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

Moses Cheruiyot – Transport Manager

Moses holds certificates from The Kenya Red cross, St. Martin Catholic Social Apostolate and The National Youth Service.

He is currently the Transport Manager at LWF. Has been previously employed In various other organizations on different designations.

E-mail: moses.cheruiyot@laikipia.org

Rosemary Oyugi – Head of Finance and Administration

Rosemary holds a Masters in Business Administration finance option, and 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

Eunice Wangari – Accounts Assistant

Eunice is a Certified Public Accountant of Kenya who also holds a diploma in Purchasing and Supplies Management. She started out volunteering for the Kenya Red Cross where she is a member. She has worked in both Accountancy and Administration and is LWF’s Accounts Assistant.

Email: eunice.wangari@laikipia.org

Virginia Wahome – Wildlife Conservation Officer and CWCCC Chair (Laikipia County)

Virginia Wahome holds a Bachelor of Development Studies and a Diploma in community Based Development. She has also taken a short course on Human Elephant Conflict Management. Since her school days Virginia has taken various leadership roles in the community including being a Board Member in Secondary Schools. Coupled with her position at LWF, she also serves as Chairperson of the County Wildlife and Conservation and Compensation Committee, Laikipia County.

E-mail: virginia.wahome@laikipia.org

Joan Wandegi Nthiga – Communications Specialist

Joan supervises and supports LWF’s entire suite of communication tools, activities and programs in line the Forum’s goals and mandate. She also leads the organisation in the development of the Forum’s communications strategy, often in conjunction with the Forum’s 5 year programming strategy.
Over the last 10 years, Joan has worked in Kenya and Zimbabwe – her love for local communities and tourism saw her affiliated with leading organisations in both countries managing various communication campaigns and events. While studying in Australia for a BA in Advertising and Marketing as well as a Masters in Business (specializing in International Tourism and Hospitality Management), Joan was a part of international social forums formed to bring about solutions to key issues facing international students.

E-mail: joan.wandegi@laikipia.org

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.

Margaret is a 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 is pursuing a Masters degree in Natural Resources Management and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Wildlife Enterprise and Management. Margaret is passionate about wildlife conservation and the protection of their habitats.

E-mail: margaret.wambua@laikipia.org

John Gitonga

John holds a Bachelors degree in Range Management from the University of Nairobi. He previously worked with Kenya Wildlife Service, Mt.Kenya National Park as an attache.

Hailing from Laikipia, John’s passion lies in rangelands improvement and rehabilitation as well as wildlife conservation in Laikipia County. He hopes his internship will allow him to learn as much as he can while at LWF so that he can make a difference and contribute to the development and implementation of land policies in the County.

Stanley Ngatia

Originally from Laikipia, Stanley Ngatia’s love for exploring the great outdoors led him to pursue a course from Kimathi University that focused on GIS and Remote Sensing where he managed to acquired invaluable skills in mapping, cartography and analysis of remotely sensed data. His grandmother was among the pioneer settlers of Naromoru where she began what would be a family business dairy and cash crop farming.

Stanley hopes that his internship at LWF will allow him to get practical experience in implementing conservation projects in Laikipia.

John King’ori

John Kingori is a BSc Tourism Management graduate from the University of Eldoret. He joins LWF as an intern and will be supporting LWF’s efforts in strengthening the Laikipia Tourism Association. in the Tourism programme after working at Lake Naivasha Resort and in the Ministry of Trade Tourism and Cooperatives (Laikipia County) where he managed to sharpen his tourism management skills.

John is passionate about promoting Tourism in Laikipia and hopes that his skills and work with LWF will go a long way in supporting sustainable tourism development in the County through integrated efforts by all stakeholders.

Marvin Mwarangu

Marvin Mwarangu joins LWF from the University of Eldoret where he is currently pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Environmental Studies and Environmental Planning and Management.

He previous work experience at Elsamere Field Study Centre in Naivasha has prepared him well for his new internship for the next 3 months at LWF where he has been assigned to the Mount Kenya Ewaso Water Partnership.

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