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Sivilay Duangdala
Site Program Manager, Nam Et-Phou Louey NPA
Sivilay Duangdala works for Wildlife Conservation Society as the Site Program Manager of the Nam Et-Phou Louey National Protected Area (NEPL-NPA) in nort- eastern Laos. Sivilay graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in English and has worked at NEPL-NPA since early 2008. Sivilay has been promoted through many positions in WCS, starting as an accountant, later as an administration assistant, eventually as a management leader. As the Site Program Manager, his main responsibilities are to supervise all programs supporting conservation works in NEPL-NPA. Sivilay thinks wildlife and nature conservation is the most challenging work in Laos as it is often viewed as an obstacle to development. He, however, understands that conservation supports development by providing nutrition, shelter, fresh air, and water for humans.
Ben Swanepoel
Program Director: NEPL landscape & WCS Country Program law enforcement advisor
Ben completed his Nature Conservation studies in South Africa in 1987 and was involved in protected area management over a period of 22 years in the South African context. He has a wealth of experience in all aspects of protected areas management and community conservation projects. Ben has a strong mentoring and community engagement philosophy and was one of a two-person team instrumental in the design and implementation of one of the leading conservation services programs in South Africa, the "Working For Water" program. In 2003, Ben obtained his degree majoring in environmental management and industrial psychology. In 2009 Ben was seconded to WWF Laos as a protected areas management advisor, during which time he resigned from his South African position to work full time in Lao PDR. In 2011 Ben joined the WCS Lao country program as program manager for the Bolikhamxay landscape, later transferring to his current position as the Nam Et-Phou Louey landscape director.

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