Our Board

nelo-valdes-tardio-board-member-presidentNelo Valdes

Chairman of the Board

Nelo has extensive experience as a lawyer, graduating in law from the University of San Simón in Cochabamba, Bolivia. He has worked on the boards of several companies and organizations. He is currently vice president of the international organization NPH, whose mission is to help children and young people at risk.

walther-perez-armonia-board-member-vice-presidentWalther Esteban Pérez

Vice Chairman

Stephen is a Certified Public Accountant, who graduated from the National University of San Luis, Argentina. Between 2007 and 2010, he was the Manager of Plannings and Administration of Arcor in Bolivia. Arcor is the main food company in Argentina. Since 2010 he has been the CEO of Arcor Foods Bolivia and has 17 years’ experience in the Arcor Group.

ivanna-delgadillo-grajeda-board-member-economic-secretaryIvana Delgadillo

Secretary for Economic Affairs

With over 15 years’ of experience in accounting, Ivana has worked in various companies as an Area Manager Auditor, Financial Controller, Head of Human Resources and Administration Chief Financial Officer. Specializing in financial audits, accounting and tax advice, she conducts investment analysis, development and project analysis. She trains personnel from different companies in accounting and investment.

daniel-robison-armoina-board-memberDaniel M. Robison

Board member

Daniel has a degree in Natural Resources Management from Kansas State University and a Phd in Agroecology and Tropical Soils from the University of Reading, UK. Born and raised in Bolivia, since 1995 he has been based in Rurrenabaque in the north of the country, working in strategic planning of protected areas. Since 2005 he has been the professor at Future Generations Graduate School, based in West Virginia. It is a semi-classroom program where students and teachers meet in different countries every semester. In 1998, he established his own experimental farm near Rurrenabaque and since 2006 has been co-managing a nearby eco-sports center.

bernardo-caballero-armonia-board-memberBernardo Caballero Gonzales

Board member

Bernardo is a lawyer with a Masters in Agro-Environmental Law and Policy Coordination. He works for Fundación Natura Bolivia, an institution dedicated to the conservation of water resources and management of municipal protected areas across Bolivia. He is also Secretary of the Board for the Fundación Comunidad Vive, a Catholic institution dedicated to helping homeless people in Santa Cruz de la Sierra to reintegrate into society.

ruben-azogue-armonia-board-memberRuben Dario Azogue

Board member

Ruben is a 44 year old Bolivian who has a Masters in Engineering and Environmental Management. He works as a teacher, consultant and photographer.

Our Executive Committee

rodrigo-soria-armonia-staff-program-directorRodrigo Soria

Executive Director

Rodrigo has a degree in biology from the University of San Simón in Cochabamba, Bolivia. He moved to Santa Cruz de la Sierra to work for Armonía between 2003 and 2005. During this time, he lead multidisciplinary teams of biologists working within the Key Biodiversity Areas of Bolivia (a collaborative project by the University of Glasgow, Association Armonía, and the Museum of Natural History: Noel Kempff Mercado). He later developed the Conservation and Research Program for the Horned Curassow, discovering the population of this endangered species in the TIPNIS. In 2005, he began his PhD at the University of Goettingen, Germany and obtained it in 2009. He rejoined Armonía in 2011 as our Program Director and in 2016 became Executive Director,

bennett-hennessey-director-armoniaBennett Hennessey

Development Director

Born in Quebec City, Canada, Bennett studied biology at the University of Toronto. He worked in the Congo for one year, before moving to Bolivia where he devoted himself full-time to bird conservation. Bennett has been CEO of Asociación Armonía since 2003 and Development Director since 2016. His work over the years has been very varied – from a field investigator, to coordinator of conservation programs, to supervisor of projects and he now devotes a large percentage of his time in raising and administrating funds. Bennett has produced thousands of successful proposals for Armonía’s conservation programs. He speaks English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

sebastian-herzog-armonia-staff-scientific-directorSebastian K. Herzog

Scientific Director

Sebastian is a conservation ecologist with 21 years’ experience in South America, mainly in Bolivia and the tropical Andes. He studied biology and ecology in his home country of Germany and in California, USA. He has a doctorate in biological sciences from the University of Oldenburg and was a postdoctoral fellow of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Since 2002, he has been the Scientific Director of Armonía. He has authored or coauthored more than 40 articles published in scientific journals. Since 2008, he has worked as an external investigator for the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI) and has been co-leading two multidisciplinary projects on climate change and its impact on biodiversity and ecosystems of the tropical Andes. On these projects he has lead teams of experts and collaborators, working together with NGOs, academia and relevant governments in the region.

german-mercado-armonia-staff-administrative-directorGerman Mercado

Administrative Director

For five years, German was the National Director of a care home in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia that he helped setup for children and young people at risk. In 2011, he joined the Armonía team as administrative director. German has a degree in business administration from Saint Thomas University in Miami. He is married and has a four year old daughter.

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