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WCS Europe Staff

Matthew Hatchwell
WCS Europe Chief Executive
Matthew is the Chief Executive of WCS Europe, which is a member of the global network of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). WCS Europe works closely with WCS programmes worldwide, with a special focus on Spatial Planning to address climate change issues, the impacts of extractive industry and the balance between conservation and human livelihoods in Central Africa. Matthew directed the WCS country programme in Madagascar and the WCS office in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, prior to moving back to Europe in 2002. In Congo, he helped establish Nouabale-Ndoki National Park and co-managed, with government counterparts, a capacity-building programme for protected area managers nationally. In Madagascar, he was instrumental in the creation of Masoala and Sahamalaza/Iles Radama National Parks, completed the Masoala National Park management plan in 1998, and remains closely involved in the sustainable financing of protected areas in Africa as a board member of the Sangha Tri-National Trust Fund. He is co-author of books on Masoala and on the role of zoos and aquaria in in situ wildlife conservation.

Associate staff

Victoria Cordi (Europe)
WCS’s ‘Ocean Giants’ Senior Programme Officer
As Senior Programme Officer for WCS’s Ocean Giants Programme, Victoria provides central programmatic and fundraising support to field projects and is involved in facilitating the strategic planning processes for sea turtles, sharks and cetaceans. She joined Ocean Giants after finishing her masters’ degree in Conservation Biology at Columbia University in 2010. Before going to study in the US with a Fulbright scholarship, Victoria worked in sea turtle conservation for about four years in different countries including Costa Rica, Nicaragua (for a WCS project), Mexico, and Uruguay. She also holds a Licenciatura en Ciencias Biológicas from Comahue National University in Argentina, her home country. She is now working for WCS from London, based at the WCSE office.