Naemi is the Senior Environmental Educator for the Khomas Environmental Education Programme (KEEP). She holds a bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources Management (Nature Conservation) from the Namibian University of Science of Technology. Before joining GCF as an intern in 2016, she did an internship with the Namib Desert Environmental Education Trust (NaDEET) where she developed a keen interest in environmental education. Naemi loves nature and all living things, but her real passion is for plants.
Billy is a former American Naval Officer who developed a passion for Africa during a 2001 mountain climbing trip to Tanzania. He became a professional nature photographer in 2005 with the primary goal of advancing the cause of wildlife preservation on the African continent. His photographs of African wildlife are now used by a number of conservation organisations for public relations and fund raising. His images have won several international prizes and are widely acclaimed. His work has been published in Outdoor Photographer, Nature’s Best Photography, Asian Photography and Africa Geographic (American edition) magazines. His photographs have been displayed in the Muscarelle Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. He now leads photography tours to several African countries and writes about wildlife conservation, photography and a variety of other topics on his blog. He resides in Williamsburg, Virginia, with his wife Cynthia. Billy is an advisor to GCF and has provided many of the stunning giraffe images used in GCF publications and on this website.
As Co-Director and Co-Founder Steph handles GCF’s day-to-day business. She is a skilled and experienced project manager with a range of international expertise in the environmental and conservation sectors. With an MSc in Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Infrastructure, she has successfully worked in diverse working cultures and multi-disciplinary teams within the private, Government and NGO sector on three continents – Africa, Australia and Europe – and her expertise ranges from community based natural resource management to technical sustainability solutions. For the past 15 years she has been involved in a wide range of giraffe projects across Africa and particularly enjoys the fieldwork component. She is a member and secretary of the IUCN SSC Giraffe & Okapi Specialist Group.
Martha works as Environmental Educator in the Khomas Environmental Education Programme (KEEP). She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Resources Management from the Namibia University of Science and Technology. Martha was born and raised in the northern part of Namibia. She is passionate about the environment and conservation and has a special interest in understanding animal behaviour in particular in relation to human-wildlife conflict. In her spare time, Martha enjoys watching nature documentaries and she loves travelling.
Arthur is GCF’s East Africa Coordinator, a new role set up to bring together research efforts and partnerships to secure the future of the three subspecies that occur in the region: Masai, reticulated, and Rothschild’s giraffe. At the same time, Arthur is pursuing his PhD at the Research on the Ecology of Carnivores and their Prey (RECaP) laboratory at Michigan State University (MSU). Originally from Rwanda, he spent his formative years living and learning in Kenya, one of the most biologically diverse countries in Africa, where he nurtured an interest in wildlife ecology and conservation. With the support of the highly prestigious MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program Scholarship, which recognises outstanding young Africans who show commitment to the development and protection of Africa’s resources, Arthur mapped the regional variation and severity of Giraffe Skin Disease (GSD) in Africa and studied the spatial distribution of GSD in Ruaha National Park, Tanzania for this Master’s studies at MSU. For his PhD (supported through a Leiden Conservation Foundation Fellowship), Arthur investigates a variety of factors affecting the survival and reproduction of giraffe populations across East Africa. Through his role at GCF and his PhD research, Arthur intends to contribute to securing a future for all giraffe in East Africa.
Maria Pimenta Shaetonhodi
Maria is the Finance Manager of GCF and based in Windhoek, Namibia. Born in Luanda, Angola, Maria has lived in Namibia since 2005. Maria has more than 8 years finance experience in the Namibian NGO sector; managed local and international donors funding such as the USAID, EU, NORAD, etc. She is enrolled with the Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town in South Africa for a Master Degree in Development Finance. She is passionate about numbers, and feels fulfilled that in her working life she is contributing to improved livelihoods of local communities in Namibia. As a busy mother of two beautiful daughters, she also volunteers her time as the treasure of the Namibian Environment and Wildlife Society (NEWS).