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Dark Sky Reserve
NaDEET is the educational core of Africa’s first International Dark Sky Reserve

Learning and Living

for a Sustainable Future!

Board of Trustees

Registered as a non-proft trust in Namibia (T168/2003), NaDEET is goverened by a volunteer Board of Trustees. Board members ensure the organisation's transparent and professional administration. Board members serve for a minimum of three years and are chosen from the community.




Christiane Berker 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.


Michael Louw 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.


Dr. Gabi 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. 



Michelle Pfaffenthaler 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.






























Head Office
Libertina Amathila Ave 41, Swakopmund
Tel: +264 (0)81 367 5310 Email:

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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