OUR TEAM

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Francesca Trotman

Founder and Managing Director
Francesca Trotman is the managing director and founder of Love The Oceans. With a Masters in Marine Biology she has always had a passion for marine life. An avid diver since the age of 13, Francesca’s main passion has always been sharks, although she is interested in all aspects of marine life. Results orientated, Francesca constantly encourages people to consider conservation in everyday life and take a greener approach to modern living. She oversees the majority of the programs in country and spends most of her time in Mozambique.
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Andrea Biden

Executive Director
Andrea Biden is a Director of Love The Oceans. Holding a Masters in Environmental Management and Sustainability from Harvard, she is a former Partner at a London based strategic sustainability consultancy Irbaris LLP, and was Head of Sustainability with Zurich Insurance Group. Andrea is passionate about corporate and community coastal environment responsibility having grown up on the beautiful beaches of Australia. A strong proponent of community-based marine protected area programmes, Andrea believes in the partnership and placement of local people at the forefront of the planning, implementation and running of marine reserves, providing a sense of ownership and pride in natural resources.
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Lisbeth Damsgaard

Venture Leader and Lead Marine Biologist
Lisbeth is a Love The Oceans' Lead Marine Biologist and Venture Leader. She has always been fascinated by marine life, and sharks captured her attention early on. Her obsession with sharks led to her Masters on the great white sharks of South Africa, and started Lisbeth down her career path as marine conservationist. With a MSc in Applied Wildlife Conservation Lisbeth’s research includes large-scale restoration of marine ecosystems, ecosystem-based management and single species conservation focusing on endangered elasmobranchs. After moving to Mozambique, gaining her PADI Divemaster, and working as a Whale Shark Research Assistant further north, Lisbeth joined the Love The Oceans team in 2017.
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Mathijs Carmen

Field Specialist and Marine Biologist
Mathijs is a Field Specialist and Marine Biologist for Love The Oceans. His interest in the marine environment, and sharks in particular, developed at a very young age - digging for shark teeth on the beach was his favourite occupation. This lead to a Masters in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation with his thesis on Bottlenose Dolphin acoustics and foraging behaviour. His interests lie in behavioural and trophic ecology, and elasmobranch and marine mammal fisheries. Mathijs has worked tagging sharks in the Turks and Caicos, and in the Philippines conducting visual observation research on thresher shark behaviour. After gaining his Divemaster in Madeira, Mathijs joined Love The Oceans, aiding research and running our marine programs. His work with Love The Oceans allows him to combine his passion for diving, marine conservation and education in the magnificent area that is Guinjata Bay, Mozambique.
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Pascal Nhamussua

Community Outreach Manager and Swimming Teacher
Pascal is Love The Oceans’ Community Outreach Manager. He leads conservation lessons in our local schools, coordinates community conservation workshops, delivers Portuguese and Bitonga lessons to our volunteers and teaches swimming lessons at the weekend. Mozambique born, Pascal has been with the organisation from the start and has helped hugely with the work in the local schools. A confident public speaker, fluent in Bitonga, Portuguese and English, and fully committed to LTO's mission, Pascal is a great team member of Love The Oceans. Pascal is the first ever Mozambique citizen to qualify as a STA Swimming Teacher and LTO hopes to help him achieve his scuba qualifications. He is a natural born teacher and his ability and willingness to help others are key aspects of his personality that make him a perfect fit for this non-profit.
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Hannah Williams

Social Media Manager
Having studied Zoology at Leeds University, Hannah joined the Love The Oceans team as a volunteer back in 2016. She then worked as our Conservation Adventure Program Field Specialist through the 2017 and 2018 seasons. Hannah has a flair for raising public awareness around marine and environmental issues so manages Love The Oceans’ social media accounts, inspiring change and spreading our message. She's currently undertaking a Masters in Conservation Biology whilst continuing to work with Love The Oceans.
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Jay's Pro Dive Centre

Diving Partner
The amazing and dedicated team at Jay’s Pro Dive Centre facilitates our marine research. Jay's is an award-winning PADI Gold Star resort and their ethical and environmental policies are one of main drivers of our partnership. You can check out their team and dive centre on their website www.jaysprodive.com
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Campfire Academy

Safari Partners
Campfire Academy are our safari partners in South Africa. Campfire is an eco-friendly lodge located in the Balule Private Game Reserve in the Greater Kruger Ecosystem. They're our partners because of their awesome conservation ethics and environmentally positive ethos.

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