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Annisah Sapul
Programme Manager – WCS New Ireland
Annisah a Community Engagement Specialist was recently been appointed as the WCS New Ireland Programme Manager. She now oversees the running of the Kavieng office. Annisah completed her BSc in 2002 at The University of Papua New Guinea, majoring in Biology. Previously, she was attached with The Nature Conservancy as an intern and research assistant, before becoming a Community Conservation Specialist in 2009. Her primary role with WCS is community engagement, facilitation of Local Resource Management Plans, and capacity building for local partners
Azalea Anota
Research intern – WCS Goroka
Azalea graduated in April 2016 from the University of Papua New Guinea majoring in marine biology. She began working as a volunteer for WCS in the beginning of 2016 and has since been taken on as a research intern. Azalea has strengths in GIS, remote sensing, and interests in wildlife health. She is currently researching the impacts of turtle herbivory on Caulerpa seaweed as part of a larger WCS project tasked with diffusing turtle-human conflict on Mussau Island.
Bensolo Ken
Forest and REDD+Officer
Bensolo Ken completed his Honours Degree in biology from the University of Papua New Guinea in 2008. He now works as Forestry & REDD+ Policy Officer for WCS focusing on issues surrounding REDD+ and its framework development in PNG as it applies to community forestry, how REDD+ projects can be integrated with conservation and community forestry participation, and WCS policy input on REDD+ and Extractive Industries on forested lands in PNG. He’s also keen on studying birds and occasionally goes on ornithological field surveys. Prior to joining WCS, Ben worked for the government of Papua New Guinea in their Office of Climate Change.
Benson Lian
Logistics and Inventory officer
Benson Lian joined WCS PNG in July 2014 as a Logistics and Inventory officer. He completed his high school in 1995 in Manus and became a ward committee in his village. He had worked in his village with the local level government to develop ward plans for his ward and other wards. He joined WCS as a Community Facilitator in November 2011 and has worked at all WCS projects sites. He has assisted in Cuscus research in Lehewa and other surveys including the biodiversity survey that CEPF funded in October 2014. He has learnt the skills for Dry Stone Wall and built sea walls using the DSW technique in Andra Island, Korojii on the south of Manus and his own village Lopahan on the north of Manus. He also does research work and helps the Community Engagement team in Manus.
Daniel Charles
Manus Field Coordinator
Daniel joined WCS in 2010. He coordinates field activities required to implement climate change adaptation and mitigation projects now underway in Manus. Activities include Free Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) training and delivery, clan boundary mapping, and carbon stock inventory work. Daniel also manages relationships with government officials, community groups and other stakeholders.
Elaine Vaina
Media and Communications Officer
Elaine Vaina is a journalist by profession. She graduated with a Bachelor in Communication Arts – Journalism from the Divine Word University in 2011. Before joining WCS, she worked as a journalist with one of PNG’s leading radio company PNGFM Limited for two years and then moved on to the Public Relations sector where she was attached with the Papua New Guinea University of Technology’s Public Relations office. Her new role with WCS PNG involves the coordination and development of conservation education and awareness materials, press releases, newsletters and maintaining and updating website and other social media.
Evelyn Huvi
Finance and Administration Assistant
She’s back again as the Finance and Administration Assistant for the WCS New Ireland programme. Evelyn was previously hired in July 2010 under that post and left in 2012. She joined the team again in April this year. Her job includes submitting monthly financial summaries to Finance Manager, prepare fortnightly staff salaries schedule, pay monthly bills, and assist with logistics and carry out office management and administrative tasks.
Francis Gove
Community Engagement Officer
Francis Gove is a community development practitioner with special interest in community-based resource management fields. He obtained a Diploma in Fisheries and Marine Resource Management at the University of Natural Resources & Environment through the university’s affiliated college, the National Fisheries College in Kavieng, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea. Francis has four (4) years’ experience in working with NGOs in community engagement and conservation education and extension work with schools. He joined WCS New Ireland as a Community Engagement Officer.
George Puipui
Agriculture Officer - Manus
George is the new agriculture officer for WCS Manus programme. He completed his Bachelor Degree in Tropical Agriculture at the PNG University of Natural Resource and Environment. Before joining WCS PNG to continue with our Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Food Security work, he was attached with Cocoa and Coconut Institute (CCI) as a trainee Plant Breeder for six months and later joined Oil Search Health Foundation as an Assistant Data Manager for six month. He currently conducts food security trainings and provide technical advice to local gardeners and partner communities on how to plant climate resilient crops under WCS PNG’s Climate Change and Adaptation program.
Glen Kroning
Boat Operator and Driver
Glen Kroning recently joined the WCS PNG New Ireland program as a full time boat operator and driver, having previously worked for WCS on a part-time basis. Glen is from New Ireland and has fished and operated boats in the region for many years. As well as his boat experience and qualifications Glen is a class 6 driver and a certified scuba diver, as well as being a practiced mechanic who undertakes maintenance on the team’s vehicle, boats and engines.

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