Meet Our Team

Renae Stenhouse, Vice President

Renae is the WWF GEF Executive Coordinator and is based in Washington, DC. Renae has been with the WWF GEF Agency since 2014. Prior to working with WWF US, Renae was developing and supervising GEF and other environment projects with the World Bank in Southeast Asia, and working on wildlife and protected area projects with the Wildlife Conservation Society, based in Lao PDR. Renae received a Bachelor of Science and a PhD from the University of Western Australia, with a focus on botany and biogeography.

Lucia Chuquillanqui, Program Officer

Lucia Chuquillanqui (Chuqui) is a Peruvian international development professional with over eight years of experience developing and implementing projects in the field of gender, environmental policy, and communication. She works as a Program Officer for the WWF GEF Agency, conducting best practices research and data synthesis. Lucia has a B.A. in Political Science from the University Antonio Ruiz de Montoya, an M.A. in International Relations from Syracuse University, and a specialization in Human Rights. Lucia previously joined WWF, worked for the World Bank, WWF-Peru, the Ministry of Education of Peru, and as an independent consultant. Lucia's main fields of interest are gender policies and stakeholder engagement processes. In her free time, Lucia works developing independent media in Latin America.

Jacquelyn Beattie, Program Officer

Jacquelyn is originally from Boston, MA and has been with the WWF GEF team since 2018. As a Program Officer, she works on projects spanning parametric insurance in the Pacific islands to climate adaptation for watershed-dependent communities in Nepal. She also works on overall portfolio tracking and grants and agreements for the WWF GEF Agency. Jacquelyn received her Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Conservation from the University of Delaware. Previously she worked for the U.S. National Parks and the Humane Society of the U.S. She has been fascinated with nature from a young age and hopes to make the natural world stronger in the face of climate change.

Robbie Bovino, Senior Program Officer

Robbie joined WWF in July of 2021, and works on scoping, design, and implementation of WWF GEF projects in the sustainable finance theme. Prior to joining WWF, he worked for over 11 years with The Nature Conservancy’s Caribbean Division, supporting regional efforts on public partnerships and resource mobilization, and advising country programs on conservation finance. Robbie is a qualified attorney with a BA in History from McGill University and a JD (Honors) from The American University, Washington College of Law.

Astrid Breuer, Senior Program Officer

Originally from Asunción, Paraguay, Astrid joined the WWF GEF team in 2017. She leads development and supervision of projects mostly in southern Africa and Latin America with a focus on biodiversity and land degradation. Astrid also leads GEF Secretariat relations and policy. She holds a Masters in Environmental Policy from Sciences Po and an MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management from the University of Oxford. Prior to joining WWF, Astrid worked with the World Bank on GCF project formulation and also on a World-Bank implemented GEF biodiversity corridor project with Itaipu Binacional in Paraguay. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, travelling and going on walks with her Cairn Terrier.

Heike Lingertat, Lead Specialist

Heike, originally from Germany, is a dedicated environmental specialist with over 20 years of work experience in environmental and development policy programs and projects, both in private and public sectors on international, regional, and local level. In 2018, Heike joined the WWF GEF team. As Lead specialist she manages a number of conservation projects in Asia and the Congo Basin and is the team’s focal point on climate change. Heike’s skills and expertise include a wide breath of work on climate change mitigation, carbon finance, safeguards, and analytical and policy work in Africa, Europe and Central Asia, and the Middle East. Before joining the WWF team, she worked at the World Bank, consulting companies and NGOs in Germany. Heike likes hiking with her two dogs, gardening, and visiting places.

Rachel Kaplan, Lead Specialist

Rachel joined the WWF GEF Agency in 2016. Rachel leads the development and supervision of projects funded by GEF, ranging from wetland management in Guyana to seaweed aquaculture in Southeast Asia. Rachel also acts as the food systems focal point. Prior to joining the WWF GEF Agency, she worked with the WWF Markets team and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). She received a Master of Science from the University of Edinburgh in Cultural Anthropology. In her free time, Rachel enjoys hiking, kayaking, and painting.

Isabel Filiberto, Director

Isabel is originally from Spain, and, for the last 20 years, she has been living and working around the globe. She joined WWF in September 2017, and in her role as Director, WWF GEF Agency, she ensures the successful scoping, identification, development and implementation of WWF GEF large and innovative projects in compliance with GEF and WWF standards. She leads strategic engagement with Latin America and Africa regions, acting as focal point for WWF Country Offices, engaging with governments, and with GEF Secretariat focal points. Previously, she worked for the Spanish International Development Agency, the European Commission, and the World Bank. Isabel is an Agronomic Engineer and holds a Master´s degree in Environmental Sciences and an MsC on Natural Resource Management.

Hervé Lefeuvre, Senior Director

Hervé Lefeuvre is currently Senior Director of WWF GEF Agency, a new status for WWF he has initiated and developed allowing WWF to help developing countries to access the Global Environment Facility. Hervé is also managing the WWF relations with the World Bank and the IAdB. Prior to developing WWF partnership with the Global Environment Facility, Hervé worked at the WWF European Policy Office developing relations with the European Union External Policies and ensure WWF access to EU environmental subsidies and equally contributed to set up the WWF Public Sector Partnership overall strategy. Before joining WWF in 1999, Hervé worked for the European Commission from 1989 and on as administrator covering several positions on international trade negotiations issues, development policy and humanitarian assistance. His academic background is a Master of Sciences in international Political Economy from the London School of Economics with a thesis on international trade negotiations.