About Us: Meet the Team:

International Staff

TPW Staff

US Staff

Board of Directors

Board of Advisors

APW All Staff 2013

International Staff

Laly Lichtenfeld, Ph.D. APW/TPW Executive Director

Laly and Tap.2Dr. Laly Lichtenfeld is a woman with a passion for Africa. She lives in Tanzania and is co-founder and executive director of the African People & Wildlife Fund and a research affiliate of Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She has over 15 years of experience in East Africa working with large carnivores, local communities and community-based conservation programs. Dr. Lichtenfeld received a Ph.D. from Yale University in 2005 for her research combining wildlife ecology and social ecology in an interdisciplinary study of human-lion relationships, interactions and conflicts. She is a National Geographic Explorer, a member of the African Lion Working Group, the Yale Large Carnivore Group, the National Geographic Big Cats Initiative and the recipient of the Fulbright Award. Her work has been featured on National Geographic Wild and the Discovery Channel Canada.

Charles Trout Director of Programs

Charles TroutCharles Trout is the Director of Programs of the African People & Wildlife Fund. Raised in the Democratic Republic of Congo, he has spent the last 20 years living around the protected areas of Tanzania, including the Serengeti National Park and the Selous Game Reserve. Prior to APW, Mr. Trout worked with several conservation and tourism companies. He has experience working in all four corners of Tanzania particularly in developing village agreements with tourism outfitters and in managing human-wildlife conflict mitigation programs. Mr. Trout is a graduate of the Rosslyn Academy in Nairobi, Kenya.

Tanzania People & Wildlife Fund Staff

Program Staff

Brendan Buzzard Program Coordinator

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Brendan Buzzard is the Program Coordinator for the Tanzania People and
Wildlife Fund.  Raised in southern and east Africa and trained in
conservation management, Brendan comes to TPW with a broad background
across the region.  His work on activities ranging from species
research and conservation, protected area planning and policy, and
applied land management has taken him to places like western Uganda,
Zimbabwe, northern Mozambique, South Sudan, and Kenya.  He is a
qualified field guide, holds an MSc from Oxford, and became a National
Geographic Young Explorer for his solo bush walks in northern Kenya.
Brendan is now excited to contribute to community conservation efforts
in Tanzania’s rangelands.

Elvis Kisimir Human-Wildlife Conflict Program Officer

20140320-DL16Elvis Kisimir is the Tanzania People & Wildlife Fund’s Human-Wildlife Conflict Coordinator. Mr. Kisimir is a well respected community member of Narakauo village. He oversees TPW’s Livestock Predation Officers and related program activities, including the installation and monitoring of all our Living Walls. He is a Disney Conservation Hero award winner.

Neovitus Sunday Sianga Maasai Steppe Conservation Education Program Officer

20130705-DL268Neovitus Sunday Sianga is the Conservation Education Program Officer of the Tanzania People & Wildlife Fund. Neovitus joined TPW in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in educational psychology from the University of Dar es Salaam. He is the recipient of the Sydney Byers Scholarship and is also pursuing his Master’s in environmental management at the University of Dar es Salaam.

Revocatus Magayane  Maasai Steppe Conservation Education Program Officer

20130720-DL133Revocatus is the Conservation Education Program Officer of the Tanzania People & Wildlife Fund. One of our most recent additions to the staff, Revocatus helps lead our expansion efforts in adult and youth education.

Joyce Ndakaru Conservation Enterprise and Development Officer

20140311-DL23Joyce Ndakaru, herself a Maasai woman, has many years of experience working with communities to make the most of their natural resources. In addition to starting the first women’s association in Simanjiro District, she is leading our efforts in environmentally-friendly business initiatives and entrepreneurship.

Everest Mollel Conservation Enterprise and Development Program Assistant

EverestMollelEverest Mollel helps to lead small project implementation and enterprise development and acts as community liaison during meetings. He holds a degree in environmental science from the University of Dar es Salaam.


Warriors for Wildlife

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Gerald Raphael Head Village Game Scout

GeraldRaphael-mugGerald Raphael is our Head Village Game Scout. He and his team work in Loibor Siret, where Gerald grew up. He has been working for TPW since 2010. He leads the team of other game scouts to protect natural resources, eliminate poaching, and halt illegal activities such as charcoal harvesting.

Watch our Local Heroes profile on Gerald Raphael.

Saruni Moses Head Human-Wildlife Conflict Officer

SaruniMoses2Saruni Moses is the Head Human-Wildlife Conflict Officer of the Tanzania People & Wildlife Fund. He initially worked with Dr. Lichtenfeld as a research assistant participating in the collection of local attitudinal surveys. Mr. Moses is a community member of Loibor Siret village.

 

Human-Wildlife Conflict Officers

Warriors for Wildlife TPWHuman-Wildlife Conflict Officers collect comprehensive information on livestock depredation incidences for TPW’s human-wildlife conflict prevention project. Information collected by the officers includes the time of day, GPS location, species, relevant habitat, weather, circumstances of the attack and information about the livestock owner. All officers are local community members.

