Ashley L. Camhi, CEO and President

Ashley L. Camhi is an environmental economist with 15 years of experience working in Latin America and the Caribbean on a range of issues related to the environment. She has worked for both the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank as a specialist in payments for ecosystem services, design and implementation of terrestrial and marine protected areas, and conservation trust funds. In addition she has conducted research in coordination with several U.S. government agencies including the BLM, USDA, and NOAA. Her research expertise is in econometrics and policy analysis while her programmatic expertise is in valuation of ecosystem services and sustainable resource management.

Click on the image to read Ashley's blog entry on payments for ecosystem services for IDB

Click on the image to read Ashley's blog entry on payments for ecosystem services for IDB

Ashley has a B.A. from Vassar College in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Economics, an M.A. in International Environmental Policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, and is currently completing her doctorate at Arizona State University where her research focusing on the economic effectiveness of spatial patterning of land enrolled in the USDA’s Conservation Reserve Program. Ashley has worked on projects in over 14 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, many of which were projects funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) projects. 

Ashley’s native language is English, she is fluent in Spanish and Guarani, and proficient in Portuguese.

Lastly, Ashley was an Agroforestry Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay from 2004-2006 where she worked in a rural community on sustainable agriculture. 



Laura Vallejo, Climate Change Expert

Laura is a climate change expert with ten years of experience. Her strengths are in strategy and planning, public policy, adaptation to climate change, ecosystem based development (adaptation), sustainable urban development, international negotiation, and crime prevention (focused on environmental conflicts).

Aireona Bonnie Raschke, Ecotourism Expert

Aireona Bonnie Raschke is an expert in ecology and conservation biology. She focuses on marine ecotourism, particularly the circumstances under which it can function as a successful resource for coastal communities and as a tool for biodiversity conservation. She has experience working widely throughout the Caribbean.


Xavier Ndona, Forestry Expert

Xavier Ndona is a forestry expert. He specializes in natural resources governance, development and analysis of REDD+ projects, Clean Development Mechanism projects, and climate change policy development. He has conducted research on bio-energy production and the carbon market. His geographic area of expertise is Africa with additional research experience in South America. 

Christian Ammon, Agriculture Expert

Christian specializes in agriculture, food security, and value-chain management. The majority of his experience has been in post-conflict countries such as South Sudan and Liberia. In addition, he has worked in Eastern Europe on agricultural value-chain analysis providing recommendations to bilateral organizations.



Dr. David W. Shanafelt, Applied Mathematician

Dr. David W. Shanafelt is an applied mathematician on the ecology and economics of the spread of organisms. His expertise lies at the intersection of ecology and natural resource economics. He uses tools in applied and theoretical modeling, statistics, and agent-based modeling to address problems in biodiversity, conservation, disease and invasion ecology, and the management of natural resources. He has worked on projects in North America, the United Kingdom, and global projects.

 Alwin D'Souza

Alwin has expertise in agriculture, food security and climate adaptation with a special focus on social networks. He has worked in India, Nepal and Bangladesh. He was extensively involved in carrying out field surveys, focus group discussions and personal interviews of farmers in respected countries. He has worked with International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT). He has special interest in spatial analysis, dynamic system analysis and econometrics.

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In addition to the key experts presented above we have specialists in:

  • Post-conflict natural resource management

  • Marine and coastal management

  • Agricultural economics

  • Renewable energy

  • Socio-ecological systems

  • Corporate social responsibility

  • Sustainability