Mike Harrison - Chief Executive Officer, NRT
Mike completed his PhD in primate ecology and conservation in Senegal in 1982, and continued as a Royal Society Research Fellow working on forest ecology in Gabon up to 1984. He followed this as Assistant Producer of a BAFTA-winning film documenting the lives of Baka pygmies in Cameroon’s southeastern rainforests. From 1989 he was appointed Director of a forestry consultancy firm, and worked on community-based natural resource management in Asia, Africa and South America, for a range of major donor agencies. He joined DFID as a Livelihoods Adviser in 1999, leading work in Uganda and Indonesia on forest governance, and has now just completed 4 years as Deputy Director of DFID Kenya, managing the UK’s £100m per year aid programme. He brings to NRT 30 years of experience in community development, programme management and organizational leadership.
Stella Tayo - Regional Director, NRT Coast
Stella has 9 years of practical experience in leading and managing development programmes, and is no stranger to the coast. After a year of professional development in KIM, Stella went on to do four years of fund account management for the Lamu and Malindi Constituency Development Funds. The spent two years as regional coordination manager for the NCCK Coastal Development Programmes in Kilifi, Kwale, Mombasa, Taita Taveta, Tana River and Lamu Counties. Before joining NRT Stella spent two years as a Project Manager for the Lutheran World Relief on the Kenya / Uganda border. Her experience combines project planning, management and reporting, leading and managing teams, the diplomacy of working with government, politicians and development partners. She has a passion for building capacity in local communities and project partners.
Paul Leringato - Regional Director, NRT North Rift
Paul is from Samburu East, Namunyak community. He holds B.ed (Hons) from Moi University, Eldoret and an MSc in Tourism & Conservation from the University of Kent, UK. This is in addition to various professional and management trainings locally & abroad. Paul holds a wealth of experience in community conservation, eco-tourism and community development having worked with Namunyak Wildlife Conservation Trust as conservancy manager (co-founder), Samburu Wildlife Forum as Coordinator and Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Laikipia. Paul was the Tourism Award Winner (2014) offered by Transform Kenya Award.
Dominic Ooko - Chief Operations Officer
Dominic Otieno Ooko holds an MBA from Moi University and BA (Hons.) from the University of Nairobi. He brings with him a wealth of experience in Human Resource and Administration having worked with Unilever Tea, Red Lands Roses, G4S, Magadi Soda and Security Group Ltd in various HR and general management capacities. At G4S Dominic served in the role of HR Director between the year 2001 and 2008, before moving in the same capacity to Magadi Soda. He then joined Security Group Africa as Group Organisation Development Director and Managing Director for the Tanzanian subsidiary, based in Dar es Salaam.
Tom Lalampaa - Chief Programmes Officer
Tom is a Samburu from the West Gate Community Conservancy. While he could have followed in the pastoralist footsteps of his family and neighbors, it was with the support of his entire community that he completed his schooling and went on to receive a BA in social work and an MBA in strategic management at the University of Nairobi. Tom has ten years’ management experience gained from working with community-based organizations in Kenya and brings invaluable experience and skills to the Trust with his background in community development, conservancy management and fundraising. He was appointed as Community Development Assistant for NRT in April 2006, and since then has won the trust and respect of countless members of the diverse communities he works with. In September 2013, Tom was awarded the Tusk Conservation Award by the Duke of Cambridge at a ceremony in London, which recognised his outstanding contribution to northern Kenya’s communities and wildlife.
Ian Craig - Director of Conservation
Ian has spent most of his life in northern Kenya and is familiar with the challenges of wildlife conservation and community development in the region. He has developed a personal relationship with many communities based on a foundation of trust, continuity, shared experiences and a common vision. He was a founding board member of both Namunyak Wildlife Conservation Trust and Il Ngwesi Group Ranch in 1995. As Executive Director of the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Ian was a founding member of the Northern Rangelands Trust together with key individuals from the community member areas.
Jeff Worden - Senior Scientist
Jeff grew up in the US, and moved to Kenya as a young man. During these formative years he developed a lifelong interest in the interaction of pastoral systems and the environment. He conducted his PhD research in Kenya’s Amboseli Ecosystem on the impacts of changing pastoral settlement patterns on vegetation, wildlife, and livestock. He was a graduate fellow with the International Livestock Research Institute in Kenya before completing his PhD in Ecology at Colorado State University in 2007. He has continued to work at the interface of human-ecological systems as a visiting scientist at ILRI and a post-doctoral scientist with the Amboseli Conservation Program. Jeff brings to NRT expertise in rangeland ecology, ecological monitoring, community based natural resource management, landscape ecology, and geographic information systems as well as over 20 years of experience in the ecology and conservation of East African savannas.
