tatô TEAM

Victor Jiménez Guri

Communication Officer

Graphic designer and plastic artist born in Barcelona. In 2012 he decided to participate in a volunteer program for the conservation of sea turtles in Cape Verde. Here, his projects and professional experience, have crossed with marine conservation specialists. Since 2013 he is based in São Tomé, and develops works related to the conservation of sea turtles and community development. He is currently co-founder and Communication Officer of the Association Programa Tatô.

Frédéric Airaud

Technical Advisor

Agro-economist specialized in environment and sustainable fisheries with more than 15 years of professional experience in project management of nature conservation and sustainable management of natural resources in Africa. With a wide range of professional experiences, from the management of marine protected areas, participatory management of fisheries, adaptation to climate change, integrated coastal zone management, environmental education and environmental impact assessment, besides being co-founder of the Association Programa Tatô, he has been providing support for the Association's growth as a technical advisor.

Hipólito Lima

Rangers Supervisor São Tomé

Known as the Father of the Sea Turtles of São Tomé and Príncipe, he has been involved in sea turtle conservation programs for more than 20 years and is one of the founders of the Association Programa Tatô. Nowadays he is responsible for supervising the monitoring rangers team of the main nesting beaches and foraging areas of sea turtles on the Island of São Tomé.

Martinho Bobô

Beach Ranger Santana

São Tomé

Known by Amílcar, fisherman and resident in the community of Messias Alves. For 15 years he has been one of the focal points of Programa Tatô in his community. His dedication and experience in sea turtle monitoring and conflict mediation was crucial to completely stop the killing of sea turtles in his community. Nowadays, he is responsible for the monitoring teams of Santana and Agua Izé and co-founder of the Association Programa Tatô.

Carlos Penhor

Beach Ranger Micoló

São Tomé

Resident in the community of Micoló has been one of the focal points of Programa Tatô in his community for more than 15 years. His extensive technical experience and conservationist spirit has been crucial in reducing the capture and commercialization of sea turtles. Nowadays, he is responsible for supervising the monitoring teams of Micoló and Fernão Dias and co-founder of the Association Programa Tatô. In addition he has great experience in the observation of cetaceans.

Gilberto Mendes

Beach Ranger Santana

São Tomé

Resident in the community of Santana, for 10 years he has been part of Programa Tatô. He used to be a military and today he is a fisherman and also a singer and actor of Tchiloli. Nowadays, he is responsible for the monitoring teams of Santana and Agua Izé and co-founder of the Association Programa Tatô.

Jorge Carvalho

Executive Director MARAPA

Fisheries Engineer and one of the founders of MARAPA and the Association Programa Tatô. Over the last 20 years he has been involved in the implementation of several fishery management and research projects in São Tomé and Príncipe. Thanks to his vast experience in the conservation and research of sea turtles, he was the national focal point of the Regional Program for the Conservation of Sea Turtles (PROTOMAC) and coordinated Programa Tatô from 2003 to 2010. Today he is the Executive Director of MARAPA and President of General Assembly of the Association Programa Tatô.

Elísio Neto

Technician MARAPA

Marine biologist with extensive experience in the management of fishing resources and associations of the fishing communities of São Tomé and Príncipe. He is one of the founding members and executive secretary of MARAPA. Over the past 20 years he has been involved in the implementation of fisheries management projects in the country. In addition, he has and extensive experience in the field of biology and conservation of sea turtles, since he was supervisor of the technical team of Programa Tatô from 2003 to 2013. He is a co-founder member of the Association Programa Tatô and Chairman of the Fiscal Council.

Martinho Rosa

Beach Ranger Micoló

​São Tomé

Known by Jorgino, fisherman and resident in the community of Micoló has been one of the focal points of Programa Tatô in his community for more than 15 years. His extensive technical experience and conservationist spirit has been crucial in reducing the capture and commercialization of sea turtles,  as well as the awareness of the local communities of São Tomé. Nowadays, he is responsible for supervising the monitoring teams of Micoló and Fernão Dias and a co-founder of the Association Programa Tatô.

Betânia Ferreira

Director

She is a Marine Biologist, and has been involved in the conservation of sea turtles for more than 15 years. She has been developing and coordinating research and conservation projects in several places around the world, such as Oman, Brazil, Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau. Since 2014 she collaborates with Programa Tatô in São Tomé and Príncipe and is currently co-founder, President of the Direction and Director of the Association Programa Tatô.

Sara Vieira

Technical and Scientific Coordinator

She is a Marine Biologist, with more than 10 years of experience in the conservation of sea turtles, as a technician, researcher and environmental educator, in community-based projects in Africa and Central America. Since 2014 she coordinates the sea turtle conservation project in São Tomé and is currently co-founder, vice president of the Direction and technical and scientific coordinator of the Association Programa Tatô.

Domingas Monteiro

National Coordinator São Tomé

Jurist born in São Tomé, has been involved in several poverty reduction and social inclusion projects over the last 10 years. She was a volunteer of Programa Tatô and soon realized that biodiversity conservation could be a great ally in the fight against poverty, thus becoming a member of the team. Today she is co-founder, member of the Direction and National Coordinator of the Association Programa Tatô in São Tomé and Príncipe.