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.
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.
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 Programmes. The job is very varied and Tsina likes meeting new people and making friends from all over the world.
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!
Brittany graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in Environmental Studies. During that time she studied abroad in Tanzania and the University of Melbourne, pursing courses focused on conservation and political ecology. Before coming to SEED Madagascar she worked as a district representative covering environmental issues for California State Senator, Hannah-Beth Jackson.
Brittany is looking forward to expanding her knowledge of conservation and NGO administrative work while apart of the operations team, here, at SEED Madagascar.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tahina Graduated from the University of Antananarivo with a degree in Communications then she studied Science of Education at the University of Fianarantsoa. Since leaving university she has worked as a social worker in Action against Hunger, a social organiser for Malagasy Red Cross and ommunity mobiliser officer for Save the Children.
Tahina is passionate about youth’s empowerment and community capacity building. She joined SEED Madagascar as SRHR Network officers for Project Safidy in 2019.
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 SEED's 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.
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.
Before joining SEED Madagascar, Jeanella received her paramedic license at the midwifery school, Ismatec, in Antananarivo.
She now works as the Senior CLO on Project Votsira, educating and communiticating with the project's communities. She enjoys this aspect of SEED Madagascar and Project Votsira, particularly spreading knowledge amongst mothers and caregivers.
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 as a research assistant for a local NGO. She is excited to join the Project Votsira team and contribute to the great work at SEED.
Colleen studied international relations and medical anthropology at Boston University, where she completed her thesis about the effects of urban migration on indigenous birth outcomes in Ecuador.
In 2018, Colleen completed her master’s in Reproductive and Sexual Health Research from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. While in London, Colleen worked as a monitoring and evaluations intern for a UK non-profit. Colleen is passionate about evidence-based sustainable development and excited to join SEED 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. Then he became the IT of the English Center on May 2017 to June 2019.
Ijn July 2019, he joined SEED as a Translator for Project Safidy, where he wants and hopes to bring his share of help for 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.
Melissa graduated with a BA in International Development, where she developed a passion for community health after conducting research on access to intercultural healthcare during her placement in Ecuador. Afterwards, she completed a graduate degree in International Project Management, during which she collaborated with a NGO in developing a project to improve food sovereignty in northern Ecuador.
Melissa was drawn to SEED’s emphasis on community-driven, sustainable development. She is excited to be part of the team and looks forward to learning from her colleagues.
Until 2015 Mamonjisoa worked with both ONG CIELO-TERRA and ONG Aquatic Service training fishers improved fishing techniques before joining UNICEF. At UNICEF he led 'triggering' using a Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach. He then joined ONG Azafady managing a variety of WASH project focus groups.
Since 2017, Mamonjisoa has worked with SEED Madagascar managing education sessions for Project Tatirano. He enjoys supporting social change on different projects.
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.
Before joining Project Tatirano, Tolotra was Media and Marketing Officer for Project Malio. He organised and developed the communication plan for Malio and helped design a radio drama series for the project that was broadcast across local radio in Fort Dauphin.
Tolotra likes working with SEED Madagascar, as an organisation that helps communities and protects the local environment.
Paula is a qualified civil engineer who 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 exploring different cultures, Paula is excited to learn from the national staff and be part of the WASH team. Particularly working towards improving the access to clean water and sanitation in the south east of Madagascar.
Harry originally volunteered with SEED in 2011 with the conservation programme and from there became completely besotted with Madagascar. With a background in engineering he setup the rainwater harvesting project, Tatirano, in the rural southeast to get clean water to people who otherwise don't. In June 2019 he founded a social enterprise called Tatirano to continue the idea into a public-private hybrid model. He continues with SEED on part time basis as our Water Supply Specialist.
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.
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.
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.
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.
uvenal 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.
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.
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 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.
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, before moving to Project Oratsimba as a CLO.
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.
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.
Saadiya is thrilled to be working with an NGO that aims to solve developmental problems holistically.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Kashmir completed a BSc in Wildlife Conservation at the University of Kent. After graduating, she worked as an Environmental Educator at a small nature reserve, whilst also working in up to four voluntary positions at any one time.
She has been the Secretary for a community woodland project in the UK for seven years, as well as volunteering with schemes in Canada and Costa Rica based around wildlife rehabilitation and macaw conservation.
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.