The people of SERVIR-Amazonia aim to improve local capacity to harness satellite data and geospatial information and foster sustainable natural resource management throughout the Amazon.

Carlos Gasco

Program Director (CIAT)

Carlos is the Project Director of SERVIR-Amazonia. He is an experienced international development professional who has worked on major international programs, primarily funded by USAID, providing overall program management, financial and administrative supervisory services, actively involving project stakeholders, and assuring general compliance of technical, financial and administrative client requirements.

Glenn Hyman

Science and Data Lead (SIG)

Glenn is a Environmental Scientist with Spatial Informatics Group. His recent work focuses on land-use change and its impact on ecosystem services in the Amazon and Orinoco regions. Glenn’s training and experience includes physical geography, natural resources management, remote sensing and GIS. Glenn works out of SERVIR-Amazonia’s Geospatial Laboratory on CIAT’s campus in Cali, Colombia.

José Leandro Fernandes

User Engagement Lead (CIAT)

José Leandro Fernandes is the User Engagement Lead of SERVIR-Amazonia. He is an experienced international development professional who has worked on major international programs, funded by USAID, IDB/BID and UN, coordinating projects, and providing services in the areas of economic development, urban sustainability and environmental management.

Simone Staiger-Rivas

Coordinator, Communications and MEL (CIAT)

Simone is the coordinator of communications and Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) for SERVIR-Amazonia. Since the early 2000s, she focuses her work on knowledge management in agricultural research for development, particularly internal and external communication, monitoring-evaluation-learning, data and information management, and capacity building.

Louis Verchot

Senior Scientist (CIAT)

Louis is a forester with over 30 years of experience in the tropics. He leads CIAT’s research program on restoration of degraded lands with research interests in issues related to land use change, deforestation, and agroforestry contributions to climate change, monitoring greenhouse gas emissions, and restoration of ecosystem processes.

Steve Prager

Senior Scientist (CIAT)

Steve has experience in industry, government, and academia. He was a professor of geography in Geographic Information Science for ten years prior to coming to CIAT. His current efforts emphasize modeling that integrates across the social, economic and biophysical domains. Steve co-leads a modeling team comprised of over 20 statisticians, climate scientists, geographers, economists, computer scientists and more.

David Saah

Associate Professor (University of San Francisco) and Senior Scientist (SIG)

David has been trained as an environmental scientist with expertise in landscape ecology, ecosystem ecology, hydrology, geomorphology, ecosystem modeling, natural hazard modeling, remote sensing, geographic information systems (GIS) and geospatial analysis. He has used these skills to conduct research primarily at the landscape level in a variety of systems.

Marina Piatto

Project Manager (IMAFLORA)

Since 2005, Marina has been working at Imaflora, a Brazilian NGO, in the field of Agriculture, Livestock and Climate Projects. Her work involves initiatives connected with best agriculture practices, environmental conservation and human rights. She is also involved in projects related to low carbon agriculture, sustainable supply chains and REDD+ in Amazon rainforest and Cerrado.

Sidney Novoa

Project Manager (ACCA)

Sidney is a director at Amazon Conservation (ACCA) for GIS & Technology Applied for Conservation with more than 10 years of experience as a researcher and manager in resource management, biological monitoring, and threat monitoring of the Amazon forests. He published up to 80 articles regarding deforestation drivers, forest fires, floods, natural forest loss. Currently, he focuses on the use and application of technological solutions for monitoring the conservation status of natural ecosystems.

Katia Fernandes

Climate Scientist (IRI)

Kátia is a climate scientist with expertise in tropical climate, including the impacts of large-scale climate variability and change on droughts and fires in the Amazon and Indonesian rainforests. Working at the interface of climate and society, she has conducted research aimed at informing climate-risk management decision making.

Jean-Pierre Wack

Project Manager (SIG)

Jean-Pierre’s diverse career reflects his drive to innovate and address environmental challenges. Currently based in the San Francisco Bay area, he focuses on forest health, ecosystem management and wildfire. He draws on SIG’s deep expertise in remote sensing, applied research and analytical capabilities to implement geospatial services.

Lisandro Inakake de Souza

Technical Leader and MEL (IMAFLORA)

Lisandro, an agronomist, is the project coordinator of ​​the Climate and Agriculture Supply Chain Initiative of the Institute for Forest and Agriculture Management and Certification (IMAFLORA). He has been working a on projects related to agricultural certification, land use monitoring, traceability, and rural development. His focus has been on increasing the transparency and credibility of sustainable supply chains that promote good agricultural practices, environmental conservation and social benefits.

Isabel Garcia-Drigo

Gender and Indigenous People (IMAFLORA)

Isabel is the project coordinator of the Climate and Agriculture Supply Chain Initiative of IMAFLORA. She is working at IMAFLORA since 2017. Isabel works with the development of systems for verification and certification to the forestry and agriculture sectors (soy and beef industries). She is also involved in studies about natural capital and conditions to enable sustainable landscapes in the Amazon and Cerrado regions. As a social auditor and FSC member, she works with gender and indigenous people issues.

Vinicius Guidotti

Researcher and geoprocessing specialist (IMAFLORA)

Vinicius Guidotti is a researcher and a geoprocessing specialist at IMAFLORA. His work is about developing spatial analysis and modeling frameworks to better understand the tradeoffs and identify possible synergies between agriculture production and nature conservation in Brazil. He is also a Ph.D. student in Applied Ecology at the University of São Paulo where he is contributing to the development of a model for making forecasts of Brazilian agricultural crops.

Karis Tenneson

Environmental Scientist (SIG)

Karis is an environmental scientist with expertise in ecology, statistics, remote sensing and GIS, and urban planning. Most recently, her work has focused on monitoring land-use and land cover changes using collaborative development of remote sensing-based decision support tools, building capacity for generating activity data for REDD+ and greenhouse gas inventories, assessing ecosystem services, and scenario planning. She has been managing the co-development of the regional land cover monitoring system with the SERVIR Mekong and Hindu Kush Himalaya hubs.

Jenny Burbano

Financial and Administrative Support (CIAT)

Jenny Burbano, a Colombian national, works at CIAT and offers financial and administrative support to SERVIR-Amazonia. Jenny holds a Bachelor in Business administration from Universidad de Santiago, Colombia; and a Bachelor in Information and Technology Systems from Universidad del Valle, Colombia.


Thomas Moore

Indigenous Peoples Advisor (Consultant)

Thomas is a US-born anthropologist with more than 40 years experience working with indigenous peoples and their organizations in Amazon Basin countries. He has also worked in USAID Missions in Peru and Ecuador, and on international development projects throughout the Amazon Basin related to indigenous peoples, biodiversity conservation, forest management, and governance.

Marina Irigoyen

Gender Advisor (Consultant)

Marina is a Peruvian sociologist who has developed extensive practice establishing multi-actor relationships and promoting dialogues oriented towards sustainable development. With an emphasis on issues related to governance and gender, she got vast experience in strengthening national and international teams, capacity development and monitoring and evaluation.

Elsa Abad

Finance and Administrative Coordinator/Contracts and Grants Manager (Consultant)

Elsa Abad is a Master in Business Administration and Economist. Experience at management level in the financial and administrative areas. Ample experience in international technical cooperation organizations, as well as in private and public enterprises. Excelled in project management, planning, economic studies and privatization processes. Proficient to interrelate in different intercultural and environmental levels. Demonstrated capacity to work under pressure, result-oriented and teamwork skills.