Staff Profiles

Sangeeta Mangubhai

Dr. Sangeeta Mangubhai is Director of WCS-Fiji and has been working with WCS since 2014. She has worked on marine science and conservation in Australia, East Africa, Indonesia and the South Pacific. She completed her Ph.D. in 2007 through Southern Cross University in Lismore, Australia, looking at reproduction and recruitment of corals in Kenya. Since then she has been working on designing marine protected areas, marine spatial planning, community-based management, coastal fisheries, payment for ecosystem services, gender inclusion in fisheries, environmental policy, and climate change. She is a specialist in designing monitoring programs to understand impacts of disturbances on coral reef communities, and the return of investment of conservation strategies. Dr. Mangubhai chairs the Marine Working Group for the Fiji National Areas Committee. She is currently an editor for the journal Pacific Conservation Biology and an adjunct scientist for New England Aquarium. She was recently awarded a 2018 Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation to work towards mainstreaming gender and human rights into coastal fisheries management in Melanesia.

Akanisi Caginitoba

Community Engagement Officer
Akanisi Caginitoba (Cagi) joined the WCS-Fiji team in 2002 working as an administration officer. Cagi finished her secondary education in 1989 and has previously worked for the Asia Pacific Ltd. Since joining WCS-Fiji, Cagi was worked on a livelihood project that built the capacity of women in Vanua Levu to run small businesses to produce kuta weaving, honey and virgin coconut oil. She is a specialist in community ecosystem based management planning, community leadership and assists communities identify and develop community projects. Previously, she was been part of the entomology team for Fiji arthropod survey initiated by the Schlinger Foundation. Cagi has also worked as a finance assistant for 3 years.

Epeli Loganimoce

Fisheries Officer
Epeli Loganimoce joined WCS in 2017 as a Community Engagement Officer. He holds a Master of Science degree in marine biology and ecology from the University of Porto. For his Masters he investigated the interactive effect of climate change variables (ocean temperature and ocean acidification) and a synthetic progestin on the fitness and breeding of a marine amphipod. Prior to joining WCS, he worked at the School of Marine Studies at the University of the South Pacific as a Research Assistant in 2013. He was also engaged with WCS Fiji program as a volunteer in 2016 conducting livelihood socio-economic surveys and as a consultant in early 2017 providing technical support for multiple projects. He has experience with both fisheries and socioeconomic surveys, and currently supports WCS’s community-based management and science programmes. His interests are fisheries conservation and management, ecosystem connectivity, marine species ontogeny, climate change, ocean acidification and genetics.

Yashika Nand

Marine Scientist
Ms. Yashika Nand joined WCS in 2010 as a Marine Scientist. She has graduated with her Post-graduate Diploma in Marine Science specializing in coral reef ecology and biology with emphasis in climate change from the University of the South Pacific in 2008. She has previously worked for the Fiji Ministry of Fisheries as the lead coral researcher. Ms. Nand manages all data from WCS’s biological monitoring program, and helps integrate this into conservation planning in Fiji. Her expertise includes coral identification, coral health assessments and the aquarium trade fishery. She is currently completing her Master of Science degree in coral reef ecology researching coral diseases in Fiji at the University of the South Pacific.

Waisea Naisilsisili

Fish Specialist / Operations Support Officer
Waisea Naisilsisili joined WCS-Fiji in 2003 as a field collector and now works as a project officer and is part of the biological survey team. Waisea finished his secondary school education in 2000. Waisea has previously worked at the Fiji Mineral Resources as a research assistant responsible for collection for mineral samples. Waisea specializes in reef fish surveys and catch monitoring. He is also a specialist in community engagement, and is currently leading WCS’ island planning process and community engagement in the Lomaiviti Province.

Jone Tamanitoakula

Fisheries Officer
Jone joined WCS in 2017 as a Science Communications Officer. He has a Bachelor of Applied Science from Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and worked for the Ministry of Fisheries as a Project Officer and Fisheries Assistance Officer for 5 years before joining WCS. He has extensive experience in Marine Resource Inventory Surveys, setting up ecological and socioeconomic and monitoring community marine protected areas, and conducting CITES “Non-Detrimental Findings” and Fisheries Impact Assessments throughout Fiji. He has a keen interest in conservation and management of fisheries resources and ecosystems.

Mosese Naleba

Fisheries Assistant
Mosese Naleba joined WCS as an intern in 2015, and then as a consultant in 2017. He joined WCS as a Fisheries Assistant in 2018. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from Fiji National University. Mosese has helped conduct socioeconomic surveys on women in fisheries throughout Fiji and assisted with studies on coral reef fish and their size at maturity. Prior to joining WCS, he worked as a Research Field Assistant for TeVa Consultancy, assisting with terrestrial, wetland and freshwater biological surveys, community consultation, and socioeconomic surveys. He has a keen interest in fisheries studies and gender inclusiveness in Fiji's coastal fisheries management.

Ingrid Qauqau

GIS Officer
Ingrid Qauqau has been working with WCS-Fiji as a GIS officer since 2003. She graduated with a post-graduate Diploma in environmental studies from the University of the South Pacific. She specializes in image analysis, remote sensing, spatial analysis, and habitat mapping. Ingrid is also a member of the GIS user forum of Fiji.

Mohini Raj

Administration & Logistics Assistant
Mohini joined WCS as the Logistics and Administration Assistant in 2018. She holds a Certificate in Business (Banking), a Diploma in Business (Management), both from the Fiji Institute of Technology, and is about to complete a Bachelors in Management majoring in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations. Mohini previously worked as Secretary to the Managing Director and Group CEO for Foods Pacific Ltd and has over 15 years of administrative experience with the private sector, government and tertiary education institutes. She is looking forward to applying her wealth of knowledge and experience in the non-profit sector.

Nischal Narain

Manager Finance and Administration
Nischal Narain has been with WCS-Fiji since September 2008 as Finance Manager. He holds a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) with University of the South Pacific. He previously worked with Pacific Theological College as Director of Finance and Administration and WWF South Pacific as Finance Manager. Nischal specializes in budget preparation, financial monitoring and reporting, cash flow, and cash forecasting. He looks after the after information technology and also involved in local corporate funding.

Stacy Jupiter

Director Melanesia Program
Dr. Stacy Jupiter is Director of the Melanesia Program, and has been working with WCS in Fiji since 2008, including as Fiji Country Program Director between 2009 and 2014. Dr. Jupiter provides technical support and oversight to the Fiji and Papua New Guinea programs, particularly in areas related to sustainable coastal fisheries, integrated land-sea management, and developing platforms to assess resilience that are appropriate to the Pacific context. She has been leveraging the success of WCS’s conservation efforts in Melanesia to initiate new programs and projects in Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. Dr. Jupiter holds a BS in biology from Harvard University and subsequently worked as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Gabon, teaching rural farmers how to build fishponds and develop sustainable agriculture. Her Ph.D. research through the University of California, Santa Cruz focused on links between land use and downstream impacts to water quality and nearshore coral reefs, topics which she continued to develop as a postdoctoral fellow with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies in Australia.


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