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Andrea Dempsey BA MSc - Programme Manager

Andrea became Country Coordinator in November 2014. Prior to taking this role, Andrea worked at the Zoological Society of London - London Zoo for ten years.  Andrea was a Senior Zoo Keeper working with primates and big cats. Andrea was Co-chair of the BIAZA Mammal Working Group Primate Focus Group and Council Member of the Association of British Wild Animal Keepers.  Andrea first came to know of WAPCA in 2007 when ZSL received a new group of white-naped mangabeys, soon after Andrea headed to Ghana, spending one month working with WAPCA collecting data as part of the breeding research she was doing on behalf of the EAZA  Exsitu species Programme (EEP). Andrea returned to Ghana in early 2014 to carry out fieldwork as part of her MSc in Primate Conservation, working again with WAPCA conducting primate surveys.

In 2019 Andrea became WAPCA Programme Manager, based in the UK.  Andrea is also the EAZA Afro-Eurasian Taxon Advisory Group (TAG) Vice Chair and Conservation Advisor. Member of the IUCN Primate Specialist Group, EAZA Forest Guenon Monitor, and an IUCN Red List Assessor. Andrea recently became the global breeding programme coordinator for the Diana monkey and a member of the Bristol Zoological Society Conservation Advisory Group and EAZA Conservation Committee.

Karen Akuaku, BSc, MSc - In situ Projects Coordinator

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Núria Badiella MPhil - Education & Research Coordinator

Nuria has been working with WAPCA since 2016. Previously, in 2012, through a collaboration with Barcelona Zoo and as part of her Biology degree she conducted a behavioural research of White-naped mangabeys at the EPBC.  Nuria coordinates WAPCA conservation education projects, from the city to the communities where WAPCA works. As a research coordinator, she coordinates the students from WAPCA Research Group and ensures the WAPCA research strategy is followed. Nuria also provides administrative support to the Programme Manager in the office.

Foster Poasangma BSc - Ex situ Project Coordinator

Foster started with WAPCA in September 2019.  He monitors our ex situ projects in both the Accra and Kumasi Zoos.  He holds a BSc in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Ghana.  Foster's hobbies include reading Christian novels and swimming.  

Boakye Nkansah - Ankasa-Tano Project Lead

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Frank N'Darko - Ankasa-Tano Field Assistant (South)

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Selaisse Tsorgali - Ankasa-Tano Field Assistant (North)

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Charles Afosah - Cape Three Point Project Lead

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Veronica Dandzo Adzagudu Msc - Project Support Officer

Veronica holds a MSc degree in Environmental Management with specialization in Conservation from the University of Stirling and a BSc degree in Natural Resources Management from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.  She has been dedicated to biodiversity conservation since her undergraduate studies through volunteering with relevant organizations such as A Rocha Ghana and Save the Frogs Ghana. Veronica is also a Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Alumnus and have received conservation grant awards including the Louis Agassiz Fuertes and Global Raptor Research and Conservation Grants.

As a Project Support Officer at the West African Primate Conservation Action, Veronica supports both the In-situ Projects Coordinator and Research and Education Coordinator in project development and implementation through fundraising, project planning and monitoring of project activities. She also collates and analyses field data to assess the impacts of projects being implemented by WAPCA. Veronica also supports the field team also reports to funders and relevant stakeholders we work with.

Veronica enjoys birdwatching and informally educating people on the importance of nature.

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