RUAHA-KATAVI LANDSCAPE PROGRAM
RUAHA-KATAVI PROGRAM STAFF
Aaron Nicholas: PROJECT DIRECTOR
Aaron has managed the WCS Ruaha-Katavi Landscape Program since Feb 2014. He has more than 21 years of experience in African conservation, he has worked previously for WCS in Rwanda and Cameroon and for other conservation organisations in Kenya, DRC and Namibia. Aaron has co-authored a number of Regional Action Plans, helped establish five new protected areas, managed transboundary relationships and is also a qualified pilot. He coordinates the WCS aerial program under SHARPP.
Michael Lesecha: ASSISTANT PROJECT DIRECTOR
Michael joined WCS in 2019. He holds a BSc in Wildlife Management from Sokoine University of Agriculture. Prior to joining WCS, Michael was a Data and Statistics Officer under the Directorate of Conservation Services at the Tanzania Wildlife Management Authority Head Quarters in Morogoro. Before this, he worked as a Wildlife Officer (Game Officer II) in Rukwa Game Reserve and as a logistics officer for Offgrid-electric Tanzania, providing affordable solar electricity to communities in Simiyu region. He has additional experience in wildlife management and biodiversity research in the Udzungwa Mountains, Ruaha, Serengeti and Saadani National Parks.
Richard Ndaskoi: USAID CHIEF OF PARTY FOR SHARPP
Richard joined WCS in 2018 bringing over 20 years’ experience in development and humanitarian program management, with bilateral donor agencies, international NGOs, and private for-profit corporations. Prior to joining WCS, Richard worked as Community Outreach Programme Manager for the Grumeti Fund, Programme Manager for Oxfam GB in Ngorongoro, Manager of Ereto Ngorongoro Pastoralists Project, Programme Officer for the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. He holds a MSc. in Rural Development from Ireland’s University College Dublin and a BA Hons in Land Use Planning and Environmental Studies from the University of Dar es Salaam.
Anna Kimambo: COMMUNITY CONSERVATION COORDINATOR
Anna joined WCS in 2017. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Dar es Salaam and a Diploma in Wildlife Management from Mweka College of African Wildlife Management. She has also been trained in radio and TV production, adult teaching methodology, management and communication. Prior to joining WCS, Anna worked as a Game Officer in the Publicity Unit of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, a trainer at Likuyu Sekamaganga Community Based Training College and a Game Warden in the Selous.These skills and experience are all put to good use in her role with WCS which centres on engaging communities with species and habitat conservation.
Msafiri Mgumba: ASSISTANT ECOLOGICAL COORDINATOR
Msafiri joined WCS in September 2014, having already spent 4.5 years working in the Ruaha landscape conducting research on antelopes with the University of California (Berkeley), and later, collecting data on human-carnivore conflict and carnivore ecology for the Ruaha Carnivore Project. During this time he also provided training and conservation education for local communities. Msafiri is keen to share his interest in wildlife to a wider audience and has regularly contributed to the Tanzanian magazine Kakakuona.
Chesco Motto: MONITORING AND EVALUATION SPECIALIST
Chesco is a Social Scientist / Economist with extensive experience working in community development programs in Tanzania. He has skills in both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies; developing, designing and managing research projects; data collection, analysis and presentation as well as M&E practical skills and experience.
Ally Bakari: LANDSCAPE GIS MANAGER
Ally Bakari joined WCS in 2017, bringing extensive knowledge in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and work experience in applying them. Prior to joining WCS, Ally worked as PLUM GIS manager mapping village land-use for 5 villages in Itigi and Sikonge Districts, as GIS specialist for Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) in the Kigoma refugee camps, for Mwanza Intervention Unit Fisherfolk Project and for the Geo-Spatial Company in Izmir, Turkey. This followed his completion of an MSc in GIS at the Dokuz Eylül University, a postgraduate study in scientific computing at the University of Dar es Salaam, and an advanced diploma in computer science from the Institute of Finance Management. He also holds ESRI certificates in spatial analysis, cartography and Arc Pro as well as Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tools (SMART) certificates in its usage and training of trainers.
Deogratius Thomas: PROJECT FINANCE MANAGER
Prior to joining WCS in 2019, Deogratius held the position of Grants and Finance Accountant for the Aga Khan Foundation in Tanzania, before which he served as Finance and Administration Officer for CARE International’s Kahama office and previously Finance Officer for the International Rescue Committee’s Tanga office. He holds an Advanced Diploma in Accountancy from the Tanzania Institute of Accountancy and has been an active member of Roots and Shoots for several years.
Fadhili Mohabe: PROJECTS MANAGER
Fadhili holds an honours degree in Business Management & Business Information Technology from the University of Gloucestershire in the UK. He joined WCS in 2015 to manage the construction of detection dog units in Dar es Salaam port and airport and is now assisting the Ruaha-Katavi program with further project management. Prior to joining WCS he has held several managerial positions in Tanzania and the UK including Administrative and Maintenance office for the Swedish Embassy, the General Manager of Mohabe Bros, Marketing and Logistics Manager for the Tanzania Trade Centre and Services Manager for Ecovert FM.
