Tom Lalampaa - Board Chairman - Representing Northern Rangelands Trust
Tom Lalampaa is KWCA Founding Chairperson. Tom has ten years' management experience gained from working with community-based organizations in Kenya with a background in community development, conservancy management and fundraising. He has an MBA in strategic management, MA in Project planning, BA in social work, and Management from the University of Nairobi and currently pursuing his PhD.
He is the 2013 TUSK Trust Conservation award winner awarded in September 2013 by His Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge and a host to US Congressional staff in May 2011.
Tom has been recognized for his outstanding contribution to the development of northern Kenya's communities, conflict resolution and sustainable conservation of wildlife and brings on board a wealth of hands on experience in managing wildlife through host communities. Tom was the first African to accept the prestigious Stanford University Bright Award international prize that recognizes environmental pioneers.
Kathryn Combes - Vice Chairperson - Representing Rift Lakes Nakuru Region
John Kamanga - Secretary - Representing South Rift Association of Land Owners (SORALO)
John is the coordinator of Southern Rangelands Association of Landowners (SORALO) and chairperson of the Olkiramatian Group ranch. He was awarded the 2013 Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden's Wildlife Conservation Award.
John has coordinated conservation, tourism development and research within the SORALO region covering over two million acres within the Rift valley floor working to connect the Maasai Mara and the Amboseli ecosystem.
Donald Bong'osa Mcharo- Board Member - Representing Taita Taveta Wildlife Conservancies Association
Donald Mcharo is the chairperson of Taita Taveta Wildlife Conservancies Association, Mgeno Ranching Company and Mwachabo Development Forum. He retired from the Ministry of Finance, Customs and Excise department as the Assistant Commissioner of Customs in 1994, having worked for the ministry for 27 years.
Peter Hetz - Board Member - Representing Laikipia Region
Peter has been engaged in natural resources management, wildlife conservation and land tenure in Africa for more than 40 years. His first professional engagement started in Kenya as a Fellow to the Kenya Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife.
Since that time, Peter has worked in some 15 African countries, and 30 countries internationally. Moreover, after serving as Vice President to a well-respected international consulting firm in the US, Peter returned to Kenya in 2015 to assume his position with LWF. Peter holds degrees in Natural Resources Management and Adult Education.
Benson Leyian- Board Member - Representing Amboseli Region
Benson Leyian holds a Bachelor of Science in Leadership and Management from Strathmore University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya.
Benson is the representative of the Amboseli communities in Kajiado County where he serves as a General Manager of Amboseli Ecosystem Trust, a position held since 2011.
Josephine Ekiru – Board Member - Representing Northern Rangelands trust (NRT)
Josephine is a member and chairlady of Nakuprat-Gotu conservancy in Isiolo County. She is an environmental conservationist and is proactive in anti-poaching campaign through music and community education.
Josephine has been proactive in leading the efforts of reforming poachers turning them into active conservationists. She is also engaged in peace campaign in Northern Kenya which led to her being awarded during the Kenya at 50 celebrations for her outstanding peace efforts. She is the current peace coordinator at NRT.
Evans Kandie - Board Member - Representing Rift Lakes Wildlife Conservancies Association- Baringo Region
Evans Kandie holds a Bachelor's Degree in Hotel & Hospitality Management from Moi University. He has worked as the General Manager of Crater Lake Sanctuary & Conservancy in Naivasha for 5 years.
Evans represents conservancies within the larger Central Rift Valley where he has been an active conservationist in both Baringo and Nakuru Counties. Evans is a co-founder of the Rift Lakes Wildlife Conservancies Association. He is currently working for Baringo County as the Tourism Director and he overseas Baringo community conservancies.
Daniel Sopia- Board Member - Representing Maasai Mara Region
Daniel Sopia works for Maasai Mara Wildlife Conservancies Association (MMWCA) as the Chiefs Programs Officer. He served as the chairman of MMWCA from 2013-2016. Daniel is a professional Safari guide with over 12 years' experience. He has a Bronze and Silver certification from the Kenya Professional Guides Association and has worked with Rekero Camps in the Maasai Mara Ecosystem. He is director of Motorogi conservancy, Board member at Olare Motorogi conservancy Trust and a vice-chair Olpurkel Ltd. He is a co-founder and chairperson of the Maasai Mara Wildlife Conservancy Association. Daniel represents conservancies in Narok County.
Silvery Ochola Gaa - Board Member - Representing Western Region Wildlife Conservancies Association
Mr. Ochola holds a Bachelor of Education degree from Makerere University College having graduated in 1967. He is the chairperson of Gwasi Hills Forest Conservation Association for the past 12 years. He has 37 years of teaching experience in Secondary schools and teachers training colleges.
