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Kathleen Waninara
Finance and Admin Assistant - Kavieng Office
Kathleen joined WCS New Ireland program team in December 2019. Previously, Kathleen has worked in various finance and administration roles since 2005, which included the private sector and an AusAID funded project, focusing on HIV and AIDS, in Port Moresby and Kokopo, East New Britain Province. Kathleen has also worked with World Bank funded PPAP Cocoa project from 2013 to 2018, as well as the Rural Services Delivery Project in Kokopo and other World Bank funded projects.
K-Lux Luluaki
Community Engagement Officer
K-Lux Luluaki serves as Community Engagement Officer at WCS.
Leah Baina
Finance/Administration Assistant
Leah Baina serves as Finance/Administration Assistant at WCS.
Lester Govi Seri
Senior Policy Officer - Port Moresby
Lester holds a Bachelor of Education (BED) from University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG). He worked for 19 years with the Department of Environment and Conservation (now CEPA) undertaking wildlife surveys, while actively engaged in the policy, legislation and strategy development aspects of biodiversity conservation in the country. 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. He also led an Environmental NGO called Conservation Melanesia Inc., as the Executive Director. Lester joined WCS in 2018.
Markis Pesco
Terrestrial Conservation Officer - Goroka Office
Graduated from the University of Papua New Guinea with a Bachelor in Science (BSc) majoring in Terrestrial Biology with a minor in Environmental Science under the School of Natural & Physical Sciences in 2015. Has postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDSc) with New Guinea Binatang Research Center affiliating with the University of Papua New Guinea. Study was based on the distribution of insectivore bird (Sericornis species) along different elevation on Mt. Michael in Lufa District, Eastern Highlands Province from 2017-2019. Joined WCS-PNG in early 2019 as the Terrestrial Conservation Officer undertaking research involving hunting surveys, estimating population abundance for mammals and birds and do continuous wildlife monitoring along the Bismarck Range.
Misu Nick
Field Support Officer - Manus Office
Misu Nick serves as Field Support Officer at WCS.
Ranjit Topno
Senior Finance Manager
As Senior Finance Manager, Ranjit Topno, maintains accurate, efficient and transparent financial management systems for the WCS PNG country programme. Prior to joining WCS PNG in 2018, Ranjit was working with Oxfam as Regional Finance Manager, Asia. Ranjit holds a Masters of Business Administration, two Bachelors (Business and Law) and he has 18 years practical experience in financial management.
Susan Good
Research Assistant - Goroka Office
Susan Good serves as Research Assistant at WCS.
Sylvia Maiap Noble
Manus Programme Manager – WCS Manus
Sylvia Noble is the Program Manager for WCS’s Manus Programme. She coordinate WCS’s work and its implementation in Manus, liaise with communities and provincial government partners and organisations, and manage day to day activities and WCS staff in Manus. Sylvia has a Bachelor’s degree in Communication for Development and has 10+ years of experience in the coordination, management and implementation of conservation and livelihood related projects. In 2019, Sylvia attended a certificate training course in Sustainable Environmental Management (the Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program) at the University of California, Berkeley, USA.
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 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.
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