What we do
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.
For the past 5 years, Tom has been operating at the boundary between science and conservation action, developing and delivering international conservation projects for the protection, restoration and sustainable use of coral reefs and associated ecosystems. Working alongside stakeholders and resource managers in tropical settings, Tom has designed, and advised on, real-time solutions for the amelioration of ecosystem services through international collaborations and multi-lateral workflows. Tom’s experience centres around coral reefs and coastal systems, marine spatial planning and ecological monitoring through citizen science-based designs. He has a keen interest in Marine Protected Areas, gender, human capital and the complex social landscape that surrounds artisanal and subsistence fisheries. Monitoring coral reefs, fisheries and establishing MPAs in Indonesia, Philippines and Montserrat (UKOT), has enabled Tom to establish a comprehensive understanding of the ecological and social drivers behind system use and the key role international agreements hold in shaping the protection of the natural world.
Tom joined Blue Pangolin in 2021 as a Senior Consultant to provide strategic support and evaluation to the wide range of active, and prospective, projects in tandem with expanding Blue Pangolin’s client base. He will work alongside clients to facilitate the realisation of conservation-focused goals by providing technical assistance and expertise on international, national and local scales. In the immediate term, Tom will expand on strong collaborations with Ocean Governance to maintain and animate management assessment tools for marine mammals whilst supporting the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) Secretariat to foster efficacious strategies in ocean finance, system management and international policy, enabling member state’s contribution to global commitments.