Who We Are

Coralive.org is a Swiss-based environmental organization (CHE-311.736.420 Swiss Association Registration Number), passionate for the ocean, operating worldwide to help protect, manage and restore coastal ecosystems. As in nature, diversity and synergy are key in creating a healthy environment, hence our team represents diverse backgrounds of experience and expertise to provide the multi-faceted services we offer.

The Coralive.org family is a growing global network of like-minded people and organizations, always open to new input and partnerships, so let us know how you might envision a collaboration!

Ahmad “Aki” Allahgholi
Founder & Director

Aki has dedicated his energy and talents to marine conservation initiatives around the globe since 2011, from serving as Program Manager for marine conservation NGO, Reefdoctor in Madagascar, to Project Manager for a Philippine-based NGO working on coral reef restoration, MPA management, and alternative livelihood solutions. Armed with a master’s degree in “Sustainable Natural Resource Management” and a thesis in “Coral Reef Restoration” from the United Nations mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica, he is always searching for new knowledge and learning best practices to share.

 Joanne Wong
Scientific Advisor

Joanne is an ecologist with a strong background in coastal management and environmental impact assessment. She worked as an environmental consultant and researcher in themes varying from coastal planning and harbor green-engineering, to mangrove reforestation, microplastic pollution and saltmarsh ecology. Joanne’s quick thinking, analytic and spatial-oriented mind serves the Coralive.org team as an invaluable resource for evaluating, designing and executing projects.

Alex Stead
Project Manager

Alex is a lifelong environmental and ocean advocate with a degree in Marine & Wildlife Biology from Griffith University School of Environment and Science. Having spent a year managing a Maldivian nonprofit dedicated to coral reef restoration, sea turtle medical care and community development, he expands Coralive.org’s team to oversee new mineral accretion projects. Alex will activate communities around the world in conservation efforts, providing best practices and ensuring proper transfer of knowledge to achieve long-lasting results.

Zoe Tapps
Project Coordinator

Zoe is a marine biologist, earning her degree from Flinders University in South Australia. While overseeing the clown fish breeding program at a Maldivian marine conservation NGO, she witnessed firsthand the profound impact of anthropogenic climate change on coral reefs. This drove Zoe to dedicate her skills and passion to improving the health and resilience of our fragile reef ecosystems. With Coralive.org, Zoe will help create and lead diverse teams of volunteers and assist in both the organization and execution of reef restoration projects. 

Julie Pezin
Research Student

Julie is a MSc. Student in Science, Conservation and Valorization of Marine Resources at the Université Côte d’Azur, France. Her scientific reasoning in combination with field work, plus the fascination for biodiversity resulted in dedicating her life looking for strategies to enforce resilience on marine ecosystems. She joined coralive to monitor a 1 year coral experiment study with support of the Mineral Accretion Technology on Fregate Island, Seychelles. Her thesis will highlight this study, which combine restoration strategies, technology, even  artificial intelligence, in order to advance the research and facilitate large scale restoration projects in the near future.

Matthew Walker
Project & Media Consultant

Matt is a marine biologist from Scotland, who has been drawn to the oceans ever since childhood. Graduating from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, he set off to discover how he can use his passion and skills to make big impacts for the oceans, travelling the world and gaining experience in coral restoration, sea turtle conservation, and wildlife rescue and rehabilitation. With Coralive.org, Matt will focus on rebuilding ecosystems from the bottom-up, combining his knowledge and understanding to promote a healthy coral reef framework that ensures healthy ocean bionomics.

Morgane Dierkens
Project Consultant & PhD Candidate

With a scientific background in Biological Sciences from the University of Namur and a Master’s in Marine and Lacustrine Science & Management at the Vrije University of Brussel, her focus is fully dedicated to conservation biology and ecosystem management. Morgane has been involved in different projects related to coral reefs’ and mangrove forests’ management, utilizing her experiences in the field as well as her knowledge of coastal ecosystems and their conservation. While joining Coralive’s team to contribute to coral reef restoration, she is also undertaking a PhD project on a holistic assessment of MAT combined to its efficiency in term of coastal protection.

Déborah Sauvain
Management Support

Currently studying Environmental Science & Management at the Open University in England, Deb is entirely dedicated to terrestrial and ocean conservation with helping to find solutions to preserve ecosystems of our planet. Her curiosity and motivation led her to understand and implement best practices in order to manage and restore coral reefs. With all the in-field and administrative learning experience of the past years at Coralive, she is committed to sustain the organisation on its path to save and plant as many corals as possible.