The BCI Team
The Bonobo Conservation Initiative (BCI) is founded on the principle of collaboration and partnership. Our team is a worldwide network of professionals, volunteers, advisors, and partners who share our vision of protecting bonobos and their habitat, and promoting peace and prosperity in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

BCI has headquarters in Washington, DC and Kinshasa, DRC, a provincial office in Mbandaka, DRC and conservation centers at several field sites.
Leadership and Staff
Board of Directors
Board Member
BCI Co-Founder and President
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
Communications Director
President and Co-Founder
Outreach and Development Coordinator
Program Manager
BCI, Democratic Republic of Congo
Evelyn Samu
National Director
Bienvenu Mupenda
Chief of Operations
Dieudonné Mushagalusa
Deputy National Coordinator
Richard Demandona
Chief Financial Officer
Eric Epheni
Communications Officer
Papy Kapuya
Logistics Assistant
Congolese Partner Organizations
BCI works in close collaboration with local partners throughout the bonobo habitat, many of whom have joined together to form the Community Coalition for Conservation of Bonobos (CCCB).
Vie Sauvage
Albert Lotana Lokasola, President and Founder
Association pour la Protection des Bonobos de Lilungu
Pierre Bokondji, Director
Protection de l’Écosystème et des Espèces Rare du Sud-Est de l’Equateur (PERSE)
José Ikongo, Director
Début Likongo
Jean Gaston Ndombasi, Director
Conservation des Resources de Lingomo (CRL)
Cosmas Bofangi, Director
Association de Conservation de Bonobo dans les Sources de Lomako (ACBL)
Roger Afelende, Director
Reseau des Femmes pour la Developpement de Djolu (REFED)
Lola ya Bonobo
Jatukik Providence Foundation
Associations Merci Bonobo and Tombola Mboka
Fondation Vie Rurale
Comité de Bonobo de Botuali
Comité de Bonobo de Mbie-Mokele
Comité de Bonobo de Nkosso
Congolese Government Partners
Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN)
DRC Ministry of Environment, Conservation, Water and Forests
Centre de Recherche en Écologie et Foresterie (CREF)
DRC Ministry of Scientific Research
International Partners
BCI collaborates with a number of international conservation, humanitarian and development organizations, as well as universities, artists and private sector partners. These are some of the groups with whom we have worked:
African Wildlife Foundation
Ape Alliance
AVSI (Association for Volunteer Service International)
Bonobo Hope/ Iowa Primate Learning Sanctuary / Great Ape Trust
Brooklyn Bonobos
Congo Basin Forest Partnership
Conservation Agreement Fund
Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International
ECHO Flights (European Union)
Great Ape Project of Spain
Harvard University, Department of Human Evolutionary Biology
IUCN Primate Specialist Group
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Medecins Sans Frontiers
Nature Needs Half
Terra Global Capital
UN-Great Ape Survival Partnership (GRASP)
University of Barcelona
University of Florence
University of Maryland
La Vallée des Singes
Wildlife Conservation Society
World Wildlife Fund
Zoological Society of Milwaukee
Congo Basin Forest Fund
Margot Marsh Biodiversity Foundation
SeaWorld Busch Gardens Conservation Fund
Wilhelma Zoo
Disney Conservation Fund
Indigo Foundation
Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund
United States Fish and Wildlife Service–Great Ape Conservation Fund
Orange Foundation
National Geographic Society
Primate Partnerships Fund
Proyecto Gran Simio
Turner Foundation
Threshold Foundation
BCI Australia
Clyfford Foundation
Gale Foundation
Global Conservation Fund
Litner Foundation
Living Forest Project
Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen Foundation
Rosenthal Foundation
What is Missing? Foundation
Woodbury Fund