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.
Chief Operations Officer
After a successful career focused on stabilisation and development, Rob joins NRT with a vast amount of operational and leadership experience. Most recently in Southern Africa but also throughout the continent, Rob has been engaged in community led conservation, mitigating human-wildlife conflict, wildlife management and protection including strategic analysis of limiting the impacts of the illegal wildlife trade. Prior to this Rob had an extremely successful 16 year management career working for the British government focused on national crisis response, counter insurgency and conflict resolution in culturally diverse and remote parts of the world. In conjunction with extensive practical operational experience at the highest level, he is adept at innovative strategy planning and analysis which will help optimise NRT’s operational support to the community it serves. Having also spent four years operating in a strategic government headquarters focussed on delivering national security policy in London, he will add a tremendous amount to the senior management team as NRT looks to the future.
Chief Programmes Officer
Titus holds a diploma in Conservation Education from Kent University in the UK, and another diploma in Natural Resource Management from the South African Wildlife College. He brings to NRT a wealth of knowledge with over 17years’ experience in community development, management of natural resources for community development, conflict resolution and management of resource-based conflicts in Samburu, Isiolo, Lamu, Tana Delta, Garissa, Baringo and Marsabit Counties.
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.
Director of County and National Government Engagement
Tom is a Samburu from the West Gate Community Conservancy, one of the most well established NRT member conservancies. For the past 10 years, Tom has been a leader in the design, development, and expansion of the Northern Rangelands Trust. As someone with an in-depth knowledge of the challenges attached to pastoral life in north Kenya, Tom has earned a great deal of respect among the 15 different ethnic groups he serves. He is the founder Chairman of the Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association (KWCA), a trustee of the Kenya Wildlife Service Board, and has also served as the Vice Chair of the Wildlife Security Task Force formed by the government of Kenya. In September 2013, Tom was awarded the Tusk Conservation Award by the Duke of Cambridge, and in 2015 he made a presentation to President Obama during his visit to Kenya. In August 2016, Tom won the Stanford University Law School Bright Award for Environmental Sustainability.
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.
Regional Director, NRT Coast
Umra is from the Bajuni community; born in Mombasa, and raised in Tchundwa, a village on Pate Island in the Lamu Archipelago. She completed her International Baccalaureate at the United World College of the Atlantic in Wales, and then won an undergraduate scholarship to study at Oberlin College, Ohio, where she focused on neuroscience and psychology. After working with the American Psychological Association Umra returned to Lamu to set up a non-profit, Safari Doctors, which offers outreach clinics for people living in the most remote areas of Kenya’s north coast. Despite challenging geographical and security conditions, Safari Doctors continues to provide life saving medical care, and in 2016 Umra was named one of CNN's top 10 heroes of 2016 for her efforts. Umra has now turned her attention to a new role as regional director of the NRT-Coast, where she brings a wealth of local knowledge and international experience to support the seven coastal conservancies.
Regional Director for NRT-Centre: Samburu & Isiolo Counties
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.
Regional Director for NRT-North East: Marsabit County
Emmanuel’s profile coming soon
Regional Director for NRT-West: Laikipia and Baringo Counties
Richard had a traditional Maasai upbringing, which has given him a deep understand of the issues affecting pastoralists in northern Kenya and the lands they rely upon. He holds a BSc in Environmental Management from the University of Eldoret, and a Masters in Governance and Ethics from Mount Kenya University.
As regional director, Richard oversees 10 community conservancies in the Laikipia region; leading NRT support in management training, tourism marketing, county-government relations, peace-building initiatives and much more. Richard is passionate about helping people share lessons in community-based conservation, and has lead several exposure tours for community leaders to Ethiopia and Tanzania.
Technical lead: governance & peace
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 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.
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.
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.
Grants Management Officer
Benson 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.
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.