The People

The People

Dar es Salaam Main Office

Dr. Johannes Schoeneberger

Project Manager

Johannes Schoeneberger completed his studies at University of Giessen, Germany, with a PhD in Human Nutrition. He is working for GIZ since 1978 in different positions as advisor in the fields of food security, rural development and management of natural resources. Johannes has been working previously as project manager in Peru, Bolivia and Ethiopia, and also as senior expert in GIZ HQ and BMZ in Bonn. He is fluent in Spanish and English.

Irene Charles Range

Administrative Professional

Irene Range is responsible for all administrative matters related to NRM. She completed her studies at Madurai Kamaraj University in India with a degree of Business Administration. Previously she worked at Aroche Systecs Ltd on administrative and account matters. Irene speaks Swahili and English.

Benjamin Neusel


Benjamin Neusel completed his studies at Göttingen University in Germany with a Master Degree in International Forestry. Later on he worked for several years in Germany, Mongolia and Tajikistan engaged in natural resource management and reform of governmental institutions. He joined the NRM Project in December 2014 in order to facilitate the GIZ support for the Tanzanian Wildlife Authority (TAWA). He has a very strong interest in nature and nature conservation. He speaks German, English, Russian and Swahili.

Francis Rusengula

National Personnel Advisor

He is an expert in Natural resources Management and completed his studies at Sokoine University of Agriculture with a master’s degree in Wildlife Management. He has extensive experience in natural resources management particularly Wildlife Management, participatory forest Management and Land use planning. Before coming to GIZ-NRM Program, he has served as a District Game Officer for Liwale & Rufiji Districts Councils, Project Executant and Project Coordinator in different projects for WWF Tanzania Country Office. Mr. Rusengula is fluent in Swahili and English.

Jana Kanig


Jana Kanig supports the Project in several administrative and financial matters and takes care of crosscutting issues related to NRM. Jana Kanig graduated from the University for Sustainable Development Eberswalde, with master’s degrees in Rural Development and Nature Conservation in 2016. During her period of study she could gather international working experience in several countries in East, West and Central Africa. Before joining the NRM Project in Tanzania she worked as regional manager in rural area of Germany. She speaks German, English, French and Swahili.

Toboke Rajabu


As NRM's driver, Mr. Rajabu ensures the project's mobility. He has worked for different German Development Cooperation programs and projects. Mr. Rajabu speaks Swahili and English.

Charles Goerge Nyemenoa


As NRM's driver, Mr. Nyemenoa ensures the project's mobility. He has worked for different Tanzanian Ministries before and speaks Swahili and English.

Expert at TRAFFIC (Wildlife Trade Monitoring Network)

William Crosmary

CIM Expert

William Crosmary completed his studies at Laval University, Canada, and Lyon I University, France, with a PhD in Ecology. He has been working for the last 13 years on wildlife conservation and research issues in Africa, in governmental institutions and NGOs, more particularly in Tanzania in the past 4 years. Since 2016, he is employed as a CIM-expert working for TRAFFIC with the position of Programme Manager – East Africa. He speaks French, English and Spanish.

Ngorongoro Field Office

Philemon Mneney

National Personnel Advisor

Mr. Philemon Mneney is an expert in Wildlife management, ecological monitoring and environmental management issues. He has a vast experience in using different GIS software for wildlife resource conservation, participatory land use planning and implementation, database management and invasive alien plants identification, monitoring and management. Before coming to GIZ NRM, he served as Assistant Research and Monitoring Coordinator for Grumeti Fund in Western Serengeti of Tanzania. Mr. Mneney speaks Swahili and English.

Serengeti Field Office

Dagmar Wittine

Development Advisor

Dagmar Wittine is a social-anthropologist and tropical agricultural scientist, with a degree in organisational development. Her professional experience is focused around bringing social and natural resources aspects together – be it in collaborative protected area management, rural development, support of indigenous organisations in self-determined natural resources management, or international agricultural research. Her working background covers a broad spectrum from community based work in small villages in Africa and South America to the management of projects of different international donors in development cooperation. Dagmar is fluent in German, English, Spanish, French and improving in Swahili.