Our Team

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Cheyne is the General Manager of Walindi Plantation Resort and grew up in Kimbe Bay. He has a BSc in Ecotourism specialising in marine studies and a Masters in Natural History Film-making.

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Cheyne Benjamin

Chairman

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Teacher of 25 years and ex-Country Manager of Live and Learn Environment Education focusing on environmental conservation and river and water care.

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Elyn Jonda

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Gerry is a legal professional based at Mahonia's office complex. He is highly active and involved in surrounding local communities.

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Gerry Linge

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Lecturer and research associate at James Cook University. Maya was one of the first resident researchers at Mahonia and has conducted extensive research projects in Papua New Guinea and the Great Barrier Reef.

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Dr Maya Srinivasan

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Senior Lecturer in Marine and Fisheries Ecology at the University of Papua New Guinea.

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Dr. Augustine Mungkaje

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Michael is the Sustainability manager at NBPOL based in Kimbe. A part of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil NBPOL is a key supporter of Mahonia.

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Michael Bragg

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Distinguished Professor of Marine Biology, James Cook University. Geoff and his lab group have conducted marine conservation ecology research in Kimbe Bay for over 20 years.

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Prof. Geoffrey Jones

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Cecilie and Max Benjamin

Owners of Walindi Plantation Resort and founders of Mahonia Na Dari, Cecilie and Max have been champions of conservation in Papua New Guinea for over 30 years.  Their work and philanthropy includes extensive funding of Mahonia Na Dari and the construction and establishment of two schools. Cecilie served as MND Board Chair until 2019 and continues to work with local schools and communities to develop sustainable futures.

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