Liva has an MSc in Applied Oceanology from the Institut Halieutique et des Sciences Marines (IH.SM), University of Toliara. Before working for Reef Doctor, he was a Technical Researcher Assistant within VALOREMAR laboratory based at IH.SM (his expertise was focused on water testing and quality control). In 2014, he joined Reef Doctor as a Community Aquaculture Technician and Socio-economic Officer and was promoted to Aquaculture Administrative Manager in 2016. Towards the end of 2017, Liva went in Canada and worked remotely for Reef Doctor as an Aquaculture and Fisheries Consultant. He returned to Madagascar at the end of 2018 and has since moved into the position of our Project Manager. In this role, he is coordinating the development, funding and evaluation of Reef Doctor programmes on the ground in Madagascar, managing the operational and logistical activities of the Ifaty project site, and overseeing and ensuring day-to-day support of Reef Doctor’s Madagascar staff, interns and volunteers.
Accountant & Staff Manager
Pierrot from Toliara is Reef Doctor’s on-site accountant and has been with the company since 2014. In addition to accounting, he manages the Malagasy staff and organises resupply from Toliara for camp.
Nicolastin is from Ifaty village and joined Reef Doctor as Camp Manager in February 2016. He is responsible for overseeing the daily camp operations and maintenance/construction.
Assistant Project Manager
Patty joined Reef Doctor in September 2018 as our Assistant Project Manager after previously working for us as a translator. She has a professional license in Biodiversity and Environment from the University of Toliara. Patty supports the operational and logistical activities of the Ifaty and Reef Doctor Honko project sites. She also assists with our international volunteer programme.
Gaë Charles Zafimanantena
Administration & Finance Support Officer
Gaë joined our team in March 2019 to provide support to all of our administrative and financial activities in-country. He has a Licence in Economics and a Diploma in Economics & Management from the University of Fianarantsoa. Before joining Reef Doctor, he held secretarial and accounting positions at a variety of companies in the southwest region.
Simone de Graaf
Community Waste Management Project Leader
Simone originally joined us in January 2019 as a Research Assistant and Divemaster intern. During her internship she couldn’t ignore the widespread litter issue plaguing the area and decided to do something about it. She devised a fundraiser to generate vital start-up funds to implement the first official waste management program in Ifaty. With 5 years of previous project management experience, she returned to Ifaty in October 2019 to lead this important project.
Dr Vivienne Stein-Rostaing, PhD
Communications Leader & Scientific Consultant
Viv holds a BSc (Hons) in Marine Biology and a MSc in Tropical Coastal Management from Newcastle University. She completed her PhD, researching the effects of ocean acidification on marine ecosystems, at Plymouth University in 2012. Viv has previously worked as a science officer at Reef Doctor in 2008 and 2012. She also has gained marine research and conservation experience in Honduras, Thailand, Seychelles, South Africa, and North Madagascar. She is currently based in the UK where she is responsible for overseeing the company’s digital communications and social media outreach, and provides external scientific research support.
Operations and Strategy Development Consultant
Candice has a 25 year history in operations, project, and people management. She joined the team in 2016 as a UK-based consultant to provide strategic vision and structure to facilitate our stable infrastructure growth. She has previously managed disaster relief and resilience efforts in remote areas such as Mexico, Brazil and The Philippines.