Reef Guardian is a registered non-profit association created under German law on March 1st, 2020. The association aims to promote the protection of marine flora and fauna with focus on coral reefs. Its activities include environmental education to advance the understanding and ecological importance of tropical coral reefs and the initiation of local projects to conserve and improve the condition of reefs, foremost in Indonesia.
The association is represented by a board of three members:
Dr. Anja Hagedorn – President
Anja had been working for several years in innovation management and entrepreneurship at Fraunhofer IWM and at HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management, where she also earned her Ph.D. As start-up coach and project coordinator she supported several business founders and innovative projects in the bio-economy. After she had used a sabbatical to visit Indonesia twice she started to promote the idea to support both local residents and to safeguard precious maritime areas.
Verry Agapa – Vice President
Verry was born in West Papua, Indonesia. His family lives in and around the city of Nabire, located on the shores of Cenderawasih Bay and famous for its whale shark population. Verry studies Environmental Technologies at HWTK Leipzig and is active in the city’s catholic student community.
Frank Trepte – Treasurer
Frank has been snorkelling a few times in Indonesian waters and travelled on several islands of his favourite country. Back home he is co-owner and authorized representative of core-consult, Dresden, where he initiates and coordinates European cooperation projects. Frank had studied political sciences in Berlin and Brussels.