NRT receives support from multiple international agencies and organizations. But who's the man behind the money in NRT? Meet our Chief Finance Officer, Frank:
What is your role at NRT?
I am the Chief Finance Officer, so my role at NRT involves evaluating and advising on the impact of long-term planning, and providing timely and accurate analysis of budgets, financial reports and financial trends as well as compliance issues
What is the best thing about your job?
The most interesting thing about working for NRT is the job satisfaction it gives me, knowing our work has made an impact on somebody’s life, is something rewarding and I always look forward to every day’s work.
What has been your favourite project at NRT and why?
One of my favourite projects was the Kicking Goals project at Melako Conservancy, which was funded by Zoos Victoria. It involved engaging morans in conservation and peace building through sports and theatre and education. This was a rewarding project for me because it was in the process of collapse when NRT took it on, but we turned it around. The morans appreciated the work that was going on and it made a great impact to the community. Through this project, the morans formed a football team and they played against an NRT team, who they beat by the way! Instead of engaging in conflict, morans become peace ambassadors and engaged in development projects in their communities.
Tell us something that would surprise us about you
When I was growing up, I was an avid breakdancer, something I vividly recall like it was yesterday!
What is your wish list for the next 10 years with NRT?
I have a long wish list, but I have two main wishes that I would like to see come to reality. I wish that we would be self-sustainable in terms of funding and use the resources we have to generate income and have no more worries of where the money will come from. Secondly, I would wish that all conservancies would be autonomous in nature and be more self-dependent, this will allow NRT, to be more of a facilitator than an actor in conservancy activities.
What animal character can you relate to most and why?
I would relate well with a leopard. Leopards are discrete animals and operate in the background and shadows, effectively and efficiently, they are a force to be reckoned with. I take those characteristics with me and I work in quietly with commitment and zeal to always move forward.
What is your favourite feature of the north Kenya landscape?
Ololokwe Mountain is a striking landmark for me. The place is incredibly beautiful and unique. It is a place I will not tire of visiting.
What do you do when you aren’t working?
I love reading and I will read just about anything I can get my hands on. I do run in the evenings and weekends just to keep my body in good shape.
What gives you hope for the future of conservation in Kenya?
I look at the future of conservation in Kenya as a situation where we must reach a consensus on ‘no alternative’, where systems don’t work now, nothing for me will work out later. I see a situation of ‘permanency’, in the conservation model, sound partnership between NRT and the Conservancies for the long-haul but with evolving mandates and responsibilities as the Conservancies become stronger and NRT becoming an increasing smaller piece in the puzzle.