Viktoria Keding: Viktoria is the director and co-founder of NaDEET. Viktoria has spearheaded all aspects of NaDEET including management, teaching and the development of programmes, activities and educational materials. She is passionate about environmental education and believes that we must all live a sustainable lifestyle to create positive change for our environment. Of German parents, Viktoria was raised in the United States and completed her university degree in Environmental Studies at Bowdoin College and is currently obtaining her MSc in Sustainable Development. She is a Namibian Climate Change Ambassador and Conservation Ambassador 2014. To learn more about Viktoria, click here.
Andreas Keding: As Technical Director, Andreas is responsible for all aspects of construction, maintenance and all other technical work at NaDEET. This includes installation and maintenance of NaDEET's sustainable technology including solar equipment and water systems. He was previously a Senior Ranger with NamibRand Nature Reserve and guide with Okonjima, home of the Africat Foundation. With land use management/nature conservation qualifications from the Polytechnic of Namibia, Andreas has superb knowledge of Namibian flora and fauna.
Vicki Endjala: Vicki is our EE Programme Developer. As such she is responsible for developing programme activities with a focus on components such as programme concepts and connections, activity development, material development, networking and marketing. She is also responsible for environmental literacy projects through the publication of the Bush Telegraph and other educational materials. Vicki holds a National Diploma in Natural Resource Management (Nature Conservation) from the Polytechnic of Namibia. Vicki is currently on a bursary at Avans University in Holland.
Manuela Schmid: In her fifth year at NaDEET, Manuela is responsible for Centre Operations (previously, Development Associate). Manuela is happy to be back in the Namib full time and enjoys being more involved in the programme & logistics on site at NamibRand Nature Reserve. Manuela is passionate about the environment, especially the Namib Desert, and she is a long term committee member of the Namibian Environment and Wildlife Society (NEWS).
Michelle Pfaffenthaler: Michelle is NaDEET’s Development Associate. Her portfolio includes human resources, bookkeeping, donor relations and general office management. Michelle is based at NaDEET’s Swakopmund office. She has worked in the environmental field for many years primarily in biodiversity conservation and environmental management in the mining industry.
Priscilla Kuzeeko: Priscilla is NaDEET’s Administrative Assistant. She is responsible for all of NaDEET Centre bookings, food and stationary orders and general office management. With little prior knowledge of environmental issues, Priscilla has managed to learn a lot since joining the NaDEET team. Priscilla is passionate about nature and wishes to join and participate more in environmental education, literacy and other projects.
Elizabeth Lammert: As NaDEET's Susttainable Kitchen Educator & Homestead Manager, Elizabeth is responsible for the NaDEET Base operations and running the NaDEET Centre Kitchen. She enjoys teaching participants how to utilise the sun’s energy more effectively by preparing meals using solar ovens and cookers. Elizabeth also co-authored It’s Time to Solar Cook. She has been with NaDEET since 2009.
Koos F Tjituaisa: Fortune is our Technical Foreman & Community Fieldworker. With the Technical Director, Fortune is responsible for the technical aspects of NaDEET including maintanance and construction. If needed, Fortune also helps with the technical work in communities.
Elia M Shikukumwa: Elia is NaDEET Centre's Environmental Educator. He recently completed his Bachelor of Technology in Natural Resource Management (Nature Conservation). He has massive respect and passion for the environment and that is why he vows to protect it by promoting a sustainable lifestyle.
Greg Vries: Greg is our Environmental Educator for Outreach. He is responsible for activity development and programme implementation for the RUG for Sustainability project. Greg was a Geography and Mathematics teacher in the Karas Region for the past 4 years. He is a passionate teacher and would like to teach Namibian citizens about environmental education and sustainable living.
Rosina Shilunga: Rosina is NaDEET's Sustainable Kitchen Educator and originate from the Omaheke Region. Since 2014, she has been a proud member of the team and appreciates the involvement with programme participants of all ages. Rosina’s ever growing knowledge in sustainability provides her with great confidence when it comes to teaching about solar cooking and a more sustainable lifestyle.
Juliana Herero: Juliana is a recent graduate of Hospitality & Tourism at ATCK (Agricultural Training Centre Krumhuk) and joined the NaDEET Team in January 2016 as a Sustainable Kitchen Educator. She did her internship with NaDEET in 2015 and was right away offered a permanent position. She loves cooking, is eager to learn even more and enjoys teaching others about sustainability. Juliana is happy to be part of what she calls the “awesome NaDEET group”.
