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.
Chupicai Manuel
Strategic Partnerships Manager
Chupicai Manuel serves as Strategic Partnerships Manager at WCS. Chupicai (Shollah) Manuel is a PhD candidate in Politics and International Relations with the University of Pretoria and holder of a Master in Intellectual Property Law, Master in Peace, Leadership and Governance and a Bachelors in Social Sciences (Sociology and Economics), all from Africa University in Zimbabwe. He is a strategic partnerships and resource mobilization specialist and brings a wealth of experience in programme development and reporting. He has worked in academia, local Non-Governmental Organizations, International Non-Governmental Organizations and United Nations in Zimbabwe, Mozambique, South Africa, Yemen and Northeast Syria for more than 10 years. Mr. Manuel worked for Africa University for 6 and half years as a research fellow, lecturer and later as programmes manager for externally funded projects. He later joined the International Organization for Migration as a Camp Coordination and Camp Management & Displacement Tracking Matrix Team Leader. Mr. Manuel worked for a Local NGO in Mozambique in 2021 to 2022 as a Director of Programmes, Partnerships and Resource Mobilization. He has more than 8 years of experience as an International Consultant for UNDP, Mercy Corps, World Vision International, International Rescue Committee, and Cultivating New Frontiers for Agriculture, UN Women, Save the Children International, Christian Aid, IRC and many others as a monitoring and evaluation and research consultant. He has several publications in the field of peacebuilding, conflict, governance and co-authored an unpublished research paper on The Political Economy of Human-Wildlife Conflict in Mahenye Conservancy in Zimbabwe. Mr. Manuel has interest in applying intellectual property law in biodiversity protection through what is known as geographical indications.
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.
Americo Sarmento
HR manager
Americo Sarmento serves as HR Manager at Niassa Special Reserve. Americo Sarmento completed his degree in business management and specialization in Strategic Human Resource Management. In addition to his teaching career, Américo Sarmento began his professional career working at CFM – Port and railway company as human resource generalist. Then, from 2005 to 2014, he worked at Vale Mozambique in the human resources area where, among various duties, he was a training and development manager In 2015 he started working at CDN - Northern Development Corridor where, in addition to being responsible for the training and development process, he was also responsible for the recruitment and selection process. In 2017 until May 2019 he started to work at Heineken Mozambique where he was performance and organizational development Manager. From June 2019 to February 2020 was working and human resource consultant at Atittude and from March 2020 he started to work for WCS, based in Niassa Special Reserve.
Jose Filimao Sitoe
Law Enforcement Officer
Jose Filimao Sitoe serves as Law Enforcement Officer at WCS.
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.
Tiago Nhazilo
Community Conservation Manager, Niassa Special Reserve
Tiago Nhazilo serves as CBNRM Manager at WCS.
Sebastiao Tome Saize
LE Operations
Sebastiao Tome Saize serves as LE Operations at WCS. Sebas has been with WCS Mozambique since late 2012, first as an assistant instructor in Niassa Reserve, and more recently as the Chief Scout. He previously worked at Gorongosa National Park where he was responsible for law enforcement in the wildlife sanctuary.
Antonio Mugeque Chico Sitole
Graduated in Law on Eduardo Mondlane University and registered as a lawyer at the Mozambican Bar Association since 2008. From 2013 to 2017 he served as Lawyer and Legal Adviser at AS LEGAL CONSULTING GROUP. From 2016 to 2019 he was Legal Advisor to the City Council of Pemba in the areas of Administrative, Civil, Environmental, Land and Criminal Law. Antonio Mugeque Chico Sitole serves as Law Enforcement Lawyer at WCS since 2019.
Chabane Rajabo
Procurement Manager, NNR Administration
Chabane started his career in logistics with high school where he gained passion for the area and did the first steps in his career,. In 2000 he graduated in Political History and Public Management and later completed a master's degree in Business Management Administration at Catholic University of Mozambique. In 2017 he joined WCS to serve as Procurement Manager for the Niassa National Reserve Administration.

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