Meet The Team

LWT DIRECTORATE

Jonathan Vaughan

Executive Director
jonathan@lilongwewildlife.org

Jonathan is a Chartered Ecologist  (he holds a BSc in Ecology, 1st Class Hons, and MSc in Biological Recording with Distinction and full CIEEM membership) whose passions are conservation, the natural world and Tottenham Hotspur. His African adventures started in 2000 with an Earthwatch research scholarship to study threatened bird species in the mountains of Tanzania.  After time leading wildlife gap year expeditions to the likes of Botswana and Mozambique, he settled into London life as an ecological consultant managing multi-million pound strategic development PLC projects in Europe. The Africa bug bit again in 2009 when he came to Malawi to join Lilongwe Wildlife Trust.

As Executive Director he is responsible for leading the Trust to deliver its vision, whilst at the same time making sure our programmes are delivering to meet the greatest needs of Malawi’s wildlife.  In order to maximise LWT’s impact and sustainability, he prioritises effective financial and operational management as well as the development of partnerships, both with local Government as well as likeminded local and international institutions.

He currently sits on the National Parks and Wildlife Act Amendment Steering Committee, the Malawi REDD+ Advisory Group as the Technical Expert on Biodiversity and the National Elephant Action Plan steering committee. He is co-author of the Illegal Wildlife Trade Review and is an expert in illegal wildlife trade, personally managing LWT’s anti-trafficking initiatives.

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Jonathan Vaughan

Jonathan Vaughan

Executive Director

Kate Moore

Programmes Director
kate@lilongwewildlife.org

After graduating with a BSc in Psychology, Kate spent a year studying and working in Central America followed by ten years working in marketing and project management for the private and not-for-profit sectors in the UK.  She specialised in fair trade and responsible tourism and studied international development in her spare time.

Despite travelling widely, Kate's first steps on Sub-Saharan African soil were in 2009 when she first arrived in Malawi to join Lilongwe Wildlife Trust.  She is now responsible for new programme development and communications, and spends much of her time on LWT's advocacy projects working with the government and the Malawi Parliamentary Conservation Caucus.  She is a member of the IUCN Urban Conservation Strategies Group.

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Kate Moore

Kate Moore

Programmes Director

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Operations Manager
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TBC

Operations Manager

Glory Kondowe

Office Manager
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Glory Kondowe

Glory Kondowe

Office Manager

ADVOCACY & ENFORCEMENT TEAM

Tommy Mhango

Head of Law Enforcement

Tommy is a Malawian national who possess a Bachelor of Science Degree in Natural Resources Management and worked in the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW) for 26 years, holding senior posts such as national desk officer for law enforcement and divisional manager for Northern Malawi (including the Malawi-Zambia TFCA area). Tommy started in DNPW as Park Ranger in 1988. Tommy left DNPW in 2010 to become the National Investigator for the US Embassy, Lilongwe, a position he held until joining LWT. Tommy reports to the CEO and helps coordinates all LWT’s day to day wildlife enforcement projects and activities. He is also a key liaison point between LWT and Malawi’s various law enforcement agencies. Tommy holds certificates in: Criminal Fraud Investigations; Conflict Management; Undercover Wildlife Crime Investigations and Community Conservation, amongst others. Tommy remains an Honorary Wildlife Officer with full powers of investigation and arrests relating to wildlife crime.

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Tommy Mhango

Tommy Mhango

Head of Law Enforcement

Andy Kaonga

Lawyer

Andy Kaonga is a legal practitioner of 9 years standing at the Malawian Bar, having practiced in the Supreme Court, High Court and subordinate courts. He holds a Bachelor of Laws with Honours and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.&nbsp; Andy is currently the managing partner of Wilkinson and Associates (<a href="http://www.wilkinsonlawyersmw.com">www.wilkinsonlawyersmw.com</a>) and heads its litigation section. Andy is also currently retained/seconded to LWT for 50% of his time. Andy has considerable experience in criminal litigation in Malawi and has acted as both defence counsel and as a private prosecuting attorney. He currently possesses an open ended consent to prosecute wildlife related offences for LWT granted from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). Prior to joining Wilkinson and Associates, Andy worked as a senior legal advisor in the ministry of Home Affairs and has considerable knowledge of government processes, as well as a network of trusted professionals in the public service. Andy was recently involved in the formulation and review of standard charge sheets to be used by public prosecutors for offences under the National Parks and Wildlife Act of Malawi. Andy will be responsible for the majority of litigations undertaken by LWT as part of the LWT court programme and will work closely with all other key LWT staff and our Government partners

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Andy Kaonga

Andy Kaonga

Lawyer

Investigator
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Investigator

Hon. Chilenga

Advisor

Hon. Werani Chilenga is a Member of Parliament, Chair of the Parliamentary Natural Resource Committee and Co-Chair of the Malawi Parliamentary Conservation Caucus.  He has a wealth of experience in politics and is passionate about the conservation of Malawi's natural heritage.

