Hugh Brown

Founder of WIORI

WIORI


WIORI is the brainchild of Hugh E. G. Brown, intrepid sailor, environmentalist and successful entrepreneur. Hugh E. G Brown was born in Johannesburg, attended preparatory school and college at St John’s Preparatory School and College in Houghton.

He completed his compulsory national service (18 months) in the SA Navy in 1975 and 1976, and then signed on for a further 3 years, attaining the rank of Sub Lieutenant and completing his executive branch watch keeping certificates, serving aboard the flag ship SAS President Pretorius until mid 1980’s.

Hugh has been engaged in internationally recognized project development and implementation organization established 1991 and activities in this regard include design and configure, evaluate and funding sourcing of projects in the oil, gas, electric power, process and mining industries.

His company HB& Associates is extensively involved in Mozambique currently with 3 major projects in the pipeline. He pioneered the Vilanculos Sanctuary Project and is the chairman of Nacala Power, a 540-Megawatt power station project being developed in Nacala being developed by his company HB&A

Apart from being an avid conservationist he is a pilot, loves flying and on occasion spoiling his friend and collogues with his epicurean culinary skills and standing by as a capable skipper of the WIORI Scientific Vessel, HQ2

◘ Mozambique per se: love affair withy

◘ WIORI Background

◘ Marine Reserve

Dr. Cesar Augusto Marcelino Mendes

Chief Scientist and Expedition Leader

Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF) – Reef Systems Ecology and Conservation Lab – Niterói, Brazil



Academic experience:
[ 2014 – 2015 ] Post-doctoral fellow researcher at Universidade Federal de São Paulo, SP, Brazil working on top-down and bottom-up processes shaping rocky intertidal communities
- [ 2015 – 2016 ] Post-doctoral fellow researcher at IRD – Institute de Recherche pour le Development, Perpignan, France on macro-ecology of herbivory in tropical and subtropical reef environments
- [ 2016 – actual ] Post-doctoral fellow researcher at Universidade Federal Fluminense, RJ, Brazil on spatio-temporal variation of benthic cover on rocky reefs in SE Brazil
Publications and research link to :
http://www.researcherid.com/rid/E-5599-2015 - MyResearcherID http://www.researcherid.com/rid/E-5599-2015
Additional information:
Actively working with free and autonomous diving since 2007, with extensive experience in scientific diving, and trained diving instructor and first aid instructor by PADI certifier.
Experienced in safety and logistics of scientific expeditions to isolated locations (e.g. oceanic islands).
Collaborator in broad scientific networks (e.g. SisBIOTA Mar www.sisbiota. ufsc.br)
Teaching experience on graduate level and speaker at scientific conferences
Advanced skills in R programming and statistical analysis
Non-professional licensed amateur skipper

Antonio Branco

Founder of WIORI

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Grenville Wilson

Founder of WIORI

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WIORI Team

Linda Eggersten

WIORI Scientist

Ph.D. candidate at Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences, Stockholm University, Sweden 2016 -March 2019



Academic Qualifications
Ph.D. Stockholm University, Marine Biology, expected degree March 2019
Ph.D. Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Ecology, 2014 -2018
M.Sc. Stockholm University – Marine Ecology, 2009-2011
B.Sc., Stockholm University -Biological Sciences, 2005-2009
Awarded grants  Biosciences; The Royal Swedish Academy of Science (2017)
Effects of seascape complexity on reef fish richness and abundance; implications for Management (6500 USD)
WIOMSA (2015, 2018)
Student travel grant for the 9th and 10th WIOMSA Scientific Symposium (2000USD)
WIOMSA (2015), MARG I, Research project grant
Cossa D, Mabilana H, Eggersten L. “Effects of MPAs on connectivity by fish among tropical coastal ecosystem with focus on seagrass beds in a Mozambican seascape” (5500USD)
WIOMSA (2013)
Student accommodation grant for the 8th WIOMSA Scientific Symposium
International Programme Office for Education and Training, Sweden (2011)
Minor Field Study Grant for MSc thesis fieldwork in Tanzania
Diving certificates & experience  Open water (2007, PADI, Sweden), Advanced (2014, IANTD, Brazil) and Rescue (2016, IANTD, Brazil)
Scientific Dive Leader (2017, International Diving Schools Association, Sweden)

Dr. Kátia Capel

WIORI Scientist

Postdoctoral Researcher at the Center of Marine Biology of University of São Paulo. Kátia does research in Molecular Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, Population genetics and Systematic of Scleractinian corals.


