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Meet the ATP team


Tim McCormack
Program Director, responsible for overseeing research and awareness activities and general program developments

Born and raised in Yorkshire, England Tim McCormack grew up more familiar with wildlife of the dales than turtles, of which there are no native species in the United Kingdom. Passionate about conservation he completed a BSc in Zoology at the University of Leeds in the England before travelling out to Vietnam. While in Vietnam an interest in turtles developed through time volunteering at the Turtle Conservation Centre (TCC) in Cuc Phuong National Park back in 2002. A Research Masters degree (MRes) in Conservation Biology followed from the University of East Anglia (UEA) in England focused on radio telemetry the native Keeled Box Turtle (Cuora mouhotii). One thing lead to another with the Asian Turtle Program (ATP) evolved through early research and awareness activities focused on Vietnam's most endangered tortoise and freshwater turtle species.

Hoang Van Ha
Vietnam Turtle Program Coordinator

Born and raised in the Red River delta, south of Hanoi, Ha had not seen any turtle throughout his entirely childhood. However, passionate about nature and conservation, Ha obtained a B.Sc. in natural resource management from the Vietnam National Forestry University (2008) in Vietnam and an M.Sc. in environmental science from University of Western Australia (2015) in Perth, Australia. His current main roles are to support staff and supervise activities on local projects as well as developing working plans for freshwater turtle and tortoise conservation projects in Vietnam. While passionate about chelonian ecology and conservation, he is also interested in research-based conservation and conservation education, important for building the next generation of turtle conservationists and young biologists in Vietnam and South East Asia.


Nguyen Thu Thuy
Training & Animal Rescue Coordinator

Thuy has been working for the Asian Turtle Program since 2009 after she participated in ATP's annual Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Field Skill Training Course in March 2009. She graduated in Environmental Science at the Hanoi University of Science, writing her thesis about the conservation of the Keeled box turtle (Cuora mouhotii) in Cuc Phuong National Park, Vietnam. Today she holds the position as Training & Animal Rescue Coordinator and her responsibilities include supporting staff and supervising activities in local projects as well as developing working plans for freshwater turtle and tortoise conservation projects in Vietnam.


Nguyen Tai Thang
Field assistant - Rafetus swinhoei project

Thang graduated from the Vietnam Forestry University in June 2010. Before graduating, he surveyed some nature reserves in Northern Vietnam for birds and wildlife for 2 years. After he attended ATP's annual Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Field Skill Training course Cuc Phuong National Park, Vietnam in April 2010 he started working as a volunteer for ATP focusing on the Swinhoei's softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) project and conducting a field survey in Pu Mat National Park. When he joined the ATP in August 2010 he was promoted to be a field assistant for the Rafetus swinhoei conservation project. His main responsibilities include conducting interview surveys to attain information about additional Rafetus swinhoei individuals in the North of Vietnam, supporting local staff in monitoring priority sites to protect one of four remaining Rafetus swinhoei and raising awareness in local communities and schools about the conservation of this rare turtle species. He also works on the Cuora project where he also conducts interview and field surveys in Northern Vietnam to attain more information about the range of the critically endangered Indochinese box turtle (Cuora galbinifrons).

Bui Thi An
Office Manager Hanoi

Before joining the ATP family in January 2013 as an Office Manager, she worked for The Atlantic Philanthropies, an international non-government organization specializing in Education and Health from 2003. Graduated from University of Foreign Languages and International Studies in 2001, An worked as an English Teacher for nearly two years teaching English as a foreign language in schools and universities in Ha Noi. She obtained her MBA degree in 2010 from LaTrobe University (Australia). An always strives to contribute to the conservation mission of ATP to protect nature and animals for future generations to see.
Nguyen Thanh Luan
Field officer MAP and Cuora project – Central Vietnam

Graduating from Hue university in May 2012, Luan has been passionate about Herpetology, especially turtles, for a long time. He attended ATP's annual Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Field Skill Training course in Cuc Phuong National Park, Vietnam in March 2012 and has been working for ATP since September 2012 as a field officer based in Central Vietnam. His responsibilities include conducting interview and field surveys throughout Central and Southem Vietnam focusing on priority species such as the endemic and critically endangered Vietnamese Pond turtle (Mauremys annamemsis) and Bourret's box turtle (Cuora boureti).


Nguyen Van Trong
Local Counterpart

Born 1974 in Nghia Son village near Dong Mo Lake, Hanoi, Nguyen Van Trong used to be a fisherman, working hard in the lake after he returned from his national service in the army. Trong was employed by the ATP’s staff in 2007 and very shortly after he and his colleague, Nguyen Xuan Thuan, discovered the only known wild individual of Swinhoe’s softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) in Dong Mo Lake. One of only four animals known in existence globally at the time. Since then, Trong spend most of his time to monitoring around Dong Mo Lake to protect the turtle, collecting environment data and supporting other community and research activities. Trong is playing a vital role in the conservation of the world’s rarest turtle. He has already been key to the rescue the turtle in 2008 after it escaped and was caught by local fishermen in Trung Son Tram ward, Son Tay district, Hanoi. Committed to working with turtles Trong now says “I love turtle”, we hope you do too.

Sarah Wahl
Communications Officer/Captive management advisor TCC

After finishing her B.Sc. degree in Wildlife Management and writing her final thesis about activity and movement patterns of the Keeled box turtle (Cuora mouhotii) in Cuc Phuong National Park, Sarah has been working for the ATP since 2011. Starting as an international volunteer, she now works as a communications officer managing and designing ATP's website. She is based at the Turtle Conservation Centre in Cuc Phuong National Park where she supports the local staff with managing the rescue centre and trains ATP's turtle detection dogs.

Kieu Ngoc Bich
Office Assistant

Graduating from the Banking Academy of Vietnam, majoring in English for Banking and Finance, Bich joined the ATP family in 2014. Working as an office assistant in Hanoi office, Bich has taken the wonderful chance to nurture her passion for nature and contribute to the effort of saving Vietnam's wildlife. She is responsible for publishing press releases, preparing bulletins and updating ATP’s website in order to raise the organization profile and enhance public awareness of the importance of the conservation of endangered turtle species in Vietnam. She also works enthusiastically supporting other staff to accomplish the ATP’s mission.


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Room 1806, C14 Bac Ha building, To Huu street, Nam Tu Liem district, Hanoi, Vietnam
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