Board of Trustees and Project Officers

Dr. Neil Aldrin Mallari

Aldrin is the President of the Center for Conservation Innovation Ph Inc. (formerly Fauna & Flora International Philippines) and is a Professor at the De La Salle University. He is an ecologist, a biodiversity conservation specialist and a conservation advocate with more than 20 years of experience. He has led program development and directed various programmes/projects/activities in the Philippines designed to implement and promote biodiversity conservation, improved protected areas management, climate change adaptation/mitigation programme of work including REDD+ demonstrations habitat restoration, strategic planning, and organization development and support.


Aldrin completed his PhD from Manchester Metropolitan University. He is the author of two award-winning conservation books from the Philippines, the Threatened Birds of the Philippines and Key Conservation Sites in the Philippines.

Dr. Rubie M. Causaren

Dr. Rubie M. Causaren took her BS Biology in DLSU-D in 1995. She earned her Master’s degree in Biology at DLSU Taft, Manila in 1999 and her Doctoral Degree in Biology at the same institution in 2012. She specializes in the field of Herpetology specifically on the ecology of amphibians. She has been connected to DLSU-D as a faculty of the Biological Sciences Department under the College of Science and Computer Studies since 1995 and is currently the Director of the Graduate Studies Department under the same college.


She is also affiliated with numerous professional organizations such as the Association of Systematic Biologists of the Philippines (ASBP) and the Biodiversity Conservation Society of the Philippines (BCSP) to name a few. She is also a member of the Amphibian Specialist Group-Philippines and the Herp Subcommittee of the Philippine Red List Committee. She is also one of the members of the Board of Trustees of Herp Watch Pilipinas (HWP). She is actively engaged in research, have presented quite a number of papers in international and national scientific symposia and published a few papers related to Herpetology.

Dr. Oliver G. Coroza

Geospatial Solutions Team Lead
Oliver Coroza has expertise on geomatics dealing mainly with a range of geospatial solutions supported by geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing and electronic mapping. He has over 30 years of experience in the application and teaching of cartographic modeling and GIS for natural resources planning and management, remote sensing applications, biodiversity conservation and monitoring, land use and protected area planning, real estate management and facilities/utilities management for urban applications. He is involved in geospatial technology applications to climate change policy, forest carbon, biodiversity conservation, terrestrial and marine resources, and ecosystem services mapping.

Ada Liesl Maria C. Lim

Community Development Project Manager
Liesl Lim works with partners to develop and implement science-based conservation projects in coastal and upland communities. One of her major  focus is capacity building of the local partners. She is able to use her experience in application development in coming up with technology based approaches in conservation.


BS Industrial Engineering, University of the Philippines, Diliman


Master in Environmental Management, University of San Francisco, USA and Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines

Jamila Audrey G. Palomar

Carbon Baseline Assessment Project Manager
Audrey is a project manager at Center for Conservation Innovations and is a part-time assistant professorial lecturer in De La Salle University. She holds a degree in MSc. Environmental Science and Ecosystem Management and BSc. Legal Management. She worked on the Update of the Philippine National REDD+ Strategy and produced a High Conservation Values Assessment in Southwestern Mindanao. She is currently conducting carbon stock assessments in various sites in the Philippines with a team of multidisciplinary specialists.


Her research and project interests are:
•        Sustainability and Energy
•        Environmental Science and Policy
•        Natural Resource Management and Valuation

Harold B. Centeno

Project Officer
After finishing his bachelor’s degree in forestry, Harold has been involved with biodiversity assessments leading the mammalian and herpetofaunal field surveys of CCI, then FFI-Ph, and occasionally involved in the field surveys for flora. Being active and constantly outdoors, he has gained vast field experience in conducting inventories and surveys of different ecosystems even before attaining a degree. He is now involved in carbon stock assessments and providing forestry interventions for rehabilitating degraded forest areas in some parts of the country. He is also experienced in writing mitigation plans to properly and carefully bridge the gap between human development and environmental conservation.

Adryon Rozz B. Javier

Project Officer
A rabid fangirl of conservation science, Adryon Rozz N. Javier joined the Center for Conservation Innovations team in 2016 as a conservation biologist. As an eco-admirer, she is trying her best to connect communities with forests toward sustainable development. She graduated with a degree in Biology from St. Scholastica’s College University and eventually earned her spot at De La Salle University, Manila for graduate studies.

