Noel joined Grumeti Fund in 2015. Prior to his current role, he spent six years as an ecologist in natural resource management and conservation with Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA). In his younger years, Noel worked in hospitality management as well as in development microfinance. His practical skills lie in environmental and terrestrial ecosystems management, policy analysis, and conservation project design and evaluation. Other professional capacities are in business sustainability, environmental and social impact analysis, environmental consulting, and technological innovations for conservation research and management.
Noel grew up on the south-eastern slopes of Mount Meru, Tanzania. The forest scenes, sounds and smells were very much a part of his childhood. All of these early encounters with nature inspired his passion for conservation. In 2014 Noel earned a Master of International Environmental Policy degree from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California where his focus was on Natural Resources Management/Policy and Environmental Sustainability. In 2019 Noel earned his MBA from African Leadership University School of Business. Prior to his graduate studies, Noel earned a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Management at the Sokoine University of Agriculture in Morogoro, Tanzania.