David A. LaRoche Clive Robert Wilkinson, Ph. D.
Mr. LaRoche is currently an independent consultant with over 35 years of experience in national and international project and programme monitoring and evaluation; institutional and organizational effectiveness; international environmental policy development and negotiations;project and programme management, and environmental NGO development and capacity building at national and international levels, project development and management; and executive-level legistlative, regulatory and political experience. His recent responsibilities include monitoring and evaluating the UNDP-GEF Agulhas and Somali Current Large Marine Ecosystems Project, which aims to achieve sustainable fisheries and marine biodiversity conservation in the western Indian Ocean region; and developing an M&E program and training for the World Bank-FAO Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem Project, which aims to develop an ecosystem approach to fisheries management in the Bay of Bengal. He was also charged with undertaking a comprehensive institutional assessment of the Lake Chad Basin Commission and peer reviews of the Lake Tanganyika Strategic Action Programme.. Mr. LaRoche holds an Ed. M. in Organization Development from Harvard University and took AbD Counseling Psychology at George Washington University.Since 1996, Dr. Clive Robert Wilkinson serves as the global coordinator of the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network, which aims to establish a global global monitoring network to determine status and change trends in coral reefs and related ecosystems. He has extensive experience in Asia, especially within ASEAN where he served as chief technical advisor to the ASEAN-Australia Marine Science Project: Living Coastal Resources for five years in the 1990s, focusing on capacity building and information dissemination on coral reefs, mangrove forests, seagrass beds, associated fisheries, remote sensing and database management. He authored and co-authored several publications, including “Status of Coral Reefs of the World” reports in 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2008; and reports on damage to coral reefs in the Indian Ocean from the 2004 tsunami and in the wider Caribbean from coral bleaching in 2005, among others.Dr. Wilkinson holds a Doctor of Philosophy from the Department of Zoology, University of Queensland.