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Afonso Madope
Country Director Mozambique
Afonso Madope serves as Country Director Mozambique at WCS. Afonso Madope is a Mozambican conservation and biodiversity expert with 30 years of experience in advancing conservation initiatives throughout Mozambique, working 9 years at Office Forestry and Wildlife at the Ministry of Agriculture, first as a technical expert and later as the National Director of the Office of Forestry and Wildlife and also served as the Inhambane Provincial Director for Agriculture and as the National Director for for Conservation Areas at the Ministry of Tourism. Then helped oversee de-mining efforts in and around Gorongosa National Park through a project funded by the European Union before coordinating the Mozambique Conservation Areas for Biodiversity and Development Project, known as Mozbio, on behalf of the Ministry of Environment and Rural Development. He joined the USAID-funded Supporting the Policy Environment for Economic Development (SPEED+) Project as the Portfolio Manager for Biodiversity, where he oversaw implementation of over $11 million in conservation-related assistance to the Government of Mozambique, including support to the Prosecutor’s Office and the Supreme Court on prosecuting wildlife crime and also supported the completion of the Law of Protection, Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biological Diversity (Law No. 5/2017), including key implementing regulations such as on General Regulation, Game Farm Regulation, Avifauna Regulation and the Professional Hunters Regulation as well a numerous other technical assistance activities around conserving Mozambique biodiversity resources. Madope recently joined the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) as Mozambique’s country manager, where he will oversee all of WCS activities throughout Mozambique. WCS is a US nonprofit, tax-exempt, private organization established in 1895 that saves wildlife and wild places by understanding critical issues, crafting science-based solutions, and taking conservation actions that benefit nature and humanity.
Carlos Manuel Lopes Pereira
Technical Director, Maputo Office
Carlos Lopes Pereira, is a Mozambican National, who studied Veterinary Medicine in Mozambique and then received specialized in veterinary epidemiology (MSc.) and wildlife in Edinburgh (Scotland), Utrecht (Holland), Skukuza (Kruger National Park- South Africa) and Malilangwe (Zimbabwe). He has been working with wildlife for more than 25 years. He carried out the first known reintroduction of animals in a Conservation Area in Mozambique after Independence. For 6 years from 2005-2011 he headed the Conservation Department in Gorongosa National Park, including responsibility for law enforcement, the wildlife sanctuary and all wildlife veterinary matters. He is married with Dagmar and has one daughter. After leaving the Gorongosa Restoration project he started working for the National Directorate of Conservation areas in the Ministry of Tourism (today National Administration of Conservation Areas - ANAC, within the Ministry of Land, Environment and Rural Development) initially to facilitate the management transition of Niassa National Reserve. In late 2012 he joined WCS permanently as part of the team co-managing Niassa Reserve, and to work on national wildlife anti-trafficking. Since February 2015 Carlos has been seconded from WCS to ANAC as the National Director of Law Enforcement and Anti-Poaching.
Nilton Cuna
Tourism Manager, Niassa Special Reserve Administration
Nilton Cuna Studied Tourism Management at the Eduardo Mondlane University - Mozambique. His interest in conservation began with his flower culture business and was complemented in Bazaruto National Park and Niassa Reserve. Nilton has worked in Niassa National Reserve with the previous NNR management authority (SGDRN), first in the Community Assistance Program, then as the Logistics Department Manager, and he also assisted the tourism monitoring program. Nilton started with WCS Mozambique in late 2012 and helped to establish the country program and the Maputo Office and support the Niassa Reserve Program as the Logistics and Procurement Manager for the country program. In July 2018 Nilton returned to Niassa Reserve in an important step up to lead the WCS team managing this unique and spectacular reserve as Program Director.
Peter Trevor
Field Operations Manager, Niassa Special Reserve
Peter Trevor is Kenyan and raised in Tsavo National Park. He studied in Kenya and the UK. He has worked primarily in the bush in East Africa. In 1998 he moved from Kenya to Tanzania, remaining until 2015 working in the conservation, security and logistics management fields leading operations in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, DRC and Central African Republic. In 2016 he joined the Laikipia Nature Conservancy in Kenya as the Manager, until December 2017 when he joined WCS in the Niassa National Reserve, Mozambique. Peter Trevor is the Operations and Logistics Manager at the Niassa National Reserve Administration where he oversees aviation, infrastructure, logistics and camp management, and fleet and workshop.
