Management & Administration
Executive Director - Rebecca Klein
Rebecca became interested in starting up a cheetah program when she moved to Botswana in 2001 to work at Mokolodi Nature Reserve. Upon discovering that there was no conservation going on for the regularly persecuted and threatened cheetah she decided a project needed to be started. After teaming up with Dr Kyle Good and Ann Marie Houser, Cheetah Conservation Botswana came into being in 2003. Rebecca has a degree in Wildlife Biology from Leeds University, UK and recently completed her Masters in Science through Rhodes University in South Africa on the topic of human-wildlife conflict in Botswana. Rebecca has experience in a wide range of conservation projects worldwide.
Operations Manager - Douglas Thamage
Douglas joined Cheetah Conservation Botswana in May 2011. He has served the civil service as a Technical Officer at the Department of Agricultural Research and SADC-SACCAR respectively before moving to civil society in 1992. He holds a Diploma in Modern Management and Administration (Cambridge International College, UK) and Diploma in Community Based Development, (Coady International Institute, and St. Francis Xavier University, Canada). He brings a wealth of experience in organizational development, project planning, participatory development, community based research, natural resources management just to mention a few. Douglas enjoys volunteering and serves in a number of community based organizations, non-government organization boards and government committees and is making valuable contributions to the development of Botswana and the conservation of wildlife and the environment.
Development Manager - Nidhi Ramsden
Nidhi joined CCB on a part-time basis in July 2014. She has a BA Biology from Bryn Mawr College Masters degrees in Resource Conservation from WITS in South Africa as well as NGO and Development from London School of Economics, UK. She is well-placed to view conservation issues from the broader perspective of development. She has a diverse range of work experience from elephant conservation in India, to supporting the establishment of the KAZA TFCA during its early years. When she's not at CCB, Nidhi continues to provide support services to a range of other regional and national conservation projects, particularly those with a transfrontier focus. Nidhi was born and raised in Southern Africa and her underlying belief in community service see her play an active role in the Art of Living Foundation in Botswana – an international, non-governmental, charitable organisation with the goal of human development and social upliftment.
Administrative & Finance Officer - Boitumelo Mokgosi
Boitumelo joined CCB in August 2009 as the Administration Officer. From Tonota, Botswana, Boi has travelled to the U.S.A through the Inter-Exchange Program where she studied Physical Education, Recreation and Southern Culture at Royal Oak Community College Michigan (MI) as part of the program. She also volunteered part-time with Feed The Hungry movement and has volunteered for several projects here in Botswana. She has a background in English and African languages from University of Botswana, 2006 and holds a certificate in Financial Management (Management Accounting for NGOs) UK in 2012 as well as AAT from Botswana Accountancy College in 2013. Boi is passionate about wildlife in general and brings much enthusiasm to her role
Management Officer - Mingie Masuga
From Serowe in the Central Disctict, Mingie joined CCB in November 2016 as management intern in Gaborone. She holds a BA majoring in Geography & Environmental Science and Sociology from Monash University South Africa. Worked as an assistant natural resources intern at the Department of Environmental Affairs(DEA) under the policies and programmes division before working as an Assistant Administrator at the Botswana Table Tennis Association (BTTA). Mingie chose to study Environmental Science because she is fascinated by the interdisciplinary nature of environmental issues.
Community Outreach Coordinator - Morulaganyi Kokole
Kokole joined CCB in 2008. The Community Outreach coordinator from Molepolole, Botswana, he holds a B-Tech Degree from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and a National Diploma in Nature Conservation from Tshwane University of Technology. Having volunteered for Kruger National Park in South Africa and for Veld Products Research & Development in Botswana he brings great skills and experience to CCB.
Ghanzi Camp Coordinator -
Phale Max Seele
Max joined CCB in 2008. From Lentswelemoriti, Botswana, he holds a Degree in Conservation, Tourism and Sustainable Development from North West University, South Africa. He has previously conducted research into the impact of HIV/AIDS on primary and secondary education schools. His interests include the environment, culture and football.
Community Outreach Officer- Connie Modise
From Tsienyane/ Rakops in the Boteti central district, Botswana, Connie joined CCB in July 2016 as the new Community Outreach Officer in Ghanzi CCB camp. He has a degree in Environmental Science and s minor in tourism from Monash University, South Africa. Connie has 2 years working with the Department of Wildlife and National Park's, Problem Animal Control Department from 2010-2012 in Letlhakane. He also has education experience from his work , as well as work as a teacher in Bere from 2013-2015.
