SEED's staff in Madagascar work on the ground to design, plan, implement, monitor and evaluate projects, either independently with its local staff or alongside partner organisations. Collaboration between international and Malagasy teams ensures projects and programmes are underpinned by both essential regional knowledge and international best practice - both necessary to achieve our goals. SEED's specialist international staff and volunteers build capacity with local staff members and partners to promote sustainability.
Director of Programmes and Operations
Lisa joined SEED Madagascar as a Pioneer in 2007 before returning in 2008 to complete policy and procedure work across the NGO. Inspired by the team and work they were doing, Lisa became the Director of Programmes and Operations for SEED Madagascar in 2009.
Since then she has lead the international team, jointly developing the organisation together with the Malagasy management team in implementing cutting edge projects and ensuring that SEED is leading development innovation, research and learning.
Joel Claude Parany Rajaobelina
Head of Finance, Administration and HR
In 2009 Joel was offered the position of Financial Systems Analyst for SEED Madagascar having previously worked for Colis Express in Antananarivo and the Procurement Department of Kentz.
He implemented a new series of financial procedures for the organisation and in January 2011 he took on the position of Head of Finances to oversee the budgets and accounts of the NGO. Joel joined SEED in 2017 as Head of Administration and Finance.
Financial and Administrative Assistant
Joeline is from Fort Dauphin and studied Accounting and Finance at the Lycée Technique in town. After completing her studies in 2015, she worked as an Administrative Assistant at the Kaleta Hotel before joining SEED Madagascar in October 2016.
Since then, Joeline has been working for SEED Madagascar as Financial and Administrative assistant.
International Operations Manager
After graduating from Trinity College Dublin with a BA in Political Science and Business Studies Jonathan travelled to Lebanon to work for a Belgian NGO in a school educating Syrian refugees.
Subsequently, he moved to Brussels to continue working for the NGO as a Volunteer Coordinator. Joining SEED in 2018, Jonathan is excited to be involved in such an ambitious and varied NGO working closely with communities on the ground in Madagascar.
Head of External Relations, Communications and Compliance
Tsina started as Secretary to the Director in 2005 before taking on the role as the Head of Volunteering in 2007. In 2017, she joined SEED as Head of External Relations, Communications and Compliance.
Tsina looks after all the volunteers on SEED Madagascar's Community Development and Conservation Programme's. The job is very varied and Tsina likes meeting new people and making friends from all over the world.
Website and IT Specialist
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 website. In January 2019, Dan returned to Madagascar to work in the Fort Dauphin offices!
External Relations, Communications and Compliance Assistant
Felana grew up in Fort Dauphin and joined SEED Madagascar in May 2017 as the new External Relations, Communications and Compliance Assistant. Her role is to support the Head of ERCC across all areas of SEED Madagascar´s outward facing relationships and logistical tasks.
Felana loves the diversity of her role and challenges her work presents her with. Her favourite part is helping the team to make operations run smoothly.
Communications and Media Officer
Hannah graduated from the University of York with a BA in History of Art in 2017 before completing an internship at an international art gallery. Having always volunteered for local environmental groups, during a three-month sustainable livelihoods project in Nepal she decided to pursue a passion for international development.
Hannah is keen to learn more about Malagasy biodiversity and culture and thrilled to develop her skills in a role that allows insight into all of SEED’s projects.
Tahina joined SEED Madagascar as Office Assistant in the Finance Department after working for ONG Azafady, where she helped with office mantainance.
She likes the experience she has gained at SEED and ensuring good communications around the office.
Volunteer Coordination and Logistics Officer
Before Nick joined SEED in 2018, he qualified as a solicitor and spent four years practising in London. In 2017 he decided to take his skills to the colourful experiences and meaningful outcomes of international development work.
Nick volunteered with an NGO in Nepal, assisting in the delivery of capacity-building and environmental education projects to ensure the sustainability of the country’s tourism industry. This experience reinforced his desire to work in close partnership with local staff and populations.
