TAA CV - Dr Martin Leckson Kaonga

Personal data
Year of Birth: 1962 TAA Member No: 3239
Contact Address: Cambridge Centre for Environment
368 Milton Road
Cambridge CB4 1SU
United Kingdom
Nationality: Zambian
Permanent Phone Number: +44 (0)1223 564140 Mobile Phone No: +44 (0)7810650874
Email Address: m.kaonga@cc-e.org Personal Webpage:
Record of posts and assignments
Year Job Title Organisation Country Responsibilities
2016 Director Cambridge Centre for Environment United Kingdom Assure the organization has a long-range strategy, which achieves its mission; Lead in developing and implementing organizational, program, and financial plans; Maintain official documents, and ensure compliance with government regulations; Maintain knowledge of developments and trends in environment and development; Publicize the activities of the organization, its goals and programs; Recruit staff and ensure sound human resources practices are in place; Maintain a climate that attracts, keeps, and motivates staff of top quality people; Develop and maintain sound financial practices; and Facilitate preparation of budgets and ensure funds are available to carry out work
2010 - 2015 Director of Science and Conservation A Rocha International United Kingdom Set the strategic direction and priorities for conservation science; Developed and implemented research and conservation policies and strategies; Led (agro)forestry biodiversity and carbon research in Ghana, France, India, and Kenya; Designed and supervised global conservation programs (4 in 21 countries); Oversaw scientific capacity building (20 trained in research methods); Supervised research students on (agro)forestry and ecosystem services (4); Guided monitoring and evaluation of (agro)forestry and carbon projects (50); Fundraised for research, conservation, and capacity development projects; Coordinated program plans, activities, budgets and resource use; Ensured program accountability and compliance with policies and standards; Directed project management, fundraising (?300,000), and publications (25)
2008 - 2010 Director of Conservation Projects A Rocha International United Kingdom Developed project management procedures for new projects; Designed and implemented new conservation and climate change projects (6); Managed biodiversity assessments in Papua New Guniea (3); Managed biodiversity biodiversity studies (RAP Bulletin Assessments 60); Validated carbon forestry projects based on CCBA standards (2); Managed carbon project verification agency in Ghana (Rainforest Alliance); and Advised on validation and verification of carbon units in reforestation projects
2006 - 2008 Reading Room Supervisor Mander Portman Woodward College United Kingdom Conducted tutorials in mathematics and sciences; Reviewed scientific publications and Developed learning resource kit for students
1999 University Lecturer (Agroforestry) University of Zambia Zambia Taught undergraduate agroforestry and plant physiology; Conducted research and supervised student research projects; Coordinated agroforestry education; Represented the Department on Agroforestry Steering Committee; and Arranged field visits in agroforestry
1996-1999 Senior Lecturer (Agroforestry & Animal Sciences) Natural Resources Development College Zambia Taught agroforestry and animal science and production courses; Strategically planned and provided leadership in the Department; Guided decision-making and communication with all staff; and Managed budgets and prepared reports
1988 - 1995 Lecturer (Animal Sciences & Production) Natural Resources Development College Zambia Taught animal science and production courses; Assessed student performance and submitted performance reports; Arranged student vacation attachments; Served as a course tutor for selected students; Supervised student research projects; and Participated in curriculum reviews
1983 - 1988 Practical Instructor /Assistant Farm Manager - Poultry Natural Resources Development College Zambia Conduct animal production practical sessions for dipploma students; Supervise animal science major farm projects; Organize field visits for animal production courses; Assist the College Farm Manager to manage to manage the poultry unit; and attend Farm Advisory Committee Meetings
1988 - 2016 Consultant Independent Kenya, United Kingdom, Zambia Monitored and evaluated programmes and projects; Assessed training needs of natural resource managers and users; Designed, delivered, and evaluated courses; Reviewed and verified climate change and mitigation projects; Reviewed research grant proposals; Prepared and edited training materials; Facilitated at workshops and meetings
Skills, expertise and qualifications
Principal Discipline:  Agriculture, Climate change mitigation, Ecology/Environment, Forestry, Livestock, Project Management, Rural Development, Soils/Land Use, Training/Education
Subsidiary fields: Administration, agroforestry, Animal Production, Animal Nutrition, conservation agriculture, Editing and Publications, Framing Systems, Food security, forestry - community, livestock, Monitoring and evaluation, Participatory Development, Poultry, PRA Techniques, Project management, Project preparation and appraisal, research, soils and land use, Training, Training Needs, Soil and Water Conservation
Higher education: PhD in Environmental Sciences (Carbon biogeochemistry) - University of Cambridge; M. Phil. in Environment and Development (Agroforestry) - University of Cambridge; M. Sc. in Agroforestry - University of Science and Technology, Ghana; B. Sc. in Agriculture - University of Malawi
Countries worked in:  Brazil, Canada, France, Kenya, Ghana, India, New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Portugal, South Africa, Uganda, United Kingdom, Zambia, Switzerland, Czech Republic
Languages: English. Tumbuka, Bemba, Chichewa, Nyanja, Namwanga
Last Updated: 24/05/2017