Mr. Marcos Bouças de Lucena Gonçalves (Msc)

WIORI Scientist

Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) Reef Systems Ecology and Conservation Lab – Niterói, Brazil


Main research interests
Investigate how environmental gradients influences the structure of reef fish community that are active at night through different spatial scales; Understand the habitat use during the night by diurnal species, giving insights to conservation and management.
Academic experience [ 2014 – 2015 ] Post-doctoral fellow researcher at Universidade Federal de São Paulo, SP, Brazil working on top-down and bottom-up processes shaping rocky intertidal communities
[ 2015 – 2016 ] Post-doctoral fellow researcher at IRD – Institute de Recherche pour le Development, Perpignan, France on macro-ecology of herbivory in tropical and subtropical reef environments
[ 2016 – actual ] Post-doctoral fellow researcher at Universidade Federal Fluminense, RJ, Brazil on spatio-temporal variation of benthic cover on rocky reefs in SE Brazil
Publications and research link to: http://www.researcherid.com/rid/E-5599-2015 - MyResearcherID http://www.researcherid.com/rid/E-5599-2015
Additional information:
Actively working with free and autonomous diving since 2007, with extensive experience in scientific diving, and trained diving instructor and first aid instructor by PADI certifier.
Experienced in safety and logistics of scientific expeditions to isolated locations (e.g. oceanic islands).
Collaborator in broad scientific networks (e.g. SisBIOTA Mar www.sisbiota. ufsc.br)
Teaching experience on graduate level and speaker at scientific conferences
Advanced skills in R programming and statistical analysis
Non-professional licensed amateur skipper

Ms Cecile Le Roux

WIORI Digital Support

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Cdr. (SAN) Mannie Jardine (Retd)

WIORI Diving Training & Safety

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Dr. (Prof.) Benjamin Bandeira

WIORI Scientist

Professor Of Marine Ecology - Faculdade de Ciências Naturais e Matemática Departamento de Biologia


WIORI Office Bearers

- Prof. Jorge Ferrao – Patron - Co Founder
- Mr. Hugh Brown - Chairman - Co Founder
- Mr Grenville Wilson – Director - Owner HQ2 - Expedition Yacht Operations, Co Founder
- Dr Antonio Branco – President NATURA – Research Development - Co Founder
- Mr Adamo Valy - Director and Sponsor
- Dr Cesar Cordeira – Diving and Research Director (Representative UFF and University of Rio de Janeiro)
- Prof Benjamin Bandeira - Scientific Co-ordination Mozambique (Universidade Pedagogica)
- Vice Admiral (SAN) Denis Forrest – Security and Coastal Protection
- Dr Moreira Chonguica – International Relations and Community Development
- Mr Michael Greville - Legal Advisor

AT THE LAUNCHING OF WIORI IN MAPUTO several of the Founders, The Patron and other board members joined dignitaries from the Government of Mozambique at a function aboard HQ2 in Maputo Harbour for a cocktail evening: Left to Right - Antonio Branco (President NATURA), Professor Jorge Ferrao (UP) Patron, Mr Adamo Valy - Sponsor (AVM Consultores Lda), Dr Muteas Mutemba (Director General ANAC, Dr J Oscar Monteiro (Biofund Chairman) Mr Hugh Brown - Chairman WIORI.

Left to Right , Hugh Brown (Chairman), Grenville Wilson - (Director) (HQ2), Vice Admiral (SAN) Denis Forrest (Director).

WIORI patron Professor Jorge Ferrao (Rector - Universidade Pedigogica (Maputo) Mozambique