SEED Madagascar's two full-time staff members in the small London office are responsible for strategic planning and financial management, awareness raising and fundraising, and promoting our international volunteering schemes. In addition there is usually another volunteer or two doing temporary work, so there's no surplus of space!
Mark, a qualified research ecologist, first went to Madagascar in 1998, leading a team of biologists to study the flora and fauna of the southeast.
On return to the UK, Mark started to work with SEED developing Project Lokaro. He then became Managing Director and has worked since with the board of trustees to ensure the smooth running of all aspects of the organisation. Overseeing the fundraising and marketing efforts, volunteer programmes and ongoing development of the organisation, Mark ensures effective communication and between trustees and SEED.
Project Development Coordinator
Zac has over three years' experience coordinating and managing projects in Ghana, Uganda, and Tanzania. He holds First Class Honours in Business Management and Level 5 Diplomas in Management & Leadership and Professional Consulting. His main interest is how this field can be applied to projects and organisations in the third sector.
SEED Madagascar's approach to community-led development inspired Zac to join the team in 2018, along with the opportunity to learn how a combination of multidisciplinary projects can come together to develop a single geographical location.
Corporate Funding Officer
Rebecca graduated in 2013 from the University of Nottingham with a BSc in Environmental Science and MSc in Environmental Management before working for a sustainability consultancy. In 2017 Rebecca moved away from corporate sustainability and now works part-time with an online ethical fashion marketplace where she partners with global independent fair-trade brands.
Rebecca discovered SEED Madagascar after looking for an organisation where tangible impacts are made on communities and the environment and now hopes to build out the Stitch Sainte Luce project reach within the UK and abroad.
Dan spent a month as a short-term construction volunteer in 2012 and was impressed by SEED's holistic development approach and exciting programmes. He later spent a year working out in Madagascar as volunteer coordinator for the programme, leading international volunteer groups on construction, environment and community projects.
On his return to the UK, he designed and developed the new website, and continues to be involved as a web administrator and Stitch Sainte Luce volunteer.
Project Development Assistant
After graduating in Marketing Management, Saadiya worked for 3 years as a Brand Specialist within the apparel sector. Her interest in international development grew as she wanted to learn more about the working conditions of the individuals who made the garments she promoted.
Subsequently, she travelled Africa where she helped local artisans develop their work to a standard fit for the international market place.
Joining SEED Madagascar in 2018, Saadiya is thrilled to be working with an NGO that aims to solve developmental problems holistically.
Project Development and Admin Intern
Quinn recently graduated from Princeton University in with a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. During her undergraduate years, Quinn conducted dissertation research in Madagascar on habitat fragmentation, exposing her to the challenging nature of conservation and sustainable development in the country. This experience kindled an interest in the region and a desire to become involved in the field.
After working in environmental education in the Americas, Quinn travelled to the UK to pursue a Master’s in Conservation at UCL. She joined SEED Madagascar in 2018, drawn by their community-driven approach to development.
Project Development and Admin Intern
Rosie is an International Development student at Sussex University, currently on a Professional Placement year while working for SEED. She has always been passionate about helping those most in need, which has fuelled involvement in many volunteering programmes; including an Elephant Rescue Park in Thailand and a children’s centre in the township Masiphumelele, South Africa.
Rosie is especially excited to be working with SEED as she believes their model of holistic, community led development makes them a unique place to learn about the field.