Team

Meet our team

GESPLAN

  • Gustavo Viera Ruíz

    Gustavo Viera Ruiz

    Project Director

    As overall Project Director, Gustavo supervises all technical aspects to ensure an efficient execution of the actions, representing a centralised organisational figure between the different teams (at national and international level) that make up LIFE Phoenix.

  • Nisha Matani Matani

    Nisha Matani Matani

    Financial Manager

    As responsible of economic issues, Nisha specialises in the financial and administrative management of partners involved in LIFE projects coordinated by GESPLAN. In addition, she is responsible for advising partners on bureaucratic processes, reporting and expenditure control, ensuring compliance with the regulatory framework of LIFE projects.

  • Diego

    Diego Gamo Campos

    Technical Project Manager

    As direct support to the Project Director, Diego divides his work between the office and the field, being in charge of the daily monitoring of the actions, data collection and reporting. In addition, he supervises the work of the team of field specialists in Gran Canaria and acts as a direct contact between the latter, the office, the technical managers of the other partners and the European Commission monitors.

  • Gesplan

    Field workers

     

    They are experienced field workers and essential members of the LIFE Phoenix team, who are in charge of the execution of the technical tasks on the ground: clearing and conditioning, control and eradication of invasive plant species, removal of Phoenix hybrids, preparation and maintenance of the forest floor, reforestation, water supply and maintenance irrigation, etc.

CGC - Council of Gran Canaria

  • Luis Fernando Arencibia Aguilar

    Luis Fernando Arencibia Aguilar

    Head of the Technical Service of Environment of the CGC

    Head of the Technical Service of Environment; Department of Environment, Climate, Energy and Knowledge of the CGC. He is a Technical Forest Engineer and holds a PhD in Forest Engineering, and assumes the technical coordination of the project on behalf of the CGC.

  • Agustín Suárez Ruano

    Agustín Suárez Ruano

    Technical Staff of the Dept. of Environment of CGC

    Technical Staff of the Department of Environment, Climate, Energy and Knowledge of the CGC. He carries out his professional work in Environmental Education, wild Palm Groves, "Singular Tree Concept", and Land Stewardship. He is responsible for the actions of the CGC within the scope of the project on the island of Gran Canaria.

GOBCAN - Government of the Canary Islands

  • Antonio Domínguez

    Antonio Domingo González Hernández

    Head of the Plant Health Service at the General Directorate of Agriculture

    Agricultural Engineer and Head of the Plant Health Service in the General Directorate of Agriculture of GOBCAN. He is responsible for identifying possible harmful organisms in the selected palm groves, proposing management systems for their eradication and advising other partners on control mechanisms in their palm groves.

  • Jose Ángel Reyes

    José Ángel Reyes Carlos

    Head of the Plant Health Section at the General Directorate of Agriculture

    Agricultural Engineer and Head of the Plant Health Section in the General Directorate of Agriculture of GOBCAN. He collaborates in the identification of possible harmful organisms in selected palm groves, proposes management systems for their eradication and advises other partners on control mechanisms in their palm groves.

ICIA - Agricultural Research Institute of the Canary Islands

  • Estrella Hernández Suárez

    Estrella Hernández Suárez

    Researcher at the Plant Protection Dept.

    Estrella Hernández holds a PhD in Entomology and is a Researcher at the Plant Protection Dept. of ICIA, where she has developed her career on biological control of crop pests. She has published more than 70 scientific papers and documents and presented more than 80 communications. Estrella is the Project coordinator by ICIA in LIFE Phoenix; she will oversee field prospections and pest monitoring in the Canary Islands, as well as will take part in data revision and technical meetings. She will also collaborate through supervision of methodology, reporting and internal/external communication.

ULPGC - University of Las Palmas de Gran canaria

  • Pedro Sosa

    Pedro Sosa

    Deputy Director and Researcher at the IUNAT – ULPGC

    Pedro is a Professor of Botany and Deputy Director and Researcher at the University Institute of Environmental Studies and Natural Resources (IUNAT) of the ULPGC. His work in the project is focussed on the genetic characterisation of both Phoenix species and the molecular identification of possible hybrids in the populations, palm groves and palm specimens under study.

  • María Arbelo

    Mara Arbelo

    Field Worker

    Mara is Field Worker. She will dedicate her work to the ecological monitoring of the palm groves that are the object of this project, as well as collaborating in the collection of samples and in the morphological characterisation of the Phoenix specimens and their possible hybrids.

FPIRC - Ministry of Environment and Energy (Greece)

  • Polymnia

    Polymnia Sklavaki

    Assistant Coordinator

    Polymnia Sklavaki is a Forester - Environmentalist serving at the Forestry Service for more than 40 years and currently holds the position of Director at Chania Forest Directorate. Polymnia, in the frame of the project, acts as an assistant coordinator on behalf of the FPIRC and supervises the actions foreseen to be held in Crete.

  • Dimos

    Dimos Dimitriou

    Technical Coordinator

    Dimos Dimitriou is a Forester - Environmentalist and the head of the Protection Department of Chania Forest Directorate. He has more than 25 years of experience in implementation of forestry policy. Dimos will actively participate in the required field work while, at the same time, he will also assist in all planned actions within Chania Prefecture, ensuring effective implementation of the project.

