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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
Anthony Nagul
Senior Marine Biologist
Anthony joined WCS (PNG) in January 2017 as a Senior Marine Biologist. Currently based in Manus Province, PNG, Anthony is attached to an Asian Development Bank (ADB) funded marine project entitled ‘Strengthening local capacity of vulnerable island communities in Papua New Guinea for an ecosystem-based approach to resource management’. Anthony is tasked with supervising other project staff and assumes primary responsibility in conducting field and office activities, the timely completion of deliverables and undertaking reporting requirements related to the project. His specific areas of responsibility include: Undertake broad-scale stakeholder consultation with community leaders, government and industry partners; Developing, coordinating and undertaking community-based educational/awareness programs; Coordinate and undertake ecological and socioeconomic assessments; Repatriating ecological and socioeconomic assessment results back to communities; Working closely with communities to develop fisheries management plans; Facilitating the development of Marine Management Committees at village sites to implement and administer fisheries management plans, and; Providing training to villagers and WCS staff to develop skills in ecological and socioeconomic monitoring and clam farming techniques.
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.
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.
Grace Nugi
Student Intern
Grace Nugi is an intern at WCS and will be involved in research on the use of bird's feathers in traditional dress and costumes (bilas) in Chimbu Province and undertaking research in to the ecology of Pesquet's Parrot. Grace recently completed a Bachelor's Degree from the University of PNG and hopes to graduate with a BSc (Hons) after completing her research on Pesquet's Parrot with WCS.
Jacob Kimagl
GIS Officer
Jacob Kimagl is the GIS Officer of WCS PNG Program. He joined WCS in 2014 and has worked in WCS landscapes and seascapes throughout PNG to conduct clan boundary mapping, land use planning, community participatory mapping, participatory 3 Dimensional modelling, social mapping, marine spatial planning, and field data collection for various projects. His roles also includes assisting WCS staff, project partners, and local stakeholders in the communities WCS works with to provide GIS and mapping support where and when required. He has been involved in protected area prioritization exercise using Marxan in collaboration with the University of Queensland. In 2016, Jacob was a successful recipient of the scholarship program with the Society for Conservation GIS (SCGIS) funded by the Environmental System Research Institute (Esri) to acquire trainings on Advanced ArcGIS Environmental Analysis and Web GIS using the ArcGIS platform. Jacob holds a bachelor’s degree in Geographical Information Sciences from the PNG University of Technology.
Jeffery Binifa
Agriculture/Garden Officer
Jeffrey Binifa is the new Agriculture/Garden officer for WCS New Ireland. He is a proficient agricultural research technical officer with Certificate in Tropical Agriculture (CTA) from Sepik Agricultural College, East Sepik Province, Post Certificate Diploma (PCD) from Highlands Agricultural Training Institute Mt. Hagen, Western Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea. He has over 19 years experience in agricultural research, field data collection, data entry, data analysis and field surveys for research purposes. At management level, he worked as Farm Manager of the University of Goroka farm on one contract term. Jeffrey has attended other skills training courses, including four (4) months training at International Board of Soil Research & Management (Thailand) in 1995 and Rice Milling Machinery Operator Cum-Mechanic Training course at University of Goroka Farm in 2009. He has specialized skills in marcoting & air layering and has been actively involved in successful galip nut (Canarium indicum) propagation at Lowland Agricultural Experiment Station, East New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea.
John Kuange
Assistant Country Director
John Kuange has a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy Management from the University of Papua New Guinea. He started working for WCS under the marine program as a socioeconomic research assistant in 2004. John has surveyed many sites in the New Guinea Islands, Papua New Guinea (PNG) and has been instrumental in the successful establishment of three community-based marine conservation areas. In 2008 John moved from the marine to terrestrial programs of WCS PNG as a Community Engagement Officer. Since then he has moved up the ranks to Senior Community Engagement Officer and team leader for community engagement. He was recently appointed as assistant country director. His principle roles include managing and maintaining relationship with community, partners and other stakeholders.

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