Our Staff

rodrigo-soria-armonia-staff-program-directorRodrigo W. Soria Auza

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 in 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 became Executive Director in 2016.


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.


tjalleheadshotTjalle Boorsma

Conservation Program Coordinator of the Barba Azul Nature Reserve

After eight years working on his own business as an arborist, Tjalle decided to return to forest and bird conservation, which he had studied. In 2014, he obtained a Master of Science in Forest and Nature Conservation, specializing in Terrestrial Ecology, from Wageningen University in the Netherlands. In 2015, he joined the Armonía team as Conservation Program Coordinator of the Barba Azul Nature Reserve.


gustavo-sanchez-armonia-staff-PBA-program-coordinatorGustavo Sanchez Avila

Conservation Program Coordinator for the Blue-throated Macaw

In 2008, Gustavo graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology from the Universidad Autónoma Gabriel Rene Moreno in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, and had been studying birds since 2000. He worked for more than seven years as a zoologist at the Department of Ornithology in the city’s Natural History Museum. He joined Armonía in 2009 and is the conservation program coordinator for the Blue-throated Macaw.


guido-saldana-armonia-staff-red-fronted-macaw-program-coordinatorGuido Saldaña Covarrubias

Conservation Program Coordinator of the Red-fronted Macaw

Guido was born in the Municipality of Saipina in Bolivia. As the son of farmers, he grew up in the countryside, surrounded by forests and wildlife. His love for nature inspired him to become a biologist. Throughout his college career, he volunteered in a Natural History Museum. As the coordinator of the Red-fronted Macaw program he now collaborates with rural communities and his hope is that humans will learn to understand that biodiversity is the mainstay of everyone’s life.

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Mónica Beatriz San Cristóbal Gonzales

Polylepis Reforestation Program Coordinator.

Born in La Paz, Mónica studied Biology at the University of San Simón in Cochabamba, Bolivia. She devoted her whole professional career to conservation and environmental studies. She has been working at Armonía since 2006 as coordinator of the Bolivian Spinetail (Cranioleuca henricae) Consesrvation Program. Currently Mónica is the coordinator of the Polylepis Reforestation Project overseeing the restauration of the critical biodiversity hotspot of the Tropical Andes.

 

heidy-guaman-armonia-staff-accounting-assistantHeidy Daniela Guaman Cabello

Accounting Assistant

In 2014, Heidy joined the Armonía team as Assistant Accountant. She has a degree in Accounting from the Universidad Autónoma Gabriel Rene Moreno in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia. In 2014, she completed a Diploma in Tax Management and is currently pursuing a Master of Tax Management.


Cindel_fabiana_chavez_coímbraCindel Fabiana Chávez Coímbra

Accounting Assistant

Born in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Cindel initiated her career as an insurance promoter. Currently she is studying financial engineering at the state university Gabriel René Moreno. Cindel joined the Armonía staff as an accountant assistant in late 2015, with all the passion to make a difference for the conservation of wildlife.


yoselin-rocio-saveedra umaña-armonia-staff-secretaryYoselin Rocio Saveedra Umaña

Secretary
Yoselin feels a great passion for conservation. Before coming to Armonía, she worked in the Lomas de Arena Regional Park and was responsible for the interpretation center. She earned a bachelor of science in conservation at Bolivia’s state university.


marciMárton Hardy

Communications Officer

Born in Hungary, Márton felt a natural passion for wildlife and conservation from the very beginnings. He studied Political Science in Spain, and worked as a freelance journalist in Paraguay and Bolivia. Márton joined Armonía in July 2016 as a communications officer.


silvia-gonzales-armonia-staff-general-servicesSilvia Rojas Gonzales

General Services

Silvia has been a core part of the Armonía team since 2010 and is a nurse by profession. She is always smiling and ready to provide assistance to the management team and all those who visit the office in Santa Cruz.