He was Principal at Mirogi Boys Sec. School, Dean of curriculum at Asumbi T.T.C and Dean of students at St Paul's T.T.C. He has severed in the B.O.G of Tonga Boys for 16years as the chairperson. Mr Ochola represents conservancies in Nyanza and Western Kenya.
Joseph Rotich - Board Member - Representing North Rift Sub-Region of the Western Region
Joseph holds BA in Political Science and Public Administration from the University of Nairobi, a Diploma in Human Resource Management, Project Management and Community Development. He has a Certificate in Conflict Resolution and Management.
Mr Rotich is the founder of Masol community wildlife conservancy in West Pokot County. He is the CEO of the African Rangeland Trust an organization that champions conservation, promotes community based alternative livelihoods and peace building in the Pastoral areas.
Michael Mbithi - Board Member - Representing Athi Kapiti Wildlife Conservancies Association
Michael is an Experienced project coordinator with over 10 years' experience in wildlife management, conservation education, as well as local tourism development - obtained from progressive co-founded projects and collaborations with Kenya Wildlife Service and predator and landscape conservation bodies across Kenya.
He is passionate about wildlife conservation, offers a unique combination of creative, analytical, hands-on project management and evaluation as well as the ability to design and implement effective strategies addressing human/wildlife conflict mitigation.Michael is currently working with The Wildlife Foundation as a Human Predator Conflict Mitigation consultant and is the current chair of Athi Kapiti Wildlife Conservancies Association.
Peter Ereng- Representing NRT North
Hussein Gona –Representing NRT Coast
Technical Working Group
Munira Bashir - Kenya Program Director, TNC
Munira Bashir is TNC's Kenya Program Director and has more than 20 years of experience in wildlife conservation, community development and tourism. She has a Masters Degree in Tourism Administration and Management from the University of Cracow in Poland.
Previously, Munira worked as the director in charge of community wildlife department at KWS where she managed and implemented corporate social responsibility projects (social, health and water) for communities who live in wildlife areas; approval and payment of human wildlife conflict cases (death and injury); and was a member of the government gazetted task force charged with the review of the old wildlife act of 1989 that eventually led to the enactment of the current Wildlife Act of 2013 that recognizes community conservancies.
In 2008, Munira was awarded the Head of State Commendation for championing community/benefits from wildlife conservation. Since then, Munira continues to work with communities to improve their livelihoods through nature-based businesses and "preserve our wildlife, our national heritage and the pride of Kenya."
Allan Einshaw - Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Kenya Wildlife Trust
Allan Earnshaw is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Kenya Wildlife Trust (KWT). A fourth generation of Kenyan whose family came to Kenya in 1896. Allan holds a Masters Degree in Human Sciences from Oxford University. A partner and Director of Ker & Downey Safaris since 1980. He is also a member of several other environment and conservation boards in addition to KWT including the Kenya Land Conservation Trust, Kenya Private Sector Alliance and the Kenya Tourism Federation. He is also a former board member of the Kenya Wildlife Service.
Grace Nderitu - Representing Private Sector Eco-tourism
Grace Nderitu has been Chief Executive Officer at Ecotourism Kenya since May 2014. Ms. Grace had previously worked as first membership officer and then as marketing officer from 2007 to 2011 and during this time excelled in building relationships with members while positioning Ecotourism at the center of stakeholder relations. In addition, she gained yet more work experience as project manager at the Basecamp Foundation Kenya. Ms. Grace holds a Bachelor Degree in Communications and Tourism from the University of Nairobi and an MBA in Project Management from the Kenyatta University in Nairobi.
Ann Kahihia - Treasurer - Representing Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS)
Anne Kahihia is an Assistant Director, Community Wildlife Service department in devolution and community service division at Kenya Wildlife Service. Anne previously worked as an assistant director Southern Conservation area and central rift regions. She has also worked as a senior warden at Aberdares National Park and Lake Nakuru National Park and an area warden at Hell's Gate National Park. Ann holds a Bachelor Degree in zoology and a Masters of Science in Zoology from Pune university India. In addition, she has undertaken international courses in crisis management, negotiation skills for conflict management in protected areas and a strategic leadership development program.
Ian Saunders - Co-founder Tsavo Conservation Group
Ian is one of Africa's most respected protected area managers, who combines over two decades of hands-on experience in anti-poaching, natural resource management, cross-cultural liaison and environmental education with an Honors Degree in Wildlife Conservation and Management. He is a co-founder of both Tsavo Trust and TsavoCon and an internationally recognized expert on wildlife security. Ian is a strong advocate for increased international investment into conservation and wildlife security in Africa and is a qualified pilot. He sits on the Technical Advisory Board of the Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association, frequently briefs members of the US Congress on the global implications of wildlife crime, writes for The Cipher Brief and serves as Vice President of the African Environmental Film Foundation.