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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
Program Director, 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.
Hugo Costa
COMBO Project Director - Mozambique, Maputo Office
Hugo Costa has a degree in Zoology and a Master in Environmental Impact Assessment. He has over 15 years of professional experience, having participated in projects in Mozambique, South Africa, Angola, Portugal, Poland, Finland and Venezuela. He is currently the COMBO Project Manager for Mozambique. Hugo has in his background 11 years experience in managing biodiversity consultancy companies in Europe and Africa. He has undertaken environmental consultancy services in several areas, having conducted and/or coordinated over 500 biodiversity monitoring programmes, 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, among other infrastructure. Additionally, Hugo has participated in mitigation and offset programmes, identification and valuation of biodiversity and ecosystem services, conservation programmes, climate change adaptation, biodiversity action plans and management planning. Besides consultancy and technical-scientific advisory Hugo is co-author of 1 book, 12 peer-reviewed scientific papers and 16 technical papers.
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.
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.
Peter Trevor
Operations & Logistics Director, Niassa Special Reserve Administration
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.
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
Manager, Infrastructure Development, 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.
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.

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