Raphaël joined SPC in January 2014 to take on the position of RESCCUE Project Coordinator. Before that, he led for 7 years the development and management of both Biodiversity and Climate Change Adaptation programmes at IDDRI – a Paris-based, non-profit think tank undertaking independent research and providing innovative policy solutions. In this capacity he planned and supervised activities on a wide variety of topics ranging from high seas biodiversity governance to tropical deforestation, from climate adaptation policies to biodiversity economics and coastal zone management.

Holding a PhD in environmental management (AgroParisTech) and two masters in urban & regional planning and environmental economics, Raphaël started his career as Scientific Attaché at the French Embassy in Pakistan, before joining UNDP in Indonesia as a Junior Professional Officer. Raphaël later established himself as an independent consultant and was contracted mainly by IUCN, bilateral cooperation agencies and international organisations.

Jean-Baptiste joined SPC in August 2014 to take on the position of RESCCUE Project Officer. Before that, he completed a joint PhD in Environmental Economics between the University of Western Britany and Queensland University of Technology. His research was about the economic valuation of coastal and marine ecosystem services in support of decision-making, with applications in New Caledonia and Australia. He notably collaborated with Ifremer, CSIRO and various universities in Australia, and with the French Initiative for Coral Reefs (Ifrecor).

Holding a master degree in Environmental and Sustainable Development Economics (AgroParisTech), Jean-Baptiste started his career as a research assistant at IRD. He also worked as a consultant at the Centre of Industrial Economics (CERNA), MinesParisTech, where he contributed to two macroeconomic studies for the World Bank on natural capital and sustainable growth.

His key expertise areas include environmental and ecological economics, ecosystem services and natural capital assessment, integrated coastal management, marine protected areas management and governance, economic valuation and in particular non-market valuation.

Margot joined SPC in April 2016 to take on the position of Programme Assistant in the Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability Programme which includes an administration and finance support role to the RESCCUE Project. Before that, she contributed for 2 years to the set up and launch of the first Caribbean Diplomatic Academy at the University of the West Indies.

Holding joint Masters’ degree in International Cooperation and Development (Sciences Po Bordeaux) and specialized on Small Islands Developing States, Margot started her career as an assistant to the Delegation of the European Union to the Eastern Caribbean and to UNDP in Trinidad and Tobago. She worked mainly on gender and climate-change mainstreaming projects and held coordination and personal assistance positions.