Ole Kirimbai serves not only as our chairman but also our elder statesman of conservation, having spent lifetime working with communities and the Tanzanian government on issues in natural resource management. His positive energy and wisdom continues to guide Honeyguide to this day.
Damian Bell Executive Director
Born in Tanzania, Damian began working in community-based tourism and conservation before such terms even existed. An entrepreneur and visionary at heart, Damian constantly strives for new ways of overcoming challenges and increasing the capacity of our organization. He, along with Ole Kirimbai, founded Honeyguide in 2007.
At Honeyguide, we have always been more than colleagues and more than a team. We are like an extended family. Our unity is our greatest strength. – Damian Bell
Belinda MulloFinance Manager
Belinda ensures that every dollar Honeyguide receives is well spent and accounted for in our books. She embodies Honeyguide’s spirit of efficiency, transparency, and responsibility.
John Magembe Head Anti-Poaching Trainer
John grew up just outside of the Serengeti and has spent a career in the wilderness. Joining Honeyguide not long after it was founded, John launched and guided West Kilimanjaro’s highly effective mobile rapid response anti-poaching unit and has since helped train all of our teams.
Samuel Shaba M&E Specialist
Sam guides Honeyguide’s efforts in data collection, analysis, and adaptive management. A graduate of Sokoine University of Agriculture, Sam is also a rising software developer and inventive thinker in supporting our strategies.
Emmanuel KayongoHead of Tracker Dog Unit
Emmanuel loves his dogs, who happen to be some of the best tracker German shepherds and conservation dogs in East Africa. Born in West Kilimanjaro, Emmanuel has served as the team’s top handler and is even training a team with Tanzania national parks outside the Serengeti.
Richard Laizer Human-Wildlife Conflict Officer
Richard comes from Tingatinga Village in West Kilimanjaro, a human-elephant conflict hot zone. Beginning as a volunteer with Honeyguide, Richard has developed into an expert in how to mitigate such conflicts, so farmers can protect their crops and elephants can better coexist with communities.
Alphonce Mallya Board Member
Alphonce not only regularly provides insights for Honeyguide’s board. As a coordinator and GIS expert with The Nature Conservancy, he also has served as a mentor for many of our young conservation professionals.
Petronela Office Assistant
Petronela grew up just outside of Arusha in the foothills of Mount Meru. She has made extraordinary strides in learning new skills and in assisting Honeyguide in the countless ways that never receive the due recognition they deserve.
Steven ElibarikiHead Mechanic
Steven was born and raised in Same District, Kilimanjaro Region. He studied Mechanical Engineering at Nangwa Technical College and has extensive experience in this field, having worked for 30 years in his profession. He leads a team repairing all of the vehicles and motorbikes, ensuring they are fit for yet another trip to the ‘bush’.
Elizabeth Naisula MintoiCommunications Officer.
Liz is a determined young woman from a pastoralist background. Her passion is building awareness amongst the community. She is a film producer where she develops the film content, coordinates production and the screening of the Honeyguide films to the communities.
Keko OlkijapeCommunity Liaison Officer
Keko, a Maasai from Ololosokwan village that borders the Serengeti National Park, he developed a passion for wildlife conservation and the opportunities for communities to benefit from ecotourism ventures. Keko is responsible for ensuring regular communications is provided between community, local government and Honeyguide.
Kenneth Macha, HumanHuman-Wildlife Conflict Manager
Ken, a graduate from African Wildlife Management (MWEKA) College heads up all the Human-Wildlife Conflict mitigation efforts, as part of his job, Ken brainstorms with the Honeyguide Director on different and creative techniques of crop protection including to manage over 800 community volunteers in the crop protections teams.
William JosephProcurement and Monitoring Officer
William Joseph dubbed ‘Zungu’ was born in western , he is among the founding employees of the organization, having worked with Honeyguide for almost 9 years. Zungu follows up on all court cases and also procurements for the organization.
Dukuru Orng’idi MollelGame Scout in Manyara Ranch
Dukuru is a young Maasai Moran from Oltukai village in Manyara Ranch, who has a passion for protecting wildlife since childhood. He tracks all patrols and is a skilled user of SMART © conservation application and cyber tracker, where he records all wildlife data and photos are uploaded on his smartphone.
Ng’orongo NyamoniCommunication Manager.
Ng’orongo is responsible for managing and implementing Honeyguide’s communications portfolios. For six years prior to joining Honeyguide, he has worked for several NGO’s as a Social Behavior Changing Communication (SBCC) Officer. Since 2016, he is responsible for building the organization communication strategy, its profile and brand.
Meleckzedeck LaizerProject Coordinator.
Well-known “Meleck” started working with Honeyguide since 2012 as Monitoring Officer in the field in Kilimanjaro-Amboseli Ecosystem. Four years now with full passion, he is working as a project coordinator, responsible for the monitoring project performance, organizing project meetings and ensures that the plans are being followed accordingly.
Lomayani Komolo SimelTourism development Manager
A Maasai from Enduimet WMA, he first started to work as Lion guardian in the Kilimanjaro-Amboseli Ecosystem, Komolo wants to see communities engaged in tourism, he manages all the Honeyguide tourism and enterprise programs.
RockyK-9 Unit Tracker Dog
Rocky, the German shepherd who can sniff and track down a poacher practically from the forests of West Kilimanjaro all the way to the back alleys and markets of Dar-es-Salaam. He is the founder of Honeyguide’s K9 Unit since October 2011 where he has lead countless arrests in Tanzania in joint operations with communities and government ranger teams.
Fadhili MadavaProtection manager
Fadhili is a graduate from Sokoine University, he joined Honeyguide in 2012 as a Monitoring officer and now is the Protection Program manager. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing all anti-poaching operations in Honeyguide project areas.
Eluid KephasCamp Crew
Honeyguide field teams always camp out, Eluid is a driver and also a cook, mechanic, navigator and just good company in camp. For the larger team trips into the field, Eluid makes sure everybody is happy and well fed.