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.

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.

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.

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.

Administration/Procurement Officer

Corentin studied Maths and Physics in France. He left his job in September 2018 to join the Kasanka Baboon Project, collecting data on the little-known Kinda baboons, occasionally helping Management with the accounts and giving computer lessons. He has been the Accounts Volunteer full time since May 2019 and is now supporting Kasanka within the Administration and Procurement field since January 2020.

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.

Peace Corps Volunteer - Community Outreach

My name is Heidi Hetzel, I'm 26 years old from Wisconsin, USA. I'm serving my third year as a US Peace Corps Volunteer under the Agricultural sector. I started at Kasanka Trust in July and operate under the community outreach program, mainly working with farmers, women's groups, and environmental clubs at schools in the Kafinda GMA.