Staff Profiles

Sangeeta Mangubhai

Director
Dr. Sangeeta Mangubhai joined WCS in 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. Sangeeta chairs the Marine Working Group for the Fiji National Areas Committee. She is currently an editor for the journal Pacific Conservation Biology and the Pacific Community's Women in Fisheries Information Bulletin. She was awarded a 2018 Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation to work on mainstreaming gender and human rights-based approaches into coastal fisheries management in Melanesia.

Akanisi Caginitoba

Community Engagement Coordinator
Akanisi Caginitoba (Cagi) joined WCS in 2002 working as an administration officer and then as a finance assistant. She previously worked for the Asia Pacific Ltd. Cagi is a specialist in community-based management, community leadership and assists communities identify, design and raise funds for community projects. She has helped over ten districts develop ridge-to-reef management plans, and is currently developing pathways for integrating disaster risk reduction into community planning processes. Previously she led a livelihood project that built the capacity of women in Vanua Levu to run small businesses to produce kuta woven products, honey and virgin coconut oil. Previously, Cagi was been part of the entomology team for Fiji arthropod survey initiated by the Schlinger Foundation.

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
Yashika Nand joined WCS in 2010 as a Marine Scientist. She has a 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. Previously she worked for the Fiji Ministry of Fisheries as the lead coral researcher. Yashika manages all data from WCS’s biological monitoring program, and helps integrates science into conservation planning in Fiji. Her expertise includes coral identification, coral health assessments and the aquarium trade fishery. More recently she has co-led value chain analyses of key coastal fisheries, and the collection and analysis of data on the role of women and different ethnic groups in the fisheries sector in Fiji. 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 Naisilisili

Fish Specialist / Operations Support Officer
Waisea Naisilisili joined WCS in 2003 initially as a field collector. He currently plays a dual role in WCS as a Fish Specialist and Operations Support Officer. Previously, he worked as a Research Assistant at the Fiji Department of Mineral Resources and was responsible for collecting for mineral samples. Waisea specializes in underwater visual census of coral reef fish, market survey and catch monitoring, and has extensive experience in implementing socioeconomic surveys to measure conservation and/or fisheries impact. He is also a specialist in community engagement, and oversees WCS's boating and SCUBA operations.

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 joined WCS in 2003 as a GIS Officer. She has 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, providing support to all projects implemented by WCS. Ingrid is 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.

Stacy Jupiter

Director Melanesia Program
Dr. Stacy Jupiter joined WCS in 2008, and served as the Fiji Country Program Director between 2009 and 2014. She became the Director of the Melanesia Program in 2015. Stacy 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. Stacy holds a Bachelor or Science 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.

Aman Kumar

Finance Officer
Aman Kumar joined WCs in 2019. He has a Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in accounting and information systems from the University of the South Pacific and is a member of the Fiji Institute of Accountants. Aman started off his career as a Graduate Accountant in an accounting firm progressing through to Accountant. He has extensive work experience in the aviation field working for Air Terminal Services (Fiji) Ltd and Fiji's National Airline-Fiji Airways. A friendly demeanor, Aman has an avid interest in conservation and sustainable environment practice. Aman brings with him the necessary mix of corporate and customer-oriented skills and knowledge to ensure the effective achievement of WCS’s goals.

Eferemo Kubunavanua

Community Engagement Officer
Eferemo Kubunavanua (Efe) joined WCS in 2019. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Marine Affairs and Geography from the University of the South Pacific. Prior to joining WCS. Efe worked as a tutor at the University of the South Pacific, a Research Assistant at the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat. He also served as a Conservation Officer with the iTaukei Affairs Board for four years, working closely with WCS in the development and implementation of ecosystem based management plans in Bua Province. His interests lie in the area of species conservation and the preservation and documentation of traditional knowledge, particularly relating to marine ecosystems. As a Community Engagement Officer, Efe will continue to support communities with natural resource management.

Vinesh Prasad

Agriculture Coordinator
Vinesh joined WCS in 2019 as the Agriculture Coordinator. He has Post Graduate Diploma in Climate Change, a Diploma in Tropical Agriculture and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of the South Pacific. Vinesh brings over 20 years of experience before joining WCS. He worked as an Information Officer with Fiji Ministry of Agriculture before joining the Pacific Community (SPC) as an Agroforestry Specialist. Vinesh later joined Australian Centre for International Agriculture Research overseeing work in seven countries in the Pacific. He has expertise in a range of rural development topics including sustainable agricultural production, agroforestry, livestock management and tree crop management. In his role with WCS, Vinesh will provide technical guidance and advice on the best practices for agricultural activities in the context of integrated land-sea management and climate adaptation.