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.
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.
Penelope Jane Orford
Penelope, better known as Melle, graduated cum laude from Natal University’s Centre for Environment and Development, specialising in Biodiversity Conservation. When working as manager of the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Poison Working Group to curb wildlife losses from poisoning, her previous six years experience in cattle farming in the pro Kalahari of Namibia gave Melle credibility when working with farmers across Southern Africa. In 1998, Melle moved back to Namibia and met Julian and Steph at the Desert Research Foundation of Namibia where they all worked on various projects. Melle also taught ecology at the Namibian University of Science and Technology, did EIAs and EMPs throughout Namibia, and has been actively involved with urban conservation as chairperson of Greenspace on and off for the past 15 years. She has a strong interest in wildlife conservation, is a keen birder and has a special interest in indigenous gardens and in wine.
Emma has joined GCF in Namibia in early 2018 and runs the long-term conservation monitoring programme in northwestern Namibia. When not in the field, Emma provides support to all aspects of GCF’s work. Emma comes from a zoo background with over 15 years of experience and has been involved in various field conservation projects with endangered local wildlife in her native New Zealand.