WAPCA Team

L-R Andrea Dempsey, David Osei, Núria Badiella, Foster Poasangma.

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 and spent one month working with WAPCA collecting data as part of the breeding research she was doing on behalf of the EAZA  Endangered 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 Programme Manager, based in the UK.  Andrea is a member of the IUCN Primate Specialist Group, EAZA Forest Guenon Monitor, Primate Society of Great Britain Council Member and EAZA Old World Monkey Taxon Advisory Group Conservation Advisor.

David Osei BSc - In situ Projects Coordinator

David has been working with WAPCA since 2006 after receiving a BSc in Zoology.  David is responsible for all activities in the field from conceptualism to implementation. David works with communities to protect the wild primate populations as well as the rainforest.  David oversees all field research and conducts biennial primate surveys to monitor the primate populations.

 

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.