Angelica Kristina V. Monzon

Remote Sensing Technologist
Anji is a Remote Sensing Tehcnologist at the Center for Conservation Innovations. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Geodetic Engineering at the University of the Philippines, Diliman in 2009 and Master’s degree in Conservation Leadership from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom in 2016. She has worked on forest cover and biomass mapping using Remote Sensing and GIS technology as part of the REDD+ Readiness Phase in the Philippines since 2012. Since then, she has been involved in various other projects including mapping high conservation value areas, habitat mapping for biodiversity conservation and mangroves forest mapping. Aside from her mapping expertise, Anji is also a keen on pursuing Creation Care conservation. She is currently an active volunteer in Christians-in-Conservation. As a Christian, she believes that we are all called to be good stewards of nature and that everybody has a role to care for God’s creation. She envisions to be part of the positive force that inspires others to see nature in the same light.

Quennie Ann E. Uy

Project Officer
Quennie Ann Uy is a biodiversity specialist who is interested in wildlife, flora, and their interrelations. Inspired by conservation efforts on the previously critically endangered Giant Pandas during her younger years, she decided to dedicate her time to wildlife conservation. She works with the team on Species and Habitat Assessments, High Conservation Value Areas (HCVAs), and on going crafting of the Philippine Protected Area System Master Plan. She holds a degree in MSc. Environmental Science, Cand., University of San Carlos and BS. Biology major in Environmental Science, University of San Carlos.

Rochelle May G. Tabi

Project Officer
Rochelle is a wildlife biologist interested in mammalogy, bat conservation, cave ecology, and conservation genetics. Rochelle currently handles the project entitled “Southern Negros Geothermal Project – Environmental Performance and Management Report Training for Silliman University (EDC SNGP – EPRMP) in coordination with Energy Development Corporation, an initiative under EDC’s Biodiversity Monitoring and Conservation Program (BCMP) to promote capacity-building among local stakeholders to effectively establish, implement and monitor conservation activities in the area.  She holds a degree in  BSc. Biology major in Wildlife Biology at University of the Philippines Los Banos.

Edmund Leo B. Rico

Executive Director
A biodiversity conservation specialist with at least 15 years of experience in the Philippines. Demonstrated knowledge on ecological and high conservation value areas assessments, ecological techniques and analysis, carbon accounting and habitat restoration, ecosystem services accounting and development of community livelihood and enterprise. Co-founded the Center for Conservation Innovation PH in 2015 and served as the founding Executive Director to date.
Managed and co-developed biodiversity conservation projects and REDD+ projects for Fauna & Flora International Philippines’ Biodiversity Conservation Support Programme from 2010 to 2015. A leading member of CoDe REDD Philippines that implemented and promoted procommunity and pro-conservation REDD+ activities together with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Has written technical reports and co-written publications on biodiversity conservation, High Conservation Value Areas, REDD+ and new species discoveries in the Philippines. Native Filipino, fluent in local dialects (Cebuano and Ilonggo) and English.

Ma. Elma I. Ame

Finance Manager
Minette is a Certified Public Accountant, a graduate of Bachelor of Arts, major in Economics, and Bachelor of Science in Commerce, major in Accounting, at the De La Salle University Manila in 1987. She landed the 12th place in the May 1988 CPA Board Exams.  A native of Lucena City, Quezon, she finished her Elementary and High School studies at Maryhill Academy, as class Salutatorian and Valedictorian, respectively. She has been in the field of Public Practice since 1988, being an audit staff at the SGV and Co., and, at present, a sole proprietor of her own firm, the M.I. Ame Accounting Office. She is also an advocate of Conservation, as she is currently Finance Manager of the Center for Conservation Innovation PH Inc. She also served the Fauna and Flora Inc. as Finance Manager in 2010.


The Cooperative Movement being one of her primary advocacies, she was appointed as by the CDA as member of the National Technical Working Groups for the development of Standard Chart of Accounts, Standard Audit System, Financial Reporting Framework, External Auditors’ Accreditation Guidelines for Cooperatives, and modules for External Auditors’ Accreditation Training.  She is also a book writer, module developer, and lecturer for Cooperative Accounting and Audit.  


Minette  is an active member of the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) . Last 2015, she spearheaded the 70th PICPA Annual National Convention as its Convention Chair. At present, she is the Chair of the PICPA National Committee on Cooperative Development.  She is a recipient of the Rotary International Centennial Service Award for Professional Excellence in the field of Public Accountancy last 2005. She was awarded   Outstanding PICPA Member  for  Southern Tagalog Region last 2005, and  conferred a  PICPA Special Achievement Award for Professional Development last 2008.  She was PICPA’s Outstanding CPA in Public Practice for 2010.