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Tom Lalampaa. Chief Executive Officer. 

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 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. He has been awarded the Tusk Conservation Award and the Stanford University Law School Bright Award for Environmental Sustainability among others. 

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Rob McNeil. Chief Operations Officer. 

After a 16-year management career working for the British government focusing on national crisis response and conflict resolution in culturally diverse and remote parts of the world, Rob was engaged in community led conservation, and wildlife management all over Africa. He brings to NRT practical operational experience, innovative strategy planning and analysis which will help optimise NRT’s operational support to the community it serves. 

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Titus Letaapo. 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. 

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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. 

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Ian Craig. Chief Conservation Officer.

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, and served as Executive Director of the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy before becoming a founding member of the Northern Rangelands Trust in 2004 together with key individuals from the community member areas. In 2016, Ian was awarded an OBE for services to conservation and security to communities in Kenya. 

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Mike Harrison. Director of Sustainability.

Mike completed his PhD in primate ecology and conservation in Senegal in 1982, and 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. He then joined DFID as a Livelihoods Adviser in 1999, leading work in Uganda and Indonesia before becoming Deputy Director of DFID Kenya in 2008, managing the UK’s £100m per year aid programme. He served as NRT's CEO from to 2012 to 2018, during which time the organisation grew significantly in size, stature, professionalism and impact. He now works to ensure these positive trends can be sustained into the future.  

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Fred Obiya. 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.  

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Richard Kasoo. 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.  

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Latif Boru. Technical Lead on 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.  

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Josphine Ekiru. Peace Coordinato

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 male elders, 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.     

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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.

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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.  

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Benson Ojwang. 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.  

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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.  

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