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.
Lisa joined SEED Madagascar as a volunteer 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 led 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.
Tsina started as Secretary to the Director in 2005 before taking on the role as the Head of Volunteering in 2007. In 2017, she became Head of External Relations, Communications and Compliance.
From October 2019 Tsina became Deputy Director of the organisation, taking on a new and even more varied role, liaising with partner organisations and the government as well as operational responsibilities. Tsina likes meeting new people and making friends from all over the world.
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.
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.
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 ensure operations run smoothly.
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.
Ellie graduated from the University of Leeds in 2018 with a BSc in Economics where she also spent a year studying abroad at the University of New Mexico. Whilst at university she spent time volunteering in Uganda on school infrastructure projects and was involved with various fundraising events.
Ellie developed a passion for international development whilst travelling to different countries. She is excited to work in a new place and get involved with Malagasy culture.
Ndrina worked with NGOs (ASOS and Ny Tanintsika) in the Vatovavy Fitovinany region for 3 years as Monitoring and Evaluation Manager. This passage has especially reinforced his experiences on the functioning of NGOs. Activities focused on community health and WASH.
Ndrina joined the SEED Madagascar team in June 2019 as Regional Representative in Antananarivo.
‘Give a hand for sustainable development’
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 the Volunteer Coordinator for the Community Development programme, leading international volunteer groups on construction, environment and community projects.
On his return to the UK, he designed and developed the website, ran stalls for Stitch Sainte Luce, and stayed involved in SEED and Madagascar. In January 2019, Dan returned to Madagascar to work in the Fort Dauphin offices!
Before, I was a customer assistant and a customer advisor. Since June 20, 2019, I work for SEED Madagascar because I love humanitarian work, experience, communications, serving and help. I think I can do it all at SEED Madagascar.
Originally from Colombia, Maria graduated from the University of Westminster with a degree in Journalism, where she also worked for the press office. During that time, she was involved in a range of student activities and also participated in trips to Italy, Rwanda and Jordan that combined cultural activities with community immersion and volunteering. Before joining SEED, she was interning at the London office of International Cultural Youth Exchange, helping volunteers in the UK.
Maria developed an interest in international development and wants to learn more about it within SEED's holistic community-based approach. She is looking forward to experiencing a new country and exploring ways in which media and development cross.
Milan obtained a BSc in Civil Engineering from the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands. He took a gap year in which he travelled extensively through Asia and the Middle East, which sparked in him an interest in foreign cultures. Milan continued studying for his MSc in Management of Technology, for which he spent a year in Japan.
Recently, Milan has become interested in humanitarianism and international development, and wants to become more involved in this field of work. He is excited to work for SEED in Madagascar and gain first-hand experience on conservation, sustainable development and volunteer coordination.
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.
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.
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 Project Safidy.
Lalaina graduated from the Higher Agricultural Professional School of Bevalala in 2007 after having studied the agronomy sector, before joining CRS in 2008 working as zone supervisor in the Vakinankaratra Region. In 2016, he became Technical Officer for Ny Tanintsika for the implementation of the USAID Mikolo project.
Laliana joined SEED Madagascar as the Partners Engagement Officer for Project Safidy in 2018 and became the Technical Support Officer for Phase 4 in April 2019. He is very pleased and honoured to work with SEED Madagascar and share his experiences.
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.
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.
Emma graduated with a BA in Anthropology and French, before completing a Master of Public Health at the University of Melbourne specialising in Global Health and Epidemiology & Biostatistics. Whilst interning at the World Health Organization, she developed an interest in sexual and reproductive health, ultimately completing her thesis on men’s and women’s knowledge and practices relating to childbirth in Kenya.
Emma was attracted to SEED for their emphasis on local collaboration and community engagement. She is passionate about using research to inform project implementation and is looking forward to applying this to her work in Madagascar.
Poppy worked in the UK as a nurse for several years before volunteering as a medic on a community health project in Nicaragua. She has since completed a Tropical Nursing Diploma and an MSc in Public Health with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Having worked for an NGO providing sexual health education for refugee communities in Greece she realised the potential for positive change SRH education can bring to communities.
