Rasamoelina Rakotomamonjy (Oely) joined the Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands as Regional Officer for Africa in September 2015. Oely is a citizen of the Republic of Madagascar. After his Master of Arts in Geography (CAPEN) from the Ecole Normale Supérieure at the University of Antananarivo (Madagascar), Oely obtained his MSc degree in Environmental Management at Senghor University in Alexandria (Egypt) and his research in remote sensing was conducted in Montréal collaborating with the UQAM University (Canada), collecting, analysing, and comparing data on forest direct use. Before becoming the Regional Officer for Africa within the Ramsar Convention Secretariat, Oely has worked as Area Coordinator with GIZ Madagascar in the past 4 years in its North western region (Boeny) in the field of natural resources management in Madagascar. He has very good knowledge of African wetlands and has long experience in working with local communities.