Dr Mamy Soafaly Andriatsihosena
Head of Community Health
Since 2003 Mamy worked as a mobile doctor, spending four years visiting remote villages across Anosy. Since 2006 he represented ONG Azafady as Executive Secretary for the regional WASH committee and became Project Coordinator for Mampisaina in 2008.
Dr Mamy was then promoted to Head of Community Health, overseeing the implementation of SEED’s community health initiatives. Mamy has felt himself develop professionally and enjoys working with the international staff in the office.
Project Votsira Co-ordinator
After studying rural development, Gerard went on to specialise as a Technical Manager in healthcare in Toliara providing support for those living with HIV. He joined SEED in 2014 to manage Project Safidy within the Community Health department which works to improve sexual health education through student peer educators in Fort Dauphin.
Gerard enjoys working with like-minded individuals and is impressed by the strong sense of team-spirit and solidarity amongst his colleagues.
Head of Project Development (Community Health and Education)
Before graduating with an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge, Jacki worked for over three years in Madagascar with the Peace Corps. In addition to teaching English, she led youth development, nutrition and sustainable livelihoods projects throughout the country. Jacki has also assisted in implementing large-scale criminal justice reform projects in the United States.
These experiences have shown Jacki the need for sustainable, community-driven approaches in addressing Madagascar’s healthcare challenges.
Project Safidy Coordinator
After graduating from the University of Antananarivo, Tsinjo started her professional career working for six years as a Digital Marketing Designer. In 2013, she coordinated the Surf Smart Project across Madagascar, which involved developing and delivering curricula for girls aged 12-25 on the safe use of social media.
Tsinjo pursued a professional career which focussed on working closely with local communities. She joins us at SEED as Project Coordinator for Safidy.
Community Liason Manager (Project Safidy)
In 2004, Theodore became a Social Organiser for ONG ASOS, raising awareness of STI-HIV / AIDS among young people, as well as fighting malnutrition in young children. He has since been a Credit Officer for GRET and a Social Mobilisation Assistant for Care international. Theodore returned to Fort Dauphin to work for PIC Project as a Consultant for urban development before joining SEED as a CLO Manager for Project Malio.
Theodore wants to develop his knowledge and experiences working with an international team.
International Maternal and Child Health Specialist
Jasmine graduated with a BA in Anthropology from Vanderbilt University where she developed an interest in community health and medical anthropology. From there, she continued on to Emory University, earning an MPH in Behavioural Science and Health Education in 2018.
She developed a passion for holistic health programs working for EMBRACE as birthing assistant for refugee women in Atlanta and a research assistant for a local NGO. She is excited to join the Votsira team and contribute to the great work at SEED.
Senior Community Liason Officer (Project Safidy)
Arnet worked for ONG ASOS in the southern Anosy and Androy region, interviewing authorities and conducting research about how sexual health is communicated in the area.
Arnet has since worked for SEED Madagascar on a number of projects as a Community Liason Officer including Project Fatsaka and Project Votsira. He likes communicating Project Safidy to the beneficiaries.
Project Development Intern (Community Health)
Nicole completed her BSc in Exercise & Sports Science in 2013, before travelling and volunteering at schools through Asia and the Americas. When working with local NGO's in Sydney, she decided to pursue community health and development before completing her Masters in International Public Health.
Nicole was drawn to SEEDs ethos of developing projects with a community focus and is excited to work closely with the national staff, learning as much as possible about project implementation in Madagascar.
Community Liaison Officer (Project Safidy)
Maka studied at Fort Dauphin’s Lycée Pole, where he received his baccalaureate degree in 2014. He has worked with ONG ASOS as a technician on their collaboration with UNFPA, and as a trainer in nutrition, WASH and family planning in Ambovombe before moving on to FVFO in Amboasary in 2016.
He joins SEED as a Community Liaison Officer for Project Safidy, where he hopes to reinforce his knowledge and skills and work closely with the international team.
