Our Board of Trustees
Dr. Helen Gichohi
President - African Wildlife Foundation
With a smile that would make a rhino blush, Dr. Helen Gichohi takes command of AWF's programs with style and determination. Helen is responsible for directing the African Heartlands Program in eight massive landscapes throughout central, eastern, and southern Africa.
Mr. Allan Earnshaw
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. Linus Gitahi
NMG Group CEO
Dr. Patricia Kameri-Mbote
Chaiperson of the Board, Associate Professor of Law, University of Nairobi
Dr 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 an Associate Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Nairobi and an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya.
Dr. Julius Kipng'etich
Director, Kenya Wildlife Service
Julius Kangogo Kipng’etich joined KWS as the Director in 2005.
Before this, he was the Managing Director of Investment Promotion Council.
Kip, as he prefers to be called, is an ardent believer in continuous improvement. His tenure at the KWS has seen him transform the government parastatal into a serious business outfit.
In a bid to ensure World Class Parks, Kip has greatly improved the management of our parks, while giving conservation a strong scientific approach. All these measures have resulted in safer and more pleasurable experiences within our wildlife protected areas.
A Starehe Boys’ Alumni, Kip has over 17 years experience in Business Process Re-engineering and Change Management.
He was Director of the Student Welfare Authority, University of Nairobi, where he also lectured in the Department of Management Science.
He is a member of the Kenya Tourist Board, and serves on the boards of Kenya Forestry Authority, Equity Bank, Police Oversight Board, Moi Girls Eldoret, Starehe Girls, Starehe Boys, Red Cross, a Member of the Mau Task Force and the Steering Committee for the Marketing of Kenya Stadia prior to the World Cup in South Africa in 2010.
He is also the patron of AISEC – University of Nairobi.
Kip is the acclaimed winner of the Chief Executive Officer of the Year Award, COYA 2009. He has also been given two national awards ie. CBS and EBS.
His hobbies and interests? Philanthropy, systems theory, mountain climbing (climbed to Point Lenana, Mount Kenya), traveling, reading, golf and classical music.