• MBEYA OFFICE

    STAFF

    MBEYA OFFICE

    SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS CONSERVATION PROGRAM

  • Southern/ Highlands
  • Ruaha/ Katavi
  • Tarangire/ Ecosystem
  • Zanzibar/ Forests
  • Greater/ Pemba Channel

SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS STAFF: MBEYA OFFICE

Noah E. Mpunga: PROJECT DIRECTOR
Noah joined WCS Tanzania in 2003 as a Conservation Biologist, primarily researching carnivores and primates of the Southern Highlands. Prior to this he worked with Dr Daniela De Luca studying carnivore distribution and abundance in Udzungwa National Park and Rungwe Nature Reserve. He holds a BSc in Wildlife Ecology and a Masters Degree in Corporate Management.

Sophy J. Machaga: ASSISTANT PROJECT DIRECTOR
Sophy joined the program as a Conservation Biologist in 2003 to carry out field research. She is responsible for research design, collection and collation including GIS data and map-making for the project. She holds a BSc in Wildlife Ecology and Zoology and has been trained in GIS.

Fredy W. Mdemu: PROJECT FINANCE MANAGER
Fredy has been the program finance manager since 2009. He holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration and an MBA in Finance and Banking from Tumaini University, Iringa College. Before joining WCS he taught at secondary school and college level in Iringa and Mbeya.  

Vicky F. Mbofu: PROJECT ECOLOGIST
Vicky joined WCS as a research assistant in 2010, conducting social economic surveys on human-wildlife conflict assisting then PhD student Claire Bracebridge (now Ruaha-Katavi Technical Advisor). 3 months later she was employed as Social Economics Coordinator. She has a Bachelor of Wildlife Management from Sokoine University of Agriculture. 

Anthony Ernest Minazi:  ASSISTANT ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION COORDINATOR
Anthony initially joined WCS as a volunteer in the education department in 2013 and was employed after one year. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Ecotourism and Nature Conservation.

Faraja Dembe: ASSISTANT COMMUNITY LIAISON OFFICER
Faraja started volunteering for WCS in 2013 and after showing keen learning was taken on full time in 2014. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Development Studies.

Sylvanos Peter Kimiti: SENIOR RESEARCH ASSISTANT
Sylvanos manages research teams in all the program’s field activities. He has risen from Logistics Officer in 2003 then Research Assistant to his current role.

Obadia J. Mwaipungu: RESEARCH ASSISTANT
Obadia joined WCS in 2003 and has worked on research in the Southern Highlands. Prior to joining the program he worked for various private companies after completed secondary education.

Ayubu Kajigili: RESEARCH ASSISTANT
Ayubu started volunteering for WCS IN 2008, assisting with field activities. He was taken on as a research assistant in 2009 and has advanced secondary level education.

Buto K. Mwamboneke: DRIVER AND MECHANIC
Buto joined WCS in 2003 and is responsible for the program vehicles, driving project staff and visitors as well as assisting the team in various other activities. He has a certificate in mechanics.

Ramadhani S. Mduruma: DRIVER
After working on two temporary assignments, Ramadhani joined WCS full time in 2008. In addition to driving, he assists with research and education activities. He holds a secondary education certificate and driving license.

Amnoni A. Mbubha: FOREST GUARD
Amnoni lives adjacent to Mt. Rungwe and started guiding WCS researchers in 2003, during which time he became familiar with field activities and conservation. He was formally employed in 2007 and is educated to primary level.

Sharifa Kapenja Azizi: FOREST GUARD
Sharifa began working as a porter for WCS research teams before becoming employed by the program in 2008 to help protect Mt Rungwe.

Christopher Mwampetele: FOREST GUARD
Christopher lives adjacent to the forest in Mt Rungwe and began formally assisting WCS in its conservation in 2008.

Atupakisye Mwaibanje: FOREST GUARD
Atupakisye joined the program as a camp guard and cook in 2006. She learnt fast about research activities and was promoted to forest guard in 2008.

Asifiwe Omari: FOREST GUARD
Asifiwe has always been interested in conservation. He initially worked as a porter for WCS field researchers before being taken on as a forest guard in 2008.

Jane S. Lugome: OFFICE ATTENDANT
Jane has been with the program since 2003 since when she has become familiar with research activities and learnt how to take care of flora and fauna specimens brought to the office for identification and study. She has a primary education certificate.

Joshua E. Nsagaji: OFFICE GUARD
Joshua joined WCS in 2003. In addition to working as a guard he takes care of the garden and assists with project logistics and stores. 

Leba Mwanahewa: OFFICE GUARD
Leba joined WCS in 2005. He takes care of general office security and equipment as well as assisting in field logistics and maintenance of the office grounds. He holds a primary education certificate.

Eliah H. Mwasyove: OFFICE GUARD
Eliah holds a primary education certificate and joined WCS in 2006. He is responsible for taking care of office equipment and assisting with logistics and stores.