Project Development Intern (Community Health)
After graduating from Emerson College with a degree in writing, Kristen spent the next five years living in Los Angeles and working in TV before deciding to pursue a career in International Development.
This brought her to Marie Stopes International, an organisation that is focused on helping women have children by choice, not chance. Her work at MSI left her extremely passionate about sexual and reproductive health and rights and led her to a Masters in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Translator (Project Safidy)
Laza received his Baccalaureate from Saint Joseph de Cluny Fianarantsoa in 2010. He co-founded the Tea&Talk English club in Fianarantsoa and during his time as Vice President, Laza received certificates for his participation, as a teaching guide at Anja Park and for his excellence in English Language.
He later worked as a technician and representative for the French association Un Filleul Pour Madagascar where he taught students about tree nurseries before joined SEED in 2017.
Project Development Intern (Community Health and Sustainable Livelihoods)
Katie graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in International Development with Sociology, before working for a range of charitable organisations across the UK. She then went on to complete her MSc in International Development at the University of Bristol.
Katie is passionate about women’s empowerment and gender equality and was drawn to SEED’s sustainable and community-led approach to development.
Andrianarivelo Zafindrazana Charlier
Nary worked with Catholic Relief Services in Ambovombe before joining SEED in 2011. He started as Agricultural Extension Manager within the sustainable livelihoods department, overseeing all rural activities including upland rice cultivation training and vegetable gardens.
Nary joined the community health team in December 2011 as Health Education Manager and now coordinates various health education activities.
WASH Programme Manager
Harry first volunteered with SEED in 2011 before getting his Master's in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Exeter. During his Masters, Harry wrote a feasibility study on the improvement of drinking water provision in Sainte Luce. He went on to design a rainwater harvesting system before obtaining the funding needed to implement the project.
Harry ran Project Tatirano from 2015, before becoming WASH Programme Manager in 2018.
Paula de Amuedo
Project Development Intern (WASH)
Paula is a qualified civil engineer who in 2018 decided to apply her skills to the international development sector, changing London for the beautiful Fort Dauphin and a traditional construction company for the inspiring SEED Madagascar.
Used to living in different countries and explore different cultures, she is excited to learn from the national staff and be part of the wash team working towards improving the access to clean water and sanitation in the south east of Madagascar.
Senior Community Liason Officer
Before joining SEED Madagascar, Giona worked with CARE International surveying for their Project FIHAMI and later in an administrative role.
Giona now works as a Senior Community Liason Officer in the WASH department and he is passionate about social action and sanitation development. He particularly enjoys WASH and environmental education.
Mahalomba Hasoavana (Lomba)
Head of Construction
Lomba started working for ONG Azafady in July 2001 as a guide on the Pioneer scheme. In 2006 he was appointed as Team Leader where he successfully coordinated a latrine construction project for ONG Azafady in Fort Dauphin until 2009.
He was promoted to Head of Construction in October 2010, joining SEED in 2017, and oversees the implementation of the NGO's various construction initiatives including schools, classroom furniture, wells and latrines.
Bruno Soja (Bik)
Bik studied a four-year Public Works training course in Fort Dauphin which involved practical experience of constructing houses and bridges, masonry and carpentry. Bik initially started work at ONG Azafady in 1999 to oversee construction repairs, before being promoted to Team Leader and then again in 2009 to his current position as Construction Manager.
He works with Lomba to manage the construction team on a number of SEED Madagascar projects across the Anosy region.
Project Development Officer (Education and Construction)
Zuzanna graduated from the University of Sussex in 2015 with a BA in International Development before completing an MSc in Conflict, Rights and Justice at SOAS, focussing on refugee and diaspora issues. Zuzanna has assisted charities in the UK and Italy; working in language centre for refugees and interviewing veterans for a WWII memory project.
She was drawn to SEED’s sustainable approach to construction projects and is excited about the responsibility and learning opportunities her role provides.