Frank Bebora - Chief Finance Officer
Frank joined NRT in 2013 as the Chief Finance Officer. Frank is currently finalising his MBA in Strategic Management at Daystar University, and holds a BSc. in Business Administration (Accounting and Finance) from the United States International University – Africa and is a fully qualified CPA and CIMA. Frank brings to NRT years of experience in the finance sector, having working with World Wide Fund for Nature as Head of Finance, Oxfam GB and Oxfam Novib in different capacities at both county and regional levels, and for the Kenya Ecumenical Church Loan Fund and Lonrho East Africa Limited.
Gabriel Nyausi - Senior Conservancy Development Officer
Gabriel was born, bought up and educated in Il Ngwesi Community Conservancy. He holds a Diploma in Community Development and Social Studies with a teaching background. He served as Il Ngwesi’s community development manager from 2005 – 2008, before being promoted to the conservancy manager. He joins NRT with over 5 years of knowledge and skills in community development and conservation.
Fred Obiya – Regional Manager, NRT Centre
Fred joined NRT in January 2012 as the Regional Coordinator for the Greater Sera region, having worked as a conservancy manager for Lekurruki Conservancy for 5 years. A graduate of business management, Fred has a wealth of experience in financial management, logistics and community engagement. Before becoming involved with NRT, he worked for the British American Tobacco Company’s finance department for 7 years, and as an administration manager for Eastern and Nyanza leaf growing areas for a further 5 years. He brings a broad knowledge gained from over 10 years experience interacting with the farming and livestock keeping communities.
Emmanuel Kochale – Regional Manager, NRT North East
Emmanuel’s profile coming soon
Titus Letaapo – Regional Manager, NRT West
Emmanuel’s profile coming soon
Latif Boru - Community Development Manager, NRT Centre
Latif is a Borana from Isiolo county. Growing up in Shaba and Buffalo Springs National Reserves almost certainly nurtured his interest in wildlife conservation, natural resource management and community engagement. He holds a major in linguistics, media and communications from Moi University, with a minor in sociology. Being the regional coordinator if his home county, Latif has an invaluable knowledge of the land communities there. He brings to NRT strong leadership and communication skills, built from years of experience working with the marginalised communities of Northern Kenya.
Josphine Ekiru - Peace Coordinator
Josphine is a Turkana who almost single handedly brought about peace in her once-troubled home conservancy of Nakuprat-Gotu. Despite death threats and a struggle to be taken seriously by the men, Josphine used dialogue and unwavering patience to bring two warring communities together, and form a conservancy. She flushed out former poachers, many of whom are now rangers, and went on to become one of NRT's first conservancy chairladies. She became peace coordinator in 2014.
Richard Kasoo – Conservancies Development Officer, NRT West
Richard's profile coming soon
Evans Riat - Senior Accountant
Evans Riat is currently the senior accountant at NRT. He formally worked for Namunyak Conservancy as a conservancy project accountant before joining NRT in the year 2010 as a regional accountant and subsequently conservancies’ accountant. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Accounting and Finance from Nilai International University (Malaysia) and an MBA from Kenya Methodist University – Finance Option. He is currently undertaking Ph.D. in Business Administration and Management (Kenya Methodist University), and CPAIII. He brings to NRT a wide range of financial management knowledge and experience.
Benson Ojwang – Grants Management Officer
enson is currently pursuing an MBA at the University of Nairobi, having graduated from the same University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. Besides being a holder of Certified Investments and Securities Analysts (CISA) Level I, he has over 13 years progressive professional work experience, ranging from humanitarian relief and development work in Non Governmental Organizations among them AMURT (International) South Sudan, Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Sudan Southern Sector, and the US Embassy’s Centres for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)/Kemri Programme. He has also worked with Citibank NA Kenya as an investment portfolio officer. Benson uses own initiative to work as part of a team under pressure in order to meet challenging deadlines, and an effective communicator. His organizational skills matches the will and determination needed to succeed.
Elijah Waichanguru – Grants Management Officer
Elijah is a graduate from the University of Nairobi with a MA in Project Planning and Management and BSc in Wildlife management and Conservation. Having spent years working micro finance and agriculture sectors, he brings into NRT valuable knowledge and experience in community development, project planning and management and conservation.