Poppy was drawn to project Safidy because it works closely with the community and ministry in Madagascar, making the project more sustainable. She looks forward to learning from the staff here who are such experts in this field.
Lima received his Baccalaureate Degree in 2013. He started to work as an English Teacher (also French Teacher) both at Fort Dauphin’s CEG Lanirano and the Community English Center of Fort Dauphin in 2016. From May 2017 to June 2019 he worked as the IT Manager of the English Center.
In July 2019, he joined SEED as a Translator for Project Safidy, where he wants and hopes to bring his share of help to the Project’s team.
Kirsty graduated from Southampton in 2017 with a degree in Biomedical Science. The following year she taught in an international school in Madagascar and developed an interest in the Malagasy culture. After volunteering in a hospital in India and developing a small fundraising project for the regional nursing college, Kirsty went on to study a master’s in International Health at Leeds University. She subsequently conducted primary research into the role of traditional healers in the rehabilitation of children with disabilities in Antananarivo.
Kirsty was drawn to SEED by the sustainable approach and community-focused projects. She is excited to work in a multi-national team and to experience life in South-east Madagascar.
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.
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.
Alice graduated in 2018 with a degree in French and Italian from the University of Oxford. Following this, she studied for a Master’s in Social Anthropology of Development at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), where she wrote a dissertation on the rhetoric surrounding women’s empowerment among organisations committed to the Family Planning 2020 agenda. Alongside her Master’s studies, she worked as a Project Development & Admin Intern in SEED’s London office, where she thoroughly enjoyed getting to know SEED’s projects and supporting the London team.
With previous experience volunteering on a WASH project in eastern Uganda, Alice is really looking forward to getting involved with the exciting WASH projects that SEED has in store for 2020. She is very glad to have escaped rainy London for the colourful shores of Fort Dauphin, and can’t wait to learn more about the Malagasy way of life.
School, Sanitation & Water Infrastructure
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, and oversees the implementation of the NGO's various construction initiatives including schools, classroom furniture, wells and latrines.
Environment & 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.
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 is committed to engaging local fishers in community resource management.
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.
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 Project Ala and 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.
James is from the north of Madagascar and since childhood, has been really fascinated with the marine environment. As he grew up he saw that this fascinating environment is the victim of many irrational exploitations entailing destruction of marine ecosystems and depletion of many marine resources. Thus, after high school, he decided to study in IH.SM (Fisheries and Marine Sciences Institute) at the University of TOLIARA to acquire enough knowledge, skills and competences regarding marine environment and all the resources it contains in order to contribute to their protection and conservation. After finishing his Masters at the same institution, he worked with several environmental NGOs. Now as Education Specialist in SEED Madagascar, he expects to gain new skills and also share skills and competences he honed before to reach sustainability towards marine environment in Madagascar.
Paula worked 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 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.
In 2019, Paula moved to Project Mahampy, to continue working with people in Sainte Luce and help establish a new sustainable livelihoods project.
James graduated from the University of Exeter with a BSc in Geography in 2016 where he developed an interest in environmental management and sustainable development. Following graduation, James worked at an engineering firm undertaking environmental and social impact assessments for African construction projects.
James is thrilled to be working with an NGO that takes a holistic approach to the environmental and development challenges facing Madagascar.
Maggie graduated from Macalester College in 2018 with a degree in International Studies and Political Science, with a focus on human rights and humanitarianism. Her interest in development work grew from research she conducted in Bolivia and Mexico involving the intersection of policy and indigenous livelihoods.
Her thesis on the global history of the bandana sparked her interest in how crafts and textiles can be unique tools for social justice. Maggie was drawn to SEED’s community-focused vision and is excited to get to know Madagascar!
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 Madagascar's Livelihoods Department and later, Coordinator for Project Renitantely. He enjoys this role because he gets to work closely with people.
Osmar studied agronomy at the University of 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.
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 on improving local agricultural practices.
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 joining SEED in 2017.
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.
