Jonas Timothy – Director of Field Operations
Diploma in Forestry. I have been working for MCDI since its inception in 2004, and still enjoy it every day! This might be because I love 'the bush life' and staying outdoors, which I can do a lot during my visits to the communities where we work. My favorite moments are evenings staying around a camp fire, hearing stories from different groups of people. My favourite animals are African hunting dogs.
Dislikes: strong spirits
Glory Massao – Group Certification Manager (FSC)
MSc in Management of Natural Resources and Sustainable Agriculture. I started working for MCDI in 2010. My favorite parts of the job are working with my fantastic colleagues, who all are equally committed to the work we are doing. I also enjoy visiting the villages where we work; sometimes it takes time for local people to grasp the processes involved in managing their forests, but the feeling when they really understand and are grateful is very rewarding.
Likes: cooking, baking cakes, and watching soap operas
Dislikes: drinking beer (but a bit of wine is OK!)
Andrew Mariki – Monitoring Manager/Assistant Group Certification Manager
BSc in Wildlife Management. I started working for MCDI in 2010 as a Field Officer for our REDD project. I have since gone on to manage our role in the national 'Mama Misitu' Campaign on forest governance, and led our expansion to Tunduru District. This is a great place to work - I am free to innovate and share my ideas, and also have plenty of opportunities to learn new things. In my spare time, I enjoy watching football (Chelsea fan, and support Azam Football Club here in Tanzania), playing basketball, and spending time with the people I love.
Likes: cold beer and BBQ goat (mbuzi choma)
Dislikes: ugali (thick maize porridge)
Yuvenal Pantaleo – Assistant Group Certificate Manager
Emme Abel – Finance Officer
The Rest of Our Team
Iddi Hamisi – Field Officer
Bachelor of Arts with Education (Geography). I've been employed by MCDI since 2013, and enjoy working with nature and forests; seeing the benefits they bring to local people's livelihoods. In my spare time I enjoy listening to music as a way to refresh and clear my mind.
Likes: Cold weather, chickens and the colour blue
Dislikes: Hot weather, whiskey, cats and the colour red
Eward Mosha – Field Officer
Bachelor of Arts with Education. I started working for MCDI in 2013. I really enjoy it because we work as a team we understand each other and live like a family; staff are so kind the door is open to anybody who wants to learn more about what we do here. Our interaction with communities is also next to none and we help them realise the benefits of forests for their livelihoods, so they understand and become fully committed to preserving them. After work, I normally like to make stories with my friends and exchange ideas about work.
Likes: watching football (Chelsea fan!) and the colour blue (obviously - Chelsea)
Dislikes: spiced food (pilau)
Joel Fares - Field Officer
BSc in Cultural Anthropology and Tourism. I worked as a part time tutor at the National College of Tourism before starting at MCDI in 2013. I like how supportive the management team at MCDI is, and in general the good working atmosphere and cooperation between staff. At the weekends, I like to go dancing and to watch movies.
Likes: Serengeti beer, black and white colours, and my favorite animals are dogs
Azaria Kilimba – Assistant Project Manager (Ruvuma Landscape Programme)
BSc in Wildlife Management and Tourism. I have been working at MCDI for more than 4 years. Before I started here, I was worked for KINAPA (Kilimanjaro National Park) in the tourism office, and for WWF-Tanzania in the conservation office. What I like about working for MCDI is that it gives me a chance to work closely with communities, and to help them conserve their local environment. When I am not working I like to travel, listen to music or just relax.
Likes: fruits, the colour green, and when it is raining
Dislikes: foods and drink with lots of sugar
Hamisi Ulega – Field Officer
I have been working for MCDI since 2014. I enjoy the opportunities to learn from the communities where we work, and also the sense of teamwork I have with my co-workers. In my spare time I enjoy watching action movies.
Likes: eating pilau (spiced rice with beef)
Jenesther Anthony - Field Officer
BSc in Geography and Environmental Studies. I started working for MCDI in mid-2016. Working here is very interesting and I enjoy exploring and expanding my knowledge in GIS and forest conservation for community development. During the evenings I like watching movies and sea viewing.
Likes: white and blue colors
BSc in Environmental Sciences and Management. I've been working for MCDI since August 2014. I especially enjoy visiting the villages where we work and watching communities really get engaged in forests conservation activities and earning money from sustainable timber. In my spare time at the weekends I like watching movies or football.
Likes: soft drinks
Dislikes: smoking cigarettes and drinking beer
Diploma in Forestry. I have been working with MCDI since October 2015 and like working in forest and conserving nature for the society. I especially enjoy creating awareness of the benefits forests can bring to improve local people's livelihoods, and knowing about this motivates me in my work.
Likes: camping, hiking and movies
Yusuph Kiangio - Field Officer
BSc in Forestry. I joined MCDI in September of 2016, and enjoy working with rural communities to ensure conservation of their forests for future generations.
Likes: reading news papers and stories
Diploma in Information Technology. I have been interested in IT ever since I was young and studied computing at university. I have been working for MCDI since 2015, where I enjoy being able to help my colleagues with their (many!) computer crises, and get motivated when I see villagers excited about our support. When I am not working I love to relax and to chat with friends.
Likes: my favorite food is ugali with fish and I like to drink water. I also like the rainy season in Tanzania when it isn't too hot
Doreen Karan – Assistant Finance Officer
Bachelor in Development Finance and Investment Planning. I have been working at MCDI for 3 years. I enjoy the positive working environment and good management of the organization. If I had not been in finance, I would have liked to become a Field Officer, simply because they have the most frequent interaction with communities where we work and the chance to see the impacts of our work on the ground. Besides working, I like to read novels or to relax with movies.
Likes: water, the color white, and cats and dogs
Dislikes: soda, beer, eggplant, or millipedes and centipedes
Trezia Nyika – Accounts Clerk
Diploma in Community Development. I began working for MCDI after receiving my Diploma. I am passionate about this line of work because I like to serve communities by helping them to participate in forest conservation. Besides that, the organisation is very supportive to its staff and my colleagues are great.
Likes: dancing at weddings and listening to gospel music
Dislikes: cooked bananas, mushrooms and seafood
Fatina Kikuvia – Records Assistant
Before working for MCDI, I studied a course in Records Management and I have been able to continue that profession in the office here. I enjoy my work because I feel like it is increasing the capacity of MCDI to do its important work. Besides that, being among my colleagues makes me feel safe and free. In the evenings and weekends I love watching TV, dancing to music and reading magazines.
Likes: my favourite animals are cats
Paolo Kwilanga – Driver Cum Mechanic
I've been with MCDI since 2013. As a driver, I enjoy it when we expand to new villages, so that I can travel to new places and see the forests they have there. I am a mechanic and chainsaw operator by trade.
Likes: Fruit juice
I've been working for MCDI since 2011. I'm a mechanic by trade, and love driving through dense forest, on the rough roads. In my spare time I enjoy watching football.
Likes: Remote and peaceful environments
Dislikes: Being ignored or undermined
I have been working as a driver and mechanic for MCDI since 2009, and I enjoy my work because I feel that there is real value in conserving forests.
Likes: Spending time with my family
I have been working for MCDI since 2009, and have a background in cooking and cleaning. In my spare time, I enjoy dancing to traditional music.
Likes: Ugali and beans