Marvin Warken: As one of our weltwärts-volunteers for 2016/2017, Marvin works as a Centre Assistant. Marvin loves to spend his time with the participants especially when they want to play soccer with him. The reason why he decided to join NaDEET for a year is because of the nice way NaDEET teaches and practices a sustainable lifestyle and because of the beauty of the desert.
Theodor Blume: Theodor is one of our weltwärts-volunteers for 2016/17 and wanted to come to Namibia since 2013 . He decided to come to NaDEET because he wanted a new challenge after he graduated from school in June. "To live and work between the dunes in the middle of the oldest desert of the earth is a great experience and I like it here. It is a beautiful place and it is never boring here, especially if there's a group to work with."
NaDEET has an active, volunteer Board of Trustees who ensure the organisation's transparent and professional administration. Board members serve for a minimum of three years and are chosen from the community.
Michael Louw: Michael was born in Walvis Bay and has lived in Southern Africa for his entire life. He and his wife Lucy have two daughters and he is passionate about the environment and the sustainable, responsible use of natural resources. He loves the wide open spaces of Namibia and really enjoys outdoor life (camping and game viewing). He wants to ensure that his children and their children’s children can also enjoy what we enjoy today.
Christiane Berker: Christiane is a Namibian-born Psychologist with a background in organizational psychology and a passion for working with people. After many years of experience in Europe, she specialized in the cultural interpretation between Namibians and their foreign counterparts in the NGO world. She has worked for almost twenty years with all age groups, and focused on HIV/AIDS and NGO organisational matters. As one of the founding members of NaDEET, she has been a trustee since day one.
Dr. Richard Baines: Dr. Baines was educated in South Africa, Southern Rhodesia and London and arrived in Windhoek in 1973 to work as specialist gynecologist. He married the fabulous Mary Baines in 1962 and together they have four children and eight grandchildren. Dr. Baines has served on the board of several associations including the Medical Association, Namibian Red Cross, and as Medical Supt. of the Roman Catholic Hospital in Windhoek. He is now retired and lives in Swakopmund with his wife.
Since 2015, NaDEET has the support of a voluntary US Advisory Board to support the organisation's fundraising efforts in the United States. The board can be contacted at email@example.com .
The US Advisory Board members are:
Richard Bittenbender: Rich grew up enjoying outdoor activities through the Boy Scouts of America and working at a summer camp in Maine. He is now retired after a career in financial services that allowed him the pleasure of living in several countries, primarily in South East Asia and Japan, in addition to his native United States. He worked for companies such as Moody’s Investment Services, and the Chase Manhattan Bank in a variety of roles including management, training, and analysis. He is delighted to be involved in promoting NaDEET’s goals of Education for Sustainable Development and its balance of the social, political and environmental aspects of our existence. He currently lives in Connecticut, with his wife Margot.
Sarah Bittenbender: A long-time supporter,Sarah's first visit was in 2003 during NaDEET's foundation. Since then, she has volunteered as NaDEET's Development Associate on multiple occasions. Sarah holds a Bachelors in Anthropology from Barnard College and a Masters in Non- Profit Management and Finance from NYU's Wagner School of Public Service. She has over 10 years’ experience in theatre and event management, including Broadway, national, and international tours. Since 2011, Sarah has worked for the US State Department in Lithuania and China. She currently lives in Chengdu, China, with her husband and two children.
Richard (Rick) Edwards: Rick is Director of the Center for Great Plains Studies and former Senior Vice Chancellor at the University of Nebraska. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University and is the author of fourteen books, including Natives of a Dry Place: Stories of Dakota Before the Oil Boom (2015). He co-founded (with Katie Nieland) the Great Plains Ecotourism Coalition. He is married to Carolyn Edwards, Ed.D. (Harvard), who is Willa Cather Professor (emerita) of Psychology and Child, Youth, and Family Studies at the University of Nebraska. They have three children.
Erika Timperman: Erika is a professional event producer and manager in New York City and has a background in theatre management. She has worked on productions in a variety of industries, including fashion, marketing, media, television, and science; and working with clients such as Victoria's Secret, Paley Center for Media, and the World Science Festival. Erika graduated from Bates College with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. She has been a long-time supporter of NaDEET and always considers the environment in her everyday life and work. She currently lives on Long Island with her husband and three sons.