Staff

Staff

Jorge Luis Martínez
Program Officer
Jorge Luis studied biology at the Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina. He has taken specialized courses on management of protected areas, monitoring of biodiversity and conservation workshops for trainers. His work experience includes management of protected areas in the Peruvian Amazon and planning, monitoring and evaluation of environmental projects. He is currently a member of the Amphibian Specialist Group of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (ASG-IUCN).
Katherine Uehara
Assistant, Administration - Peru
Kathy completed her studies at the Cenfotour Institute in hotel management. Presently, she is working as an administrative and logistics assistant for the WCS Peru and Amazonía programs.
Katia Isla
Analista financiera
Katia studied accounting at the Universidad Nacional de la Amazonía Peruana and she also took studies in administration. She is currently completing a master in financial auditing. She has an extensive professional experience in accounting, management, labor, tax, budget, evaluation and analysis of financial information, among others.
Kelly Flores
Accounting Technician
Kelly Flores serves as Accounting Technician at WCS.
Loyola Escamilo
Director, Madidi-Tambopata Landscape
Loyola studied forestry and made the mastery of ecotourism in the Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina. On the professional side, she has been dedicated to conservation, working primarily in the management of protected areas and in the interpretation of natural and cultural heritage. She has also worked with various institutions such as ACCA, Conservation International, the Peruvian Society for Environmental Law and SERNANP (MINAM). From 2008, Loyola was project coordinator in Pronaturaleza, where she devoted herself to the management of conservation projects and development, monitoring of investment projects related to mining activities and infrastructure, the implementation of media campaigns and advocacy; as well as the organization and strengthening networks and thematic groups, especially in the articulation of civil society networks for advocacy in public administration.
Luis Carlos Moya
Natural Resources Specialist
Luis is a biologist from the Universidad Nacional de la Amazonía Peruana and has a master in ecology and sustainable development at the same university. He has experience in indigenous communities and quechua Kandozi in the management of fisheries and wildlife species. He has also evaluated the population of landscape species in the Samiria River basin, in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve.
María Elena Carbajal Yrigoyen
Communications Specialist
María Elena is a journalist that studied at the Peruvian University of Applied Sciences. She began his career working in the newspaper El Comercio, writing articles about traveling and environmental issues. Her career has been focused in environmental communication and for the last three years she has been dedicated her work on conservation issues and environmental communication campaigns in institutions such as the Association for Children and Environment (ANIA) and the Peruvian Society of Environmental Law (SPDA). She is currently part of the communications team of the WCS Perú where she specializes in communication, dissemination and develop social networking strategies.
Mariana Montoya
Director, Peru
Mariana, WCS Peru director since 2013, obtained her PhD in geography from the University of Texas – Austin, where she focused on the sustainability of socioecological systems in the Peruvian Amazon. Previously, she obtained her master’s degree in Ecosystem Management (Autonomous University of Baja California) and her undergraduate degree in Biology (National Agrarian University La Molina). Mariana has experience in Latin American conservation and development, including work with WWF and the National Protected Areas Service. She has lead in the design, implementation, and supervision of various projects of biodiversity conservation, indigenous organization strengthening, poverty alleviation, natural resource management, watershed management, and environmental threat mitigation in Peru.
Mariana Varese
Director, Amazonía
Mariana Varese is the Director of Amazon Landscapes and the Citizen Science for the Amazon Project at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). A natural resources economist with over 15 years of conservation experience in the Amazon and Latin America and the Caribbean, Mariana Varese holds an M.A. In Latin American Studies from the University of Florida. Mariana has ample experience in community-based conservation, landscape and multi-scale conservation approaches, natural resource economics, and evidence-based participatory planning and adaptive management. Her current areas of interest citizen engagement in science, conservation and sustainable development; the effective use of evidence in decision making; and public goods.
Monica Quispe
Coordinator, Accounting - Peru
Monica is a Certified Public Accountant who finished her studies in the Peruvian University Unión. She has worked in both the public and private sector, as a specialist in the logistic sector Municipal Governments and education program budgets in the Ministry of Education. She has 15 years of experience working in NGOs who focus on a variety of themes including rights of women, child labor rights, public health, human rights, and environmental conservation. She began working in WCS in 2010, and is the current coordinator of accounting and internal administration in WCS’s Peru office.

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