Hugo Costa
Mozambique Marine Program Director, Maputo office
Hugo Costa has a degree in Zoology and a Master in Environmental Impact Assessment. He has over 20 years of professional experience, having participated in projects in Africa and Europe. Hugo joined WCS in 2016 as the COMBO Project Manager for Mozambique and since 2019 he is also managing projects on Red List of Threatened Species, Ecosystems and identification and mapping of Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs). He has been supporting the country program on promoting an improved policy and legal framework for biodiversity conservation and planning. At the end of 2018 Hugo launched WCS's Mozambique marine program and has been coordinating it since then. Before joining WCS Hugo managed his own biodiversity consultancy companies in Europe and Africa for 12 years. He conducted and/or coordinated over 500 biodiversity monitoring programs, assessments and plans for different types of projects such as wind farms, dams, power lines, power stations, pipelines, roads, railways, oil & gas, mining, solar and wave energy projects, agriculture, forestry, ports, industry, and infrastructure in general. Additionally, he developed and participated in mitigation and compensatory/offset programs, identification and valuation of biodiversity and ecosystem services, conservation programs, climate change adaptation, biodiversity action plans and management planning. Besides consultancy and technical-scientific advisory, Hugo is co-author of 1 book, 16 peer-reviewed scientific papers and several dozens of technical papers and reports.
David Chambal
Research Coordinator, Maputo Office
David has an Honours Degree in Tourism Planning, and is completing an MBA in International Business. He was the Assistant Head of Operations in Niassa National Reserve with the previous NNR management authority (SGDRN). David first started working with WCS Mozambique in 2014 as the Operations Manager for the Mozambique national elephant count. From 2015 he has been working full-time as a Research Coordinator.
Francisco Cabo
Communication Manager
Francisco is graduated in Tourism Management from Eduardo Mondlane University – Mozambique and Master in Transport Management from Brasilia University – Brazil. Prior to joining WCS, Francisco worked as a Tourism Lecturer at Eduardo Mondlane and São Tomás Universities, with a focus on tourist marketing. He has a specific interest in tourist planning and its communication and business interfaces. He worked as a consultant for the Ministry of Education to develop ecotourism manuals for the 8th and 9th classes of general secondary education. From 2014 to 2018 he headed the Civil Aviation Authority’s air transport economics department and developed projects such as liberalization of air transport and licensing of new air transport operators in Mozambique. Francisco started with WCS Mozambique in early 2018 as Business Development Manager for Niassa National Reserve. In early 2019 he switched to become Communication Manager, working out of the Maputo office to give more exposure to all WCS Mozambique programs and to attract more investors and donors.
Joao Vasco
Manager, Fleet & Workshop, Niassa Special Reserve Administration
João Vasco serves as Fleet & Workshop Manager for the Niassa National Reserve Administration. João Vasco has technical trainings in Accounting, Administrative Management, Teaching Pedagogy and Auto Mechanics. From 1981 to 1996 he worked as Official of the Ministry of Education at the Zambezia Provincial. From 1997 to 2015, he was the Fleet and Workshop Manager at The Halo Trust-Mozambique. He joined WCS in 2018 acting as Fleet and Workshops Manager.
Joao Paulo Martins Alfaica
Infrastructure Development Manager, Niassa Special Reserve Administration
João Paulo Martins Alfaica serves as Infrastructure Development Manager for the Niassa National Reserve Administration.
Erica Bernardo
Office Manager, Maputo Office
Erica Bernardo has a BSc degree in Computer Science and Telecommunications Engineering from Instituto Superior de Transportes e Comunicações (ISUTC) in Mozambique. Prior to joining WSC, Erica worked as a consultant at a Mozambican based consultancy named OzMozis, Lda. under the leadership of Dr. Michael Baxter. At OzMozis she was involved in the conception, planning, elaboration and implementation of a few projects, ranging from agricultural based projects to projects in the extractive industry. Erica has recently joined WCS Mozambique working as an Office Manager and is mainly responsible for the management of administration in the Maputo office (MPO) and Human Resources.

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