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. She loves animals and nature and is very passionate about working for the CCB. Boitumelo has travelled to the U.S.A where she volunteered for a program called Feed the Hungry. She has also volunteered for several projects here in Botswana. She brings much enthusiasm to her role.
Assistant Management Intern-Tshegofatso Mmusi
Tshego joined CCB in July 2016 at the Gaborone office as the new Assistant Management, Education & PR intern. Enthralled by nature and a wildlife enthusiast, she has volunteered with The Dome events for environmental commemorations like Earth Hour 2016 and has experience working with the Palapye Administrative Authority in 2015 and Department of Environmental Affairs in 2014. From Palapye Botswana, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of Botswana and a certificate in Sustainable Water and Land Use under Climate Change with the Finish-African Network for Higher Education in Environmental Science (FANHEES).
Community Outreach Coordinator - Morulaganyi Kokole
Kokole joined CCB in 2008. From Molepolole, Botswana, he holds a B-Tech Degree and a National Diploma in Nature Conservation. 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.
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.
Herd Manager - Reginald Phillips
Reginald (Reggie) joined CCB in 2012. He was born and raised in Ghanzi where he has gained many years of experience working with wildlife and livestock on the local farms. Reggie has developed a deep respect and passion for wildlife and is working with the local community to improve human-wildlife perception and co-existance.
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.
Research Officer - Christopher Mbisana
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 Bsc in Agriculture majoring in Soil and Water conservation.
Research and Community long-term volunteer - Gaelle Michel
From France, Gaelle joined CCB in July 2016 as a Research and Community long-term volunteer in Ghanzi CCB Camp. Gaelle is passionate about canine behaviour, Africa and animal care.She studied dogs behaviour, breeding, food and care in Cibeins school (France) from 2011-2013. From 2013-2015 she did her vet assistant studies in CFPPA of Valabre (France) and later in 2015 completed a dog training course. She has worked in three different vet clinics and has a dog training company in France. Gaelle will be in charge of livestock guarding dog health monitoring and also training CCBs new puppy, Loêtô for cheetah scat detection.
Education and PR Coordinator - Jane Horgan
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 our Jwaneng 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 and is a great addition to the CCB team.
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, a minor in tourism and 2 years working with the Department of Wildlife and National Park's Problem Animal Control department from 2010-2012 in Lethlakane. He also has education experience from his work , as well as work as a teacher in Bere from 2013-2015.
Cheetah Conservation Botswana
Private Bag BO 284,
Bontleng Post Office
Tel: 00 (267) 3500613
Fax: 00 (267) 3906103