Project Development Intern (Education and Construction)
Amelia graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2018 with a degree in Philosophy. Since leaving university she has worked as a freelance researcher on a number of different projects. It was whilst working on a research and development project for a UNICEF campaign that she became interested in learning more about international development.
Amelia is therefore incredibly excited by this opportunity to work for and learn from SEED Madagascar, particularly due to their community-driven approach.
Head of Environment, Conservation and Sustainable Livelihoods
Octave graduated from the University of Antananarivo in 2003 after studying Agronomy, before joining CARE International in 2005. Most recently he worked as a technical manager for the FRDA project as part of the ASARA project. Octave joined SEED Madagascar as Head of Environment and Conservation in 2018.
Octave leads the structuring and management of the department to effectively implement project activities, supervision and monitoring and evaluation. He also assists with report writing and works collaboratively with government departments and partner institutions.
Rovahasina Nathalie Ralaindimby
Education Specialist (Project Oratsimba)
Responsible for the technical training of Riaky (fishermen) committee members to maintain the sustainability of marine resources. Rova provides training for pre-collectors in order to highlight the importance of marine resources. She is also in charge of Social Education and works closely with CISCO and Chef within schools.
Rova is committed to community mobilisation for behaviour change through community meetings, focus group discussion, and mass awareness.
Rural Livelihoods Coordinator
Sylvestre joined ONG Azafady in 2002 after working across a variety of conservation and sustainable livelihoods programmes. In 2007 Sylvestre progressed to the role of Team Leader across the organisation’s conservation and natural resource management programmes in Sainte Luce.
Throughout his time in the area, he developed close relationships with local communities and in 2011, Sylvestre took on the role of Sainte Luce Community Agent. 2013 saw Sylvestre tackle Project Oratsimba before joining SEED as Rural Livelihoods Coordinator.
Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Specialist (Project Oratsimba)
Jessica completed a Masters in Ecosystem-based Managed of Marine Systems at the University of St Andrews and the Scottish Association for Marine Science where she investigated stakeholder expectations for fisheries management post-Brexit. She has recently returned from working as a Team Leader on a WASH project in Nepal with Raleigh International.
Jessica is passionate about sustainable fisheries and is excited to gain experience in working with a variety of stakeholders.
Senior Project Development Officer
Andrew was brought up surrounded by nature, agriculture and other rural livelihood practices in the UK. Graduating in 2013 from the University of Sheffield with a degree in Zoology he spent time working for a range of charities including the Conservation Volunteers, the Soil Association and for Birdlife International in eastern Spain.
Joining SEED to work on Project Oratsimba, Andrew feels fortunate to work with incredible rural communities; determined to make decisions around sustainably managing their natural resources.
Project Development Intern (Sustainable Livelihoods and Environment)
Annelin graduated from Leiden University in 2017 with an MSc in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology. For her master’s thesis she conducted research on the consequences of land concessions in a national park in Cambodia. Throughout her studies she has been interested in sustainable livelihoods; she has also worked on a sustainable livelihoods project in Nepal.
Annelin was drawn to SEED’s community-driven approach and will be working on Projects Ala and Oratsimba.
Jeremie Richardson Ndriamanja
Project Oratsimba Coordinator
Jeremie graduated from the University of Toliara specialising in marine resource management. While studying, he worked as consultant for WWF Toliara and carried out small scale fisheries monitoring in several fishers villages around Toliara.
Jeremie worked within the Centre National de Recheches Océanographiques in Nosy-Be before joining SEED as a Fisheries Specialist. He was then promoted to Project Coordinator and it committed to engaging local fishers in community resource management.
Sainte Luce Data Collector (Project Oratsimba)
Born and raised in the fishing community of Manafiafy, Christin has worked for SEED since 2015 as Sainte Luce Data Collector for Project Oratsimba. As the first point of contact between fishers and project, Christin has fostered exceptional relationships with the people whose livelihoods are tied to the lobster fishery.
