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Unesco Key Partner - UNESCO Global Action Programme on Sustainable Living
Dark Sky Reserve
NaDEET is the educational core of Africa’s first International Dark Sky Reserve

Learning and Living

for a Sustainable Future!

Our Team

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 obtained her MSc in Sustainable Development from University of London. 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.






Priscilla Kuzeeko: Priscilla has recently been promoted to NaDEET Financial & Administrative Officer. 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 learned 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.






Pandu Haindongo: Pandu is the Environmental Educator and Communications Officer at the NaDEET Urban Sustainability Centre in Swakopmund. In his capacity he is responsible for the environmental education programmes and activities at the centre as well as communication between NaDEET and its stakeholders. 




Damaris Braune: Damaris is the Planning, Monitoring and Evaluations Officer & Urban Sustainability Centre Manager in Swakopmund. Originally from the United States, she came to Namibia as a volunteer teacher in 2012 and has called Namibia home ever since. She has a background working in international development in the Namibian education sector and has a B.A. from the University in Vermont. She is thrilled to be a part of NaDEET and working towards our best future. 





Alisa Volkmann: Alisa started working at the NaDEET Urban Sustainability Centre in the middle of 2020, assisting with the development of the Eco-House, Eco-Café and the ‘Exploring Namibia’ Room. Starting in 2021, she will be the Senior Environmental Educator at NaDEET Centre on NamibRand Nature Reserve. She has a BSc in Conservation Ecology, a diploma in both Sustainable Development and Education. She is passionate about inspiring a love and appreciation for Namibia’s unique and wonderful biodiversity.  





Jonas Ndeuludila: Jona is the Operations Manager at NaDEET Centre on the Namibrand Nature Reserve. As a Natural Resource  Managment graduate from NUST, he was an intern at NaDEET during his studies in 2018. His key functions  includes (1) maintaining the organization`s equipments, (2) overlooking technical systems and (3) working on building projects on site. Furthermore, he is developing and maintaining a sustainable vegetable and fruit garden. Jona is glad to be back as an employee to work with a dynamic and vibrant organization to promote a  sustainable lifestyle in order to protect our fragile environment and ecosystems.





Lea Shikomba: Lea is a Kitchen Educator at NaDEET Centre and she is enthusiastic about cooking. She is excited about working with participants and sharing her passion for cooking.  


NaDEET Board of Trustees:

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.




Michelle Pfaffenthaler: Michelle completed her Honours degree in Zoology at Natal University in 1992 and went on to obtain her Masters (MPhil) in Environmental Engineering from UCT in 1995. She spent over 14 years working as an environmental practitioner in the mining sector and biodiversity arena, gaining valuable technical expertise and sharing her love for nature.   Michelle has a passion for the outdoors, biodiversity and education. She has taught high school biology and science, worked for NaDEET for 18 months and has co-authored an environmental awareness book for Namibia.  She is a skilled facilitator who runs outdoor education programmes for small groups, and also teaches swimming and yoga for children.  Michelle is committed to creating opportunities for people to connect with nature, and themselves.




Dr. Gabi Schneider: Dr. Schneider holds MSc and PhD degrees in Economic Geology from Frankfurt University, Germany. She joined the Namibian Geological Survey in 1985 and served as its Director from 1996 to 2016. Currently, she is the Executive Director of the Namibian Uranium Institute. Her professional experience covers economic, exploration, and environmental geology, as well as management. She is an honorary life member of the Geological Society of Namibia, an honorary fellow of the Geological Society of London, and registered with the South African Council for Natural Science Professionals.

Dr. Schneider serves on Namibia’s Sustainable Development Advisory Council, Namibia’s Geoscience Council, and on the Commission for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention in Namibia and she chairs the Board of Trustees of the Namibian Institute of Mining and Technology. She played a leading role in the Strategic Environmental Assessment of the Namibian Uranium Province.





US Advisory Board

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 .

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.






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.

Head Office
Green Centre, 5 Libertina Amathila Ave, Swakopmund
Tel: +264 (0)81 367 5310 - Fax-to-email: +264 (0)88 655 2669

Postal address
PO Box 8702, Swakopmund, Namibia

NaDEET Centre - NamibRand Nature Reserve - Maltahöhe
Tel: +264 (0)81-1257681

Trust Certificate No : T168/2003

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