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.
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.
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.
Sarah is currently studying for her masters degree with Edinburgh University. With over three years experience working as a volunteer coordinator and programmes manager for conservation organisations, in both Costa Rica and Malawi, Sarah has returned back to the UK to continue her work.
Sarah visited Madagascar in 2011 and has since wanted to work for an organisation that protects this amazing country. Sarah cannot wait to coordinator volunteers going out to work on conservation, community development and construction programmes.
After obtaining a Master's degree in International Development at the University of East Anglia, Francesca pursued her interests in sustainability and community participation by undertaking a research internship in Japan to work on sustainable consumption and production projects to tackle carbon emissions and analyse people behaviours towards the environment.
Francesca is excited about joining SEED Madagascar to bring her knowledge to the team, improve her management skills and her understanding of sustainable livelihood/conservation projects.
Rhyan first became interested in environmental biology and Madagascar whilst volunteering for a conservation project in 2012. He holds a BSc in Biological Sciences from the University of Exeter and a MRes in Ocean Sciences from the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton. Between these degrees, he gained project coordination experience working for a marine conservation NGO in rural Thailand.
He hopes to gain insight into the project development of NGOs whilst working with the London team and is excited to support SEEDs vital and interdisciplinary work in Madagascar.
After graduating from Queen Mary University of London with a degree in History, Maaria developed her passion for international development and the third sector by gaining a role with an international NGO. During her time there she worked in multiple roles to gain a broad understanding of the charity sector.
She is now eager to bring these skills, as well as the research skills she gained from her degree, to SEED as well as further develop her knowledge of the sector. But mostly she is eager to assist in achieving SEED’s multifaceted aims and outcomes in Madagascar.
Rosy has obtained a Masters degree in International Development at the University of Sheffield. As part of this she undertook virtual fieldwork in Tanzania, with a focus on gendered livelihoods, and also undertook a research project analysing the human security impacts of conservation methods in the Sundarbans (Bangladesh and India). Furthermore, Rosy has gained experience working as a fundraising volunteer for a London Based NGO which worked towards social inclusion of disabled people within BAME communities.
Moving forwards, Rosy is excited to put into practice the skills she has developed throughout university and working as a volunteer, helping to meet the aims of SEED which she strongly believes in.