meet the team
Director, Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy
Matt Rand joined Pew as director of what is now the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project in 2013. He works with local communities, governments, and scientists around the world to protect and conserve some of the Earth’s most important and unspoiled marine environments.
Officer, Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy - France
Nicole Aussedat joined Pew as a contractor in 2007, working initially on efforts to win support for a European Union regulation to preserve shark populations by ending shark finning and to reform the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy. She served as a country organizer for France in the Shark Alliance and the OCEAN2012 coalitions. In 2013, she began working as an officer for Global Ocean Legacy, now the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project, to raise the project’s profile in France and support campaigns in French Polynesia and New Caledonia. Early in her career, Aussedat worked to establish marine protected areas in the French West Indies. She has been a journalist, author, and consultant, and holds a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in political science from the University of Grenoble.
Senior Associate, Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy - United Kingdom
Johnny Briggs is a senior associate with the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project in the London office, coordinating the project’s work on three UK sites: Pitcairn, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, and Tristan da Cunha. Briggs joined the campaign in 2015 after seven years working on environmental policy and global advocacy. In his previous job at Sancroft International, he focused on environmental issues, including sustainable strategy and risk projects. He received a doctorate in environmental science in 2007 from the University of Nottingham and a master’s degree in global energy and climate change policy from the University of London in 2015.
Francisco ‘Pancho’ Morey Cañoles
Consultant, Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy–Easter Island
Francisco “Pancho” Morey Cañoles manages the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project in Chile, which is working with the Rapa Nui community and the Chilean government to help protect the unique marine biodiversity of Easter Island, as well as the Rapa Nui’s traditional fishing practices.
Director, Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy - New Caledonia
Christophe Chevillon directs the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project in New Caledonia. He has nearly three decades of experience in New Caledonia, mainly in the public sector.
Senior Associate, Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy–Kermadec
Amelia Connell is a senior associate with the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project’s Kermadec/Rangitāhua Ocean Sanctuary initiative in New Zealand. She joined the project’s predecessor, Global Ocean Legacy, in 2009 after working on deep-sea benthic ecology and investigating the diet of three of New Zealand’s commercially valuable deep-sea fishes with the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, in association with Victoria University of Wellington. Connell holds a master’s degree in marine biology
Cesar Guala Catalán
Consultant, Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy - Easter Island
Cesar Guala Catalán is a Pew consultant and adviser who works with the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project in Chile. The team is working to establish the world’s first generation of great marine parks by securing the designation of large, fully protected reserves.
Director, Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy - Kermadec
Bronwen Golder leads the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project’s Kermadec/Rangitāhua Ocean Sanctuary initiative in New Zealand. She has spent more than 20 years working primarily for not-for-profit and government organizations, with a strong focus on the environment and conservation.
Director, Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy
Seth Horstmeyer is a director with the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project. He oversees operations in Pew’s effort to create large, highly protected marine reserves, with a focus on projects in Hawaii, New Zealand, and Palau.
Consultant, Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy - Palau
Jennifer Koskelin-Gibbons is a Pew consultant and adviser who directs the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project in Palau. She has been executive director of the Palau Chamber of Commerce since 2011 and has more than a decade of strategic marketing and project management experience.
Senior associate, Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy – Easter Island
Emily Owen is a senior associate with the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project. She manages the program’s Easter Island campaign, which is working with the island’s Rapa Nui community and the Chilean government to create one of the largest marine reserves in the world. Before joining Pew in Washington, Owen lived for 10 years in Chile, where she did environmental work for nongovernmental organizations and the private sector. Her experience in conservation planning and campaigning has focused on combining science, natural resource management strategies, and community stewardship to protect unique biodiversity and ecosystems.
Director, Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy - French Polynesia
Jérôme Petit directs the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project in French Polynesia. He has a decade of technical and political experience in international biodiversity governance.
Poema du Prel
Consultant, Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy - French Polynesia
Poema du Prel is a consultant for the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy’s French Polynesia initiative. She brings a strong Polynesian connection to the campaign and spends her time in the Austral Islands, working with local communities to help define a large-scale marine protected area for the archipelago. Du Prel has traveled from Antarctica to the Solomon Islands. She has an eclectic career path and speaks Tahitian, French, and English. She lives on her boat on Moorea, an island in French Polynesia.
Officer, Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy - New Caledonia
Aline Schaffar is an officer with the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project in New Caledonia. She has been a consultant in marine biology, studying humpback whales, marine mammals, and turtles, and has published a wide range of scientific articles and reports. Schaffar holds a master’s degree in zoology.
Officer, Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy - French Polynesia
Donatien Tanret is an officer with the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project in French Polynesia. He has developed numerous environmental assessments and management plans, which contributed to development and establishment of nature conservation areas across French Polynesia. Tanret holds master’s degrees in environmental sciences and geography.
Angelo O'Connor Villagomez
Officer, Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy
Angelo O’Connor Villagomez is an officer with the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project. He helped secure the designation of the Mariana Trench Marine National Monument by the U.S. government, as well as passage of more than two dozen shark conservation laws in small Pacific and Caribbean island states. Villagomez has more than 10 years of grassroots experience campaigning for ocean protections. He also has worked for the League of Conservation Voters, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Mariana Islands Nature Alliance.
Meet the Team