Kohei Kubota, JICA Web Computing Consultant

Kohei is a volunteer with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) consulting for 2 years with the Azuero Eco Foundation. He was born in Yokohama City, Japan. He graduated from the Economics department at Kochi University, and has worked at various companies over the past 15 years in developing corporate systems, web page programming and design, and making digital designs for schools. With the Azuero Eco Foundation, he is working to improve this website and social network communication through enhancing the capacity and knowledge of the AEP team.

Sebastian Meyer, Voluntario en Eco Artesanos

Sebastian es estudiante en la Universidad de Maastricht en los Países Bajos, estudia Negocios Internacionales en Mercados Emergentes. Sus estudios se centran en el desarrollo económico y social en el contexto de América Latina.

Junto a sus estudios, participa en una organización de estudiantes que establece proyectos locales en el campo del emprendimiento sostenible. Le apasiona descubrir nuevos lugares, culturas y personas.

En su tiempo libre le encanta hacer deporte. Ha estado haciendo atletismo toda su vida y actualmente trabajo como entrenador de jóvenes en un club deportivo.

En Pro Eco Azuero, será responsable del establecimiento de un proyecto comunitario con artesanos locales de la península de Azuero.

Kohei Kubota, JICA Web Computing Consultant

Kohei is a volunteer with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) consulting for 2 years with the Azuero Eco Foundation. He was born in Yokohama City, Japan. He graduated from the Economics department at Kochi University, and has worked at various companies over the past 15 years in developing corporate systems, web page programming and design, and making digital designs for schools. With the Azuero Eco Foundation, he is working to improve this website and social network communication through enhancing the capacity and knowledge of the AEP team.

Sandra Vásquez de Zambrano, Executive Director

Sandra Vásquez de ZambranoSandra Vásquez de Zambrano, Salvadoran by birth, currently resides in Las Tablas with her husband and two children. She has a psychology and business administration degree. Sandra has more than 15 years of executive experience in human resources management, business opening, marketing strategies, project execution, among many others. She founded Search Inc., a recruitment and selection firm at the management level, in Panama and Honduras, developing it into one of the most important firms in the region. She has had the opportunity to work in several Central American countries. She started at Pro Eco Azuero Foundation as a volunteer. She, then, worked as Program Manager where she led projects such as forming an Eco Crafts association, leading Social Innovation workshops and coordinating many community outreach events. Sandra was promoted to Executive Director in January of 2020. Sandra is part of the workforce of the 20×20 Initiative, a member of the IUCN Education and Communications Committee, certified in Syntropic Agriculture and a member of ISTF (International Society of Tropical Foresters). She has led several conferences in Panama and recently at YALE during the ISTF conference. Sandra has also had the opportunity to attend a Geoff Lawton Permaculture course. Furthermore, she is the founder of Festarte Las Tablas, the first festival of art, culture and gastronomy in the region, which began in 2016. For Sandra, the most important thing is her family, leaving them a better world which fuels her passion for her work, empowering communities and observing how one can make a profound impact with almost nothing. You can contact her at sandra@proecoazuero.org.

Argelidis Cedeño, Treasurer

Argelidis CedeñoArgelidis Cedeño is a professor in the concentration of geographical and ecological tourism at the headquarters of the University of Panama in Las Tablas. For many years he has participated in environmental and social movements in the Azuero Peninsula, such as the Santeña Front against Mining.

In his position as a teacher, he has educated the generations of Azuerenses about the environment and the importance of natural resources in the area.

Edward García, Education Coordinator

Born in Peña Blanca, Las Tablas, Edward García has obtained a bachelor´s degree in
Geographical and Ecological Tourism. He has received further qualifications in topics
related to tourism and museology in Nicaragua, and he attended a course about Sustainable
Rural Development with a focus on the improvement of life quality in Japan and Colombia.
Edward García enjoys travelling and learning about new places, and he loves nature which
is why he spends a lot of time taking care of it. He has participated in activities on
Environmental Education and in the implementation of community development projects in
the National Park Chagres (River basin of the Panama Canal). Moreover, he likes making
new friendships and learning new things every day. His motto is “Nature does not need the
human, it is the human who needs nature”.

edward@proecoazuero.org

Vicente Vásquez, Volunteer of the Reforestation Team

VicenteVicente is a native of the city of Chitré, a graduate of the Soyuz Bilingual School in bachelor of science. He is currently studying for environmental studies at the University of the Ozarks AR, USA. He has done multiple practices with the Azuero Eco Foundation. In the past he participated in the National Public Speaking contest, representing the province of Herrera. He has collaborated and formed part of the group of young leaders for the management of watersheds of CATHALAC. Additionally, Vicente is a muralist and likes extreme sports.

The Azuero Spider Monkey, CHARRITO

Mono araña de Azuero, CHARRITOThe Azuero Spider Monkey, CHARRITO (Ateles geoffroyi azuerensis), is our indicator subspecies and guiding symbol because it is a vitally important but critically endangered species in the Azuero dry forest ecosystem. The few that remain on the planet live only on the Azuero. They are victims of rapidly decreasing habitat, hunting, and capture for the pet trade. They are particularly smart and cute, but also shy, which may be why they have managed to hold on this long. However, the loss of habitat and shrinking gene pool may be more than they can manage. We are working to stop the killing and capture of Spider monkeys, and all monkeys, and provide them with sufficient habitat to ensure their future.

Andrea Chong Arias, Vocal

Andrea Chong AriasAndrea was born and raised in Panama City and has table roots. For a year, she lives in Las Tablas with her husband. He has studies in Psychology and Advertising and Marketing. She has worked as a professional in family businesses and in the area of human resources in companies such as Aristos Stanton Chase, a consulting and executive search firm, where she worked as a Senior Consultant.
Currently, together with her husband she is the owner and administrator of El Punto del Bordado in
the City of Las Tablas, a company born from the initiative to expand a family business with more than 15 years. At the same time, she owns the Showcase Rental of Dresses and Accessories.

Dr. Maydelin Iveth Pecchio Millán, Member

Dr. Maydelin IvethPanamanian, lives in the county of La Enea, in Guararé, Los Santos. Medica by profession, Internal Medicine specialist with a Sub-specialization in Infectious Diseases. He works at Gustavo Nelson Collado Hospital in Chitré, Herrera.

As part of his academic training he worked as an associate researcher in the Department of Infectious Diseases and Research for 5 months in 2016, University of Louisville Hospital, Kentucky, USA. He also has a Postgraduate Degree in Higher Education (2013) School of Higher Education, University of Panama.

She currently belongs to the Panamanian Society of Internal Medicine since January 2014 and to the Panamanian Society of Infectology since October 2016 where she is a member of the board of directors as spokesperson for the Society. His interest at the community and hospital level is research, which is why he is part of the Institute of Medical Sciences of Las Tablas, with the aim of collaborating in investigations of infectious causes, whether community or hospital.

Her other motivation is reforestation and environmental sustainability. In Tumáco, Los Pozos de Herrera, is carrying out the reforestation of 19 hectares, in order to make a farm agro tourist “Finca Melina”, while providing education to employees about reforestation.