The Laikipia Wildlife Forum is a dynamic, membership led conservation organisation supporting, coordinating and facilitating pan-Laikipia conservation and natural resource management. It provides a platform for dialogue for a cross section of land owners and land users including local community groups, private ranchers, pastoralists, small scale farmers and tourism ventures. The principal resource and strength of the LWF is its membership.

Peter Hetz – Executive Director

After a mountain climb of Mt. Kenya in 1972, Peter started his working career in Kenya in 1977 with the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife as a research fellow and also assisted the Wildlife Clubs of Kenya establish the Baharini Wildlife Conservation Education Center.

He remained in Kenya teaching at the University of Nairobi and served as the Director of the St. Lawrence University Kenya Semester Program. He also taught natural resources management at Makerere University, and the Institute of Resource Assessment in Dar es Salaam. He’s worked with the African Wildlife Foundation and later join CARE International as a regional advisor on integrated conservation and development programming and rural extension services that supported those programmes.

Between 1990 and 1995 Peter was an advisor to Tanzania National Parks.

Since leaving Africa in 1995, Peter has been based in Vermont, USA for the international development consulting firm, ARD. He led their environmental and natural resources portfolio, established their land tenure program, and for the last 7 years has served as Vice President supervising the company’s programs in Agriculture, Water, Land, Natural Resources, and Governance. He’s led partnerships with many international conservation and development organizations, and managed client contacts foe USAID, DFID, the EU, World Bank/IFC, and the Asian Development Bank.

Peter returns to Kenya with enthusiasm. LWF represents the culmination of his professional and personal commitment to sustainable land use, natural resources management, and wildlife conservation. The LWF membership model represents the height of citizen engagement in a common natural resources management and conservation agenda. The Forum is fast becoming a national and international leader in sustainable land use, and Peter is keen to join a team and membership that have pledged themselves in service to Forum goals.

Email: peter.hetz@laikipia.org

Rosemary Oyugi – Head of Finance and Administration

Rosemary holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education; she has completed various other courses in Financial Management, audit and budget formulation and monitoring. She started her career as an accounts assistant and credit supervisor before joining LWF as an Administrator and Finance officer, a position she has held since 2003.

E-mail: rosemary.oyugi@laikipia.org

Benedict Erick Omondi – Communications Manager

Benedict Erick Omondi is an ardent and strong believer of communications for impact. In my new role, I supervise and support the Laikipia Forum’s entire suite of communications tools, activities and programs, and ensures that they complement the Forum’s goals and mandate.  I am responsible for leading the Forum’s communications strategy to serve a wide variety of partners and networks.

I hold a graduate degree from Maseno University in Communications and Media Technology with IT.  I previously worked for the Kenya Water and Sanitation Civil Society Network (KEWASNET) as the Communications and Advocacy Officer. I was also the Economic and Social Rights communications and digital media lead in Nairobi. I worked at the National Museums of Kenya under the Public Relations and Marketing department as the public relations and marketing officer, and at the Kenya Broadcasting Cooperation as a program continuity researcher

I consider myself a highly motivated communications and advocacy specialist with over 8 years’ experience in designing and implementing communication strategies, organizing and executing projects, as well as engaging stakeholders to achieve common objectives under the communications docket.

I see myself as a decisive leader who is able to take initiative and champion high impact strategies for progress. I have a proven track-record of leading regional projects, conceptualizing, designing and delivering community-based capacity building curricula, and managing public relations functions, with demonstrated successes in effective community education and advocacy campaigns.

Please visit me at any time at the Laikipia Forum’s offices behind the ASK showgrounds to learn more about what we do and how you can benefit from membership and our partnerships.

Email: benedict.omondi@laikipia.org

Cell phone +254 720 687

James Mwangi – Water Resources Management Officer

James is pursuing a Masters Hydrology and Water Resource Management and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Technology & Disaster Preparedness . He started his career in teaching where he sharpened his inter-personal and organization skills. He then switched careers and joined WRUA as an office assistant and later SNV as Assistant Wash Personnel before joining LWF. He is currently the Water Resource Management Programme Officer.

E-mail: james.mwangi@laikipia.org

Margaret Wambua – Head of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) department

Margaret’s career began at WWF-Kenya as a field assistant where she was involved in monitoring the progress of their activities in the Lake Naivasha Basin.  She has also worked at National Museums of Kenya in the Mammology and Ornithology departments, where she sharpened her skills in data collection and analysis.

Certified Monitoring and Evaluation Professional and currently heads the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) department at LWF. She is also responsible for Information and Knowledge Management. She holds a Masters degree in Natural Resources Management and a Bachelor’s Degree in Wildlife Enterprise and Management. Margaret is passionate about community development, wildlife conservation and the protection of their habitats.

E-mail: margaret.wambua@laikipia.org

Emmanuel Obuchere- Transport Manager

Emmanuel is currently the Transport Manager at Laikipia Wildlife Forum. He has been previously employed In various other organizations on different designations.

E-mail: emmanuel.obuchere@laikipia.org

John Kahindi Korosian – Oramat Lenaboisho (Intern)

John Kahindi is an animal science graduate from the University of Eldoret.

He possesses relevant professional experience gained during his attachment at the National Museums of Kenya, acquiring valuable insight into data collection and entry, developing and implementing animal science skills. John has as well worked with the county government of Laikipia in the department of agriculture, livestock and fisheries.

Mr. Kahindi is able to balance multiple competing priorities as he aims to secure a challenging environment which will provide commercial exposure and opportunities for career progression.

Email: jkorosian@gmail.com

Mary M. Ndirangu – Front Office Assistant

Mary holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics, Economics and Sociology from Kenyatta University.

She has also completed CPA Part 1. She has worked as a receptionist, an accounts assistant, a research assistant and finally as an administrative assistant before joining Laikipia Forum as Front Office Assistant.

Mary is a team player with experience in diverse office environments. She is motivated and committed  to help the Forum realize its strategic objectives.

Email: ndirangumary2014@gmail.com

Milkah Nyaruai – Executive Officer ( EmuSacco )

I am a child of Laikipia – a conservation enthusiast, a servant of the people and an activist for justice. I am also the new Executive officer of EMU SACCO.

I am a project planning and management professional, who achieved a BSc. In Project Planning and Management from Moi University. I have a background in WASH projects with the WSTF (Water Services Trust Fund), and with youth programming, under ActionAid Kenya.

I am passionate about youth and gender issues and always couple these themes with all that I do. Conservation is also another area I hold close to my heart and I believe it is the key to solving every other issue that plagues our society. Too much of the conflict and injustice we experience trickles back to strife over natural resources.

I love networking and interacting with communities in a bid to entrench resilience, growth and prosperity in them and in all of us.

I believe in the power of people to solve their own problems. The EMU-SACCO (Ewaso Maji Users Savings and Credit Cooperative Society Ltd.) is the best reflection of this. It is an important new addition to our Water Partnership and key to solving our water problems.

Email: Emusacco19@gmail.com

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