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Hon. Chilenga

Hon. Chilenga

Advisor

Neil Clark

Advisor

Neil Clark previously headed up the specialist intelligence and anti-corruption unit at the Strathclyde police. With his extensive experience of working in criminal intelligence with UK law enforcement, Neil has shared his expertise in the context of tackling wildlife crime with a number of key partners in Southern Africa and is currently supporting LWT’s investigations work.

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Neil Clark

Neil Clark

Advisor

Victoria May

Project manager

Victoria is a British barrister, based in Lilongwe, with a significant passion for wildlife conservation. She is currently helping to co-ordinate LWT’s court programmes. Prior to moving to Malawi in April 2016, Victoria practised as a Judicial Legal Adviser in the Ministry of Justice in England where she advised on many criminal law cases involving animal cruelty. Victoria was then seconded to the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (‘EULEX’), where, in her position of Legal Officer in the Special Prosecution Office, she drafted many legal applications and indictments on cases involving serious organised crime, war crime and financial crime. Victoria was also responsible for helping to plan investigations and the analysis of cell-site telephone interceptions to generate evidence to secure convictions. Her work also included cross-border cases where she liaised closely with the relevant Ministry of Justices and Interpol, drafting several applications for MLA. Victoria also attended Court on a regular basis and helped draft submissions presented by the Prosecutors. Since her arrival in Malawi, Victoria has built excellent relationships with the Judiciary and has been invited to chair several training workshops for magistrates.&amp;nbsp;

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Victoria May

Victoria May

Project manager

Legal Advocate
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Legal Advocate

Michelle Danks

Campaigns & Communications Manager
comms@lilongwewildlife.org

With big dreams and a desire to make a difference in wildlife conservation, Michelle left the US for Malawi in January 2017 to join the team at LWT.&nbsp; With over 16 years of experience in marketing communications she is responsible for local and international media relations, donor development and external communications. Michelle earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is excited to be working for such an important organization that is working so hard to protect Malawi’s wildlife and habitats!&nbsp;

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Michelle Danks

Michelle Danks

Campaigns & Communications Manager

 

CONSERVATION EDUCATION TEAM

Clement Manjaalera

Head Of Education
clement@lilongwewildlife.org

Clement joined the team as a volunteer tour guide in 2007. He has proven himself to be passionate and committed and has been promoted several times as education officer, then senior community liaison officer and in 2013 to the senior management team as Education Manager. He holds a diploma in Environmental Management and BA in Business Administration. An inspirational team leader and a confident public speaker, he has represented LWT on a number of local and international TV and radio programmes.

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Clement Manjaalera

Clement Manjaalera

Head Of Education

Frank Chimpango

Environmental Project Officer (PEEP - Northern Region)
frank@lilongwewildlife.org
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Frank Chimpango

Frank Chimpango

Environmental Project Officer (PEEP - Northern Region)

Joana Phiri

Education Officer (Lilongwe District)
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Joana Phiri

Joana Phiri

Education Officer (Lilongwe District)

Steven Munthali

Environmental Project Officer (PEEP - Central Region)
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Steven Munthali

Steven Munthali

Environmental Project Officer (PEEP - Central Region)

Nebbart Mtika

Education Manager (Wildlife Centre)
nebbart@lilongwewildlife.org
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Nebbart Mtika

Nebbart Mtika

Education Manager (Wildlife Centre)

Howard Zamula

Education Officer (Wildlife Centre)
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Howard Zamula

Howard Zamula

Education Officer (Wildlife Centre)

Maxwell

Education Officer (Wildlife Centre)
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Maxwell

Maxwell

Education Officer (Wildlife Centre)

Evason

Education Officer (Wildlife Centre)
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Evason

Evason

Education Officer (Wildlife Centre)

RESCUE & REHABILITATION TEAM

Dr. Amanda Salb

Head of Veterinary Services
amanda@lilongwewildlife.org

A fully qualified wildlife veterinarian trained in game capture, Amanda was educated in the US and worked in Namibia and Botswana leading conservation projects before joining the team in 2012. After working at Lilongwe Wildlife Centre as veterinarian she now heads up the Trust’s national wildlife emergency response unit working alongside DNPW around the country. She is also responsible for our new Wildlife Conservation Medicine programmes.

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Dr. Amanda Salb

Dr. Amanda Salb

Head of Veterinary Services

Joseph Nkhoma

Veterin(WERU)

Dr Nkhoma is a veterinarian with the Department of Animal Health and Livestocks, seconded to work with the Department of National Parks &amp;amp;amp; Wildlife alongside WERU Project Director Dr Amanda Salb.

