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Prof. Patricia Kameri-Mbote

Prof. Patricia Kameri-Mbote 

Chaiperson of the Board, Associate Professor of Law, University of Nairobi

Prof. Patricia Kameri-Mbote is a Founding Director of IELRC and the Programme Director for Africa. She studied law at the University of Nairobi, the University of Warwick, the University of Zimbabwe and pursued her doctoral studies at Stanford Law School, Stanford University. She is currently the Dean, School of Law at the University of Nairobi and an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya.

She has also taught international environmental law at the University of Kansas. She is a member of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law, a board member of the Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE-Uganda) and Women and Law in East Africa (WLEA). She has consulted for many international and national agencies including the World Bank, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) and the government of Kenya.
She is also the Africa Editor of the Law, Environment and Development Journal (LEAD Journal), a peer-reviewed academic journal jointly published by IELRC and SOAS.

She has published widely in the areas of international law, environmental law, women's rights and property rights. Her research interests include public international law, environment and natural resources law and policy, human rights, women's rights, intellectual property rights, biotechnology policy and law and economic law.    

Patricia has been a Board of Trustee members since 2008.


Mr. Allan Earnshaw

Mr. Allan Earnshaw 

Vice Chairperson

Allan was born in November 1951 and is a fourth generation Kenyan. He schooled in Kenya,he then went to Oxford University in England where he received his Masters degree in Human Sciences. 

In 1980, Allan joined Ker & Downey Safaris, becoming a Director of the firm in 1982 and Chairman of the Board in 1987, a position he still holds. 

Conservation is a high priority for Allan.  He is not only pro-active within Ker & Downey on conservation issues, but also chairs organisations at a national level. He has been instrumental in the formation and running of Campfire Conservation, a very effective wildlife management company which deals largely with community conservation. From January 2005 to 2007 he was appointed to the Board of the Kenya Wildlife Service, and chaired the Board's Business Committee.

He has served on the Kenya Association of Tour Operators finance committee.Chairman of Campfire Conservation, Founder member of Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association, acted as Treasurer for the Kenya Tourism Federation (KTF).

Currently he is Chairman for the KTF Environment Committee, and serves on the KTF Executive Committee.

Allan has been a Board of Trustee members since 2009.


Mr. Mahmud Jan Mohamed

Mr. Mahmud Jan Mohamed 

Managing Director, Serena Hotels

Mahmud Janmohamed, Managing Director for Serena Hotels Africa and head of the Tourism Department for Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED), is responsible for 29 Hotels, Lodges and Safari resorts in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Zanzibar, Mozambique, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

His Hotel work experience includes Senior Management positions in Europe, Advanced Management training at Cornell University and is a member of the Hotel Catering Institutional Management Association (AHCIMA) and Cornell Hotel Society.

Mahmud is the Founder Chairman of the Kenya Tourism Federation; is a Trustee of the East African Wildlife Society, a Director on the Corporate Governance Board, East Africa and is a Member on the Executive Committee of AKFED.

Mahmud was instrumental in placing TPS Serena Hotels Kenya, on the Nairobi Stock exchange in 1997 and in the expansion of Serena Hotels in Africa.

Jan has been a Board of Trustee members since 2008.

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