Executive board and management team FPNA complete.

Published on May 9, 2019

Oranjestad – The Aruba National Parks Foundation has again taken a significant step with regards
to professionalizing its organization. Effective May 1 st , members of the FPNA Board of Trustees
appointed a new general director: Roland de Cuba who together with the Director Conservation,
Natasha Silva form the Executive Board. Concurrently Starr Ramos, the new Marketing and
Communications Manager and Tyson Lopez, the new Sustainable Recreation Manager also joined
the foundation. With these appointments the FPNA’s Executive Board and Management Team are
now complete and ready to effectively work on nature conservation in reserves managed by the

As General Director, Mr. De Cuba will take charge of the foundation; this entails that he – together
with the Director Conservation – will diligently work towards professionalizing the organization. The
FPNA is an organization that is currently entrusted with about 20% of Aruba’s total surface area in
addition to a maritime reserve.

Roland de Cuba is also charged with renovations and improvements to Parke Arikok’s facilities and
roads, as well as optimizing visitor flows. Of high priority are also pending negotiations on a
collective bargaining agreement for the FPNA’s employees and areas such as development of a
streamlined organizational structure, job descriptions and related compensation structure.
Furthermore, Roland de Cuba is tasked with development and update of management and
conservation planning for the different parks and conservation areas under the FPNA care.
FPNA’s Supervisory Board is extremely pleased with the appointment of these three professionals
and is convinced that all three will significantly contribute to the further professionalization of the
foundation, the welfare of its employees and especially conservation and preservation of Aruba’s
natural habitat.

Who is Roland de Cuba?

Roland de Cuba, born in Aruba in 1962 is an ex-student of the Ir. Cesare Terzano MTS. De Cuba
served the Antilliaanse Militie (ANTMIL) in Aruba and – as an infantryman – with the United States
Marine Corps. Roland de Cuba graduated from Southeastern University in Washington, DC with a BSc
in Accounting & Taxation. During his career he held various financial and managerial functions in
the United States, the Netherlands and Curacao. In 2012, Roland returned to Aruba. Mr. De
Cuba served as Secretary General of the Court of Audit.