About Us

What we do

Blue Pangolin is a private limited company based in London, UK, and created in 2018 by Francis Staub. Francis Staub was previously a consultant in Washington, DC, for AJH Environmental Services (AJH). Prior to joining AJH, Francis Staub was working at the World Bank headquarters in Washington, DC (USA), at the Environment Department.

Blue Pangolin offers a range of services to governments, non-governmental organizations, and international agencies related to the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources. When necessary, Blue Pangolin can rely on its large network of international experts.


Francis Staub

Founder and director

Francis Staub has been working for more than 20 years in providing services related to the conservation and sustainable use of natural – terrestrial, coastal and marine – resources including international cooperation projects development, implementation and evaluation worldwide. Further experience includes policy analysis and recommendations, project development and evaluation, capacity building and communication, education and public awareness (he was the international coordinator of the International Year of the Reef in 2008). He also has a strong interest in Marine Protected Areas and developed several of tools to evaluate their effectiveness. These experiences combined allowed him to acquire a comprehensive understanding of international negotiations while developing a strong global network with the international marine community. He has also been spending a fair amount of time working closely with on-the-ground realities faced by the – marine – protected managers and other stakeholders, hence developing a comprehensive vision of the local communities and governmental policies toward marine protection in various part of the world.

For the last 15 years, he has been involved in the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI). He acted as strategic advisor to most of the governments who have chaired ICRI (USA, France, Australia, Japan among others). He is currently ICRI’s coordinator on behalf of the governments of Monaco, Australia and Indonesia. He is also a member of the Steering committee of the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN). He is also a strategic advisor for the French Coral Reef Initiative.

Francis Staub has been involved in a number of publications, all of which can be found here.


Claire Rumsey

Project Manager

Claire Rumsey joined Blue Pangolin in the summer of 2018 as the International Year of the Reef (IYOR) 2018 coordinator for the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI). The work included the international coordination of the Year, the development of partnerships, the promotion of the Year, the development of communication tools and the overview of the social media channels. Claire produced the final report of activities for the International Year of the Reef (which can be read and downloaded here).

Claire is now a member of the ICRI Secretariat and among other tasks, manages the communication for the Initiative (the bi-monthly newsletter and ICRI social media). She was responsible for the redesigning of the ICRI website (www.icriforum.org). She was in charge of organising the 6th International Tropical Marine Ecosystems Management Symposium (ITMEMS). Most recently, she has been involved in the partnership in charge of the promotion of the ICRI recommendation on the inclusion of coral reefs and related ecosystems within the CBD Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.

She co-authored with the United Nations Environment Programme the background brief on coral reefs for the 2020 Ocean Pathways Week.

She has a master’s degree in tropical marine biology and a bachelor’s degree in marine biology. She is an International Union for Conservation of Nature Commission on Education and Communication (CEC) member (https://www.iucn.org/commissions/commission-education-and-communication).



Blue Pangolin works with a large number of clients, including governments, non-governmental organisations, and international agencies.

Environmental Approach

Aware that our actions have an impact on the environment, we are committed to reducing that impact as much as possible.

Blue Pangolin runs a climate positive workforce, via Ecologi, supporting the highest certified standard of carbon offset projects, WWF’s Gold Standard. These range from landfill gas capture in Chile to clean cooking stoves in Malawi.

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Carbon offsetting

Carbon offsetting is the process by which individuals and businesses take accountability for unavoidable emissions by investing in projects such as renewable energy, low emissions cook stoves or energy efficiency projects in developing countries, to reduce the amount of CO2 emissions in the environment.
In effect, carbon offsetting allows you to support environmental and social projects around the world and take responsibility for your carbon footprint by generating equivalent carbon savings elsewhere. In practical terms, offsetting one tonne of CO2 (one carbon offset) will result in one tonne of CO2 less in the atmosphere compared to what could have been otherwise generated.

Most recent offsets:

  • 1.52 tCO2e by contributing to the Gold Standard project Darfur Low Smoke Cook Stoves, Sudan.
  • 0.09 tCO2e by contributing to an equal mix of all our projects: Cardamon REDD+, Darfur Cook Stoves and Cordillera Azul REDD+.

Blue Pangolin is partnered with Alphanova a private French company that specialises in natural & mineral protection, which is chemical filters free, biodegradable and coral safe (paraben & zinc free).

Blue Pangolin takes part of the HP Planet Partners Program, a recycling program for computer equipment and printing supplies.