Board of Trustees

Dr. John Waithaka

Chairman, Board of Trustees

Dr. John Waithaka holds a Bachelor’s degree in Botany and Zoology, MSc in Biology of Conservation and a Ph.D. in Zoology. He has worked as a lecturer at Kenyatta University; elephant programme coordinator at KWS, manager of the European Union’s Biodiversity Conservation Programme and also as a Director of the African Conservation Center. He also worked with Parks Canada as a conservation biologist from 2003 to December 2017. He is the current vice Chair for the IUCN-World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) for East and Southern Africa, a member of the WCPA Steering Committee, a Member of the IUCN -UNESCO World Heritage Panel and co-editor of the International Journal of Protected Area and Conservation.

M/s. Betty Sereya Maitoyo


Beatrice Seraya Maitoyo has a Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California, U.S.A and a Bachelor’s degree in Arts in Community Development and Business Administration from Daystar University. She over ten(10) years of progressive experience in advocacy for children, youth, women and minority groups’ rights and is an ardent supporter of conservation of the environment and proper management of natural resources by communities, without exploitation.

She is currently working as a gender specialist consultant for Mainyoito Pastoralist Integrated Development Organization.

Dr. Susan Komen Koech

Principal Secretary Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife-State Department of Wildlife

Dr. Susan Komen Koech is an alumnus of Moi University, School of Business, with a PhD, MBA and BBM. Her PhD thesis was titled “Moderating Effect of perceived customer value on relationship quality and customer loyalty among bank customers in Kenya”.

Dr. Koech is a career banker with a natural instinct for identifying future trends. Prior to joining Government in March 2018, she was the Nairobi Regional Head for KCB Bank Kenya Ltd from where she was appointed to the position of PS, East African Community (EAC) and served until February 2019 when she was appointed PS, Wildlife.

Her life purpose is to connect and influence People as she uplifts their livelihoods. She is enthusiastic about networking and building strong relationships with key stakeholders in a bid to create value and positively impact people’s lives.  This attribute and passion undoubtedly brings impetus to create and build a framework for engagement with development partners, NGOs, Private organizations and Community Conservancies in the wildlife sector.

She has also done several leadership courses that have built and grounded her leadership competences.  These include Fast Forward (FFWD), Lead, Euro Money – School of Retail Banking, Commercial Awareness and Corporate Governance.  She also holds a Diploma in Banking and is a member of Kenya Institute of Bankers (KIB) and Kenya Institute of Management (KIM).

Dr. Koech is passionate about mentoring the youth, young professionals and participating in community activities with a bias on education. Through her deliberate interventions, she has nurtured many outstanding leaders and mentored many students across the country.

Mr. Jochen Zeitz


Jochen Zeitz is recognised as one of the world’s leaders in sustainable business, conservation and philanthropy. He is Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA), Co-Founder of The B Team, Owner of Segera Conservancy and Founder of the Zeitz Foundation and The Long Run, which support sustainable solutions that balance conservation, community, culture and commerce (the 4Cs). Previously, Zeitz served 18 years as Chairman and CEO at PUMA, then Board Member and Chair of the Sustainability Committee for luxury brand group Kering. In addition to KWS, Zeitz is on the Board of Cranemere and Harley-Davidson, and Chairs their Sustainability Committees. Zeitz has received numerous awards, including Financial Times’ “Strategist of the Year” 3 times and the Federal Cross of Merit of the Republic of Germany

Mr. Ian Hamish Craig


Ian Hamish Craig was a founding board member of Namunyak Wildlife Conservation Trust and Il Ngwesi Group Ranch and has served as the Executive Director of the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy for 10 years, from 1995 - 2005. He is a founding member and the first CEO of the Northern Rangelands Trust in 2004 an umbrella body that supports community conservancies across Northern Kenya. He is currently the Director of Conservation for the Northern Rangelands Trust. Previously served on the Board of Trustees, Kenya Wildlife Service for two terms.

Mr. Fred Ojiambo


Fred Omondi Oliver N'cruba Ojiambo, MBS, SC is an advocate and holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree and a Post Graduate Diploma in Advocacy. He is a Senior Partner at Kaplan & Stratton Advocates and is a member of the Law Society of Kenya and the International Bar Association.

Mr. Ojiambo has had a long career in private practice and his experience was recognized with an award of Senior Counsel in 2007

M/s. Mary Coletta Kemunto

Representative: PS Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government

Ms Mary C. Kemunto holds a Masters Degree in Educational Administration and Planning from Catholic University of Eastern Africa, a Bachelor of Education (Arts) Degree from the University of Nairobi, Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management IHRM (K) and is currently studying for a Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Management.       

She has previously worked as ISO core team of the Ministry of Justice and was part of the Technical working Group that developed the 2013-2017 strategic plan for the Office of the Attorney General and Coordinated the Capacity Assessment and Rationalization in the Public Sector Programme (CARPPS) in the Office of the Attorney General and Department of Justice.

 She is the AG. Director Human Resource Management and Development, State Department for Devolution Ministry of Devolution and ASALs

Mr. Arthur Nduati

Representative; PS, The National Treasury

Mr. Arthur Nduati holds a Masters of Business Administration Degree from JKUAT. He is a Certified Public Accountant of Kenya (CPA, K) and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK).


He has over 12 years’ experience in Public Finance Management and is currently a Senior Assistant Director of Budget at the National Treasury. Previously, he was Head of Finance in the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Ministry of Immigration and Registration of Persons and Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Mr. Henry Kipkosgei Barmao

Representative: Inspector General of Police

Mr. Henry Kipkosgei Barmao is a career policeman with over 35 years of experience. He has attended many certificate courses in strategic and leadership areas relating to law enforcement including Protection of Civilians; Crisis and Major Events Management; Prevention and the Punishment of the Crimes of Genocide, Crimes against Humanity and all forms of Discrimination as well as Election and Conflict Early Warning among many others. He also served for one year as Liaison Officer of the Siera Leone UN Contingent Mission where he was Commander.

He is currently the Deputy Director Operations at Vigilance House - the Kenya Police Service Headquarters, Nairobi.