SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS CONSERVATION PROGRAM
MBEYA OFFICE STAFF
Noah E. Mpunga: TECHNICAL ADVISOR
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: SHCP 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.
Vicky F. Mbofu: SHCP ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
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.
Fredy W. Mdemu: ASSISTANT FINANCE DIRECTOR (COUNTRY PROGRAM)
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.
Prisca Mwani: SHCP Finance Manager
Prisca joined WCS in 2020. She holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA), majoring in Finance and Banking from Tumaini University in Iringa as well as a BA in Accounting and Finance from the Moshi University College of Cooperative and Business Studies. Prior to joining WCS, Prisca worked as an accountant at Ilula Orphan Program, Tumaini University’s Makumira-Mbeya Centre and Tanzania Electricity Supply Company TANESCO Mbeya.
Anthony Ernest Minazi: ASSISTANT 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.
Willy Mwalwengele: RESEARCH ASSISTANT
Willy first worked for WCS in 2003. He continues to assist in the preparation and implementation of field projects, supporting the work of Project Coordinators and Conservation Biologists. He is also responsible for financial management of Research Assistant funds and coordination of other research assistants.
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.
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.