Watch our short video on the role of Human-Wildlife Conflict Officers in saving big cats. 

Village Game Scouts

GameScoutsTPWVillage Game Scouts work to prevent poaching and other illegal activities such as charcoal harvesting. They work closely with the Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA) and with other anti-poaching units along the border of Tarangire National Park from organizations such as WCS.  They are highly trained to locate and apprehend poachers, as well on tasks such as rescuing injured wildlife and destroying illegal charcoal kilns. All village game scouts are local community members.

 


Environmental Trainers

Community Trainers TPWCommunity environmental trainers co-teach our natural resource management courses all across Northern Tanzania.  These trainers were selected through a tough application process and put through many days of training.

Our trainers are:

Mama Helena Mbarnoti, Mr. Erasto Ngira, Mwl. E. Mbise, Ms. Paulina Sempoly, Ms. Winfrida  Mollel, Joseph Lembaji, David Robert, Mzee Jumanne Labia, Stella Joely

Spotlight on a Community Trainer: Mama Helena Mbarnoti

HelenaMbarnotiMama Helena is a community trainer who specializes in women’s entrepreneurship and the development of environmentally-friendly businesses. Highly respected on the Maasai Steppe, she is also the sole female member of the community’s Reto-o-Reto (“Interdependency”) committee which established the areas first Watershed Conservation Area. Helena Mbarnoti works across the Steppe training other community leaders how to care for and benefit from their shared resources.


Operations

Maxi Isanya Noloholo Environmental Center Camp Manager

Emanuel-Maxi-IsangyaMr. Maxi Isanya is the Noloholo Environmental Center Camp Manager. With 14 years of bush camp experience, Mr. Isanya is responsible for the day to day activities required to live at a successful center. Prior to his employment with TPW, he worked in safari camps within the Selous Game Reserve and outside the Serengeti National Park. Mr. Isanya says he enjoys making sure the center is secure, clean and orderly. We are thankful for this and for the notion that, after a long day in the hot sun, we’ll find a good joke and a hearty laugh waiting for us back at camp!

Paulo Matanya Vehicle Maintenance and Driver

PauloMbise - MugMr. Paulo Matanya is TPW’s Vehicle Maintenance Officer. Mr. Matanya is responsible for all vehicle and machine running, maintenance and up-keep. He is also a driver for TPW. Mr. Matanya is a valuable asset helping to take care of many of the day to day activities required to operate a field-based organization, keeping our vehicles running in extremely difficult conditions.a

Tumaini Nnko Noloholo Environmental Center Deputy Logistics Manager

TumainiNnkoMr. Tumaini “Tuma” Nnko is the Noloholo Environmental Center Deputy Logistics Manager. Tuma is responsible for the logistics of day-to-day camp activities and special events, in particular ensuring all the staff are fed and that operations are running smoothly. He is famous for his skill in the kitchen and is able to cook a variety of world cuisines.

Annaely Njau Noloholo Environmental Center Deputy Transportation Officer

AnnaelyNjauMr. Annaely Njau is our Deputy Transportation Officer. He ensures the smooth operation of our vehicles which allow our program officers to keep our programs running. We need our vehicles in great shape for wildlife monitoring, transporting chain link for Living Walls, and for transporting community members to important program sites. Annaely joined us as a volunteer in 2012 and quickly became indispensable!

Rashid Lary Noloholo Environmental Center Maintenance Officer

RashidLary- MugRashidi Lary is the Noloholo Environmental Center Maintenance Officer. He oversees all construction and repair work at Noloholo, from building staff quarters to ensuring our lights stay on. He has decades of experience managing staff members, and his behind-the-scenes efforts ensures that our staff and visitors are always comfortable.

African People & Wildlife Fund Staff, North America

Jennifer Chin  Engagement Manager

JenniferChinJennifer Chin is based in New York, NY and serves as APW’s Engagement Manager, helping to organize external communications, development, events, and hiring. She also serves as APW’s webmaster. Jen started with APW in 2012 as an intern, with research interests in financial and social incentives for wildlife conservation. She has extensive experience in communications and business development. Jen received a dual Master’s of Environmental Management (MEM) and Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) from Duke in 2012. She also holds a BSJ from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

Deirdre Leoniwata  Media Director

DeirdreLeoniwataDeirdre Leowinata is based in Toronto, Canada. She started as a biologist, completing her Bachelor of Science at the University of Ottawa in 2012 with a specialization in evolution, ecology, and behaviour. That degree ignited a passion for novel science communication, leading to a post-graduate certificate in Environmental Visual Communication through a joint program between Fleming College and the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada. She fell in love with the wilds of Africa in 2009, and now acts as APW’s Media Director.

