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Lester Govi Seri
Senior Policy Officer
Lester holds a Bachelor of Education (BED) from University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG). He worked as a field conservation biologist with the Department of Environment and Conservation (now CEPA) undertaking wildlife surveys, in partnership with local and international scientific research organizations, to compile species biological and taxonomy database, and mapping species distribution, to help guide prioritize biodiversity conservation planning in PNG, while actively engaged in the policy, legislation and strategy development aspects of biodiversity conservation in the country. Lester also underwent scheduled short training attachments with CSIRO, Wildlife Research Division, Canberra, and with the Australian Museum, Sydney. Lester’s extensive field worked was recoginsed when he was honored with the naming of an insectivorous bat species, and a tree kangaroo as Seri’s Tree Kangaroo. After 19 years with DEC, and holding the position of Assistant Secretary, Wildlife Research Branch, he moved on to head an Environmental NGO called Conservation Melanesia Inc., as the Executive Director, during which, Conservation Melanesia, and himself were given recognition and awarded for conservation work by the Equator Initiative. After six years, Lester moved on to continue with the Collingwood Bay Community customary land court case against foreign logging and oil palm companies, that lasted nearly twenty years, where he was a principle Plaintiff in the litigation. His team successfully won the land court case for the third time in 2014. He has since been an active Environmental and Human Rights advocate while focusing efforts on supporting Collingwood Bay Communities’ in pursuing their Community Conservation Initiative to protect their 650,000 hectares of land area as a Protected Area (PA). In between, Lester have had opportunities to undertake consultancy work on Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for bilateral donor (JICA) funded road and urban development project, including actively contributing towards the drafting of the Protect Area Regulations under the funding sponsorship of UNDP. Currently, he is a founding Board Member of the newly established Papua New Guinea Environmental Law Association (PELA), and he is also a Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) Member for the FCPF – Capacity Building on REDD + for Civil Society and Local Communities’ in the East Asia and the Pacific Region Project.
Community Engagement Officer
LYNNETH NOL serves as Community Engagement Officer at WCS.
Markis Pesco
Terrestrial Conservation Officer
Markis Pesco serves as Terrestrial Conservation Officer at WCS.
Ranjit Topno
Senior Finance Manager
Mr. Ranjit has engaged in NGO works past 18 years in Asia and Africa. He had the privilege to work with all the departments of the organization, e.g. finance, logistic & admin, HR, program and grant departments. Before joining WCS, he worked with Oxfam Great Britain for 10 years with country and regional team. He has managed 20 million pound annual budget in Africa as head of finance. He managed funds of EU, ECHO, DFID, USAID, UNHCR, UNICEF, SDC, SIDA, DFATD, DANIDA, German Government and Irish Aid. He provides guidance for expenditure eligibility of donor funds and legitimate the disallowed expenses of EU grants. He trained 22 local NGOs in Bangladesh and built national staff capacity in Africa and Asia. He has taken care the legal issues of the organization and conducted fraud investigations in the organizations. Ranjit holds an MBA from Rajshahi University and L.L.B from National University in Bangladesh. Since January 2018, Ranjit is the senior finance manager of WCS's Papua New Guinea program.
Stafford Mayapa
Learned Professional
Stafford Mayapa serves as Learned Professional at WCS.
Sylvia Noble
Senior Programme Officer – WCS Manus
Sylvia Maiap Noble is engaged with WCS PNG Program as a social science researcher and has been involved in developing and conducting surveys and participatory action research for WCS PNG climate change adaptation project. She also coordinated one of WCS PNG’s landscape project called the Souwi Valley whilst based with the Goroka head office. She now oversees the work of the Manus Community Engagement team, coordinate and manages specific project aspects of the SPSN and DFAT funded projects.
Thomas Mutton
Terrestrial Conservation Advisor
Thomas Mutton is the Terrestrial Conservation Advisor for the Wildlife Conservation Society in Papua New Guinea. He has a PhD from the Queensland University of Technology focusing on the evolutionary biology of Antechinus, a small genus of carnivorous marsupials. In his current role he heads the WCS PNG Applied Science Team and oversees a variety of projects focusing on sustainable wildlife management and planning in Papua New Guinea. Through partnering with local communities this work assists in reducing deforestation, the overharvesting of native wildlife and the spread of invasive species in some of the most biodiverse regions in the world.
Yvonne Wong
Research Assistant
Yvonne Wong graduated with a Diploma in fisheries and marine resources at the PNG University of Natural Resource and Environment (UNRE) in 2016. Passing out from PNG UNRE, she was engaged in a data collection program with Manus Provincial Fisheries, she later was recruited as a casual with WCS to assist in the implantation of climate change activities in schools and communities. As part of WCS Manus team, Yvonne provided support in her capacity during the implementation of climate change activities through educational aspects, she was further engaged with the marine team in Manus in 2017. Her involvement with WCS encompass in demographic based and ecological surveys, community engagement, scientific research and analytic data management, other aspects of her task is specific to desktop duties with an additional duty as the inventory control personnel for WCS Manus. She has been moved to Kavieng as the Community Engagement officer.

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