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Akchousanh Rasphone
Savannakhet Landscape Project Coordinator
Akchousanh RASPHONE completed a BSc in Geographic Information Systems from Australia in 2004, and started working from 2006-2007 as a GIS specialist for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in Laos. In 2010, She received an MSc in Geographical Sciences from the Australian National University. She returned to the WCS as a spatial landscape ecologist and a biodiversity management project coordinator. In 2012, she completed a Post-graduate Diploma in International Wildlife Conservation Practice from WildCRU, Oxford University.
Anita Bousa
Wildlife Monitoring Program Coordinator
Anita graduated with a Bachelor of Sciene in Biology from the National Univerity of Lao PDR in 2007 with an emphasis on wildlife monitoring. Anita worked for WCS from 2007-2011 as a project field coordinator, conducting surveys on tiger and tiger prey populations in Nam Et – Phou Louey NPA. She recently returned from a one year internship with Earth Corps and is now back with WCS coordinating wildlife monitoring projects in various sites.
Arlyne Johnson
Arlyne has led field research and conservation programs for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in Latin America and Asia since 1988. She holds a Ph.D. in Environment and Resources and a M.Sc. in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development from the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a focus on land use planning and wildlife management in tropical ecosystems. Starting in 1985, Arlyne conducted biological surveys for WCS in the Amazon basin and studied the effects of hunting on the conservation of gallinaceous birds. In 1994, she moved to Papua New Guinea to help establish the Research and Conservation Foundation and the Crater Mountain Wildlife Management Area in the Eastern Highlands. From 1998 to 2011 she led WCS field programs in Laos, where she spearheaded the establishment of the Nam Et-Phou Louey National Protected Area as a model for tiger conservation in Indochina and tested innovative methods of working with local communities to reduce human-elephant conflict. In May 2011, Arlyne began working with Foundations of Success, providing training for conservation projects around the world in monitoring, evaluation and conservation planning, and continues to conduct research with WCS on the impact of hunting on wildlife populations and human livelihoods in northern Laos.
Ben Swanepoel
Bolikhamxay Landscape Program Coordinator
Ben completed his Nature Conservation Diploma in South Africa in 1987, and has been involved in protected area management for the past 27 years in the South African context. He has a wealth of experience in the fields of wildfire management, catchment management and community conservation projects. He remained in conservation in South Africa through the time of political change in the country, having a strong mentoring and community engagement phylisophy. Ben was one of a two person team instumental for the design and implimentation of one of the leading conservation services programs in South Afrcia, the "Working For Water" program. In 2003, Ben obtained a degree majoring in environmental management and industrial psycology. In 2009 for a two year period, Ben was seconded to WWF Laos as a Protected Area Management specialist, working on the Xe Pian NPA. During that time he was also responsible for the desin and planning of the PA componant of the of the cross boundry Greater Animites (Laos / Vietnam) Biodiversity Carbon Preservation Project started in 2010. Ben has worked with WCS since 2011.
Bouavanh Sinphaset
Administration Assistant
In 2009 Bouavanh completed studies in finance at Intouch. She further her studies by completing a bachelor degree in Education at the National University of Lao PDR in 2012. Between 2008 and 2010 she worked as an Administration Officer at the National University while studying and has worked for the WCS Lao PDR Prgram in the same capacity since 2010.
Bounthavy Phommachanh
Administration Assistant
"Bounthavy has been working for WCS-Lao program since 1998. He is responsible for all administrative and logistic support. In the early days of the program he assisted in several biodiversity conservation protects. Now he is responsible for all admnistrative and logistic support whcih including government liasion, preparing official govenrment documents, procurement, shipping, and other important tasks. His work has given him manu opportunities to work cooperatively with different government sectors, private companies, banks, and other non profit organisations. "
Kongsy Khammavong
Project Officer - Wildlife Health
Kongsy KHAMMAVONG completed her Bachelor's degree in forestry in 2008 at National University of Laos. She worked as a WCS Research Student in 2008, conducting an evaluation of wildlife trade in markets and resturants. She started working with WCS as a Project assistant in the Wildlife Trade Project for two years after finishing University and then she moved to work as a Project Officer in the Wildlife Health Team, looking primarly at zoonotic diseases in traded wildlife. In 2011, she attended a training course on tropical biology in Borneo and in 2012 attended a training course in inteview techniques for use in subsistence villages.
Muas Yachithor
Conservation Outreach Program Assistant
Maus Yachitor has completed the Higher Diploma Program in Vocational Education and Training. He is Conservation Education and Outreach Project Assistant at WCS Lao PDR. He is based in the Nam Et - Phou Louey National Protected Area, which is located in Viengthong district, Houaphanh province of Lao PDR.
Paul Eshoo
Ecotourism Advisor
Paul joined the Peace Corps in Nepal as a national parks volunteer, stationed in Langtang National Park. He later moved to Lao PDR and developed community-based ecotourism with various agencies including UNESCO, WWF, WCS, the EU GTZ, the Asian Development Bank, and SNV, as well as projects in Cambodia, Vietnam and Sierra Leone. Paul has worked with WCS as the coordinator for the Nam Et-Phou Louey National Protected Area Management and Tiger Conservation Project and is now the program’s international ecotourism advisor.
Phaivone Chanlaunphome
Southeast Asian Crocodile Project Accountant
Phaivone graduatd from accounting and joined the WCS team working in Savannakhet. She particularly enjoys heading to the field as this is something different for an accountant.

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