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Willem Odendaal
Coordinator, Land, Environment & Development (LEAD) Project

Willem joined the LAC's GR&AP in 1999, left in 2003 to study for a LLM in International Law at Oxford Brookes University and returned in 2004 to take up his present post.

Dr. Ute Dieckmann
Research Coordinator LEAD and Programme Coordinator, Xoms |Omis
Dr. Dieckmann completed her PHD (social anthropology) at the University of Cologne about history and ethnicity of Hai||om, one of the six San groups in Namibia in 2005, which was published in 2007 as "Hai||om in the Etosha Region. A History of Colonial Settlement, Ethnicity and Nature Conservation". Meanwhile she already worked as a consultant for the LAC and WIMSA. Since May 2008, she is seconded by the EED to LEAD as research coordinator for LEAD and programme coordinator for the Xoms |Omis Project. Currently, she is coordinating the Study on the Living Conditions of San in Namibia.

John Hazam

During his 30 year career, John has worked in several African countries with parks, community-based natural resources management and environmental policies and legislation. Prior to working with the LAC, he was a technical advisor with Namibia's Ministry of Environment and Tourism for seven years.

Theodor Muduva
Paralegal & Public Outreach Officer
Theodor was appointed to LEAD as a Paralegal & Public Outreach Officer during August 2009. He has a Masters (Mphil) degree in Land and Agrarian studies from the University of the Western Cape in South Africa. Prior to joining LAC, Theodor worked for the Ministry of Lands and Resettlement.

Peter Watson

Peter graduated from the university of Kwazulu Natal with a BA LLB degree in 1993 and practiced as an attorney for 10 years. subsequently as an environmental legal consultant. Peter is currently completing an LLM degree, specializing in environmental and international development law.

Sophie van Wyk
Project Assistant
Sophie has been with LAC since 1992. She currently works with the Land, Environment and Development Project.