Hafeni Hamalwa

Master Student Genetics Laboratory

(2017 – present) Hafeni was born and raised in the northern part of Namibia in Ondiimwenena village. He earned his honors degree in Microbiology from the University of Namibia in 2016. His mini-thesis looked at the “Isolation, identification and characterization of heavy metal resistance bacteria from maturation ponds of Gammam’s Wastewater Care Plantation (Windhoek)”. After his study he participated in the Summer Dryland Programme (SDP20) at Gobabeb Research and Training Center. The training was conducted under the theme: Impacts of artificial water points for wildlife conservation in the Namib.

He completed an internship from March to August 2017 at Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) Genetics Laboratory. After completion of his internship, he stayed to pursue his master’s study with CCF. He is currently registered with the University of Namibia, and is expected to complete his degree by the end of 2019.
Hafeni assists with ongoing projects in the genetics laboratory and helps train new interns.