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John Lamaris
John completed a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Sciences at the University of PNG in 2010 and was employed by Lihir Environmental Services as a trainee Hydrologist before joining the WCSPNG as a Research Intern in 2013. He recently completed his BSc Honours degree with the University of PNG studying the homerange and movement patterns of the Admiralty cuscus (Spilocuscus kraemeri) and the use of tambu areas to sustainably conserve the species. His new role as a Conservation Technician sees him in charge of the WCSPNG’s animal monitoring program and the welfare of research animals both wild and captive. His tasks include liaising with local communities, collate and archive internal and external reports & data entry, storage and exploratory of data analysis and the maintenance of scientific and field equipment. He also contributes to WCSPNG’s scientific publications.
John Ole
Driver and Administration Assistant
John Ole works as WCS PNG drive for the Goroka office and has been employed with WCS for the last 3 years. He is also responsible for the maintenance and service of the program's three vehicles, and their fuel and mileage use. Apart from driving he also undertakes town runs, assisting the Administration Team with office banking, post, shopping and other tasks.
John Par Kagl
Community Engagement Officer
John Par Kagl has a Diplomas in Religious Studies and Teaching, received from the  Divine Word Institute and from University of Goroka, and he previously worked doing community development with rural communities and teaching in Secondary schools. JPK , a community engagement officer for WCSPNG , works with communities at a number of project sites, linking WCS to communities by conducting participatory action research, socio economic surveys and information exchange activities in areas of REDD+ and Climate Change resilience project. He leads on selecting, monitoring and training WCS community facilitators, as well as being involved in collecting information on the cultural use of wildlife in festivals and shows (Bilas). John serves as the Child Protection Officer for WCS and ensures this is carried out.
Jonathan Richard Booth
Marine Conservation Advisor
Jonathan Richard Booth serves as Marine Conservation Advisor at WCS.
Leah Baina
Finance/Administration Assistant
Leah Baina serves as Finance/Administration Assistant at WCS.
Lester Govi Seri
Senior Policy Officer
Lester holds a Bachelor of Education (BED) from University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG). He worked as a field conservation biologist with the Department of Environment and Conservation (now CEPA) undertaking wildlife surveys, in partnership with local and international scientific research organizations, to compile species biological and taxonomy database, and mapping species distribution, to help guide prioritize biodiversity conservation planning in PNG, while actively engaged in the policy, legislation and strategy development aspects of biodiversity conservation in the country. Lester also underwent scheduled short training attachments with CSIRO, Wildlife Research Division, Canberra, and with the Australian Museum, Sydney. Lester’s extensive field worked was recoginsed when he was honored with the naming of an insectivorous bat species, and a tree kangaroo as Seri’s Tree Kangaroo. After 19 years with DEC, and holding the position of Assistant Secretary, Wildlife Research Branch, he moved on to head an Environmental NGO called Conservation Melanesia Inc., as the Executive Director, during which, Conservation Melanesia, and himself were given recognition and awarded for conservation work by the Equator Initiative. After six years, Lester moved on to continue with the Collingwood Bay Community customary land court case against foreign logging and oil palm companies, that lasted nearly twenty years, where he was a principle Plaintiff in the litigation. His team successfully won the land court case for the third time in 2014. He has since been an active Environmental and Human Rights advocate while focusing efforts on supporting Collingwood Bay Communities’ in pursuing their Community Conservation Initiative to protect their 650,000 hectares of land area as a Protected Area (PA). In between, Lester have had opportunities to undertake consultancy work on Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for bilateral donor (JICA) funded road and urban development project, including actively contributing towards the drafting of the Protect Area Regulations under the funding sponsorship of UNDP. Currently, he is a founding Board Member of the newly established Papua New Guinea Environmental Law Association (PELA), and he is also a Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) Member for the FCPF – Capacity Building on REDD + for Civil Society and Local Communities’ in the East Asia and the Pacific Region Project.
Marygrace Wanamp
Finance & Administration Manager
Marygrace oversees and manages the finance and budgets for all the site offices in the WCS PNG program, ensuring financial auditing, reporting to donors and to WCS headquarters in New York, and compliance with PNG Tax Laws and regulations. She also manages the administration and human resources for WCS PNG. Marygrace has a Bachelor in Accountancy from the University of Technology, Lae, and is a current member of the Certified Practising Accountants in Papua New Guinea (CPA PNG). Prior to joining WCS in 2011 she worked as a Senior Accountant for Monpi Coffee Exports in Goroka.
Nathan Whitmore
Scientific Support Officer
Nathan Whitmore trained as a population biologist obtaining a BSc from the University of Auckland and an MSc (Zoology) from the University of Otago. Nathan is currently heavily involved in WCS projects on sustainable harvesting of wildlife in both Manus and Gulf Provinces and was the project coordinator for the WCS Hindenburg Wall survey which identified 89 new and undescribed species and captured world-wide attention. He heads the WCS PNG Applied Science team. Nathan’s expertise lies in the application of analytical methods in sustainable harvesting especially mark-recapture methods, information-theoretic approaches, projection matrices and use of program R.
Ranjit Topno
Senior Finance Manager
Mr. Ranjit has engaged in NGO works past 18 years in Asia and Africa. He had the privilege to work with all the departments of the organization, e.g. finance, logistic & admin, HR, program and grant departments. Before joining WCS, he worked with Oxfam Great Britain for 10 years with country and regional team. He has managed 20 million pound annual budget in Africa as head of finance. He managed funds of EU, ECHO, DFID, USAID, UNHCR, UNICEF, SDC, SIDA, DFATD, DANIDA, German Government and Irish Aid. He provides guidance for expenditure eligibility of donor funds and legitimate the disallowed expenses of EU grants. He trained 22 local NGOs in Bangladesh and built national staff capacity in Africa and Asia. He has taken care the legal issues of the organization and conducted fraud investigations in the organizations. Ranjit holds an MBA from Rajshahi University and L.L.B from National University in Bangladesh. Since January 2018, Ranjit is the senior finance manager of WCS's Papua New Guinea program.
Sylvia Noble
Senior Programme Officer – WCS Manus
Sylvia Maiap Noble is engaged with WCS PNG Program as a social science researcher and has been involved in developing and conducting surveys and participatory action research for WCS PNG climate change adaptation project. She also coordinated one of WCS PNG’s landscape project called the Souwi Valley whilst based with the Goroka head office. She now oversees the work of the Manus Community Engagement team, coordinate and manages specific project aspects of the SPSN and DFAT funded projects.

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