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Joseph Nkhoma

Joseph Nkhoma

Veterin(WERU)

Jasper Iepema

Sanctuary Manager (Wildlife Centre)
jasper@lilongwewildlife.org

Jasper joined LWT in April 2011 from one of our partners, Stichting AAP, in Holland.  He has 10 years’ experience working with captive wild animals, specialising in big cats and primates, and leads our wildlife welfare programmes.

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Jasper Iepema

Jasper Iepema

Sanctuary Manager (Wildlife Centre)

Yessiah Symon

Head Animal Carer (Wildlife Centre)
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Yessiah Symon

Yessiah Symon

Head Animal Carer (Wildlife Centre)

Genevieve Crisford

Tourism & Conservation Manager (Wildlife Centre)
gen@lilongwewildlife.org

Gen trained in Animal Science at Bristol UWE, specialising in ethology with a final dissertation on primate integrations. She travelled and worked in various countries across Europe and Australasia for the next 5 years, gaining experience in the tourism sector and agriculture. Gen joined LWT as a volunteer in June 2012, and as a result of her work was subsequently given the opportunity to step up as Volunteer Manager. In November Gen moved to the African bush to head up a community wildlife reserve project, where she has stayed for the past three years, achieving financial sustainability and recognition as a popular eco-tourism destination. &amp;nbsp;During her time she also developed wildlife and land management systems, community outreach and education projects, and built capacity in local staff and authorities to help secure the long term future of the reserve.

In January 2015 Gen returned to LWT as Lilongwe Wildlife Centre’s Tourism &amp;amp;amp; Conservation Manager.&amp;nbsp; She now oversees the centre’s marketing strategy and facilities management focusing on delivering a positive visitor experience, and ensuring LWT’s wildlife welfare and conservation education messages reach both the visitors and the wider local community.&amp;nbsp; Her remit also includes building capacity in local staff, implementing a management plan for the centre’s 180 hectare wilderness reserve and developing new volunteer projects.

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Genevieve Crisford

Genevieve Crisford

Tourism & Conservation Manager (Wildlife Centre)

Alma van Dorenmalen

Rehab Manager (Wildlife Centre)
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Alma van Dorenmalen

Alma van Dorenmalen

Rehab Manager (Wildlife Centre)

Cynthia

Vet Nurse (Wildlife Centre)
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Cynthia

Cynthia

Vet Nurse (Wildlife Centre)

Auze Polela

Orphan Care Assistant (Wildlife Centre)
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Auze Polela

Auze Polela

Orphan Care Assistant (Wildlife Centre)

Chico

Deputy Carer (Wildlife Centre)
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Chico

Chico

Deputy Carer (Wildlife Centre)

Vicky Mopiwa

Events & Marketing Manager
vicky@lilongwewildlife.org
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Vicky Mopiwa

Vicky Mopiwa

Events & Marketing Manager

Jenny Tembo

Marketing Assistant
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Jenny Tembo

Jenny Tembo

Marketing Assistant

Griffin Kachere

Construction Manager
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Griffin Kachere

Griffin Kachere

Construction Manager

RESEARCH TEAM

Dr. Emma Stone

Head of Research

Emma is a Researcher at the University of Bristol and is the founder of Conservation Research Africa.  She has conducted a number of published research projects, specialising in bats and carnivores. Emma has worked in Africa since 1998 when she conducted research for three years in the remote Kafue National Park, Zambia, and then worked in a wildlife centre managing community education and outreach projects. Emma has been passionate about applied conservation biology in Africa, in particular resolving human-wildife conflicts and the impacts of environmental change using evidence based research.

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Dr. Emma Stone

Dr. Emma Stone

Head of Research

Amanda Harwood

Research Manager
mandy@lilongwewildlife.org

Amanda has an undergraduate Classics degree from Tufts University In the US, but spent her summers and post-college years gaining experience with primates all over the world, including baboons in South Africa, capuchins in Argentina, and orangutans in Borneo. After years of doing both field research and captive work, she went back to school to receive her Masters in Primate Conservation from Oxford Brookes University in the UK. She did her MSc dissertation research on chacma baboons in Botswana. Just after completing her degree she joined the LWT team as the Primate Release Manager where she undertook the 2015 yellow baboon release and this year's (2016) vervet monkey release. Considering her extensive experience with baboons, she is known around these parts as Malawi's leading baboon expert.

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Amanda Harwood

Amanda Harwood

Research Manager

Pilirani Sankhani

Primate Release Manager
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Pilirani Sankhani

Pilirani Sankhani

Primate Release Manager