Meet The Team

LWT SENIOR MANAGEMENT

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

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

TBC

Head of Research
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TBC

TBC

Head of Research

RESCUE & REHABILITATION TEAM

Dr. Amanda Salb

LWT Head Veterinarian & WERU Project Manager
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

LWT Head Veterinarian & WERU Project Manager

Joseph Nkhoma

WERU Veterinarian

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

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Joseph Nkhoma

Joseph Nkhoma

WERU Veterinarian

Jasper Iepema

Sanctuary Manager
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

Pilirani Sankhani

Rescue & Rehabilitation Coordinator
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Pilirani Sankhani

Pilirani Sankhani

Rescue & Rehabilitation Coordinator

Yessiah Symon

Head Animal Carer
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Yessiah Symon

Yessiah Symon

Head Animal Carer

Alma van Dorenmalen

Rescue & Rehabilitation Manager
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Alma van Dorenmalen

Alma van Dorenmalen

Rescue & Rehabilitation Manager

Cynthia

LWC Vet Nurse
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Cynthia

Cynthia

LWC Vet Nurse

Griffin Kachere

Construction Manager
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Griffin Kachere

Griffin Kachere

Construction Manager

Genevieve Crisford

Tourism & Conservation Manager
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.  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 & Conservation Manager.  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.  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

Vicky Mopiwa

Events & Marketing Manager
vicky@lilongwewildlife.org
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Vicky Mopiwa

Vicky Mopiwa

Events & Marketing Manager

Nebbart Mtika

Education Manager
nebbart@lilongwewildlife.org
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Nebbart Mtika

Nebbart Mtika

Education Manager

Cazz Kimber

Volunteer Coordinator
lilongwevolunteer@gmail.com
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Cazz Kimber

Cazz Kimber

Volunteer Coordinator

COMMUNITY OUTREACH TEAM

Frank Chimpango

Environmental Project Officer
frank@lilongwewildlife.org
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Frank Chimpango

Frank Chimpango

Environmental Project Officer

Jenny Tembo

Marketing Assistant
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Jenny Tembo

Jenny Tembo

Marketing Assistant

Howard Zamula

Education Officer
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Howard Zamula

Howard Zamula

Education Officer

Maggie Dambe

Outreach Officer
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Maggie Dambe

Maggie Dambe

Outreach Officer

ADVOCACY & ENFORCEMENT TEAM

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

Sawako Nevin

Project Manager
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Sawako Nevin

Sawako Nevin

Project Manager

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

Kat Stansfield

Communications Manager
kat@lilongwewildlife.org
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Kat Stansfield

Kat Stansfield

Communications Manager

Tommy Mhango

Senior Wildlife Crime Advisor

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.

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Tommy Mhango

Tommy Mhango

Senior Wildlife Crime Advisor

Miles Zidana

Advisor

Miles has a wealth of experience working for the Department of National Parks and Wildlife both in the field and at headquarters.  He specialises in law enforcement, specifically tackling the illegal ivory trade.

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Miles Zidana

Miles Zidana

Advisor

Hon. Msokera

Advisor
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Hon. Msokera

Hon. Msokera

Advisor

Prof. Erica Lyman

Advisor

Erica joined the International Environmental Law Project as the clinic’s first staff attorney and as a Clinical Professor in 2005. Erica travels extensively representing IELP and its clients on international environmental issues. She has traveled to Bangkok and to The Hague to participate in meetings of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) and to Geneva to represent clients at the CITES Standing Committee meeting. She has worked extensively with governments, non-governmental organizations, and international institutions on issues of international environmental importance. Erica’s practice area currently focuses on international wildlife trade, whaling, climate change, and other pressing international environmental matters.

As the staff attorney and clinical professor for IELP, Erica serves as an instructor and mentor for IELP’s student law clerks. She has taught International Environmental Law and International Wildlife Law and publishes regularly in the field of international environmental law. She has supported Lilongwe Wildlife Trust since 2014 and co-authored the Illegal Wildlife Trust report.

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Prof. Erica Lyman

Prof. Erica Lyman

Advisor

RESEARCH TEAM

Dr. Emma Stone

Advisor

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

Advisor

Amanda Harwood

Primate Release Project 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

Primate Release Project Manager

Chifundo Ganizo

Primate Release Assistant
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Chifundo Ganizo

Chifundo Ganizo

Primate Release Assistant

Daniel Grove

Operations Manager, Kasungu NP
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Daniel Grove

Daniel Grove

Operations Manager, Kasungu NP