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Program Assistant
Anh-Tuan Tran received his B.S. in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh with a minor in Sociology. In the Fall of 2005, he participated in the Institute for Shipboard Education's Semester at Sea program. In 2007, he lived and taught English in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. He is fluent in Vietnamese. Before joining the WCS in 2014, he spent six years at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, most recently as their Records Retention Coordinator. Anh-Tuan is a PADI Rescue Diver and is certified in DAN First Aid, AED and Oxygen Administration for Professional Divers. He was a member of the New York Aquarium Volunteer Dive Team from 2011 - 2014.
Office Attendant
Anna C. Ayuk has been working with the Administrative and Finance team of Takamanda Mone Landscape project as Office Attendant since April of 2006.
Programme Manager – Kavieng Office
Annisah a Community Engagement Specialist was recently been appointed as the WCS New Ireland Programme Manager. She now oversees the running of the Kavieng office. Annisah completed her BSc in 2002 at The University of Papua New Guinea, majoring in Biology. Previously, she was attached with The Nature Conservancy as an intern and research assistant, before becoming a Community Conservation Specialist in 2009. Her primary role with WCS is community engagement, facilitation of Local Resource Management Plans, and capacity building for local partners
Accountant
ANOUSONG SINTHAVONG serves as Accountant at WCS.
Senior Conservationist/Project Manager
Anthony Chifu NCHANJI completed his Ph. D in animal biology, ecology and Wildlife Management at the University of Ibadan - Nigeria before joining WCS Cameroon Program as Conservation Biologist. He has worked with communities in Cameroon extensively on animal human conflicts especially forest elephants and help sensitize local communities to love and participate in their conservation. He has also be instrumental in working with Government and local communities to reform Wildlife laws and policies and has assisted in the creation of several new protected areas to help conserve biodiversity and endangered wildlife species. He has served as a member of the African Elephant Specialist Group and is currently the Senior Conservation Biologist and Project Manager in the Takamanda-Mone Landscape Proiject where he is working with the communities and Government both of Nigeria and Cameroon to conserve the critcally endangered Cross River Gorilla and the Biodiversity of the Takamanda National Park.
Programs Manager
Anton Semyonov has worked for the WCS Russia Program since 2006 managing the "Hunters and Tigers" program with the focus on Tiger Friendly Certification Project. The program aimed to providing economic returns for local communities and hunting associations that meet minimum requirements to protect tigers and their habitat. WCS assists them in developing of additional sources of income such as local and international tourism and sport hunting as well as harvesting and processing of non-timber forest products. Anton has more than 15 year experience working with environmental NGOs in the region. Professional interests include: working models of business based conservation; sustainable communities; strategic management.
Especialista en facilitación del área de Estrategias de Conservación
Magister en Desarrollo Sustentable. Proveer apoyo en la planificación de talleres y facilitación de instancias de tomas de decisiones para la conservación de la biodiversidad.
Advocate
Graduated in Law on Eduardo Mondlane University and registered as a lawyer at the Mozambican Bar Association since 2008. From 2013 to 2017 he served as Lawyer and Legal Adviser at AS LEGAL CONSULTING GROUP. From 2016 to 2019 he was Legal Advisor to the City Council of Pemba in the areas of Administrative, Civil, Environmental, Land and Criminal Law. Antonio Mugeque Chico Sitole serves as Law Enforcement Lawyer at WCS since 2019.
Regional Training Director, Asia Program
Antony Lynam joined the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), a New York-based international conservation agency, in 1996. He has more than 20 years of experience implementing and advising wildlife conservation projects in Asia. Based in Bangkok, Thailand he serves as Regional Technical Advisor for wildlife protection and applied conservation projects in Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Myanmar, Malaysia, and the Russian Far East. He has written training curricular and trained over one thousand Asian and African government research, wildlife and protected area staff, and university students in ecological methods, especially wildlife survey and monitoring, and protection techniques. He helped conduct the first national surveys for tigers in Malaysia and Myanmar. He helped organize and conduct some of the first multiagency wildlife law enforcement training courses in the region. He has written and helped implement recovery programmes for tigers, Asian elephants and other endangered species, and recently served as a technical consultant to the CITES Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants (MIKE) Programme. He participated in Training of Trainers courses undertaken by the SMART partnership, and has led training exercises in SMART law enforcement monitoring in Asia and southern Africa. He provided inputs to the IUCN Guidelines for Managing Wildlife Crimes in Protected Areas. He is Chair of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC) Asia – Pacific Chapter, and a Board Member of the Society for Conservation Biology – Asia Section. He has written or contributed to over 60 peer-reviewed research and popular articles related to wildlife conservation that have been cited over 1,600 times.
Program Coordinator – GIS
Aphone has worked extensively in the field of GIS with international non-governmental organizations in Lao PDR, particularly in conservation, land-use planning and forest management for more than10 years. She has experience in using different GIS applications and in conducting training in the field, for example on GPS and GIS for government and project staff. Aphone has worked for WCS as a Program Coordinator – GIS since 2014. Based in the Vientiane Office, her main responsibilities are providing maps, data analysis, technical database management and maintenance. She has also provided GIS training and coordinated with all GIS staff based in field sites as well as with government counterparts.

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