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Lucy Keith-Diagne - Executive Director

Lucy Keith-Diagne – Executive Director

Lucy Keith-Diagne is from Massachusetts, USA and has spent the past 37 years conducting field research with marine mammals around the world. She received her BS degree in Biology from St. Lawrence University in New York, her MS in Marine Biology from the Boston University...Read More

Tomas Diagne, Director

Tomas Diagne – Co-Founder, AACF & Director, ACI

Tomas Diagne is an African freshwater turtle and tortoise expert who has been working to save threatened and endangered turtle species in Senegal for the past 30 years. He is the co-founder of AACF and Director of the African Chelonian Institute (ACI). Tomas began rescuing...Read More

Salvatore Cerchio - Scientific Advisor

Salvatore Cerchio – Director of African Cetaceans

Salvatore Cerchio is a marine mammal biologist who has worked in multiple disciplines on free ranging populations of cetaceans around the world for over 30 years. He is a PI with AACF and the director of the AACF’s African Cetacean Program, including the Omura’s Whale...Read More

Angela Formia - Director for African Sea Turtles

Angela Formia – Director of African Sea Turtles

Angela Formia has been working on sea turtle research and conservation in the Gulf of Guinea since she began her PhD work in 1998, which focused on the conservation genetics of green turtles in the region. Angela worked for the Wildlife Conservation Society, primarily in...Read More

Tahina Rasoloarijao - Madagascar Program Manager

Tahina Rasoloarijao – Madagascar Program Manager

Tahina completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of Toliara, Madagascar, and in 2023 completed his Master of Science (DEA II) at the Institut Halieutique et des Sciences Marines (IHSM) with a thesis on the Omura's whale population off Nosy Be, Madagascar. Tahina first worked...Read More

Ayouba Sarr - Research Assistant

Ayouba Sarr – Research Assistant

Growing up in Dionewar, in Delta Saloum, Senegal, Ayouba Sarr has always loved the ocean and its animals. He received his Bachelor’s degree in history from Cheikh Anta Diop University (UCAD) in Dakar. He worked as an elementary school teacher and at Senegal’s census and...Read More

Diana Seck - Research Assistant

Diana Seck – Research Assistant

Diana Seck is a Research Assistant for marine mammals at AACF. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Gaston Berger University in Saint-Louis, Senegal and her Masters degree from University of Algarve in Portugal, where her thesis focused on creating the first long-term photo identification catalog...Read More

Awa Wade

Awa Wade – Research Associate

After obtaining her license in Life and Earth Sciences, Awa completed her Master's degree in Ecology and Management of Aquatic Ecosystems at the University Institute of Fisheries and Aquaculture of Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar (UCAD), Senegal. She did two internships at the Joal-Fadiouth...Read More


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