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.
Orlanda Celeste Manhiça
HR Manager at WCS
Orlanda Celeste Manhiça serves as HR Manager at WCS. Orlanda Manhiça, is the Country Human Resources Manager for WCS Mozambique. Orlanda is a Mozambican Human Resources Leader Expert, with over 20 years of experience working in multinational, and multicultural workplaces leading all Human Resources function aspects, by advising the Executive, on managing digital transformation as well as promoting cultural diversity. Also developed and implemented strategic and operational HR plans through various planning cycles. Orlanda Manhica led successful negotiations with Unions from different industries, employees and enforced local and international HR compliance in the organizations. High skilled in building strategic partnerships with good communication skills, has the current human capital practices that attract and retain top talent, as well as develops strategies that motivate teams and individuals to achieve business objectives. 𝐂𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐞𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐢𝐞𝐬: Strategic Talent Planning, Recruitment & Management, Performance Management, Employee Wellbeing, Executive Leadership, Reward and Benefits, Learning and Development, Succession Planning, Culture Transformation, Change Management, Leadership and Mentoring, Organizational Development, Expat Work Permit & Visa, Local Tax Law, Industrial Relations, SAGE VIP, SAGE, | Labour Law, Government, Immigration and the partnering with Shareholders.
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.
Cremilda Lenita Jose
Senior accountant
Cremilda Lenita Jose serves as Senior accountant at WCS.
Carla Sansão Dumangane
Assistant at WCS
Carla Sansão Dumangane serves as Assistant at WCS.
Martins Mahumane
Office Assistant, Maputo Office
Martins serves as Office Assistant in the WCS Mozambique Country Program Office in Maputo. Martins Mahumane recently joined WCS as an administrative assistant and driver. Before joining WCS in 2018, Martins worked as administrative assistant and responsible for the sector of logistics and fleet management of Australian company Aurizon International in Maputo Pty (2012-2015) During 2008-2012, Martins worked as a freelancer for several car rental companies in the city of Maputo as a Driver and Tour Guide. He was a driver for the SADC Ministerial Committees, Politics and Diplomacy. 2004- 2008- Martins was part of the social television team, having spent little time until joining Game Maputo as a sales promoter.
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.
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.
Naseeba Sidat
Researcher at WCS
Naseeba Sidat has Hons. degree in Marine, Coastal and Aquatic Biology from Biological Science Department, in University of Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique. Prior to joining WCS, she started the first steps in biodiversity conservation, as volunteer and intern in Centro Terra Viva (CTV), a national NGO that work on Marine field. At CTV, she was involved in environmental education and in the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Program working on the Marine Turtle Monitoring Program. Naseeba joined WCS in early 2017, as technician for COMBO Project (Conservation, Impact Mitigation and Biodiversity Offsets in Africa), which aims to reconcile the economic development and biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services. Her passion for biodiversity conservation brings her to accept new challenges, especially in the coastal and marine area. She has a huge thirst in learning, gaining knowledge and experience in ​​biodiversity conservation.
Eleutério Duarte
Project Assistant
Eleutério Duarte serves as Assistant at WCS. Eleutério Duarte, Is a young Mozambican in early career in conservation, holds a degree in Aquatic, Coastal and Marine Biology, from the department of biological sciences at Eduardo Mondlane University. Eleutério joined WCS since the end of February 2019 as a project assistant, having started his career at WCS working in the project to identify and map Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) in Mozambique, completed in 2021, being one of the first KBAs assessments worldwide according to the new global standard. Since then Eleutério has been working in other related projects from the WCS Mozambique Marine program, including the project to support the government for the strategic expansion of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Currently he is working with the COMBO+ program implemented in 6 countries, including Mozambique, with the aim aims of promoting a best practice approach to reconciling economic development with biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services by mitigating the impacts generated by development projects. Eleuterio is specialised in Biodiversity Research, Geographic Information Systems, Data Analysis, and design. His great passion for biodiversity conservation drives him to assume new challenges. He has a great thirst for learning and exploring new experiences to support biodiversity conservation in Mozambique.

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