He ensures that a robust methodology to collecting data is in place, which is integral to the health of the fishery and successes of Project Oratsimba.
Project Renitantely Coordinator
Juvenal grew up in Fort Dauphin and graduated from Lycée Pole with his Baccalauréat. He worked for various organisations where he received training in facilitation, communication and staff management. He joined ONG Azafady in 2010 where he worked as a community agent on a number of projects.
In 2017 he became the Community Liaison Officer for SEED Madagascars Livelihoods Department, a role he enjoys because he and gains valuable experience and gets to work closely with people.
Project Development Inter (Project Renitantely)
Cameron studied International Relations at Durham University. After graduating, he volunteered in Uganda helping to establish a microfinance enterprise which supported community members in starting their own small businesses. Following this, he spent time in Mongolia teaching English and working for a management training company.
Cameron was attracted to SEED’s commitment to sustainability running through all its projects and is excited to learn more about Malagasy culture and Madagascar’s unique biodiversity.
Darcy graduated from Tulane University with a degree in Environmental Biology in 2018 and spent a semester studying Urban Sustainability at the University of Cape Town.
Over her summers, Darcy gained field experience on an urban ecology research team in Australia, and interned with NASA, completing a research project about climate change and habitat loss. Darcy was the president of the Tulane Beekeeping Club and now she’s buzzing with excitement to join the Project Renitantely Team as a specialist.
Project Stitch Sainte Luce Coordinator
Since studying Textile Design at Glasgow School of Art, Sarah has been working with fabric and stitch. She gained a first class degree in Embroidery, and did a postgraduate course in Creative Business Development in 2007. She then worked as a freelance artist alongside lecturing positions at Leeds College of Art and Manchester Metropolitan University. After volunteering with SEED in 2011, Sarah was inspired to start an embroidery project in Sainte Luce.
She passionately believes in both the tangible and intangible benefits of creative practice.
Osmar studied agronomy at university in Antananarivo before going on to work for YMCA and L’Agence Capsule, also in the city. Osmar joined SEED Madagascar in 2018 as a beekeeping technician for Project Renitantely, working in the villages of Sainte Luce, Mahialambo and Farafara Vatambe.
He likes working for SEED, as an organisation that helps the poorest in the region improve their income whilst helping the environment Osmar is passionate about.
Project Stitch Sainte Luce Project Assistant
Paula has been working with Stitch Sainte Luce from the outset, initially as a translator before becoming Project Assistant. Paula developed her English and French language skills working in the hospitality industry in Fort Dauphin and is now an accomplished embroider herself.
Supporting her family as a Malagasy single parent, Paula is a wonderful role model for young women in the community who regularly ask her for informal advice on a range of matters.
Victoire Toto Randrianarson
Victorie studied at the Lycee in Amboasary for his Baccalaureate before working at FAFAFI as a technician in Tsivory where he was an enumerator for L’Instat. Victorie joined SEED Madagascar in 2018 as a beekeeping technician for Project Renitantely, working in the villages of Tsanoriha, Beandry and Mananara.
He likes that, with SEED Madagascar, he can work improving local agriculture.
Project Stitch Sainte Luce English Teacher
Andri studied construction for three years before deciding to study English the English Centre in Fort Dauphin. He then joined SEED Madagascar in 2018 as the English teacher for Project Stitch Sainte Luce.
Andri likes to work in the bush and helping with construction when he can! He likes that SEED Madagascar co-workers always help each other and he’s always learning new things.
Project Development Officer (Sustainable Livelihoods and Environment)
Jan studied International Politics at Leuven University in Belgium where he developed an interest in developing countries and other cultures. Building from this growing passion he first worked as an intern for the Belgian Government Department of Foreign Affairs before volunteering in Zambia.
Jan is excited to gain an insight into Madagascar’s culture and language and feels fortunate to be able to participate in SEED’s interesting and incredible work.
