JAMMA INTERNATIONAL - OUR TEAM
At Jamma, we believe in creating knowledge and capacity in people to enhance the common good. We strive to connect individuals, communities and organisations to work together.
Meet our team.
Agneta is a Swedish citizen who has lived in the UK since 1986.
Her passion is to design Life Skills programmes to build capacity and resilience in people where everyone, no matter the financial situation, can learn to improve their wellbeing. Agneta has developed a programme called “Brain Smart, how the brain creates your behaviour and reality”. It is a program for everyone, no matter their age or capability. She has a strong belief that in most cases to master your wellbeing you don’t need complicated information, techniques or language.
People need to be empowered with knowledge of how the brain works and skills on how to control it. This should be a human right. Empowering people with knowledge will enable them to become their own healers and improve their mental wellbeing. This Brain Smart program is being used by mental health charities and has started to be a part of the curriculum in some schools. It is also being developed for prisons.
Agneta feels that it is essential to develop partnerships and build networks of like-minded people and organizations to work together sharing knowledge and experiences. From her professional and personal experience and through her extensive travel in rural parts of Southern Africa, Agneta has come to understand that people in the global south and global north are by and large faced with the same wellbeing issues.
Lesley has 20 years' experience in the Voluntary Sector from large national organisations to small local support charities and is an integral part of the team at Jamma International.
Lesley’s focus is on core support in the organisation, developing and maintaining finance and administration systems that allow the organisation to grow and develop, making the best use of technology. She advises on Governance and supporting Trustees and Directors to guide the organisation to fulfil its aims and objectives.
Project Coordinator, Wellbeing
Lesley is the project co-ordinator for all the wellbeing projects at Jamma International. Lesley has worked in organisations where the focus has been on enabling people to live the life they want. From young people with a serous life limiting illness having an opportunity to experience fun and friendship to people with disabilities having a voice and choosing how to manage their own lives and influencing the way people view disabilities.
Lesley is passionate about people having a choice and having access to information to make informed choices that have a positive impact on their wellbeing and their lives.
Director, Conservation and Communities
Craig was born in Zimbabwe and spent most of his formative years sitting in the back of his uncle’s Toyota Landcruiser, always on some sort of a quest after wildlife. This led to a firmly entrenched passion for biodiversity conservation, which resulted in over 20 years of experience as a protected area manager in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana. All of the conservation areas Craig was tasked with managing had people living in or around them and it was here that an interest and understanding of the power of community based natural resource management developed.
The expertise gained in Africa was put to good use as a technical advisor and later programme manager with WWF in Asia. Craig served as an advisor for WWF offices across Asia involved in the management and protection of conservation areas that held tiger. Fundamental to this role was the responsibility of promoting the interests of and engaging impacted and affected local communities in management of their natural resources. After almost a decade in Asia, Craig was asked to head up the Asia Conservation Programme for the Zoological Society of London.
Craig is currently the Director for Conservation and Communities for Jamma International where he uses the many years of expertise gained in Africa and Asia to make Jamma’s vision a reality. A key pillar of this vision is the promotion of community based natural resource management in Africa that will insure a sustainable future and improved wellbeing of our planet and its people.
Project Coordinator, Conservation and Communities
Katie is South African, and has lived in Venezuela, Chile, Australia, and the UK. She has worked alongside NGOs and businesses aiming to incorporate different stakeholders within the field of conservation, has experience in scientific research and analysis, and is a qualified Southern African field guide. Katie's professional journey to date has included completing internships in both investment banking firms and financial public relations.
Katie holds a MSc in Conservation Science and Policy from the University of Exeter, as well as a double degree in Economics and International Politics from the University of Melbourne. Her goal is to create financially sustainable conservation projects that benefit people and wildlife alike and complements the Jamma team with a range of skills and experience in this field.
Intern, Conservation and Communities
Clausin is a Zambian national and has been living in the UK since 2019. He is passionate about the conservation of biodiversity alongside community empowerment and education. Clausin has worked and contributed to conservation during his involvement with an NGO and its partners in Zambia and Zimbabwe.
During his work, he gained experience in elephant and lion research alongside working with communities living around/near protected areas teaching them about sustainability and co-existence with wildlife. Throughout his career journey, he has also worked in social care within England.
Clausin holds a Master of Science degree (MSc) in Global Biodiversity Conservation from the University of Sussex and a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Management from the Copperbelt University in Zambia. He hopes to apply his skill set to aid conservationists, like-minded individuals, organisations and governments to appreciate the importance of community involvement in making decisions that affect their livelihood. This can be made possible by supporting projects that promote sustainability while benefiting both people and nature.
Intern, Conservation and Communities
Nik is a British conservationist and ecologist who has worked extensively in Southern and East Africa. Growing up in the southeast of England, Nik was always fascinated by the natural world and at 18 travelled to South Africa to pursue a career in wildlife conservation. He spent more than a year working on a conservation project as a field guide and volunteer coordinator.
He has since worked on a variety of research and conservation projects across the continent and Asia. Nik has been involved in projects in Ethiopia, Kenya and Thailand studying a variety of species including hamadryas baboons, pig-tailed macaques, white rhino and spotted hyena, whilst maintaining a real community conservation focus. Some of his key interests are in GIS and data analysis, and how these tools can help effective, modern conservation initiatives to succeed. Nik is also passionate about community based natural resource management and the integral role that communities play in conservation, benefitting both people and wildlife.
Alongside active conservation work Nik has also been employed as an ecologist, specialising in advanced bat surveying. He holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Animal Behaviour and a Masters (MSc) in Conservation biology from Manchester Metropolitan University as well as being a qualified field guide for Southern Africa.