Eve holds a BSc in Zoology from Newcastle University and an MSc in Conservation Science from Imperial College London. Her interests lie in species-focused, interdisciplinary conservation, and ways of increasing effectiveness in the discipline. Before coming to SEED, she spent two years working in European-level conservation for IUCN in Brussels and is a qualified IUCN Red List Trainer.
Eve is excited to be working with SEED in Madagascar and sees the role as the perfect opportunity to build her knowledge of sustainable development in an environmental, ‘on-the-ground’ context.
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.
Rainie graduated from Drake University in May 2019 where she studied Environmental Science with a concentration in Animal Behavior and a minor in French. While in school she was able to spend a semester in Madagascar while studying natural resource and biodiversity management. She has also participated in other conservation and sustainable development focused programs in Thailand and Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands, where she volunteered for various NGOs.
Rainie was drawn to SEED because of the organization’s commitment to sustainability in all of their projects, whether they be education, development, or conservation focused. She is glad to be back to work on livelihoods projects to support the communities that helped make her last visit so memorable.
Danick obtained a BSc in Earth & Environment and Mathematics from University College Utrecht in 2017, where she grew passionate about applying transdisciplinary problem-solving approaches to sustainability challenges. More recently, she completed a MSc in Ecological Economics at the University of Edinburgh, with an additional focus on marine policy. Danick’s interest in inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to natural resource management has led her to conducting research in a variety of tropical coastal environments including Tanzania, South Africa and Curaçao.
Danick is excited to work towards more sustainable livelihoods in the Anosy region of Madagascar and hopes to further her understanding of small-scale fisheries during her time with SEED Madagascar.
Joe graduated with a BSc in Conservation Biology and a minor in Law and Society from the University of Western Australia in 2018. He went on to complete an Honours degree at Murdoch University in 2019, investigating how residents’ perceptions of bandicoots in their gardens influence their interactions with bandicoots and their garden practices and pet management strategies.
Joe was drawn to SEED because of the opportunity to work at the intersection of sustainable livelihoods and conservation, in a country as different and exciting as Madagascar.
Emma graduated from the University of Exeter in 2018 with a BSc in Zoology. Following this she completed an MSc in Environmental Change and International Development at the University of Sheffield. For her dissertation she volunteered with a marine conservation NGO in Costa Rica while investigating the effectiveness of their community-based conservation model.
Emma is passionate about the conservation of natural ecosystems and pursued development studies to understand how this can be achieved in an equitable and sustainable way that involves local livelihoods. She is very excited to work with the Environment and Sustainable Livelihoods Team in a ‘grassroots’ context and experience the unique culture and environment of Madagascar.
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.
Before joining SEED, Kathryn completed her PhD in New Zealand studying invasive feral cats and their effects on kiwi birds and other natives. She was also the science advisor for Stay Wild NGO in Sumatra, Indonesia, working in protecting a karst forest ecosystem. She has a diverse background in conservation, working on projects in Peru, Slovakia, and Swaziland.
Kathryn has always had an interest in NGO work, and was particularly drawn to SEED because of their focus on community, conservation, and research.
Hoby joined ONG Azafady in 2008 as a guide for Lemur Ventures 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 teaching volunteers about Malagasy biodiversity, traditions and culture. He can often be seen around camp playing music.
Tsiraiky learnt English in Fort Dauphin from a neighbour before studying tourism at the University of Antananarivo. 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 the lemur research and conservation. Around the Sainte Luce camp you will find Tsiraiky sharing knowledge and helping new volunteers learn about Madagascar.
After completing a BSc in Zoology Alex travelled to the rainforests of Costa Rica to survey and conserve a wide range of taxa. This captured his interest in conservation and he then went on to do an MSc in Global Biodiversity Conservation by surveying a population of critically endangered brown-headed spider monkeys in Ecuador.
Alex is fascinated by Madagascar’s wide variety of weird and wonderful species that are found no where else on the planet!
Born in the Spiny forest, Yvon joined SEED in 2005. Before SEED, he was a guide in a local National Park where he perfected his language skills 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 and Spanish.
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.