ADAP Switzerland

  • Claude Fischer – President

Claude has a Ph.D. in biology and is an associate professor at the University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland (HEPIA, Geneva). Passionate about fieldwork and mammals, Claude has participated in the development of ecological monitoring in the Beekeeping Zone of Mlele since 2007. There he has regularly trained the village game scouts in ecological monitoring, especially in the use of camera traps.
Claude has become involved more formally with ADAP since he took over the presidency in 2020.

  • Jean-Félix Savary – Vice-president
Aware of development issues early on, Jean-Félix worked at the University Institute for Development Studies in Geneva (IUED) for many years. He focused on the problems of access to natural resources and their resulting conflicts and advocated for local development, the promotion of peace, and the safeguard of natural resources as one cause. He coordinated Tanzania’s Inyonga project during its first five years.
Since 2006, Jean-Félix has devoted himself more to ADAP’s administration and representation in Geneva.



  • Yves Hausser – Head  of operations

As co-founder of ADAP in 1997, Yves has worked with the association since its inception. After his training in the social sciences, he has worked with biologists and engineers on questions of sustainable use of natural resources and the participation of local actors in these processes for years. Invested in various international networks working on conservation issues, Yves has been able to bridge the gap between the discourse advocating the integration of local communities into conservation strategies, and the practices carried out in the field.
Yves has been a teacher-researcher and conservation practitioner in the Nature Management branch of the University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland – HEPIA since 2003.




  • Sandy Mermod – Executive secretary

In 2012 Sandy carried out work for her bachelor’s degree in Tanzania as part of the ADAP project in Inyonga and has since participated in multiple activities. She became ADAP’s vice-president in 2015, managed the Inyonga project in 2016, and held the position of vice-president through 2018 when she became ADAP’s executive secretary. During this time, she completed her training as an engineer in nature management with a complementary certificate in geomatics. Her Master of Geography with a specialization in development studies enables Sandy to thoroughly understand the socio-political dimension of environmental issues. Her thesis dealt with the use of natural resources in western Tanzania’s forest reserves.

  • Fabrice Buffard – Treasurer

For Fabrice, there was only one step from wealth management to nature management, and he took the step with his Bachelor of Life Sciences at the HES-SO of Geneva in 2014. He joined ADAP’s ranks the following year and got involved in the camera trap database management. During the two months of work for his thesis in Tanzania in 2018, he studied the rich and diverse fauna of the Mlele beekeeping reserve.
Fabrice decided to become even more involved in the association and assisted Yves Hausser on the Inyonga project in Tanzania before to become the treasurer.

  • Alix Jornot – Head of communication

At ADAP, Alix’ first steps were processing data from camera traps for ecological monitoring in Tanzania. She is currently involved in organizing events and representing the association and is particularly interested in communicating and mainstreaming the issues ADAP is working on. After her Bachelor in Life Sciences at the University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland (HEPIA – Geneva), Alix is working in the Nature Management program on topics related to the restoration of exploited environments and the development of natural spaces.

  • Louise Sérasset– Intern

After completing a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations at the University of Geneva, Louise decided to continue her studies by focusing on political science and the history of the African continent. During her Master’s degree in African Studies at the University of Geneva, Louise also became interested in the many environmental issues facing local African communities. Louise completed a six-month internship with ADAP, assisting Sandy with the monitoring and management of current projects as well as the setting up of a new project in Tanzania. Louise also analysed women’s involvement in ADAP’s projects during a two-month field trip to Inyonga.

ADAP Tanzania

  • Shabani Ally Halfani – Project Supervisor, Inyonga – Tanzania

Shabani completed his Bachelor of Business and Management, specializing in accounting, in 2005. He was then hired as an accountant by the French NGO Aide et Action for the program in the Tanzanian Magu and Misungwi districts. He became project coordinator in the same organization and was appointed national accountant for Burundi and Tanzania from 2011 to 2015. During his tenure at Aide et Action, Shabani participated in various conferences and workshops in Burundi, Rwanda, Madagascar, Togo, Burkina Faso, and Switzerland. In 2016 Shabani was hired by ADAP as an accountant and then as a project supervisor in  2017.
Shabani loves to work with ADAP to conserve the environment for future generations.

  • Twinzi Henrico – Technical advisor, Inyonga – Tanzania

Twinzi Henrico holds a Bachelor of Community Development with a specialization in planning and management of participatory projects at the Community Development Institute of Tengeru, Arusha, Tanzania, from 2014. At the time he was a tutoring assistant at the KAPs Community Development Institute in Iringa.
Twinzi joined the ADAP team in Inyonga in 2017 for the Mlele Apicultural Zone Co-Management and Livelihood Support Program and is currently involved in the Joint Forests Management in the Katavi-Ugalla Corridor Program.

  • Romanus Mwakimata – Project supervisor, Lukula – Tanzania

Romanus George Mwakimata is an agricultural economist with extensive experience in improving production and commercialization of farm and non timber forest products for increased household income and efficient functioning of actors along the value chain. Romanus holds MSc. Agriculture and Applied Economics and BSc. Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness both from Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro Tanzania.  He worked previously with Bureau of Agricultural Consultancy and Advisory Services, Centre for Sustainable Development Initiatives (CSDI) and ACDI/VOCA-USAID Nafaka Staples Value Chain Project. He joined ADAP Rungwa corridor project in 2018 as a livelihoods and natural resources officier and then became project supervisor in 2020.

  • Christina Komba – Accountant

A conscientious and professional accountant holding a bachelor degree in  Business Administration (BBA) in corporate (accounts and finance ) with extensive experience in aviation Financial operations (Air cargo International Transportation) and Non-Governmental Organization financial controller and administrative support. Highly organized and efficient person, with a thorough and precise approach to donor fund Management of International NGO’s (ADAP &WCS-USAID).

  • Matana Levi– Livelihoods and Natural Resources Officer, Lukula – Tanzania

Matana Levi is an enthusiastic and passionate conservation biologist with broad experience in wildlife research, biodiversity conservation, and community development. He holds a Bachelor in Wildlife Science and Conservation from the University of Dar es Salaam and a Master in Biodiversity Conservation and Ecosystem Management from the Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology.
Matana studied the ecology of giraffe foraging in the Tarangire-Manyara ecosystem for his master’s project in partnership with the Wild Nature Institute.
Matana works with ADAP as a Livelihoods and Natural Resources Officer for the Community-Based Management of the Rungwa Corridor Forests project in Tanzania.

Thanks to all the former committee members, employees, interns, and volunteers who work or have worked for ADAP: Florian Reinhard, David Hartlieb, Nicola Cantoreggi, Joanne Félix, Gabriel Valdez, Tania Garnier, Mariela Gois Carrel, Céline Bartolomucci, Manon Mariller, Hélène Weber, Alejandro Jorand, Claire Julliand, Fabrice Frigerio, Anne Ceppi, Issa Mpinga, Pauline Plagnat, Paulo de Cantos, Alexandre Tasev, Lina Conus, Pierre-Armand Roulet, Alexis Kabore, and all those who have been forgotten here.

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