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Phakham Ounthanekhone
Southeast Asian Crocodile Monitoring Coordinator
Peter completed his bachelor of Forestry from the National University of Laos in 2001. He wrote his final year thesis on survey methods for Asian elephants. He was part of the field team undertaking only the second ever formal population estimate for Asian elephants in the Lao PDR.
Phonphasong Louangaphaiyalath
Nam Et – Phou Louey NPA Wildlife Monitoring Officer
Phonepasong Louangaphaiyalath completed his Bachelor of Forestry at the National University of Laos. This is his first job in the field of conservation since completing his final year research project with the WCS Lao program. The topic of his thesis was "Assessment of Human and Elephant Conflict in Vilabouli District, Savannakhet Province". He is very interested in wildlife conservation as a career and particulary keen to learn about wildlife survey techniques.
Phouthone Sisavath
Southeast Asian Crocodile Project Coordinator
Tong earned his Bachelor Degree in Business Administration at Comcenter College. During his studies there, he started his career with a travelling agency before moving to the Insurance Due Lao. Because of his own interest and passion to be part of biodiversty conservation and community development, he started working for WCS to pursue and fullfil this goal. He recently completed a Masters degree in Business in New Zealand and is now working for WCS as a Project Coordinator
Scott Stanley
Country Program Director, Laos

For nearly 30 years, Scott Stanley has been assisting developing countries to better manage their protected areas, especially focused on facilitating the involvement of forest-dependent communities through innovative collaborative management initiatives. Scott holds a BSc in forest management and a MSc in tropical silviculture and ecology, and began his career overseas with CATIE (Agricultural and Forestry Research and Teaching Center) in Costa Rica. In the early 1990s, Scott helped establish Guatemala’s first community-based forest management concessions in the Petén, and now 17 communities are managing more than 500,000 hectares of the Multiple Use Zone of the Maya Biosphere Reserve under FSC certification. Scott worked 15 years in Indonesia, mostly in Borneo (Kalimantan) where he led The Nature Conservancy’s program that documented a new population of orangutans and worked closely with local governments to establish two orangutan reserves.

In 2007, Scott founded Forest Carbon Consultants to assist private sector and NGOs to plan, implement, and monitor REDD projects, and for more than six years was involved in 12 REDD projects throughout SE Asia and the Pacific. Scott was the chief technical advisor for the Rimba Raya project, the first REDD project to have their methodology approved by VCS and Indonesia’s first project to sell carbon credits.

In January 2014, Scott began working with the Wildlife Conservation Society as the Country Program Director in Laos and is leading the development of an innovative Payment for Environmental Services (PES) initiative in conjunction with Theun Hinboun Hydropower Company.

Sinpakone Singhalath
Wildlife Health Project Assistant
Sinpakone studied at the National University of Laos. Here he earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology. He is now a Project Assistant at WCS Lao PDR.
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.
Soudalath Phasavath
Office Manager
Before coming to work with WCS Soudalath studied English for 3 years at Lao-America College. She has now worked at the WCS Lao PDR Program for four years. Her first position was Administration Assistant. She is now the Office Manager for the country program office and is also studying English course at Vientiane College.
Steven Platt
Regional Herpetologist (Southeast Asia) and Southeast Asian Crocodile Program Technical Advisor
Steven Platt holds a Ph. D in Zoology from Clemson University, South Carolina. He also has a M. Sc. in Biology and a B.S.F in Forestry with Wildlife Management Option. His dissertation was on the ecology and status of Morelet's crocodile in Belize. His work in Laos is with the crocodile project in Savannakhet.
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.

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