What is SANBI’s Biodiversity Advisor?

SANBI’s Biodiversity Advisor makes it easy to navigate to the right information and tools among the range of resources provided by SANBI.

Users come to SANBI for assistance with a range of biodiversity-related activities, from environmental impact assessments to species identification and taxonomy. The Biodiversity Advisor shows you the right place to start, and guides you through the process.

The Biodiversity Advisor provides access to training resources and networking related to the management of biodiversity information.


Who looks after the Biodiversity Advisor?

SANBI’s Biodiversity Information Management Directorate is responsible for ensuring the Biodiversity Advisor remains relevant and up to date.


We can be contacted at the Kirstenbosch Research Centre on 021 799 8858 or using our form http://biodiversityadvisor.sanbi.org/contact/


The Biodiversity Information Management team:

Brenda Daly 

Information Systems Manager 

Brenda loves the outdoors (hiking, surfing, kayaking, scuba, fishing), good food and langarm. She is also a huge rugby fan and enjoys a braai. Oh and she gets very excited about Biodiversity Informatics!


Fatima Parker-Allie

SANBI GBIF Programme Manager

Fatima is a Programme Manager with the Biodiversity Information Management and Planning Directorate and currently manages the SANBI GBIF Node.  Key areas include expanding partnerships and the network of stakeholders engaged in Biodiversity Informatics at the international, regional and national levels; developing biodiversity informatics as a field of science and data mobilisation.  She is actively engaged in growing human capital in biodiversity informatics through engagement with Higher Education Institutions.  She has an MSc in Botany and has worked as a research scientist on two drivers of biodiversity change i.e. invasive alien species and climate change.


Fhatani Ranwashe

Data Information Specialist

Fhatani is a man of few words, so few that he lets data and maps do the talking for him. He is of the notion that an empty vessel makes the loudest noise. In his spare time you will find him hopelessly trying to improve his social skills through various social activities à la football. Enough about him.


Mutsinda Ramavhunga

Biodiversity Information Intern

He has Honours degree in Environmental Management from the University of Venda. As an Environmentalist, he encourages everyone to use natural resources sustainably. In his spare time he likes to go to the beach and feel the magnificent breeze from the ocean, not forgetting his habit of reading to broaden his knowledge.


Rukaya Johaadien

Systems Analyst/Developer

Rukaya has a MSc in Conservation Biology. She builds websites, databases and designs systems to aid research and decision making at SANBI. Books, any painting by Monet, cats, video games and the smell of fynbos are a few of the things she loves the most. Her favourite coding language is Python. Hsssss hssssss hssssssssss.


Sediqa Khatieb

Biodiversity GIS Manager

Sediqa has no degree of any consequence. She spends her 9 – 5 chained to her desk, working on geodatabases, websites and helping environmental consultants. In her free time she can be found training for the Two Oceans Ultra-Marathon (56km).