UoC - University of Crete / NHMC - Natural History Museum of Crete

  • Dr. Michalis Probonas

    Dr. Michalis Probonas

    Head of the Laboratory of Ecology and Environmental Management of UoC – NHMC

    Laboratory Teaching Staff of UoC and Head of the Laboratory of Ecology and Environmental Management of UoC – NHMC. Project Coordinator in LIFE Phoenix project (participation in WP1 and WP2).

  • Dr. Nikos Poulakakis

    Dr. Nikos Poulakakis

    Director of UoC – NHMC

    Professor in the Biology Department of the University of Crete (UoC), Director of UoC – NHMC & Curator of the Genomics and Genetic Resources Department of UoC – NHMC. Project Manager in LIFE Phoenix project (participation in WP1, WP5 and WP6).

  • Dr. Petros Lymberakis

    Dr. Petros Lymberakis

    Curator of the Vertebrates Division of UoC – NHMC

    Laboratory Teaching Staff of UoC and Curator of the Vertebrates Division of UoC – NHMC. Field Monitoring Officer in LIFE Phoenix project (participation in WP4, WP5 and WP6).

  • Eri Antaloudaki

    Dr. Eri Antaloudaki

    Curator of the Botany Division of UoC – NHMC

    Botanist (PhD) and Curator of Botany at the Natural History Museum of Crete. Project Assistant Coordinator in LIFE Phoenix project, where she will mostly get involved in the collection of samples, morphological characterisation of Phoenix theophrastii specimens and their possible hybrids from Crete Island, as well as in the collection, identification and monitoring of Invasive Alien Species (IAS) and competitive plants. Generally, she is participating in WP1, WP2, WP3, WP4 and WP6.
  • Emmanouil Avramakis

    Emmanouil Avramakis

    Museum Technician and Collection manager of UoC – NHMC

    Technical Assistant & Laboratory Staff of UoC and Museum Technician – Collection manager (Botany Division) of UoC – NHMC. Field Monitoring Officer in LIFE Phoenix project (participation in WP4, WP5 and WP6).

  • Kalliopi Baxevani

    Kalliopi Baxevani

    Associated collaborator in the Laboratory of Ecology and Environmental Management of UoC – NHMC

    Associated collaborator in the Laboratory of Ecology and Environmental Management of UoC – NHMC. Administrative and communication assistant in LIFE Phoenix project (participation in WP1, WP5 and WP6).

HSPN - Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature

  • Christos Georgiadis

    Christos Georgiadis

    EU Projects Director

    Christos is Agricultural Engineer with a MSc. in Management of Protected Areas and EU Projects Manager at the HSPN, while actively collaborating with governmental authorities and environmental organizations. In LIFE Phoenix, Christos will coordinate the implementation of area-based conservation actions in Crete (including management plans/protocols and other preparatory actions). He will also participate actively in energizing the established Working Groups, participatory networks, and “After-LIFE” Conservation Planning.

  • Maria Makaronidou

    Dr. Maria Makaronidou

    EU Projects Manager

    Maria is a Forester with a PhD in Environmental Sciences and EU Projects Manager at the HSPN. Her role in LIFE Phoenix involves networking with other projects, field (in Crete) and lab monitoring, evaluation and production of technical reports (Climate Change, anthropic impacts, habitat protection and restoration strategies). She will actively participate as well in invigorating the regular activities of the Working Groups, participatory networks, and “After- LIFE” Conservation Planning.

HOMEOTECH

  • Nikos Gounaris

    Nikos Gounaris

    Founder and Technical Director

    Nikolaos Gounaris is a Forester, as well as Founder and Technical Director of HOMEOTECH. During LIFE Phoenix he will be the coordinator for technical studies and responsible for the public awareness and dissemination activities allocated to this partner.

  • Konstantinos Kontos

    Konstantinos Kontos

    Founder and Financial Director

    Konstantinos Kontos is a Forester, as well as Founder and Financial Director of HOMEOTECH. During LIFE Phoenix he will be the coordinator in financial and administration procedures and the contact with partners UoC and FPIRC.

  • Despoina-Maria Vlachaki

    Despoina-Maria Vlachaki

    Head of the Environmental Department

    Despoina-Maria Vlachaki is a Forester and head of the environmental department in HOMEOTECH. She holds a MSc in Nature Protection & Forest landscaping and will provide support and knowledge on biodiversity and habitat conservation issues.

  • Lampros Papalampros

    Lampros Papalampros

    Head of the Technical Department

    Lampros Papalampros is a Forester PhD and Head of the Technical Department in HOMEOTECH. He will act as the Technical Project manager of HOMEOTECH, as he has significant experience in forest, environmental and phytotechnical studies as also in collecting/processing field data and in coordinating field crews.

  • Eleftherios Mystakidis

    Eleftherios Mystakidis

    Member of the Technical Department

    Eleftherios Mystakidis is a Forester and member of the Technical Department of HOMEOTECH. He will provide Technical Support on GIS applications, databases, and field data collection, and will participate in elaboration of the necessary forest and environmental studies.

  • Elena Loukaki-Gkountara

    Elena Loukaki-Gkountara

    Member of the Environmental Department

    Elena Loukaki-Gkountara is a Forester and member of environmental department of HOMEOTECH. She holds an MSc in Wildlife Management. She will provide administrative support and will share knowledge and practices in Invasive Alien Species management.