Founder and Managing Director
Francesca Trotman is the managing director and founder of Love The Oceans. An avid diver for over 15 years Francesca’s a passionate ocean advocate, with a special interest in fisheries. 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 her time split between the UK and Mozambique. Francesca is the recipient of the Ocean Award in the Young Initiative category in recognition of LTO's work. Francesca is currently completing her PhD remotely with Newcastle University, UK. She is a Commission Member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's Species Survival Commission Marine Fishes Red List Authority and a member of the Species Survival Commission's Youth Professional group.
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.
Community Outreach Manager
Pascoal is Love The Oceans’ Community Outreach Manager. He leads many of our community outreach projects including conservation lessons in our local schools, community conservation workshops, our Sustainable Fishing Project, our Ocean Conservation Champion and our swimming program. Mozambique born, Pascoal has been with the organisation from the start and has helped hugely with community outreach. A confident public speaker, fluent in Bitonga, Portuguese and English, and fully committed to LTO's mission, Pascoal is a key team member of Love The Oceans. Pascoal was a finalist for Blue Marine Foundation and BOAT International's 2022 Local Hero Ocean Award. Pascoal is the first ever Mozambique citizen to qualify as a STA Swimming Teacher and he also has his PADI Advanced Scuba qualifications.
Marine Program Coordindator
Ines is the Marine Program Coordinator at Love The Oceans. Ines specialized in transdisciplinary marine research during her MSc Degree at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. An overall ocean enthusiast and professional scuba diver, Ines is passionate about ocean literacy and has a soft spot for marine mammal science. After being part of different marine conservation efforts while travelling, Ines realised the importance of ethical and holistic community-led approaches for effective marine management. Ines first joined Love The Oceans in 2019 as a volunteer and was inspired by our mission and approach to conservation. She currently oversees the delivery of Love The Oceans projects, expeditions and data collection in Mozambique.
An experienced marine biologist from Mozambique, Yudmila has been studying local marine ecosystems and is currently finishing her master’s degree in marine science at Eduardo Mondlane University in Maputo. Throughout her career she has been part of a wide range of conservation projects working with different ecosystems and species and thanks to her academic background in conservation and biology together with her interest in sustainable development and conservation, she has been able to work on projects that tackle not only biodiversity conservation problems but also the role of local communities in ecosystem protection frameworks. From the ecosystem dynamics of dugong feeding grounds, to predicting the effects of ocean acidification on marine life, Yudmila is now part of Love The Oceans, working to protected the marine life in Jangamo Bay using a holistic strategy. Through the prestigious PCLM (Mozambique Conservation Leadership Program) funded by Biofund Yudmila has been joined LTO as our intern and has since progressed to a full time staff member.
Mario is our in-country storyteller and a recent graduate from our Ocean Conservation Champion Program (read more about our OCCs on our Education and Capacity-Building page). After attending our marine resource management lessons in his free periods, Mario joined our swimming program and quickly moved through the ranks and joined our OCC program. A quick learner, Mario took up English lessons of his own volition as the qualifications we sponsor our OCCs are often sponsored by British companies with much of the materials in English. Since then, Mario has completed his PADI Advanced Open Water and is spending a lot of time behind a lens, learning the art of conservation storytelling to enable us to document our work and share it with the world.
Gender Equity Lead
Joaquina is heads up our Gender Equity Projects (read more about this on our education and capacity building page). Joaquina is passionate about gender equity and has surveyed over 300 women in our area to gather a good understanding of the issues at hand before deciding next steps. Joaquina is a trailblazer: she is the first female scuba diver from our district, she's a lifeguard and swimming teacher too.
Bento is our Conservation Officer and a recent graduate from our Ocean Conservation Champion Program (Read more about our OCCs on our Education and Capacity Building page). After joining our swimming program at age 17, with his determined and dedicated attitude he progressed quickly to our advanced swimming class. He enrolled in our OCC program, learning English, finishing high school, completing his PADI Advanced Scuba certification and he's currently training to become a swimming instructor to help teach younger children to swim. Bento's enthusiasm for the ocean is crucial in his work with Love The Oceans and influences everyone surrounding him. He's currently working towards enrolling in his Bachelors in Marine Biology.
Ocean Conservation Champion
Magna is one of our youngest Ocean Conservation Champions. She joined our swimming lessons when she was just 10 years old and has since progressed quickly through our classes. Currently Magna is working in improving her swimming to a point at which she can learn to dive. Magna has an exciting future ahead of her.
Ocean Conservation Champion
Melta is one of our Ocean Conservation Champions. Having joined our swimming program as one of the more confident girls, Melta enrolled in the program and is currently working towards her PADI Open Water and her English qualifications. Love The Oceans is also sponsoring Melta her high school education - education is something we feel passionate about at Love The Oceans
Ocean Conservation Champion
Abdul is one of our keenest swimmers in our Ocean Conservation Champion program. Abdul grew up with his siblings by the river so had more opportunity to learn to swim as a child. As a result he is a very strong swimmer and will no doubt be doing his PADI Scuba qualifications soon. Abdul is currently improving his English in our sponsored english lessons in the evening so he'll be well prepared for further qualifications.
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 helps to fundraise for our projects, inspiring change and spreading our message. She's holds a Masters in Conservation Biology.
Jay's Pro Dive Centre
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 http://www.jaysprodive.com
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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