Meet the team

Progress Kashandula

Chief Executive Officer

Mr Kashandula has worked in the biomass industry for more than 12 years
specifically in senior capacity of managing sustainable bush harvesting, production, and biomass utilisation projects. Previous was Operations Manager of the pioneer bush to energy project called Energy for Future at Ohorongo Cement. He has played a vital role in the development and implementation of a capacity building aspect of the Namibian Biomass Industry called Debushing Advisory Service. His background is in Business management, environment and project management with a Master of Leadership and Change Management. He brings a wealth of experience in environmental fieldwork, biomass production and processing. He is the current CEO of Namibia Biomass Industry Group (N-BiG) and the De-bushing Advisory Service (DAS) a capacity building division of N-BiG.

Klaudia Amutenya

Project Manager

Klaudia Amutenya, holds an MSc in Natural Resource Management. She has over 5 years of extensive knowledge and experience in sustainable community forest resources management, bush control and biomass utilisation, donor fund management and project monitoring and evaluation. Klaudia has an interest in restoration of degraded rangelands in Namibia, creating awareness on different aspects of the biomass sector as well as monitoring and evaluation.

Michelle Kusano

Project Support Officer

Michelle has a high level of professional reliability, good organizational skills and the ability to handle tasks in an effective, efficient, and timely manner. She is responsible for conducting research and business development related activities, scheduling, organizing and maintaining administrative systems, preparation of technical missions to the region and support service provision to members and other stakeholders.

Landuleni Uugulu

Junior Technical Advisor

Landuleni N Uugulu joined the De-bushing Advisory Service in October 2018. With a background of Agricultural production and management from the Namibia University of Science and Technology, Monitoring and Evaluation from IM International, Cape town. Landuleni is passionate about contributing to the efforts to combat climate change through capacity building and monitoring and evaluation systems. Her experience includes facilitation and training in rangeland management, data management, support to M&E systems and crop production.

Petrus Nghipangelua

Junior Technical Advisor

Petrus Nghipangelua has joined the DAS team on April 1st, 2019. He holds a BSc in Wildlife Management and Eco-tourism from the University of Namibia, and currently pursuing his MSc in Rangeland Resources Management at the University of Namibia. Petrus has a good background in natural resources management and animal nutrition.

Epafras Andreas

Technical and Administrative Assistant

Epafras is an animal scientist and a rangeland specialist with professional experience since2015. He specializes in sustainable farming and natural resource management and utilisation. Epafras has extensive field expertise in livestock production, sustainable rangeland management, the restoration and rehabilitation of degraded natural resources (e.g. Bush encroached rangelands), and training of farmers. He holds a Higher Diploma in Natural resource management, BSc in Wildlife Management and Eco-tourism and MSc in Rangeland Resources Management and currently pursuing his PhD in Integrated Environmental science at the University of Namibia.

Dr. Detlef Virchow

Development Advisor to N-BiG

Utilising the synergies of all different matters and aspects of sustainable biomass production and utilisation for the benefit of the people and environment concerned is at the core of Detlef’s thinking based on various experiences around natural resource management and bioeconomy, rural and regional development, food and nutrition security as well as conservation and sustainable use of agricultural biodiversity. Detlef gained managerial experiences by serving as Executive Manager at the Food Security Center from the University of Hohenheim / Germany, Director of the Regional Center for Africa of AVRDC-The World Vegetable Center in Tanzania and as Program Director at Plan International Germany.