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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.
Sivilay Duangdala
Nam Et-Phou Louey NPA Project Ecotourism Coordinator
Sivilay graduated from the National University of Lao PDR with a Bachelor of Arts in English in 2005. He began his career as an elementary and primary school teacher in public schools and also worked as a translator with the Lao Disabled Women’s Center. Sivilay began working with WCS in 2010 as an accountant and later became the ecotourism program coordinator for the Nam Et – Phou Louey NPA Project.
Troy Hansel
Country Director, Laos
Troy started work with WCS in Lao PDR in 1996. He and government counterparts started the WCS cooperative training and education program to build government officials' capacity for wildlife conservation and an outreach program to create a body of people aware of the unique wildlife in Lao PDR. This became the basis for training and education in Nam Et Phou Louey and Nam Kading NPAs in Lao PDR. In May 2012, Troy became Director of the WCS Lao Program.
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.

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