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Grace Nugi
Student Intern
Grace Nugi is an intern at WCS and will be involved in research on the use of bird's feathers in traditional dress and costumes (bilas) in Chimbu Province and undertaking research in to the ecology of Pesquet's Parrot. Grace recently completed a Bachelor's Degree from the University of PNG and hopes to graduate with a BSc (Hons) after completing her research on Pesquet's Parrot with WCS.
Jacob Kimagl
GIS Officer
Jacob Kimagl recently graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Geographical Information Sciences (GIS) at the Papua New Guinea University of Technology, Lae. He was engaged with other organizations and private entities in carrying out mapping, cartographic tasks and a range of GIS tasks and responsibilities as an undergraduate GIS student during his industrial trainings and part time jobs before joining WCS. He works on the Clan Boundary Mapping and GIS tasks, by undergoing spatial analysis, generating geographical models and produce maps to assist WCS, communities and government partners with planning and analysis. His work as a GIS officer has led him to do a lot of field work on data collection and has also developed close working relationship with WCS partner communities on Manus Island in doing Clan Boundary Mapping.
Jeffery Binifa
Agriculture/Garden Officer
Jeffrey Binifa is the new Agriculture/Garden officer for WCS New Ireland. He is a proficient agricultural research technical officer with Certificate in Tropical Agriculture (CTA) from Sepik Agricultural College, East Sepik Province, Post Certificate Diploma (PCD) from Highlands Agricultural Training Institute Mt. Hagen, Western Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea. He has over 19 years experience in agricultural research, field data collection, data entry, data analysis and field surveys for research purposes. At management level, he worked as Farm Manager of the University of Goroka farm on one contract term. Jeffrey has attended other skills training courses, including four (4) months training at International Board of Soil Research & Management (Thailand) in 1995 and Rice Milling Machinery Operator Cum-Mechanic Training course at University of Goroka Farm in 2009. He has specialized skills in marcoting & air layering and has been actively involved in successful galip nut (Canarium indicum) propagation at Lowland Agricultural Experiment Station, East New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea.
John Kuange
Assistant Country Director
John Kuange has a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy Management from the University of Papua New Guinea. He started working for WCS under the marine program as a socioeconomic research assistant in 2004. John has surveyed many sites in the New Guinea Islands, Papua New Guinea (PNG) and has been instrumental in the successful establishment of three community-based marine conservation areas. In 2008 John moved from the marine to terrestrial programs of WCS PNG as a Community Engagement Officer. Since then he has moved up the ranks to Senior Community Engagement Officer and team leader for community engagement. He was recently appointed as assistant country director. His principle roles include managing and maintaining relationship with community, partners and other stakeholders.
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.
Julian Benjamin
Finance Officer
Julian joined WCS in 2011 as a Community Facilitator (CF). In her role as a CF she helped WCS with numerous field studies and community outreach activities. Some of her work includes helping consultants with socioeconomic assessment of local villages, FPIC awareness & training, and supporting agricultural improvement training in local communities. She now helps keep the Manus field program operational by overseeing the day-to-day finances of the program.
Junior Walker
Procurement and Logistics Officer
Junior Walker has been working with WCS for a year as an Inventory Controller. Junior works to record and store all equipment used by the program, including labeling, recording in a database, and testing kit before it goes into the field and when it returns. He also helps with general office Administration including driving and shopping for supplies for fieldwork.
Keyn Eriesa
Senior Grants and Budget Officer
Keyn is our new Senior Grants & Budget officer. He is based with our Goroka head office and will be assisting the WCS Finance Manager to oversee efficient systems for grant and budget management for the WCS Country Program. His role includes maintaining appropriate communication with WCS Project Leaders and coordinate and consult regularly with the WCS PNG Finance Manager and Country Director to ensure up to date grant and budget management. Keyn attained his diploma certification in accounting from the Goroka Technical College and a Bachelor degree in Management from the Divine Word University in Madang. He held senior positions within the Finance & Admin section of various international organisations in PNG before joining WCS.

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