MK Lemur Foundation

Our Team

Marat Karpeka

9b5f7e1950bbdf85a65d036f57e0efc3af0d12fc59296c75f0pimgpsh_fullsize_distrMarat Karpeka was born in Belarus and currently lives in Cyprus. He majored in physics and computer science, spending most of his time in the IT business. Marat is interested in genomics, information medicine, and nanorobotics.

Marat Karpeka’s biggest passion is lemurs. Following a long period of donating to various wildlife conservation organizations, he knew he could do more. Marat says, “I’m a strong believer that each of us can do good things and make the world a better place.” He applied his creative way of thinking and experience to save lemurs. Marat is presently creating a new grant-making organization to allocate funds most effectively and make a difference in lemur conservation. Marat says he was lucky to meet Dr. Mittermeier, who agreed to undertake selection of the most efficient lemur projects with measurable results.

Please take a minute to watch Marat’s video about lemurs conservation and the mission behind MK Lemur Foundation on Youtube.


Dr. Russell Mittermeier

russel-mittermeierDr. Russell Mittermeier is one of the most influential primatologists in the world. As a consultant, he shares his expertise in lemur conservation with the fund.

He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1971, and received his Ph.D. in Biological Anthropology from Harvard University in 1977. Dr. Mittermeier has been President of Conservation International since 1989. A primatologist and herpetologist, he has traveled widely in over 100 countries, and conducted fieldwork in more than 20 – much focused on Suriname, Madagascar, and forest regions of Brazil.

Dr. Mittermeier has published more than 400 scientific and popular articles and 15 books, including the trilogy Megadiversity, Hotspots and Wilderness, as well as Wildlife Spectacles, Hotspots Revisited, Pantanal and Transboundary Conservation. He is well respected in his field and was named a “hero for the planet” by TIME Magazine.

*Please note: Dr. Mittermeier is a consultant for MKLF, not founder or team member.

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Marina Surskova


Marina Surskova is our Project manager. She makes sure that all the projects run as smoothly as possible and in a shortest time and she also makes posts in social media that you read.

Marina is a positive person who believes that whatever problem you have there’s always a possible solution. She’s a big animal lover, besides helping MK Lumur fund she spends a lot of time with horses and has her own dog and cat.