Ole Kirimbai serves not only as our chairman but also our elder statesman of conservation, having spent his 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.
Elizabeth Naisula MintoiCommunication Manager
Lizzie, as the Communications manager, is responsible for external communication on donor reporting and internal communication within the organization. She manages the library, videos and all other communication materials in the organization.
Samuel Shaba Programs Manager
Sam is Honeyguide’s Program Manager. He is responsible for the overall program management, planning, monitoring and evaluation. A Wildlife Management graduate of Sokoine University of Agriculture, Sam is an inventive thinker who strengthens our strategies and a rising software developer.
Max MsackyAssistant Programs Manager
Max is responsible for all internal operations, including supervising protection and law enforcement, infrastructure maintenance, fleet management, and logistics planning. He holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental management, and enjoys working in rural areas.
Tobico LaizerFinancial Data Officer
Tobico comes from a pastoral community in Manyara region. Holding a bachelor’s degree in Commerce & Finance from the University of Dodoma, he has helped Honeyguide’s finance department produce financial reports on time and post all financial information on QuickBooks.
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.
Daudi MollelData Manager
Daudi is responsible for all Honeyguide data from our working areas, he is great in the field and has a passion for strategic planning, data collection, monitoring and analysis. He has trained over 80 rangers in the field to use smartphones for data collection.
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’.
Saitabau LoondasatiK9 Unit Dog Handler
Saitabau is the youngest recruit from west Kilimanjaro to join the K9 unit and is based at the Manyara Ranch kennels. His gentle and positive nature is encouraging for both his work colleagues and the dogs he works with, Saitabau is very proud that he is part of this special team.
Meleckzedeck LaizerSpecial Project Coordinator
Well-known “Meleck” started working with Honeyguide since 2012 as Monitoring Officer in the field in Kilimanjaro-Amboseli Ecosystem. He is working as a special project coordinator and also assisting Sam organizing project meetings and ensures that the plans are being followed accordingly.
Jamal FadhiliMedia and Film Production
Jamal, born and raised in Arusha, is responsible for Honeyguide’s films and short videos. While he has always loved wildlife, his filmmaking gives him the opportunity to connect with nature by exploring our program areas while also working with communities.
Shinini MayanguiHead of Manyara Ranch K9 unit
Shinini is from West Kilimanjaro, a Maasai who speaks both his own mother tongue and is fluent in ‘dog’ language; a guru with the tracker dogs. Shinini has total love and commitment for his dogs, that is his life and he is very proud of all the achievements he and his team have made to protect people and wildlife.
Lemuta Meng'oruField Officer - HWC
Born and raised in Mswakini Juu in Randilen, Lemuta is responsible for collecting, cleaning, and analyzing data from Randilen. His expertise in using smart apps for data analysis helps Randilen’s decisionmaking, ensuring decisions are made that enforce positive community perceptions of wildlife.
Jonas PeterDriver - Protection Unit
Known by many as ‘Kanunga,’ Jonas is our anti-poaching driver and mechanic in Randilen, where he is also a ranger. By sharing his experience from Enduimet, he and his team have been able to reduce poaching in Randilen. He loves seeing the environment thriving, as it shows the results of the effort he puts in with his team.
DannyProgram Officer - Governance
Danny, a Mweka college graduate and former volunteer HWC officer, is our field monitoring officer currently based in Makame. A true “people person,” he loves what he does in this organization because he can learn and problem-solve through cooperation—with those in the office, the field, and communities.
Dukuru Orng’idi MollelGame Scout - 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.
Kateto Ole KasheAntipoaching Commander - Makame
Kateto, or ‘Cowboy,’ was born and raised in Ngorongoro. A Mweka graduate, his passion for animals was inspired by his father, who manages a community ranch. Kateto is our anti-poaching commander in Makame, where he teaches rangers how to capture poachers in accordance with proper legal procedures.
Emmanuel IssakK9 Unit Head Trainer- Serengeti Park
Emmanuel is a Maasai from west Kilimanjaro and joined Honeyguide’s K9 unit when it was formed back in 2011. Will Powell of Canine Specialist Services said of Emmanuel ‘he is one of the best dog handlers and trackers I have ever met’; he has a unique gift of understanding exactly what his dog is capable of.
Abraham KaayaProtection Trainer- Randilen
Kaaya’s commanding voice makes him perfectly suited to training village game scouts (VGS). Working in Makame and Randilen, he has trained more than 50 VGS, and will continue to train more to ensure communities are always ready to defend wildlife and nature from poachers.
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.
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.
Leonard CharlesPatrol Car Driver
Leonard is known as ‘Chinaa”, sometimes up all night protecting crops from elephants, patrolling the area during the day, Chinaa loves being a ranger and is a great 4×4 driver. He started with Honeyguide as a mechanic and was committed to learn to drive and become a ranger, he is living his dream.