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Madagascar staff

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.


Core staff

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Lisa Bass

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.

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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.

Joeline Razafimihanta

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.

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Jonathan Lewis

Management Support Officer

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.

Tsina Endor

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.

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Jan Hendrickx

Communications and Admin Intern

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.

Felana Randriamampionona

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.

Hannah Shepherd

Communications and Media Intern

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.

Nick Hill

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.


Community Health

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.

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Gerard Andriatsiory

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.

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Tara Shoham

Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights Programme Specialist

Tara graduated from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine with an MSc in Reproductive and Sexual Health Research in 2015 where she focused predominantly on the barriers faced by HIV sufferers in Nairobi and Kisumu. Since graduating, she worked on several different projects, advocating for policy change with Doctors of the World and disseminating leading research from the Lancet Maternal Health Series.

Tara was particularly drawn to Safidy’s rights-based approach to SRH and the close relationship with the local community.

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Jasmine Kelly

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.

Soavoatsy Maka

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.

      

Eleanor Holland

Project Development Officer (Community Health)

Eleanor graduated from the University of Manchester in 2014 with a BA(hons) in English Literature. She previously worked in India, assisting with a youth empowerment project and in on a small-scale livelihoods project in rural Shan State, Myanmar. She then managed the administration for a project working with primary school aged children impacted by domestic abuse in Belfast, and as the administrator for a youth sexual health clinic.

Eleanor was drawn to SEED's community-focused approach and is excited to learn more about the implementation of holistic health programming in rural settings.

Tsinjo Rahaingoarivelo

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.

Laza Andriamboavonjy

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. 

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Eulalie Beatrice Rasoamanahirana

Community Liaison Officer, Project Safidy

Eulalie received her baccalaureate degree in Ambovombe in 2010, before moving to Fort Dauphin to work as a healthcare assistant. Here she gained experience in STI and HIV/AIDS prevention, then worked in health and sanitation for the Iray Vatsy association, PIC and WaterAid.

Eulalie joins SEED as a CLO for Project Safidy, working with the international team on adolescent sexual and reproductive health, family planning and STI prevention.

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Nicole Axford

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.

Theodore Rakotonirina

CLO Manager, Project Safidy

In 2004, Theodore became a Social Organiser for the NGO 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.


WASH

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Andrianarivelo Zafindrazana Charlier 

Project Coordinator of Project Fatsaka

Nary is a Fort Dauphin local who worked with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) 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. He is supported by Dr Mamy and manages a team of community agents.

Harry Chaplin

Tatirano Project 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.

He has been running Tatirano since October 2015 and is looking to reaching more people with clean drinking water.

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Emilie Kowalczewski

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Specialist, Project Tatirano

Emilie joined SEED Madagascar in 2018 after completing her Master’s in Global Health at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. She specialized in global diseases with a focus on Indigenous health. When the opportunity arose to do monitoring and evaluation research with culturally sensitive objectives, she jumped at the chance.

She is excited to learn more about the Malagasy situation, adapt her knowledge to the communities in the Anosy region, and to work with the local team for Tatirano.

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Jennifer Binley

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Specialist, WASH

Jennifer joined SEED as an MEL Specialist for Project Fatsaka. She recently completed her MA in International Relations at the University of Cape Town, where she was a Rotary Global Grant Scholar. While in Cape Town, Jennifer worked as a MEL associate with a Cape Town NGO, VPUU before interning with the Carter Center’s Democracy Program assisting the observation team in preparations for the Kenyan Presidential re-run elections.

Jennifer is looking forward to working towards providing clean and accessible water to south-east Madagascar.

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Simren Herm-Singh

Project Development Officer WASH

Simren graduated from Leiden University in 2016 with a BA in International Studies. Throughout her studies she travelled and volunteered across South America and spent a semester studying at la Universidad Nacional de Córdoba in Argentina. Several internships in the medical field inspired her to pursue a career in the global health sector.

She went on to a Masters in International Development, at the Paris School of International Affairs in France before joining SEED to explore the challenges facing the Malagasy health system.

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Elysee Clotilde Vololoniaina

Community Liaison Officer, Project Fatsaka

Elysee graduated from Centre Ecologique de Libanona (CEL) in 2010 with a degree in environmental studies. Since then, she has worked for various organisations such as the QMM and the AFD (French Agency of Development) where she worked on a project called PADEVE.  Whilst working for the AFD, she was in charge of socio-economic studies at a national level. Elysee joined SEED as a Community Liaison Officer for Project Fatsaka in 2018.  


School, Sanitation & Water Infrastructure

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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.

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Bruno Soja (Bik)

Construction Manager

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.

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Zuzanna Pogorzelska

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.


Environment & Sustainable Livelihoods

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Victoria Foord

Head of Project Development

Victoria joined SEED in 2017 after 6 years spent working for a range of NGOs, from large arts organisations in the UK, to grass-roots international development organisations in
Peru and Zambia. Her role in Zambia with an education NGO focused on fundraising and communications, as well as project management and organisational strategy. 

Victoria has a passion for travel and she is excited to gain an insight into Madagascar’s culture, language and unique environment during her time at SEED.

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Octave Rabetany

Head of Environment and Conservation

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.

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Sylvestre Mbola

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.

Juvenal Eliasy

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.

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Sarah Brown

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.

Paula Amour

Stitch 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.

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Orla Sheridan

International Specialist for Women’s Livelihoods

With qualifications in Fine Art and Global Development, Orla was delighted to find a role which strikes a balance between her experiences in Women's Empowerment, Environmental Advocacy and the Arts. She looks forward to balancing the human and environmental needs that come with the pursuit of sustainable livelihoods. 

Orla is determined to create opportunities for women, as women have the capacity, knowledge and competence to bring another dimension to our society.

Darcy Gray

Beekeeping Specialist 

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.

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Andrew Turner

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.

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Jessica Savage

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. 

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Christin Andry

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.


Volunteering

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Aimé

Pioneer Guide

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.

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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.

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Hoby

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.

Yvon 

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.

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Jamie Graham

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.

Stephanie Harris

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.

 

 


English Teaching

David Tweedie

English Teacher

At the age of 18 David spent a year as a volunteer English teacher in Senegal before training as a lawyer. His career as a partner in a law firm in England, practising mainly in medical negligence, lasted until 2015. Upon retiring from the firm, he took the CELTA course to train as a teacher of English as a foreign language, with a view to travelling the world.

Having spent some months in Colombia, where he learnt a little Spanish, he took 4 months cycling in Europe, then came to Madagascar to teach English with SEED in October 2016 for 7 months. He liked it so much that, after a few months cycling in France, he returned in October 2017 to continue English teaching to SEED staff, in schools and in the community of Fort Dauphin.