Whales and Dolphins of Timor-Leste
Collaborative & Innovative
BSc, MSc, MSc
Nick Piludu has been working in conservation for the past ten years, moving between Europe, Africa and Asia. Although he worked in very diverse projects, whales and dolphins are his first love. Nick has been in Timor-Leste since early 2017, leading work on community-based conservation and alternative livelihoods as Blue Ventures' Country Manager.
Marcelo Belo Soares
Cetacean Sightings Coordinator (Atauro Island)
Marcelo comes from the local fishing village of Makili on Atauro Island. While Marcelo has, over the past decade, led and worked on a wide range of environmental programs on the island - he is particularly passionate about the oceans of Atauro. Marcelo has been leading the cetacean sightings program on Atauro Island since 2016, supporting training and cetacean monitoring by local fisherman as Roman Luan's Environment Manager.