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.
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.
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
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.
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
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 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 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.
Prof Fred Segor assumed the office of the Principal Secretary (PS), State Department for Wildlife in the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife on 6th September, 2019 and is charged with the following responsibilities: Protection of Wildlife Heritage, Wildlife conservation, Management of National Parks, Reserves and Marine Parks, Wildlife Biodiversity Management and Protection, Collaboration with Wildlife Clubs of Kenya, Management of Wildlife Dispersal areas in collaboration with Partners, Wildlife conservation Training and Research, and creating Awareness for Wildlife Conservation and Protection.
He served as the PS for State Department for irrigation in the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and irrigation from 1st April, 2018 to 6th September, 2019 and is credited for spearheading the enactment of Irrigation Act, development of irrigation infrastructure through Household Irrigation Water Storage Project, where approximately over 7,500 household water pans with a storage volume of over 10.5 Million M3 to irrigate 10,000 acres of land, was realized. He oversaw construction and rehabilitation of dams such as Thiba dam under Mwea Irrigation Development Project and water pans, rehabilitation of existing water pans/small dams resulting in an additional 2.9 Million M3 volume of water storage, leading to an additional 3,600 acres being brought under irrigation. He also oversaw cumulative development of 12.5 Million M3 water storage and an additional 15,600 acres put under irrigation between April 2018 and July 2019. It was during his tenure that, approximately 4,000 out of 7,000 and 17 out of 32 rehabilitated small dams/water pans stored the harvested water for irrigation during the April-June 2019 long rains and rehabilitation and expansion of existing irrigation schemes in the country e.g. Bura Irrigation Project changed from pumping to the gravity system.
Under Expanded National Irrigation Programme, he oversaw development and completion of 160 irrigation projects and this brought 127,415 acres of land under irrigation since inception and construction of 47 water pans with a volume of approximately 2.6 million m3. He spearheaded the distribution of 7,147 greenhouses and initiated feasibility studies and detailed designs for 38 projects covering 430,000 acres. Feasibility studies and detailed designs for 11 water storage reservoirs with a cumulative total storage of 1.3 Billion m3 were completed under his leadership.
Professor Segor also served as PS in State Department for Water Services in the Ministry of Water and Irrigation from 29th November, 2017 to 1st April, 2018, where his achievements include; facilitation of the enactment of Water Act, 2016 in September 2016 in order to align the sector to the Constitution of Kenya 2010, which led to increased national water coverage from 56% to 60% (additional 4 million people being able to access domestic water).
He also served as the PS in the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, State Department for Livestock where he facilitated the inclusion of processed powder milk into Strategic Food Reserve that saw initial injection of Ksh. 300 million into the dairy sector to address milk glut thereby, stabilizing milk prices hence contributing to significant in the sector. He rolled out the following: Ksh. 8.3B Regional Pastoral Livelihood Resilience Project (RPLRP) initiative by the IGAD to end drought emergencies in the Horn of Africa region in 7 countries, Standards and Market Access Programme (SMAP) to enhance market access and competitiveness of animal and plant-based products and successfully negotiated for Ksh. 1.7B for phase II of Smallholder Dairy Commercialization Programme (SDCP) covering 9 Counties, Improvement of milk processing, value addition and marketing infrastructure through procurement of 26 coolers valued at Ksh 146.6 Million to dairy farmers’ groups in 14 counties to improve marketing and reduce post-harvest losses. He Initiated the Kenya Livestock Insurance Program (KLIP) for approximately Ksh 200m to cushion farmers against drought-related disasters and build resilience for pastoralists. He oversaw the increase in production and productivity in Kenya Animal Genetic Resource Centre (KAGRC) by enhancing animal genetics through the establishment of liquid nitrogen plants in 4 Counties and established a bull Station at the Agricultural Development Corporation (ADC) Kitale. He spearheaded the equipping of a new laboratory for production and conservation of germplasm to avail 900,000 to 1,600,000 doses annually to the farmers, reducing the cost of A.I service delivery by 50 %.
He was also the PS in the Ministry of Health where he oversaw the devolution of health services, functions and resources. He has also served in various positions at the University of Eldoret, Moi University and the DAAD Scholars Association.
Prof. Segor is a member of many National and International Scientific Societies including the Kenya Chemical Society, Kenya DAAD Scholars Association (KDSA) and Kenya National Academy of Sciences, among others. He is an accomplished scholar having published 16 scientific publications and 11 papers in the field of Chemistry.