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Team

Co-Founder and Executive Director
Heather holds a BS in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and an MESc in Environmental Science from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She has worked as an ecotourism consultant on projects in Africa and the Caribbean. She was an agroforestry Peace Corps Volunteer in northern Cameroon between 2002-2004 where she led a community-based ecotourism project in Mozogo-Gokoro National Park. Before working in Gabon, she was consulting for the private sector with tour operators and lodges in East Africa. She helped operators in Kenya and Tanzania to “...
Co-Founder and Program Manager
Cyrille grew up fishing in several villages in the lake region of Gabon. Thanks to income he earned from fishing during the dry season, he was able to pay school fees as a child. Back then, fish were in abundance and he frequently encountered wildlife on the riverbanks. Now some of these species have disappeared, some are in rapid decline, and others he very rarely sees anymore except for in the bushmeat markets. He could not stay unmoved by these rapid changes and contacted Heather Arrowood in 2010 to help initiate an ecotourism project on his father's home lake. Together they formed the...
Environmental Education Coordinator
Rébecca began working as an intern with OELO in January 2015 as she completed a university degree in Environmental Management. As part of her internship, Rébecca coordinated OELO’s nature club activities in schools and churches and she organized OELO’s 2015 World Environment Day activities, which attracted over 400 community members and 300 students. After this success, OELO offered her a full-time position as Coordinator where she leads the Environmental Education classroom and nature club efforts. She is passionate about environmental conservation and working with youth. In 2015...
Secretary General OELO
Hermann is a founding member of OELO who grew up on Lake Oguemoué. He holds a law degree from Omar Bongo University and is currently completing an apprenticeship in a Libreville based law firm where he manages media relations. Hermann is OELO’s Libreville representative who lobbies with national partners, advises on legal requirements, and liaises with the press. Hermann also has experience in international customer service and hospitality as he worked as an airline steward for nine years with Gabon Airlines and Air Gabon. He has impressive communication skills and a passion for social...