Staff

Richard Malonga
Country Director, Congo (Republic of)
Richard started working for WCS Congo in 1995 as a volunteer research assistant. He helped with the study of the ecology of Bongo antelope in Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park. He was part of the team which initiated the Partnership between WCS, a forestry company (CIB) and the Government of Congo to extend conservation actions to the periphery of the Park. Richard completed his MSc in Conservation Biology at the University of Minnesota and a BSc in Tropical Forest Management at the Marien Ngouabi University. Richard was appointed Director of the Plateau Bateke Landscape Project, then Director of Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park. Since 2019, Richard is the WCS Congo Country Director.
Liliane Gashumba
Director of Finance and Administration
Liliane has 19 years of experience as a Senior Manager in the Banking sector, inter-state institutions and projects in Rwanda. From 2018 to June 2021, she served as Finance Manager for Project San Francisco (PSF)/Center for Family Health Research (CFHR) of Emory University. From 2007 to 2018, she was the Deputy Executive Secretary in Charge of Finance, Administration and Socio-Cultural Affairs in the Economic Community of Great Lakes Countries (Communauté Economique des Pays des Grands Lacs-CEPGL), a regional organization with three countries: Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda.
Lubango Kaningini Kany
Logistic Director
Kany has a strong background in Humanitarian Logistics, a field he began working in 2004 in his native DRC, before working in several conflict zones including Niger, Mali, Cameroon and Chad between 2015 and 2021. A Logistics Learning Alliance (LLA) certified logistician, Kany has worked for Acted, MSF, OXFAM, ALIMA and the French Red Cross before joining WCS in 2021. Kany holds a diploma in Humanitarian Logistics from Bioforce and has received training in humanitarian security management, project management, and is validated by the French Red Cross as a first aid trainer.
Ben Evans
Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park Director
Ben has been working in wildlife conservation in the Congo Basin since 2015. A conservation practitioner with experience in wildlife monitoring, community-based management and protected area management, he serves as the Director of Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park's Management Unit as part of the Nouabalé-Ndoki Foundation, a partnership between WCS and the Ministry of Forestry Economy. He is driven to make sure conservation works for and with people, particularly concerning natural resources and cultural use of landscapes.
Iyenguet Calixte Fortune
PROGEPP Principal Technical Advisor
Fortuné has been working with WCS Congo for the last 22 years, 10 of which as Head of the Ecological Monitoring department in the Lac Télé Community Reserve. He then was appointed SMART National Coordinator. He held this position for 7 years during which he provided training to all SMART focal points in Congo, supported the development of the national SMART base and the implementation of SMART Connect. Fortuné is now Principal Technical Advisor for PROGEPP (the Project for Ecosystem Management of the Park Periphery) as well as the Technical Assistant for Surveillance and Bio-monitoring.
Jean Robert Onononga
Project Director
For more than a decade, Jean Robert has dedicated his career to the conservation of Central African forest wildlife. After achieving his undergraduate degree from the Marien Ngouabi University in Brazzaville, he obtained his first conservation post in 1996 with IUCN in Conkouati Faunal Reserve where he was in charge of directing field teams to conduct wildlife inventories. In 1998, his responsibilities expanded to include environmental education. He then joined the Goualougo Triangle Apes Project (GTAP) in 2001, where he contributed to the long-term monitoring of apes until 2008. In 2009, he completed his MSc in Primate Conservation at Oxford Brookes University in Oxford, UK. He then served as a Project Manager of GTAP in the Rep of Congo from 2009 to 2011. In early 2012, Jean Robert was appointed The Principal Technical Adviser for the PROGEPP - PNNN.
Morgane Cournarie
Technical Director, Congo (Republic of)
Morgane is the WCS Congo Program Coordinator since 2020. Agronomist by training, she completed her MSc in Ecosystem Management and Tropical Forestry in 2015. She then worked for the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) in Laos, supporting the development, implementation and evaluation of projects related to agroecology. She also worked on ecosystem conservation through integrated landscape management in the Nam Kading National Protected Area. Morgane joined WCS in 2019 as Site Coordinator for the Sustainable Wildlife Management (SWM) program in Makira Natural Park in northern Madagascar, a comprehensive program combining livelihoods activities, social marketing, ecological survey and institutional support.
Nick Radford
Chief of Party to USAID/DRC
Nick has been working in wildlife conservation in the Congo Basin since 2015. A Biological Sciences graduate from Oxford University, Nick had a 10-year career in politics and the private sector in Britain before moving to Africa. He now leads the tourism development program in Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park, and serves as the WCS Chief of Party to USAID/DRC. He is particularly interested in business planning for protected areas, conservation economics, and the interface between the private sector and wildlife conservation.
Norbert Gami
Socio-Economic Principal Technical Advisor
Norbert defended his PhD in Anthropology in 1992 at the University of Aix-Marseille III in France (Human Ecology Laboratory). Since 1995, he has been working as a conservation anthropologist, involved in the development and enhancement of protected areas in Central Africa. He is a specialist in communities’ engagement in the sustainable management of natural resources in the Congo Basin, and has worked in Cameroon, Congo, DRC, Gabon, CAR and São Tomé and Príncipe. Since 2015, Norbert is the WCS Congo Principal Technical Advisor in Socio-Economics.

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