Search the NaDEET Website

Professional Affiliations:

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.



Vicki Endjala:  Vicki is the Centre Manager at NaDEET Centre on NamibRand Nature Reserve. As such she is responsible for day to day centre operations. Additionally, she is responsible for material and programme development as well as training of programme participants and staff in EE/ESD. She is also responsible for environmental literacy projects through the publication of the Bush Telegraph and other educational materials. 





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.




Elizabeth Lammert: As NaDEET's Sustainable 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.





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. 





Jonas Ndeuludila: Jona is the Technical Foreman 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.




Michael Kanyanga: Michael is an Environmental Educator at NaDEET Centre on NamibRand Nature Reserve and he is passionate about environmental biology with distinct interest in herpetology, climate change and ecological explorations. He was an intern on NamibRand Nature Reserve in 2018 and has joined NaDEET in July 2019. He likes meeting new people, making new friends and is a nature admirer.  





Theofilia Ndahalele: Theofilia is an Environmental Educator at NaDEET Centre on NamibRand Nature Reserve. She is passionate about climate change, water, biodiversity and land scape photography. She is very delighted to return to NaDEET after her internship in 2019 to teach participants how to live a sustainable lifestyle.






Helena Moses: Helena is from Ongwediva and she is a Kitchen Educator at NaDEET Centre. She is passionate about cooking and enjoys teaching new visitors how to prepare solar cooked meals. She is eager to learn more about solar cooking and sharing the experience.




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.  

Salom W Haiduwa: Salom is an Intern and Centre Assistant at NaDEET Urban Sustainability Centre in Swakopmund, he is studying towards a degree in  Natural Resources Management at the Namibian University of Science and Technology. He is interested in environmental education and biodiversity protection.
Mupiri Thadeus Mukoya: Thadeus is a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Intern from the Namibian University of Science & Technology. He is a Center Assistant at NaDEET on the NamibRand Nature Reserve. He enjoys playing football and just having fun with friends.

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.




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.




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.






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.

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)63 - 693012 - Fax: +264 (0)63 - 693013

Trust Certificate No : T168/2003

Sitemap| Contact | Visit our Facebook page NaDEET's Facebook Page