Zo Lalaina Rakotobe is currently a Sustainable Production Manager at Conservation International Madagascar. As a Sustainable Production Manager, she works to find the best strategies that may improve sustainable production based on the protection of natural capital. Additionally, she worked as the technical coordinator for the Gates Project: Assessing Agriculture Risk Management of vulnerable farmers in Madagascar.
Zo Lalaina received a master’s degree in Natural Sciences from the Botany Department of the University of Antananarivo in 1992, a master’s degree in International Development from Cornell University in 2002, and finally a PhD in Agronomical Sciences from Ecole Superieur des Sciences Agronomiques at the University of Antananarivo in 2015.
By participating in the Beahrs ELP, Zo Lalaina hopes that she will gain leadership skills in the field of sustainable development based on environmental management. She also hopes to build a strong access to and networking with women leaders at the international level after the completion of the program. Peers laud Zo Lalaina for her passion for balancing conservation with the needs of local livelihoods.