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Ninthita Vandydonesavanh
Project Administration Officer
Ninthita, a lifetime resident of the Nam Et-Phou Louey area, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from National University of Laos in 2016. She started working with WCS as the NEPL Administration Officer based in NEPL in 2017. Her responsibilities include managing and maintaining project supplies and equipment, organizing activity logistics, and assisting the field accountant.
Palina Souliyadeth
Human Resources and Government Liaison Coordinator
Palina Souliyadeth completed her Master’s Degree in International Economics and Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Management at the National University of Laos’s Faculty of Environmental Science. Before joining WCS, she worked with a group of student volunteers on the "Social Environmental Education and Development" (SEED) project. Her duties as Human Resources and Government Liaison Coordinator are within the financial, accounting and evaluation unit.
Phatsa Konglasy
Ecotourism Officer
Phatsa Konglasy graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business English and Ecotourism at Souksavath College in Vientiane in 2014. In parallel to her studies, she worked at Hueyhong Vocational Training Center for Women for seven years. After graduation in 2015, she returned to her hometown in Muang Hiam and joined WCS Lao PDR to work as Ecotourism Officer in the Nam Et-Phou Louey NPA. Phatsa is responsible of the NEPL NPA’s ecotourism visitor center in Muang Hiam, and the communication with future visitors, tour operators as well as activity coordination with the community-based ecotourism service providers.
Phia Moua Valeeyiayee
Ecotourism Officer
Phia Moua, also known as Touy, is from the Hmong ethnic group and originally from Luang Prabang. He graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in English at the Souphanouvong University of Laos in 2011. He has worked for WCS as an Ecotourism Officer in Nam Et-Phou Louey National Protected Area since 2015. Phia Moua is thankful to WCS and NEPL-NPA for the opportunity to work for wildlife and nature conservation together with local communities. He recognises how important healthy wildlife population and nature is for humans, and that wildlife and nature are the blood-vessel for us.
Phonesavanh Milavong
Project Officer – Wildlife Health
Phonesavanh graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from the National University of Laos in 2015. She started working with WCS after graduating in 2015 as a project assistant under the LACANET project for two years and then moved to her present position in the Wildlife Health Team, initially focusing on wildlife disease surveillance and now a role under the DTRA project.
Santi Saypanya
Country Program Director, Laos
For more than 15 years, Dr. Santi Saypanya has been assisting Lao PDR to better manage their protected areas, especially focused on facilitating the involvement of forest-dependent communities through development through conservation. Dr. Saypanya holds a BA in business, an MA in social marketing in conservation and a Ph.D. in conservation, and began his career with Wildlife Conservation Society in 2002. In January 2016, Dr. Saypanya began serving as Country Deputy Program Director with the Wildlife Conservation Society in Lao PDR, leading the development of National Protected Area management. In January 2019 Dr. Saypanya was named the WCS Lao PDR Country Program Director.
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.
Somli Sivilay
Ecotourism Officer
Somli Sivilay is from the Khmu ethnic group and originally lived in a village at the entrance to the Nam Et-Phou Louey NPA. In 2017 he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in English at the Teacher Training College in Luang Prabang. While still studying, he worked in tourism in the private sector. After graduation, he returned to his hometown, and has worked for WCS as an Ecotourism Officer in Nam Et-Phou Louey NPA since 2018.
Soudalath Phasavath
Office Manager
Soudalath started work with WCS Lao PDR in 2008 as an Administration Assistant and has since been promoted to Office Manager for the country program. Soudalath studied English for three years at Lao-America College and has undertaken a further English course at Vientiane College and an Administration course at TACDO Centre.
Souvit Chuekongya
Ecotourism Guide
Souvit Chuekongya is a Lao citizen of Hmong ethnicity. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in English at Khangkhay Teacher Training College in Xieng Khouang in 2014. He has been working with the Wildlife Conservation Society as an ecotourism officer in the Nam Et-Phou Louey National Protected Area (NEPL NPA) since 2015.

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