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Man & Nature’s implementing unit is a lean structure, with fast team mobilization, that benefits from recognized expertise. Today the unit is composed of five individuals :


Rémi GOUIN, Chairman


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An agricultural engineer by training, Remi worked as a farmer for 10 years before joining the French Development Agency. For the next 30 years, he worked on questions concerning the economic development of farmers in the South, set up and followed up on over 50 rural development projects in 25 countries.

Between 1999 and 2006, he is placed in charge of the biodiversity sector of the French Global Environment Fund, and, along with several teams, oversees over 80 projects in 30 countries.

Since 2006, his goal is to assist actions of companies, as well as of private and public foundations, which wish to get involved in the protection of Nature together with the civil society and the local communities of the South.

He is Chairman of Man & Nature since its creation in January 2011.


Cécile LACHAUX, Executive Director


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Cécile holds a master degree in biology and ecology from Poitiers and Oklahoma University. Through spending 1 year abroad in Madagascar and Benin, where she was working as a project officer in various NGOs, she gained significant field experience in managing environmental issues with local communities.

Cécile joined TFT France at the beginning of 2009 and has been managing TFT’s French retail members. She was responsible for the work TFT does with a French retailer on sustainable pulp and paper, wood and palm oil linking with buyers, factories, NGOs, local communities and has gained a strong knowledge of the economic, social and environmental issues surrounding these commodities use and trade. She spent three years and a half performing a senior role in TFT’s Indonesian country office in Jakarta. As Senior Manager Asia, Cécile managed and developed several projects and coordinated the achievements on the ground.

In 2014, she joined the Global Canopy Program as Senior Manager in charge of the "Drivers of Deforestation" program where she oversaw the development of tools to help companies limit their impact on tropical forests.

Cécile joined Man & Nature in January 2016 as Executive Director. In this role, Cécile defines and directs the vision of the organization. She supports the team at headquarters and in the field in setting up projects aimed at developing pro-biodiversity supply chains for the benefit of local communities.


Cécile RENIER, Projects Manager


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Agricultural engineer specialised in environmental sciences, Cécile first worked as an intern for the French Development Agency, enabling her to deepen her understanding of international solidarity issues. She then worked as a volunteer for the NGO Blue Forests on mangrove rehabilitation in Indonesia, where she gained experience in natural resources management and rural development. 

After carrying out a study for the National Museum of Natural History, she joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development as desk officer on biodiversity and development, strengthening her project management skills. 

Following these experiences, Cecile joined Man & Nature as project manager in Paris, where she supported M & N's local partners for more than a year (activity monitoring and fundraising). Willing to deepen her experience in the field, Cécile is since February 2018 in charge of coordinating the project ECONOBIO, based in Accra.


Michèle DANLEU, Project Manager Cameroon


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Michèle Danleu holds a degree in operational marketing management. She has worked for nearly 5 years from 2012 to 2016 at The Network for the Fight Against Hunger in Cameroon (RELUFA) occupying positions such as:

  • Marketing manager and then Project Assistant in the framework of the "Fair Fruit" project, which aimed to support farmers in the locality of Moungo. The project accompanied farmers in the production and processing (drying) of fruits, which were marketed in Cameroon and the USA under the brand name « Fair Fruit ».
  • Program Officer for the « Food and Commercial Justice » program.

Since January 2017, Michèle has been in charge of the economic alternative project at the Center for Environment and Development (CED). Her work at CED is to promote the green economy through the support of indigenous and local communities in the professionalization of beekeeping and the artisanal processing of agroforestry, as an alternative to the exploitation of the timber species in the Eastern and Southern Cameroon regions.

In parallel since November 2018, Michèle supports Man and Nature in monitoring and supporting projects in Cameroon.


Mabel AGBA, EconoBio Project Coordinator


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Mabel Agba holds a Bachelors’ Degree in Social Sciences (Mathematics and Economics) from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana and completed a short course in Managing for Sustainable Development Impact (M4I) from the University of Wageningen, The Netherlands. She has also taken short training courses in Forest Governance, Gender and Sustainable Development.

Mabel worked for ProWorld Ghana, a Volunteer Tourism Organization for 2 years as a Project Coordinator where she facilitated volunteer and internship project learning and coordinated hands-on experiences for University Groups and individual Student Volunteers and Interns on health, education and environment related projects. She joined The Development Institute (The DI), a Sustainable Development Organization in 2013 and worked for the first 2 years as the International Community Service (ICS) Programme Coordinator and Community Forest Forum and Ecosystem Alliance project support staff. From 2016 to 2019 she became the Gender Focal Person and Environmental Security Programme Coordinator of the Institute. She coordinated projects focused on ecosystem restoration, climate resilience, food and water security and women’s rights. She has gained rich professional experiences in process facilitation and community development work having facilitated series of multi-stakeholder events and worked with grassroots women and youth groups and farmer organizations on projects that are community driven and provide nature based solutions.

Mabel is the Founder and Project Supervisor of Avu Lagoon Gender Equality and Environmental Rights Networks, a Grassroots Women’s Network whose mission is to mobilize and empower women to advance and take actions that would drive the greatest change for women and their environment.

Mabel currently works with Noé’s Man and Nature program, as EconoBio Project Coordinator.

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