Lucy Waruingi

Chair, Conservation Alliance of Kenya

Lucy Waruingi is Executive Director of African Conservation Centre. Lucy holds a BSc in Computer Science and statistics from the University of Nairobi and an MSc in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from Manchester Metropolitan University (UK). Lucy has had long interest in the management and interpretation of biological and environmental data for decision-making and informing initiatives that enhance local livelihoods in rich biodiversity areas. She is part of a regional effort in East Africa that is seeking to develop a framework for the mobilization of biodiversity information for the sustainable management of natural resources.

Peter E. Hetz

CAK Board Member and Chair of the Finance Committee

Peter Hetz is the Executive Director of Laikipia Wildlife Forum. Peter leads a membership organization of more than 120 organizations and almost 20,000 members in support of natural resources conservation, livelihoods, and wildlife in the greater Laikipia landscape. Some 8 regional associations are joined together by this common purpose and use the Forum to debate, resolve and tackle issues in this landscape.

Resson Kantai Duff

Secretary, Conservation Alliance of Kenya

Resson represents Ewaso Lions (EL) on the board of the Conservation Alliance of Kenya as the Secretary. Resson recently joined EL as Deputy Director, and will play a lead role in programme management, operations, event coordination, partnership development, awareness raising, strategy implementation and human resources. She acts as a key link between EL research, conservation and fundraising activities with the aim of working with the team to engender coexistence in the Kenyan context. Until late 2017, Resson Kantai Duff was the Head of Awareness at Save the Elephants where she led China outreach, CITES and other policy related work, education, internship and community focused projects in Samburu. Until 2016, Resson also consulted as a writer and editor for the International Institute for Sustainable Development Reporting Services, which covers numerous Multilateral Environmental Agreements. Resson received her Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology from the University of Nairobi and her Master’s Degree in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management from the University of Oxford in 2012.

Dr. Benson Okita-Ouma

Member, Conservation Alliance of Kenya Board of Directors

Dr. Benson Okita-Ouma joined Save The Elephants in 2014 and has since headed its scientific monitoring to date. His organization runs various projects in Kenya, Africa, Asia and America and provides cutting edge science to secure a future for elephants. Before that, Benson worked for Kenya Wildlife Service for 18 years in various senior positions including heading Rhino and Conservation Programmes. The former President Mwai Kibaki, CGH, of the Republic of Kenya conferred on him in 2008 a high citizen accolade—The Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear (MBS) in recognition of his distinguished service to the Nation. Benson has recently been appointed the new co-Chair of the African Elephant Specialist Group by IUCN. Dr. Okita-Ouma holds a Bachelor’s degree in wildlife management from Moi University, a Master’s degree in Conservation Biology from the University of Kent in the UK and a doctorate degree in Resource Ecology from the Wageningen University in the Netherlands.

Steve Itela

CEO, Conservation Alliance of Kenya

Steve Itela became the CEO of CAK from January 2020, prior to becoming the CEO, Steve worked with Africa Network for Animal Welfare as the Operations and Partnerships Director responsible for operations functions and building effective partnership to implement the organizations strategic plan. Steve was the interim Chair Conservation Alliance of Kenya (CAK) from November 2015 till January 2017 when CAK received formal registered as a Company Limited by Guarantee. Steve was appointed into the Board in March 2018 and provides oversight to the wildlife crime committee.

Munira Anyonge Bashir

Board Member, Conservation Alliance of Kenya

Munira Anyonge Bashir is the Kenya Country Director of The Nature Conservancy. She is a distinguished community enterprise development strategist.