, Anaïk worked as a communication intern at the United Nations in Geneva and was then a consultant at the CITES Secretariat.

Anca Damerell

Anca has a PhD in Geography from the University of Cambridge, a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Economics from the Academy of Economic Studies, Romania and Université d’Artois, France, and a Master’s in Environmental Protection from the University of Edinburgh.

Andrew Thompson

Based in Cambridge, UK, Andrew provides administration, logistics, events and general project support to the institute.

Cyriaque Sendashonga

Cyrie is a conservation leader and biodiversity policy specialist with long experience in international environmental governance and the science-policy interface.

Fabio Pianini

Fabio is a communication and public affairs professional with experience in issue and stakeholder management for multinational energy companies. He is passionate about dialogic practices and their power to enable people to think and move forward together.

Jessica Villat

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.

Melanie Ryan

Melanie looks to advance conservation and sustainability in ways that incorporate inclusivity, diversity and innovation. An interdisciplinary expert in systems science, sustainability and environment, and collaborative design, her career spans diverse roles and sectors.

Michelle Demateis Schmitt

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.

Richard Gauld

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

Sandrine Jimenez

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

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