Board of Directors

Dr. Laly Lichtenfeld, President

Dr. Laly Lichtenfeld is a woman with a passion for Africa. She lives in Tanzania and is co-founder and executive director of the African People & Wildlife Fund and a research affiliate of Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She has over 15 years of experience in East Africa working with large carnivores, local communities and community-based conservation programs. Dr. Lichtenfeld received a Ph.D. from Yale University in 2005 for her research combining wildlife ecology and social ecology in an interdisciplinary study of human-lion relationships, interactions and conflicts. She is a National Geographic Explorer, a member of the African Lion Working Group, the Yale Large Carnivore Group, the National Geographic Big Cats Initiative and the recipient of the Fulbright Award. Her work has been featured on National Geographic Wild and the Discovery Channel Canada.

Charles Trout, Vice-President

Charles Trout is co-founder of the African People & Wildlife Fund. Raised in the Democratic Republic of Congo, he has spent the last 20 years living around the protected areas of Tanzania, including the Serengeti National Park and the Selous Game Reserve. Prior to APW, Mr. Trout worked with several conservation and tourism companies. He has experience working in all four corners of Tanzania particularly in developing village agreements with tourism outfitters and in managing human-wildlife conflict mitigation programs. Mr. Trout is a graduate of the Rosslyn Academy in Nairobi, Kenya.

Jonathan D. Meade, Secretary

Mr. Meade is the Vice President of Planning for the Heritage Conservancy in Doylestown, PA, which aims to preserve the natural and historic resources of the region through conservation and land acquisition programs. His work involves developing river conservation plans, open space plans, implementing outreach and education programs and strategic planning. His extensive experience in protected area planning, most recently with the National Park Service in Washington, D.C., includes management, business, strategic and financial planning. Mr. Meade received his MS from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and was a Fulbright Scholar in western Canada in 1996-1997.

Rosalie Ballantine, Treasurer

Ms. Ballantine is currently retired and devoted to environmental issues. She is serving her 3rd term as an environmental commissioner in the Bernardsville, NJ community. She also enjoys taking courses at Drew and Rutgers Universities. Prior to retirement, she worked for many years at the law firm of Pitney, Hardin, Kipp & Szuch in NJ. Ms. Ballantine holds a BA from Smith College and an MA from New York University in art & archeology.

Mark L. Lichtenfeld, Director

Mark L. Lichtenfeld is a senior vice-president of investments for the Lichtenfeld Group at UBS Financial Services in NJ. He began his career at Bear Stearns in 1994 and continued with Prudential Securities before joining RBC Dain Rauscher (formerly Tucker Anthony) in 1997. He received a bachelor’s with honors from Rutgers College and was a Henry Rutgers Scholar. In addition to APW, he served as a member of the Board of Trustees of The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Mr. Lichtenfeld lives with his wife, Laurie, and children, Summer and Charlie, in Bernardsville, NJ.

Ann C. Smith, Director

Ann was born in Norfolk, Virginia and graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a BA in English. She has 2 sons and lives in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Santa Barbara, California. Her passions include hiking, cross country skiing, wildlife photography, travel, and wildlife conservation. She has traveled to East Africa many many times and has been a supporter of the African People and Wildlife Fund since 2006. She founded PAWS of Jackson Hole which helps the local Animal Shelter and assists in many animals issues in the local community. Besides serving on the APWF Board, she is also on the Board of !21 and Wyoming Untrapped both located in Jackson Hole. In Santa Barbara she serves on the Board of the Diana Basehart Foundation.

Virginia Lynch Dean, Director

Bio Coming Soon.

 

Board of Advisors

Stephen R. Kellert, Ph.D., Member, APW Board of Advisors

Tweedy/Ordway Professor of Social Ecology and Co-Director of the Hixon Center for Urban Ecology at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.  Professor Kellert’s work focuses on understanding the connection between human and natural systems with a particular interest in the value and conservation of nature and designing ways to harmonize the natural and human built environments.  His awards include the National Conservation Achievement Award (1997, NWF); Distinguished Individual Achievement Award (Society for Conservation Biology, 1990); Best Publication of the Year Award (International Foundation for Environmental Conservation, 1985);Special Achievement Award (NWF, 1983); Fulbright Research Award; as well as being included among 300 individuals listed in \“American Environmental Leaders: From Colonial Times to the Present.\” He has served on committees of the National Academy of Sciences, is a member of IUCN Species Survival Commission Groups, and has been a member of the board of directors of many organizations.

Oswald J. Schmitz, Ph.D., Member, APW Board of Advisors

Oastler Professor of Population and Community Ecology and Director of the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation Science at Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.  Professor Schmitz’s research examines the dynamics and structure of terrestrial food webs. His specific focus is on plant-herbivore interactions and how they are shaped by carnivores and soil-nutrient levels, both at the level of herbivore foraging ecology and plant-herbivore population dynamics. He is also examining how natural systems are resistant and resilient to natural and human-induced disturbances. His approach involves developing mathematical theories of species interactions in food webs and testing these theories through field experiments. The work deals with a variety of ecosystems and herbivore species, ranging from moose deer and snowshoe hare in northern Canadian forests to insects in New England old-field ecosystems.