Albertine Rift

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James Watson
Director, Science and Research Initiative
James is an Associate Professor Fellow at University of Queensland and Director of Science and Research Initiative at the Wildlife Conservation Society. For the past six years, James has directed WCS’s climate change program, leading the planning and implementation of climate adaptation and REDD+ projects throughout WCS’s landscape, seascape, and species conservation programs. He currently serves on the leadership committee for the Science for Nature and People (SNAP) Initiative, the International Panel for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Data and Knowledge Task Force, and was chair of the IUCN’s climate change specialist group. James was recently elected the global president of the Society for Conservation Biology. He is the director the Green Fire Science research group (www.greenfirescience.com) whose mission is to do applied research that is linked directly to the practice of conservation. in 2004 where, funded by a Rhodes Scholarship, he explored the effects of habitat fragmentation on birds in Madagascar and Australia. James is the current President-elect of the Society of Conservation Biology; Chair of the IUCN’s Climate Change Specialist Group; an Associate Professor at the University of Queensland, Australia; an editor of four conservation journals (Conservation Biology, Diversity and Distributions, Scientific Reports, and Pacific Conservation Biology); and he has published more than 80 peer-reviewed and popular articles on conservation-related issues.
Jan Broekhuis
Director WILD Program
Jan managed the WCS WILD Project in Uganda, a USAID funded project that supported conservation in northern and western Uganda.
Papy Shamavu
Project Director, Virunga Conservation Project
Papy started working with WCS in 2004 as a field assistant for WCS's Virunga Conservation Project and was later promoted as the Project Director in 2010. One of his most significant contributions to the DRC Program and conservation work in DRC was to design and lead the process that led local community to recognize the biological importance of the Kabogo forest and its future as a national park. In 2009, it was said that there were no elephants remaining in Kahuzi-Biega National Park, however, Papy was instrumental in providing critical data that showed evidence of the presence of elephants in Kahuzi-Biega. Papy studied at the College of Wildlife Management in Tanzania.
Richard Ssemmanda
Vulture Project Manager
Richard manages a project to monitor and survey vulture populations in the Greater Virunga Landscape.
Samuel Ayebare
Data Analyst & Oil Projects Manager
Simon Takozekibi Nampindo
Country Director WCS Uganda
Simon Takozekibi Nampindo is WCS Uganda Program Country Director since 2015. Simon has 25 years of conservation work experience. Simon holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Conservation obtained from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA. Simon conducted his post-doctoral research at the Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina in collaboration with the National Centre for Atmospheric Research, Colorado. Simon’s interests are climate change, ecosystem accounting and conservation financing, spatial conservation planning and connectivity. Simon collaborates with various academic and research institutions namely Makerere University, University of Oxford, University of Queensland, University of Virginia, IIASA, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), Institute of Forestry Conservation (ITFC), Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration (GVTC). Simon serves as an academic supervisor and external examiner for graduate students at these universities. Simon serves on various scientific committees, and a boarder member of conservation institutions, Chairs the National Coordination Group for Key Biodiversity Areas in Uganda. Simon is very passionate about wildlife conservation and advancing scientific knowledge.
Tim Davenport
Director Tanzania Program
Tim manages WCS's Tanzania Country Program and coordinates with the WCS Albertine Rift program for joint activities in Tanzania.

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