Sam graduated from the University of Cumbria with a BSc in Animal Conservation Science, where her placement year was assisting on a PhD project focused on lemur behaviour in Ranomafana. She returned to Madagascar to volunteer on a reforestation project, subsequently becoming the reforestation supervisor soon after.
In 2018, she graduated from the University of South Wales with an MSc in Wildlife and Conservation Management. Sam is excited to push herself in a new environment and work within a bigger team.
Aimé cares about the local region and wants to help SEED achieve its goals. Before joining the NGO team, he worked in several different jobs but mainly as a tourist guide, taking groups around southern Madagascar for the past 18 years. He started working for ONG Azafady as a Conservation Programme guide in 2011, before SEED in 2017.
He thoroughly enjoys this job which combines his passions; supporting his local region, caring for the environment and working with people.
Sam Hyde Roberts
Executive Conservation Programme Coordinator
Sam is an aspiring evolutionary biologist and passionate conservationist with a broad range of taxonomic interests. Having worked on a diverse array of projects across the globe, Sam has returned to the UK to fulfil the role of SEED's Executive Conservation Programme co-ordinator.
Sam wishes to further investigate the effect of habitat loss and deforestation and contribute to the long-term survival of Madagascar's exceptional biological diversity. Parallel to his research work Sam is a keen wildlife photographer.
Conservation Programme Team Leader
Hoby joined ONG Azafady in 2008 as a guide for Lemur Venture and continued in this role when SEED's Conservation Programme was introduced. He became interested in Malagasy wildlife when a friend of his worked as a guide at Andohahela National Park and Hoby visited him every weekend.
Hoby enjoys working with the volunteers in Sainte Luce, sharing experiences with them and explaining about Malagasy biodiversity, traditions and his culture. He can often be seen around camp playing music.
Community Development Team Leader
Born in the Spiny forest, Yvon joined SEED in 2005, before which he was a guide in a National Park and perfected his language skills when working in hospitality. He likes to interact with the children, youth and elders of the community in order to educate and empower them.
Yvon enjoys sharing his extensive knowledge of Malagasy culture with the volunteers and is passionate about learning new languages such as French, English, Spanish.
Conservation Programme Guide
Tsiraiky learnt English in Fort Dauphin from a neighbour before studying tourism at Antananarivo University. He then returned to Fort Dauphin to work as a freelance guide. Wanting to improve his knowledge about research and conservation, Tsiraiky joined SEED Madagascar in 2013.
His favourite part of working with SEED is lemur research and conservation. Around the Sainte Luce camp you will find Tsiraiky sharing knowledge about Malagasy culture and helping new volunteers learn about Madagascar.
Conservation Research Coordinator
Jamie graduated from the University of Bath with a BSc in Natural Sciences, before whisking himself off to Central America to experience the balmy waters of the Caribbean and earn his PADI certificate. After returning to the UK he obtained his Master’s degree in Biodiversity, Evolution and Conservation from UCL, completing 2 research projects.
Since graduating, Jamie has gained experience writing reports for Traffic in Vietnam, and conducting stable isotope analysis of vultures in the Iberian Peninsula. He is excited to contribute to SEED and embrace the lifestyle of conducting in-situ research.
Senior Conservation Programme Research Assistant
Steph graduated from the University of the West of England with a BSc in Integrated Wildlife Conservation. Steph has worked in Greece conserving and collecting research on the loggerhead sea turtle during nesting seasons and later as the scientific Monitoring Assistant, as well as 3 months on a South African game reserve working on hyena dietary analysis research.
After living in Australia, Steph joined SEED in 2018 and is excited to be part of the team.
Conservation Research Assistant
Callum graduated from Sheffield university in 2018 with a Masters in ecology. Having always loved being outdoors and working with wildlife he has volunteered with a number of organisations and has worked and studied in the UK, New Zealand and Brazil.
He joined SEED to further his passion for international wildlife conservation and to try and help increase research about such an incredibly unique ecosystem.