RUAHA-KATAVI LANDSCAPE PROGRAM
Aaron Nicholas: PROJECT DIRECTOR Nicholas has managed the WCS Ruaha-Katavi Landscape Program since Feb 2014. He is Chief of Party for the USAID funded Southern Highlands and Ruaha-Katavi Protection Program (SHARPP), launched in December 2014. Aaron 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. Nicholas 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 will coordinate and conduct the WCS aerial program under SHARPP.
Peter Genda: Assistant PROJECT DIRECTOR Peter joined WCS in February 2015, after two years teaching at the College of African Wildlife Management, Mweka and a further 8 years of field conservation. Genda has worked in the Selous and Rukwa Game Reserves, gaining both anti-poaching and ecological monitoring experience. Since 2010 he has also been engaged in community-based conservation, playing a key role in spearheading the formation of two Wildlife Management Areas in Katavi region. In 2011, Peter joined the local campaign WASIMA to work with Sukuma pastoralists to halt non-retaliatory lion killing.
Claire Bracebridge: TECHNICAL ADVISOR Claire has spent over a 15 years working in tropical ecosystems across South East Asia and Africa. She started work in Tanzania in 2002, conducting biodiversity and forest resource assessments across poorly known montane forests for five years. A combined passion for primate conservation and tropical forests culminated in a PhD (2011) on the Critically Endangered kipunji monkey, endemic to southwest Tanzania (supported by WCS). Claire has worked with WCS since 2011, as a scientific coordinator/advisor across two landscape programs, and also fills the role of M&E Coordinator for SHARPP.
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.
Reginald Sukums: LANDSCAPE PROTECTION MANAGER Reginald has twelve years experience in Wildlife Protection, Wildlife Tourism, Invasive Species Management and the Identification of Savanna Plant Species. He holds a Diploma and Bsc. in Wildlife Management. Prior to joining WCS he worked for the Friedkin Conservation Fund (FCF) as Anti-poaching Coordinator for Mwiba Ranch and later became the Mobile Teams Coordinator for Tanzania Game Tracker safaris and Wengert Windrose Safaris Concessions. His experience in intelligence and anti-poaching resulted in the several arrests and the seizure of illegal trophies and weapons. Previous to this he held several positions in Serengeti National Park; Research Assistant for Wake Forest University, Invasive Species Field Supervisor for the Grumeti Fund, assistant Zonal Warden for Anti-poaching and Project Coordinator for the Moru Black Rhinocerous Conservation Project.
Elias Lulabaka: PROTECTION COORDINATOR Elias joined WCS in February 2015, having spent 4.5 years as a Regional Wildlife Technical Advisor in Arusha, where he developed strategic and management plans for community-based conservation projects, assessed ecotourism potential on community land, and was actively involved in wildlife monitoring, anti-poaching and problem animal control, supporting local protection authorities. Elias also has field experience as a District Game Officer and worked with tour companies as guide, driver and camp manager. He manages WCS Law Enforcement Monitoring activities, in particular coordinating with key local partners.
Valeria Shirima: PROJECT OFFICER Valeria joined WCS in October 2013 as a volunteer for WCS-SHCP, and assisted in monitoring endangered species in the field. In January 2014, she joined the RKLP, where she works with two National Parks (Ruaha and Katavi) in law enforcement monitoring data collection using SMART. Valeria works closely with the park providing technical assistance and support in their daily use of the tool, as well as training new users of SMART.
Justice Muchati: BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR Justice holds a MSc in Development Studies and BSc in Agriculture and Diploma in Agriculture. Previous to joining WCS he worked as Skills and Capacity Programme Officer for the Ruzivo Trust in Zimbabwe. In his professional career, key themes have been research, capacity building, market linkages and agronomic advisory services from community to national level. His current position focuses on harnessing appropriate business opportunities in the Wildlife Management Areas around Ruaha and Katavi National Parks.
Festo Ngomela: FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER Festo joined WCS in November 2014. He is a certified public accountant with a BA in Accounting and Finance. He worked with the CRDB bank as Credit Officer for three years and after with the Tanzania labour college (TLC) for nine months as Assistant Accountant. Festo has also been a part time tutorial assistant in Business and Accounting at Iringa University, Mbeya Branch.
Chesco Motto: MONITORING AND EVALUATION SPECIALISTChesco 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.
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.
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.
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.
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: DRIVERAnthony 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.
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.