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.
Joshua was born in Zimbabwe and spent most of his early life living in southern Africa. He graduated from Cambridge with a Masters in World History in 2019, completing a research project which looked at the impact of a small NGO in Malawi.
Joshua's interest in development stems from his fascination with cross-cultural interaction. He is excited to be working with SEED in Madagascar and gain first-hand experience of conservation, sustainable development and operations support.
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’
Since initially joining SEED for three weeks as a construction volunteer in 2012, Dan can't seem to get away from the organisation. Impressed by SEED's holistic development and grassroots approach, he later spent a year as a field volunteer coordinator, before taking up his current role in 2019.
With a degree in Computer Science and twenty years experience as a Web Developer, becoming an IT/Media specialist in Madagascar was a slight career change for Dan, but a fulfilling one. A Madagascar lifer, he can usually be found programming websites, wading through swamps, or endlessly filming lemurs.
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.
Amelia graduated in 2020 from the University of Edinburgh with a Ba in Social Anthropology. Throughout her degree she specialised in international development and community building. This was further consolidated during her year studying abroad in Australia, where she conducted an independent research project about an eco-community. Having spent time volunteering in Calais and Edinburgh, Amelia is keen to draw on previous experiences and what she has learnt throughout her degree in her role of Logistics and Volunteering Officer at SEED.
Amelia is excited to be joining SEED to learn more about volunteer coordination and have first hand experience of sustainable development.
Peter graduated from the University of Nottingham with an MEng in Mechanical Engineering. Peter was drawn to SEED's community led approach to projects with the desire to find out more about sustainable development.
Peter enjoys the range of challenges he can work on from his role in operations.
Laura graduated with a degree in International Relations and Politics in 2019, having written her dissertation on a postcolonial critique of USAID's Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment Initiatives in Haiti. During her degree studies, she worked in Malawi for a grassroots sustainable development organisation, which is where her passion for community-led development was deepened.
Laura loves SEED's sensitive approach to development and she can't wait to learn more about Malagasy culture! She is enthusiastic about 'handing over the mic' to local communities through value-led communications, to help the stories of people living in Madagascar's Anosy region be heard around the world.
Community Health staff
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.
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.
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.
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.
Danielle holds an MSc in Public Health for Development from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where she completed her dissertation on Identifying Risk Factors for RTIs Among Women Using Reusable Absorbents in Odisha, India. Danielle has spent the past five years in five different countries working primarily as a Sexual and Reproductive Health Educator. After noticing a pattern among girls and women across the globe, Danielle founded the organization She Inspires Project with the goal to amplify women’s voices around the world.
Danielle is especially passionate about Sexual and Reproductive Health and Maternal and Infant Health and looks forward to learning from experts in the field. She is also excited to explore the vibrant nature around Fort Dauphin and learn more about the Malagasy way of life.
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.
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.
After obtaining a degree in History from Royal Holloway, University of London, Luke pursued his interests in sustainable development by undertaking a volunteering role focusing on community health and WASH in schools in rural Tanzania. This nurtured an interest in education and for the past two years Luke has specialised in teaching in Shanghai, China.
Luke is excited to be joining the SEED Madagascar team, sharing his background in education, improving his understanding of programme development and further exploring his interests in community empowerment.
Caitlin graduated from the NOHA network in 2019, gaining an MA in International Humanitarian Action from Aix-Marseille and the University of Malta. Her thesis explored early childhood education and care for migrant children, driven by her years volunteering with young refugees. Before starting with SEED, Caitlin worked on UNICEF-funded health projects in Tanzania and in EU grant management in Brussels.
Caitlin was drawn towards SEED’s ethos of sustainable, community-driven programmes. She is excited to be a member of the WASH team and to work towards improved access and usage of safe WASH facilities and practices across the Anosy region.
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.
After spending several years living and working in the Middle East region, Nicolas Klapmeyer discovered his interest in the humanitarian and development sector while volunteering in refugee camps and at local NGOs. After returning from the Middle East, he pursued an MSc in International Development, focusing on poverty, conflict and reconstruction at the University of Manchester.
Nicolas began working at a private foundation in Nepal shortly after completing his degree. The diverse project portfolio helped him hone his monitoring and evaluation skills while working on livelihood, infrastructure, WASH, health and education initiatives.
In March 2020, Nicolas joined SEED to conduct monitoring and evaluation for one of the rural WASH programs. He is excited to address Madagascar's needs in a sustainable and data-driven approach.
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.
School, Sanitation & Water Infrastructure staff
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.
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.
Environment & Sustainable Livelihoods staff
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.
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.
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.
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.
Quinn graduated in 2018 with a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University, during which she carried out independent research in Northwest Madagascar on habitat fragmentation. Following this, she completed her Master's in Conservation at University College London with a focus on Malagasy small-scale fisheries, while working as a Project Development & Admin Intern in SEED's London office.
Quinn thoroughly enjoyed working with SEED, and is excited to return to the team working in Sustainable Livelihoods and Environment. She is especially interested in supporting SEED's work in community-driven, equitable and effective livelihood and conservation projects.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Polly graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2020 with a BA in American and Canadian Studies. During her degree, Polly focused on the continent's multicultural history, writing her dissertation on settler colonialism and Indigenous culture after a year abroad in Canada.
Polly was drawn to SEED's community based approach and is excited to be working with women in particular, learning how local environmental and sustainable livelihoods projects can work to enhance gender equality.
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.
Brooke Friswold holds an MSc in Wildlife Conservation from University of Hawaii where she conducted award-winning research on the effects of light pollution on seabirds. She has developed long-term monitoring projects for seabird health around the Hawaiian islands, as well as working for years in wildlife rehabilitation, mark and recapture techniques, teaching, and conducting various research projects concerning endangered species recovery. She developed a study abroad program teaching wildlife research techniques and explores human-wildlife conflict in Borneo. She is passionated about preserving endangered species and developing novel strategies to reduce biodiversity loss worldwide.
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.
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.
Originally from Wales, I went to university in Southampton where I graduated with degrees in MSc Biodiversity and Conservation and BSc Geography. During these degrees, I undertook research in north-west Madagascar as part of my dissertations which examined the spatial ecology of lemur, bird, reptile, and amphibian species. After finishing my masters I worked as a research assistant for the University of Oxford's Department of Zoology, where I helped develop a marine local ecological footprinting tool.
SEED's multi-faceted and bottom-up approach to sustainable conservation and development inspires and interests me greatly, and I am looking forward to contributing towards SEED's vision, learning from all the incredible Malagasy staff, and living in a beautiful part of the world.