Harold Rutabanzibwa: COMMUNITY COORDINATOR ASSISTANT
Harold graduated from the University of Dar es Salaam in 2009 with a BSc in Natural Sciences majoring in Zoology and Chemistry. His first job was with the NGO Savannas Forever Tanzania, conducting socioeconomic baseline surveys in rural areas. This included a cotton survey funded by the Gatsby Foundation and a food asset survey funded by the World Food Programme in 2012 as well as the Wekeza survey into child labour funded by the American Labor Department in 2013. In 2015, he was taken on by WCS Tanzania, to supervise data collection on community perceptions of Wildlife Management Areas. After returning briefly to Savannas Forever to assist with the Africa-Rising survey in Manyara Region, he was employed by WCS Ruaha-Katavi Program as Community Coordinator Assistant.
Stanley Mbilinyi: ASSISTANT LANDSCAPE PROTECTION COORDINATOR
Prior to joining WCS in 2019, Stanley was a Game Officer for the Tanzania Wildlife Management Authority (TAWA), before which he held the position of Extension & Database Officer for PAMS Foundation’s Ruvuma Elephant Conservation Project. He holds a BSc in Wildlife Management from Sokoine University of Agriculture as well as certificates in BARRET radio training, basic and advanced SMART and basic ArcGIS.
Samuel Krahwinkler: CONSERVATION PILOT
Samuel joined WCS in 2017, having previously worked as a commercial pilot for BUSH BIRD Aviation in Namibia. He has a MSc in Biology from the University of Salzburg in Austria, a first degree in Chemistry from the University of Innsbruck and is a trained paramedic. He had over 1,450 hours flying before joining WCS, following flight training at the 141 Flight School in Florida including extensive experience in bush flying.
Edmund Chota: LOGISTICS AND ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER
Edmund has worked for WCS for 10 years as a logistics and administrative officer and occasional driver. Edmund provides administrative support to the Finance Officer at RKLP, as well as overseeing use and maintenance of all office equipment and property. Edmund also has experience as an electrician.
Elisha Abraham Laizer: MOBILE MECHANIC / FLEET MANAGER
Elisha joined WCS in 2018 with an impressive array of work experience and professional qualifications. Prior to joining the Ruaha-Katavi program, he worked with the United Nations for over a decade - both in South Sudan and DR Congo. Before this he was a workshop foreman for Toyota Tanzania for 4 years, having previously worked as a mechanic for Ker & Downey Safaris and Tanzania Big Game Safaris.
Kissah Yesaya: RESEARCH AND ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Kissah first joined WCS in 2008 for SHCP, providing administrative support for the office. After a break, she joined RKLP in 2013 providing administrative support to the Finance and Administrative team, as well as conducting data entry for the ecology team. Kissah also cooks nutritious lunches and keeps the office clean.
Erica Malimbwi: BOOK-KEEPING ASSISTANT
Erica studied Business Management with a focus on human resources and finance management. She also covered marketing and procurement as part of her college training. In 2015 Erica worked as a consultant agent for Tunakopesha limited where she gained skills in selling financial products. Previously she worked as a trainee in the administration, accounts and evaluation departments for the National Social Security Fund. She initially volunteered for WCS Tanzania in the administration and finance department. In 2016 she was employed as a Book-keeping Assistant for the Ruaha-Katavi Landscape Program. Erica is an active member of Mutual Generation of Tanzania that is committed to conserving the environment to ensure a better living place.
Iddi Songolo Ally: GRADER OPERATOR
Iddi joined WCS in 2019 bringing experience driving and operating machinery from Motomoto, Tanzania National Roads Agency (TANROADS) and the Tanzania Electrical, Mechanical and Electronics Services Agency (TEMESA). He is based in Chunya District and is responsible for grader operations in the Rungwa/Kizigo/Muhesi and Lukwati/Piti Game Reserves.
Jenipha Mboya: AVIATION PROGRAM ASSISTANT
Jenipha joined WCS in 2019. She previously worked as Research and Advocacy Officer for the Southern Tanzania Elephant Project, Research Assistant for Saadani National Park, and Assistant Game Officer in the Selous Game Reserve (Kingupira). She holds a BSc in Wildlife Science and Conservation from the University of Dar es Salaam and has attended training in using field and GIS tools for assessing, monitoring and mapping tropical rainforest biodiversity at the Udzungwa Ecological Monitoring Center as well as in cartographic design and map publication with QGIS from the Tanzania Conservation Resource Centre.
Joseph Mbombwe: DRIVER
Joseph Mbombwe joined WCS in 2008, having completed studies in vehicle systems, driving and vehicle maintenance at the technical college in Iringa.
Anthony Tindwa: DRIVER
Anthony holds an advanced drivers certificate from the Tanzanian National Institute of Transport. Prior to joining WCS he worked as driver and vehicle manager for RPMS, driver and mechanic for COO and MTANGA Foods Company and tour guide for Tatanca Tourism. He has extensive experience managing and maintaining vehicles as well as off-road driving.
James Kasapira: DRIVER
James joined WCS in 2017. He previously worked as Game Warden & Head Driver in Rukwa Game Reserve, before which he was a driver for National Housing Corporation (NHC). He also holds a Certificate in Wildlife from the Pasiansi Wildlife Institute.
John Chapile: OFFICE GUARD
John joined WCS in 2010 as an office guard and gardener. As well as having green fingers, he works very efficiently in maintaining cleanliness and security of the office compound.
Issaya Mpwaga: OFFICE GUARD