Our Team

Our team is what makes our organization successful.

 

Staff

Yen Parico

Yen Parico

Director, Belgium/Philippines

Yen is a firm believer in the significant influence of the youth in creating a better future for the planet. She is advancing youth empowerment as the Community Organizer of CoalitionWILD. Prior to joining CoalitionWILD, she was a Researcher at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and a Small Island Developing States Research and Communications Intern at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). Her experiences and learnings in the Philippines shaped Yen’s deep-rooted foundation as a sustainability advocate. Yen holds a Master’s degree in Sustainable Development from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. At the present, she proactively pursues her passion for ocean conservation and illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing (IUU).

 

Crista Valentino

Crista Valentino

Founder, Advisor

Crista believes that our power comes from uncovering our purpose in a world that all too often asks us to settle down and blend in. She founded CoalitionWILD in 2013 and continues to be an international reference, advocate, and conduit for youth in leadership and decision making about the planet. With a decade of experience navigating collaborations with global environmental leaders and fostering grassroots community action, Crista’s work bridges the gap found between generations, cultures, and tactics to design a thriving future for all life. This has motivated her to work towards her Masters in Global Leadership at Royal Roads University with a focus on community-led development.

 

Steering Committee

Michael Afolami

Michael Afolami

Nigeria

Yoko Lu

Yoko Lu

Canada

Donovan Figg

Donovan Figg

India

Ceci Fischer

Ceci Fischer

Philippines

Christel Scheske

Christel Scheske

Peru

Shelton Matsongoni

Shelton Matsongoni

Zimbabwe

Diana Garlytska

Diana Garlytska

Lithuania

Neeshad V. Shafi

Neeshad V. Shafi

Qatar

Asmita Rawat

Asmita Rawat

Nepal

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