the team

Richard PEEL
General Manager

Originally from Zimbabwe, Richard has lived in Zambia for over 12 years. He has a PhD in Ichthyology from Rhodes University, South Africa, having carried out his postgraduate research on the Floodplain Rivers and lakes in north-eastern Namibia. Richard volunteered for the Kasanka Trust in Lavushi Manda National Park between February and July before joining the team in Kasanka in August 2017.

Geraldine TAYLOR
Research Manager

(Research, Monitoring and Evaluation) Geraldine volunteered as an ecologist at Lavushi Manda National Park between February and August 2017. She then moved to Kasanka to help with tourism, research, environmental education, M&E and planning. Geraldine has a PhD in Fisheries Science from Rhodes University, and involves herself in all aspects of the Park’s ecology.

Tiffany & Jeff GUSH
Tourism Managers

Jeff, South African, has a long history of some 25 years within the safari and wildlife arena in Africa. His focus has always been on specialist guiding discerning clientele on adventure and luxury safaris, and managing various levels of camps and lodges throughout South Africa, Botswana, Malawi, Tanzania and Fiji, always focusing on establishments that support community and conservation initiatives. Tiffany is from the USA, and has spent her career in top tier financial management and operations. Having developed an early enthusiasm and passion for nature and conservation, she recently fulfilled her lifelong dream to move to Africa 2 years ago and has since managed a luxury property in Malawi, before moving to Kasanka National Park together with Jeff. Kasanka Trust has been looking forward to having full-time Tourism Managers on board, which will allow, thanks to their expertise, to continue improving our lodge standards, to offer exciting new activities, and to ensure the most unforgettable experience to our guests! All tourism revenue goes back into our conservation projects, each guest participates directly towards safe-guarding Kasanka National Park's wildlife, biodiversity and its surrounding communities by visiting us.

Community Outreach Manager

James Mwanza is a Community Conservation and Tourism development Officer with 16 years of work experience in community conservation, development planning and tourism Management. Mr. Mwanza worked for WWF-Land Use Planning Project as Human Animal Wildlife Coordinator (2001-2005) spearheading land use planning and elephant research in South Luangwa National Park. In 2016- 2009 Mr. Mwanza worked for African Wildlife Foundation project to establish the Sekute Conservancy and managed the following major milestones grass survey, animal counting, Village Scout Management. Mr. Mwanza further undertook a Nature Conservation and fire Management course at Southern African Wildlife College and graduated in 2010. Mr. Mwanza served as a Community Programmes Coordinator for Wilderness Safaris 2014- 2019 managing Environmental Education and community Development in Hwange Communities ( Zimbabwe) , Mosi oa Tunya Park in Livingstone and Communities around Kafue National Park ( Mumbwa and Kasempa)before joining Kasanka as Community Outreach Manager in January 2019.

Conservation Officer

David Aliphas Phiri is Kasanka's Conservation Officer based in Lavushi Manda. He is passionate about poverty alleviation and community development. For more than 20 years, he has been involved in community mobilization, community needs identification and environmental conservation. By age 30, he had already managed Environmental Conservation and Gender as well as Food Security projects with World Vision International. David then joined Peace Corps as a Provincial Program Coordinator.  David has worked with the Forestry Department, the Department of National Parks and Wildlife and Chieftainesses Mpanshya and Shikabeta in Rufunsa District as a Community Engagement Manager, running a Community Forest Management Area for REDD+ that put over 160 000 Hectares of forests under protection. Before joining Kasanka Trust, he worked as a Project Coordinator for the Climate Change Adaptation Project with Plan International in Central Province. David brings with him immense knowledge, skills and experience. He holds a diploma in Forestry, a Post graduate Diploma in Project Management and a Master of Science in Project Management. It is this passion that led David to join Kasanka Trust as he feels that it is the right organization to achieve his goals.

Community Tourism and Environmental Education Officer

Nyambe has been involved in the conservation industry for the past seven years, working closely with communities and schools surrounding conservation areas, within the Community Law Enforcement, Community Economic and Good Governance practices fields.

He was born in a family of conservationists, and after completing grade 12, he wanted to join conservation in a way that could help people, finding that Community Conservation and Environmental Education was the best way to do so.

Nyambe then went to Southern African Wildlife College for a Higher and Advanced National Certificate in Natural Resource Management before starting to work as a Data Analyst for a community game ranch in the Kafue Ecosystem. He is currently doing a Degree at the Namibia University of Science and Technology while supporting Kasanka.

Christelle MALLANTS
Fundraising, Comms & Marketing Officer

Born in Belgium, Christelle’s roots within Africa began with her grand-parents and parents living many years in Congo. At the age of two, her turn comes to discover a country of many adventures and rainbow colors, South Africa. Christelle enjoyed seven years of her childhood in Johannesburg and three years in Pietermaritzburg. Thanks to her environment, she understood at a young age the importance of a life, regardless of the species. She started questioning herself on the interaction between humans and nature and the effect on the ecosystem. Christelle strongly believes that a sustainable future for the planet can only be achieved if both animals and people are part of the solution. She has a natural attraction to wildlife conservation related matters. She is also a humanitarian, eager to support local communities, yet also wanting to learn from others. After spending the past 19 years gathering knowledge in different sectors around the world, such as governmental affairs, tourism, HR and animal welfare, Christelle can now put her experience into projects that are close to her heart. She has also lived 20 years in France, 2 years in New Zealand and 6 years in Switzerland, speaking English, French and German.

Administration & Finance Officer

Corentin studied maths and statistics in France before working for the Social Security System. He left his position to join the Kasanka Baboon Project as a Volunteer in September 2018. He supported the project by collecting data on a Kinda baboon troop while living in Kasanka’s tented research camp. He also connected to the local community by giving computer lessons and in parallel helped occasionally the Kasanka Trust by providing support in accounting. In May 2019 he moved to Wasa, where the main operation is, to start as an accounts volunteer for Kasanka Trust, helping to upgrade the accounting system and procedures. His love for the park grew even stronger and he was able to extend his stay when he agreed to take over the Administration and finance officer role in January 2020. “I’ll never get tired of that view over the lake” he says to anyone who asks.

Accounts Assistant

Teddy is KTL’S Accounts Assistant, he studied the ZICA Accountancy programme at the National Institute for Public Administration in Lusaka. Before joining KTL he worked for Camran Foods Ltd, he joined KTL to gain both professional and life experience in wildlife and tourism and he has described his experience so far as “Heaven on Earth”. He is really passionate about nature because the art involved is not explainable and he finds amazing how the sight and breeze of rivers, forests and mountains bring about calmness and relaxation to people who seek to find peace of mind.

Dries Van de Loock
GIS burning map & birdlife training Volunteer

Dries is a biologist from Belgium with an innate love for flying creatures. He submerged himself for several years in a wet Kenyan cloud-forest to study a rather dull looking, but not at all dull behaving cooperatively breeding bird. When he knew almost all birds individually, he figured it was time to interact with humans again. After making a small detour on, and working at, bicycles in urban Belgium he found himself back in the area he loves most: Africa. At Kasanka, he is focused on training the guides in identifying a bird or two and helping out with some GIS projects. His ultimate goal? To record all bird species in Kasanka!