NACSO Director: Ms. Maxi Pia Louis

Ms. Maxi Pia Louis

My background is tourism, and as a child I wanted to travel the world, meet people and share cultural experiences. Today I share these experiences all over the world and learn so much from people in the conservation and tourism industry. I’m passionate about working with communities in rural areas — 80% of land in Africa is home to wildlife, natural resource users and poor communities that cannot be ignored by our decision-makers. Partnerships between Tourism and Conservation have made significant changes in rural Namibia, and I believe they can be used as one of the tools to address issues of development in Africa. I have dedicated myself to the Community Based Natural Resources Management Programme for the last 15 years in government and non-government agencies.

Phone: +264 61 230888
Fax: +264 61 237036

GIS manager: Katharina Dierkes

Katharina Dierkes

Also currently acting in the role as the Co-ordinator for the NRWG.

Katharina has a Masters-level degree in Geography from the University of Regensburg in Germany, and fifteen years experience as a consultant in the fields of GIS. Her experience has embraced spatial analysis and planning, with particular reference to hydrogeological and natural resources, but also to water supply infrastructure and town planning. Her work for engineers and town & regional planners as well as for a wide range of government, private, NGO and donor clients, has enabled her to offer specialised services in the collection and management of spatial information and its interpretation, GIS applications and GIS data management. Katharina joined NACSO and the Natural Resource Working Group as a consultant in October 2014.

Phone: 061 239945

Adaptive Management Officer: Herman Aindongo

Herman Aindongo

Herman Aindongo comes from Omusati region in northern Namibia. He has a Masters degree in Natural Resources Management and Nature Conservation from the Namibian University of Science and Technology. Herman is genuinely passionate about nature, especially the vast rugged Namibian landscapes and enjoys working with people. He started off at NACSO in 2017 as an intern for the Donald Hamer Conservation Leadership Programme and he is now NACSO's Adaptive Management Officer. He strives for the success of conservation in Namibia and to improve livelihoods of rural Namibians through wildlife conservation.”

Phone: 061 230 888

Donald Hamer Conservation Leadership Programme Intern: Kado Mushavanga

Kado Mushavanga

Kado Mushavanga is from a small village called Omega 1 in the Kavango East Region in the Bwabwata National Park. She is from the Khwedam speaking marginalised community. Kado holds an honours degree in Tourism Management from the University of Namibia. Having been born and raised inside a park, she always had a deep appreciation and an urge to learn more about the natural environment. She has also always been a traveller at heart, wondering what was out there beyond the horizon. So, when the time came for her to study at a tertiary level, she was decisive in choosing a course that would shape her career path and was in-line with the two things that she loved the most – the natural environment and travelling. Being fresh out of university, Kado believes that the Conservation Leadership Programme will give her first-hand, practical experience on the things that she studied. The CLP is an opportunity to broaden her understanding about field work and training, conservation principles and governance, and to gain leadership and management skills, as well as community engagement and collaboration, networking, and professional development. Kado is a youth that is very enthusiastic and eager to learn, which she believes makes her a reliable asset for the CLP and the CBNRM community. In the past Kado volunteered for the Kyaramacan Association to help them with secretarial tasks, while the position of Secretary was vacant and also assisted with the preparation of their 2020/2021 AGM.


Donald Hamer Conservation Leadership Programme Intern: Kakuputarua Kamaendo

Kakuputarua Kamaendo

Kakuputarua Kamaendo was born and bred in the Otuzemba Conservancy in the Kunene Region. His love and passion for nature led to him giving himself the nickname ‘Okuti,’ which means nature in Otjiherero. Kakuputarua enrolled in 2016 in the Namibia University of Science and Technology to study a Bachelors of Tourism Management. The following year he changed his course of study to a Bachelors of Natural Resource Management, after realising the qualification and skills in natural resource management would  help him fulfil his childhood dream. He is passionate about the CBNRM sector and improving the livelihoods of local communities who live with precious natural resources, but do not benefit enough from them. He fiercely believes that Namibia’s natural resources are abundant enough for local people to live well, if good leadership is put in place. As he joins the Donald Hammer Conservation Leadership Programme at NACSO, Kakuputarua looks forward to fulfilling his childhood dream of promoting nature conservation while helping local communities benefit from their natural resources. He will also use his internship as a learning opportunity and as an opportunity to network with key individuals in the CBNRM field for build a brighter future.



Donald Hamer Conservation Leadership Programme Intern: Josephine Amwaalwa

Josephine Amwaalwa CLP Intern

Josephine is an ecologist at heart and she was born and raised in Windhoek. She earned her Honours degree in Natural Resources Management from the Namibia University of Science and Technology. From an early age, her visits to her grandmother in the northern part of Namibia sparked a fascination and interest for the natural world and its critters. Josephine's passion lies in research and finding nature-based solutions to conservation issues. From the Donald Hamer Conservation Leadership Program internship, she expects to gain a deeper understanding of the practicalities of different solutions for improving human-wildlife co-existence. Her curiosity and love for nature are ultimately what fuels her enthusiasm to keep exploring different conservation perspectives.

Phone: +264 61 230 888

Communications: Jemima Mukuyu

Jemima Mukuyu

A dedicated professional who is deeply passionate about advocacy work, constitutional democracy, and social justice. She holds an undergraduate degree and postgraduate diploma in governance and political transformation from the University of the Free State. Her ambition to make a significant and lasting contribution to transformative social change has guided her professional path. She is dedicated to using effective communication methods and stakeholder engagement to amplify voices, promote accountability, and generate positive social change within the environmental sector. She is currently employed with NACSO as a communications officer.