Regional contact persons

Besides organizational questions or information on the contents of the Master course, you might be curious to get some personal insights, experiences and opinions about the program. For that purpose, we are glad to have our ´regional contact persons´ – alumni from different regions of the world - who already participated at the course and whom you can contact for asking specific questions (e.g. relevance of the course for working in your region) or just to have a general chat about their impressions on the course.


For all administrative, logistic and content-wise questions on the program, we kindly ask you to contact us in the first place (, so that the regional contact persons are not overloaded by requests that they are not responsible for. Thank you!


Ayele Kebede – contact person for Ethiopia and Africa

“I am living and working in Addis, Ethiopia. After successfully finishing the Master program in Klagenfurt in 2011 I have been working as a country focal person for SIPU International (Swedish consulting specialising in international development cooperation) for their International Training Program.”


Phone: +251 911 456361 or +251 930 078278


Maria Augusta Almeida Ferri – contact person for Ecuador and Latin America

“I am from Ecuador and working at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador. I finished the MPA program in the year 2011. My academic training as a geographer and my experience working within protected areas and indigenous communities in cooperation with Ecuadorian NGOs and international organizations such as IUCN has prepared me for a range of responsibilities involving the management of spatial information and participatory methodologies for natural and cultural patrimony management.”



Anastasiia Drapaliuk - contact person for Ukraine and Eastern Europe

“I am from Ukraine and participated the Master course in 2009-2011. For the last 13 years I have been working in governmental organizations, engaged in the development of the protected area system in Ukraine. In order to better understand the international system of protected area management, I decided to receive a second education, the MSc. Management of Protected Areas at the University of Klagenfurt. In recent years I have been actively involved in the creation of protected areas, participated in the development of governmental strategic documents and coordinated international projects.”



Phone: +380 50 380 75 78


Kamal Thapa – contact person for Nepal and the Himalaya region

“I am from Nepal and participated at the Master “Management of Protected Areas” in 2011-2013. Currently, I am working as a district climate change specialist at the Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation in a project on “Adaptation for Smallholders in Hilly Areas” (ASHA project).”