Ghanzi Camp Assistant- Kealeboga Malepe
Kealeboga (Kells) joined CCB in January 2018. Being born in Maun, he has always lived side by side with wildlife and has learned to appreciate and respect it. He brings with important indigenous skills and experience tending small livestock amongst carnivores and wishes to share that knowledge to improve human-wildlife perception while promoting coexistence.
Research Coordinator & Post-doctoral Researcher - Leanne Van der Weyde
Leanne joined CCB in August 2015. She holds a PhD Animal Sciences and BSc in Adv. Life Sciences. Having developed a passion for African wildlife since her first visit in 2000, she has now spent more than a decade working and researching a range of species including primates and carnivores across central and southern Africa. Having completed her PhD on African wild dogs in 2012 at the University of Western Australia, Leanne moved to Botswana in 2014 to continue working with African wild dogs and other large carnivores before joining CCB as post-doctoral researcher with the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. The research will involve studying cheetah ecology in non-protected areas as well as better understanding wildlife-conflict issues in farmlands.
Field Research Supervisor - Ole Theisinger
From Hamburg, Germany, Ole joined the CCB research team in Ghanzi in May 2017. He holds a PhD in Biology from the University of Hamburg, Germany. For his PhD thesis, he spent more than two years in southern Madagascar studying the eco-physiology of lizards along an ecotone from dry spiny forest to humid rainforest. He gained teaching experience during his work as a research associate for the Department of Functional Ecology and also by organizing field summer schools and a student expedition in Madagascar. With a deep passion for ecological fieldwork, Ole has interned with various projects around the globe, such as Rhino conservation in Namibia, reef ecology in Egypt and plant-fungus-interactions in Belize.
Research Officer -
Chris joined CCB in October 2015 as a research intern in Ghanzi CCB camp and was appointed research officer in November 2016. His passion lies in nature conservation and he has volunteered in a number of game reserves and National parks. He has also volunteered in educational initiatives with schools and the general community over the past few years. Chris has sound knowledge and experience in the farming sector and holds a Bachelors Degree in Agriculture majoring in Soil and Water conservation from Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
Research Officer - Marie-Charlotte Gielen
Marie has a Bachelors in Biological Sciences and a Masters in Biology of Organisms and Ecology from the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium. As part of her Masters projects, Marie completed a GIS study on poaching distribution in the western part of Botswana in collaboration with CCB in 2015. Marie returned to Botswana in August 2016 to re-join CCB’s research team as part of an extended large carnivore occupancy study for Botswana. Marie has always been passionate about the natural environment and wildlife, especially carnivores and she is now making plans to start her PhD with CCB looking at conserving the Kgalagadi Wildlife Corridor.
Education and PR Coordinator -
Jane began working for CCB as a volunteer in July 2009. Jane spent five years working as a Research Officer in Ghanzi, during which time she completed her MSc entitled "Testing the effectiveness and cost efficiency of livestock guarding dogs in Botswana". In 2014 Jane moved to Maun and is now heading up our Education and PR departments while still helping out our research team. Originally from Australia, Jane has a Bachelor’s degree in Science (Wildlife Biology and Zoology) and Arts from the University of Queensland. After university Jane spent 5 years working at Australia Zoo where she fell in love with cheetahs and became passionate about conservation. Jane has experience working with a variety of conservation and research projects including research experience with brown hyenas, vultures, Tasmanian devils, and volunteer experience working with the Australian Marine Conservation Society and the Kalahari Research and Conservation group.
Public Relations Officer - Connie Sebati
Connie joined CCB in September 2009 and works at Gaborone head office as our Public Relations Officer. She originally served at CCB as an intern and became formally employed in October 2010. From Kanye, Botswana, Connie holds a BTECH degree in Tourism from Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa and is a great addition to the CCB team.
Education Officer - Goabaone Britz Malepe
Britz joined CCB in November 2016 as an Education Officer based at the Maun office. He was born in Maun commonly known as the tourism capital of Botswana. Having grown up around wildlife, Britz has witnessed both good and bad changes in the environment and as such has so much love for nature. He has over four years experience as a teacher/ member of a school environmental club and is an unpublished writer for the environment. Britz has a Bachelor of Arts (Environmental Science & Sociology) degree from the University of Botswana, a level 2 nature as well as a lead/back up walking guide which are very beneficial to school kids he interacts with in his work as an education officer.