Hi, my name is Joana, and I am currently the Executive Director to Sea Sense, with whom I have been working for just over a year. You may have heard about Sea Sense from one of our colleagues, Lindsey West. Sea Sense is a Tanzanian NGO that works closely with coastal communities in Tanzania to conserve and protect endangered marine wildlife.
I was born in Mozambique and from an early age have developed a love for the ocean, growing up exploring the (by then) pristine and untouched beaches in the Southern provinces. I did both my Licenciate and Master's degree in Lisbon.
Before Tanzania and Sea Sense, I worked on an island in the North of Mozambique called Vamizi. This is where I did the research for my master's degree, on green turtle nesting patterns, and where I later ended up managing the Conservation and Community project. I definitely have a special bond with the Indian Ocean.
I am also a dedicated yogi, and take any opportunity I can to be in the ocean, be in while diving, surfing, kayaking, SUPing, swimming or just floating.
I am really looking forward to the next six weeks and learning more about Programme Management for Wildlife Conservation.