Meet The Sea Sense Staff!

Director: Lindsey West

Lindsey has worked at Sea Sense for seven years and is responsible for the overall management of the organisation including designing programme activities, managing project staff and finances, liaising with donors, conducting fundraising campaigns and publicizing Sea Sense work. Lindsey is a member of the IUCN Marine Turtle Specialist Group and the Vice Chair of the Western Indian Ocean Marine Turtle Task Force.

Founder: Catharine Joynson-Hicks

A passionate environmentalist, Catharine founded Sea Sense in 2001 after spending ten years developing her knowledge and experience within diverse and challenging conservation and research roles. Catharine now acts in an advisory capacity and is a member of the Sea Sense Board.

Projects Officer: Boniventure Mchomvu

Boniventure completed two volunteer placements with Sea Sense as part of his BSc in Aquatic Environmental Science & Conservation from the University of Dar es Salaam. We spotted his talents early on and he joined Sea Sense in 2010. His dedication and commitment to marine conservation is inspiring and he demands the same commitment from others. He can really make things happen!

Field Officer: Omari Abdallah

Omari has worked for Sea Sense since the very beginning in 2001. He lives and works in Mafia Island and plays a critical role in all of our community conservation programmes. He has an infinite supply of knowledge and wisdom and his tireless efforts have had a real impact on coastal communities in Tanzania.

Finance Officer: Rehema Mariki

Rehema has a bachelors degree in Business Accounting and Finance and she is a Certified Public Accountant. Her expertise in financial management enables Sea Sense to meet financial obligations to project donors and partners and she provides invaluable office support to the Sea Sense team.

Monitoring & Evaluation Officer: Temu Pastory

Temu has a BSc in Geography and Environmental Studies.  He is kept very busy tracking the results and impacts of all Sea Sense projects and documenting lessons learnt to guide future project planning. Temu also participates in field work and delivers environmental education programmes in schools.

Did you know?

Over a quarter of the Tanzanian population live in the coastal zone and rely solely on marine resources for their livelihoods.


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