Our Team

The Alliance

The structure of AGA has a General Coordination, made up of General, Administrative and Communication coordinators. On the other hand, there are Program and Field Coordinators. In addition, there are focal points for each country, with one representative for each of the four rank countries. All these positions are elected every 3 years, and make up the AGA Council that assists the General Coordination in the decision-making process. All the active members of AGA have voice and vote in the general meetings.

Argentina

Rocío Palacios
General Coordinator

She considers herself a crazy cat lady, and celebrates it with pride. From an early age she was interested in wildlife, particularly felines. She gave her first presentation at an environmental congress

Mauro Lucherini
CATcrafts General Coordinator

Although he has worked with the bighorn sheep in Canada and the porcupine in Italy, his country of origin, his passion has always been the carnivores and when the opportunity arose he went to …

María José Merino
Active Member

Coordinator of the Educational Program of the GECM, INBIOSUR, Universidad Nacional del Sur – CONICET. Besides being a teacher of Natural Sciences in secondary schools, since the …

Dra. María José Bolgeri
Conflict Mitigation Program, Field Coordinator.

The contact with nature and the observation of the fauna is a taste that was fed from small and did not hesitate to study Biology when deciding a profession. She studied the Bachelor…

 Cintia Tellaeche 
Communication Coordinator - CATcrafts, Field Coordinator

Since she was a girl, Cintia was attracted to animals, which is why she decided to become a biologist. In 2007, while earning her Bachelor of Biological Sciences, she decided to volunteer …..

Juan Reppucci
Focal Point, Argentina.

He has worked in research and conservation of carnivores in Argentina throughout his career. The High Andean carnivores, especially the Andean cat, were the focus of study for their…

Bolivia

Juan Carlos Huaranca
Active Member

One of the groups of animals that caught his attention from his childhood were carnivores, such as lions and tigers. In his undergraduate years he had the fortune of being able to …

Gabriela Aguirre
Green Gold Program General Coordinator – Focal Point, Bolivia

Gabriela was always very analytical and critical, in adolescence she began to see the impacts that human activities cause on nature, so she decided to learn about nature to sensitize…

Ma. Lilian Villalba
Administrative Coordinator

Lilian was born in La Paz, Bolivia. Surrounded by mountains, she learned to love the rocky landscape and was determined to study Biology. During her studies, she had…..

Alejandra Rocío Torrez Tarqui
Active Member

Her first steps related to nature were given as a biology student, during the practicals of the zoology and ecology subjects, which helped her to develop her interest in the conservation…

Mayli Hayes Villalba
Collaborator Member

In love with animals since she was a child, and inspired by her mother’s conservation work with Andean cats, Mayli decided that wildlife conservation was also her life’s purpose…

Sandra Rivera
Collaborator Member

As a child, Sandra was president of the science club of the San Calixto school in La Paz. She discovered that biology was her true passion because it allowed her to be in touch with nature….

Eliana Flores Figueroa
Collaborator Member

Born in Yura, a small town in the southwest of the Bolivian highlands. Eliana grew up surrounded by Andean vegetation and mountains that awakened her passion for ….

Chile

Agustín Iriarte Walton
Active Member

He was born in Santiago de Chile. Initially, he studied Biological Sciences with a mention in Ecology in the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Chile and Master in Ecological…

Nicolás Lagos
CATcrafts Field Coordinator – Chile Focal Point. .

Nicolás was born in the middle of Santiago, Chile. However, his observant spirit and interest in nature led him to get involved with the natural worldat first through timid raids in the backyard…..

Rodrigo Villalobos
Conflict Mitigation Program General Coordinator

As a child, Rodrigo has lived with cats at home, marveling at his agility, life and behavior. This was one of his reasons why he studied Veterinary Medicine at the University of Chile…

Cristian Sepúlveda
Conflict Mitigation Program Field Coordinator

Since he was a child he has lived with cats. This triggered in he a great interest in the care of nature and wildlife, especially towards felines. Due to this, he graduated as an Engineer in Natural…

Constanza Napolitano
In the Field 24/7 Genetics Program Coordinator

Since she was a little girl she was attracted by nature, she liked to play with organisms from the sea or the mountains in family walks through Chile. Coming from a family of human doctors…

Magdalena Bennett
Collaborator Member

She’s been interested in wildlife conservation since childhood. Fascinated by the diversity of landscapes in Chile, especially the Atacama Desert and the Andes, she dedicates herself to supporting…

Jorge Valenzuela Oyarzun
CONAF

Jorge is a veterinarian dedicated to the conservation of wildlife. From the undergraduate his interest in wildlife led him to participate as a volunteer in different conservation initiatives …

Gonzalo Cruz
Collaborator Member

Gonzalo was born in Santiago de Chile. He studied Civil Engineering of Industries at the Catholic University of Chile. He has always liked sports and nature. After some years working ….

Francisco R. Rojas Díaz
Collaborator Member

He was born in the desert solitude of Chile in the mining camp of El Salvador. He grew up in Salamanca, in the valley of the Choapa river, near the mountain range and the sea in the narrowest…

Perú

Gabriel Llerena Reátegui
In the Field 24/7 Camera Trapping Program Coordinator – Focal Point, Perú.

He is a young enthusiast who likes cats and wildlife in general, he knew the Andes as a child, that’s where his spirit to learn about wildlife was born, as well as the taste for documentaries about nature…..

Alex Cruz
Collaborator Member

His interest in nature began in his youth when he supported his parents in agricultural work; however, it is during his university studies that he became interested in wildlife and, above all…

Anali Madrid
Modular Education Program General Coordinator

Having started her field work in projects of coastal marine areas, such as the Humboldt Penguin Project in southern Peru, Analí biologist by profession, she changed the warm coast…

Anthony Gerardo Pino Charaja
Collaborator Member

Anthony is a biologist and a lover of nature and photography. He’s also particularly interested in carnivores. He was a participant in several projects researching biodiversity….

Carlos Miguel Ruelas Cabana
Collaborator Member

Carlos graduated from the National University of San Agustín in Arequipa, Peru. Since 2013, he has participated as a volunteer and associate researcher in the Natural History Museum of that…

Dennis Xavier Huisa Balcon
Collaborator Member

Dennis studied Biological Sciences with a major in Ecology at the National University of the Puno Altiplano, where he holds a Master’s Degree in Ecology and Environmental Management…

Hector Alexis Luque Machaca
Collaborator Member

Passionate about wildlife, especially carnivores, Hector began his biology studies in 2010 at the Universidad Nacional del Altiplano in his hometown of Puno, Peru. During his university….

Ursula Fajardo
Collaborator Member

During her undergraduate studies at the Faculty of Biology, Ursula was fascinated by the great biodiversity of her country. She turned her training towards the wildlife studies, becoming enamored…

Estados Unidos

Sebastian Kennerknecht
Collaborator Member

He is a wildlife and conservation photographer with over fourteen years of experience visually
covering wildlife and environmental issues internationally, focusing in particular on wild cats.
He has produced high quality …..

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