Tinka is the Director for UNITE in Uganda where he oversees daily operations, partnership development and developing and facilitating UNITE's teacher trainings. Tinka is a co-founder and current Project Manager for the community based organization, the Kibale Association for Rural and Environmental Development (KAFRED), a valued partner of UNITE that works to conserve Bigodi. Tinka works tirelessly to promote East African communities' conservation needs in around the world, such as COP Ten in Japan and subsequent follow-up meetings in Canada, the United Nations Development Program's Equator Initiative Awards in Malaysia and classrooms around the United States. Tinka truly enjoys traveling, trying out new foods and bringing his knowledge back to Bigodi, where he was born and raised. Tinka’s passion for the environment can be seen in the strong environmental ethic of his three youngest children who provide him (and the UNITE staff!) with hours of entertainment.
Dr. Richard Bergl
Rich Bergl is the Curator of Conservation and Research at the North Carolina Zoological Park and has been involved with wildlife conservation in Africa for over a decade. He holds a Ph.D. in biological anthropology from the New York Consortium in Evolutionary Primatology. His research and conservation work focuses primarily on the Cross River gorilla the most endangered of the four gorilla subspecies. He has conducted field work in Nigeria, Cameroon, Uganda, Liberia and Kenya and has worked in genetics labs at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (Leipzig, Germany) and New York University. Rich has also been involved with broad-scale biodiversity and conservation research in West Africa, the UNEP/UNESCO Great Ape Survival Project (GrASP), and is a member of the IUCN/SSC Primate Specialist Group great ape sub-section. He serves on the conservation committees of the International Primatological Society, the American Society of Primatologists and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and is Conservation Advisor to the Gorilla Species Survival Plan and Ape Taxonomic Advisory Group. In 2011 he was appointed as a Fellow at the Wildlife Conservation Society. Rich has been a driving force behind the success of UNITE.