TEAM

SUPERVISION COMMITTEE

ARMINDO JOÃO ARAMAN

ANAC Director of Conservation Services and Community Development National Administration of Conservation Areas

PEJUL SEBASTIÃO CALENGA

ANAC Head of Protection and Law-Enforcement Department

Alessandro Fusari

FFS IGF Project Coordinator

Thomas Prin

FFS IGF Project Manager..

Thomas Prin is Project Manager (Africa) for the Foundation François Sommer / International Foundation for Wildlife Management. He has a PhD in Ecology from the University of Lyon.

He is a conservation ecologist and project manager with 14 years work experience in Africa. After living for 6 years in Niassa Special Reserve in northern Mozambique where he performed his PhD about the buffalo population, Thomas worked for several international NGOs in Southern and Western Africa.

He assumed the position of Conservation Manager and Field Operations Manager and developed business and management plans for several protected areas in Africa. Thomas joined the FFS-IGF in 2018 where he oversees the Gilé National Park Program.

Project Implementation Unit

Raimundo Vasco Matusse

Warden

(ANAC)

I am originally from Vilanculos District, Inhambane Province, southern Mozambique. I have a degree in agriculture, forestry and wildlife environmental management, education sciences with a specialisation in conservation. I have 30 years of field experience: pioneering the mapping and quantification of forests in Mozambique, with a focus on mangrove forests. Administrator of Maputo Special Reserve between 1998 and 2002, I marked several national areas as tourism concessions for tourism development and conservation. Head of the department of studies and inspections, coordinator of many conservation projects, responsible for the management of wildlife corridors in the Country, I have been a lecturer in Malawi at Dedza Forest College. I am married and have a son.

José Zavale

Law enforcement Manager

(ANAC) 

“My name is José Selimane Zavale, I am 45 years old, I was born and raised in the province of Maputo.

I studied Conservation Management of Natural Resource Conservation at Southern African Wildlife College – SWEC. I joined the Conservation of Natural Resources as Inspector in Limpopo National Park and I worked as Head of the Department of Protection and Control of the Zinave National Park.

Since 2019 I am the head of the GNAP Law Enforcement Department. During my years of service I have learned a lot about the importance of natural resources and how they are closely linked to the co-existence of man and our planet. Continuity is necessary to guarantee a future for the next generations through education, awareness and the involvement of local communities and society.”

Sergio Macassa

Administration & Finance Manager
(FFS-IGF)

Sergio Macassa is the head of the Administrative and Finance Department. He has been working for different organizations that were linked to Gilé National Park since 2000. As such he dealt with the financial management of projects aiming at restoring Gilé National Reserve within the Movimondo NGO (2000-2004) and was a project manager of initiatives supporting the protected area with COSV (2006-2012). He joined the park’s structure in the early days of the co-management agreement between ANAC and the FFS. Sergio holds a degree in administration and company management from the university of Quelimane. Sergio is the longest standing employee of Gilé National Park. He has been involved directly in almost the entire evolution of the park after the end of the civil war. As such, he owns a precious knowledge of the park’s history and of the relationship with communities’ track record. Some even say that his footprint is ingrained in the protected area construction. He supported the enhancement of biodiversity conservation almost from scratch in the early 2000’s, defended the protected area during the toughest logging periods (early 2010’s) and is currently accompanying the blossoming of the Gilé National Park. Sergio believes that an efficient conservation program is bound to a good administrative back office support.

Fernando Bonde

Community Development Manager

(FFS-IGF)

” My name is Fernando Bonde, I am 36 years old, and I was born in Zambézia. I have a degree in communication and rural extension with a specialization in wildlife economics and natural resources management. Since 2015 I have been managing the GNAP Community Development Department.

The responsibility to train more and more nature lovers capable of promoting coexistence and defending the environment and biodiversity is my motivation to contribute in a creative and innovative way to the sustainable development of the Park and surrounding communities.” 

Thomas Barnes

Field Operation Manager

(FFS-IGF)

“I joined the Park in February 2020 as the conservation and monitoring officer and took over the position of field operations manager in January 2021. I manage the day to day running of the Park and the conservation portfolio.

I have a traditional conservation background having completed my studies at the Nelson Mandela University in South Africa, graduating with a B-Tech degree in Conservation. Before joining FFS-IGF, I worked in southern Mozambique, in the greater Lebombo conservancy in park management and law enforcement.

The challenge and opportunity to have a positive and lasting impact on conservation drew me to GNAP where I look forward to being part of a diverse and professional team working in partnership with local communities to restore and develop Gilé National Park. “

Tomas BURUWATE

​Technical Assistant

Tomas Chipiri Buruwate is a Mozambican from Pemba. He did his early education in Zimbabwe and graduated in Wildlife Management in Tanzania at the Mweka Wildlife College. 

He has worked for WWF based in Quirimbas National Park, for East Africa Safari as a manager and for Wcs as a logistics manager. 

Tomas has worked in the Niassa Special Reserve for 11 years as Operations Manager making a substantial contribution to the Niassa Carnivore Project over the last 5 years helping to develop community based ecotourism and the construction of Mpopo Trails Camp. 

For the broader Niassa Reserve, he has added many species to the Niassa Special Reserve’s biodiversity lists, from his work on fish to his surveys of reptiles and amphibians, and his work on gladioli and orchids.  

His contributions and commitment to conservation in Mozambique will now continue in GIlé National Park. 

Others

SALMA MUDADIUA

Human Resources Officer
(FFS-IGF)

Salma Agostinho José Mudodiua, was born in Quelimane, Zambezia Province. Salma has a degree in Human Resources Management with a qualification in Workplace Hygiene and Safety from the Pedagogical University of Quelimane and is currently employed at the Gilé National Park as Human Resources Manager. 

CELSIO PIMPAO

Infrastructure Officer
(FFS-IGF)

BASILE GUILLOT

Community Development Officer
(FFS-IGF)

“I am the Technical Assistant of the Community Development Department and I joined the team in February 2019. I held a Master Degrees in Tropical Ecosystem Management and in corporate finance. Prior to my involvement in Mozambique, I worked for the Kenyan Ministry of Environment; I began my career as a responsible investment analyst in London. In Gilé National Park, I manage a large project, co-financed by the French Development Agency, whose aim is to enhance biodiversity protection through the development of communities’ activities linked to Non Timber Forest Products valorization. My understanding of conservation is based on the establishment of a positive coexistence between human and non-human beings. I am extremely passionate and dedicated to making impactful contributions towards wildlife and habitat conservation.”

CESARIA COSSOMA

Community Development Technician

Manuel Murorotxe

Logistician

Mario Mussulumade

Professional Mechanic

RACHELE CATERINA VILLA Communication & Social Media Officer (FFS-IGF)

Cultural Anthropologist focused on social aspects, community development, NTFPs and women’s empowerment with ten years’ experience in communication.  After working in West Africa from 2016 to 2019 promoting food security, Rachele joined the Gilé National Park team in January 2020 and is in charge of the Park’s visibility and social media management.

AXEL COMIN

Communication & Social Media Officer
(FFS-IGF)