Monika N. Nanghama

Genetics Laboratory Assistant

(2017 – present)

Monika was born and raised in a small settlement called Okalongo, in the northern part of Namibia. After grade 12 in 2012 Monika left the country for India, where she pursued a degree in Biotechnology at Hindustan Collage of Arts and Science, Chennai, Tamil Nadu State. She graduated with a bachelor degree in 2016. Monika came to the genetics laboratory of the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) for an internship in 2017. In January 2018, she joined the laboratory staff as Genetics Laboratory Assistant. Everything about forensics fascinates her and she is hoping to combine forensics with conservation genetics for her MSc, which she will hopefully start at CCF in 2019.

Monika spends most of her free time reading and researching on women empowerment. She modelled for Sudara, an American company that fights women sex slavery by providing Indian women with jobs and skill training so they can be able to support themselves and their children.