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People

Trustees of Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust (MWCT) are Samson Parashina,  Luca Belpietro and Antonella Bonomi. The Trust started small, but grew into the key player in the conservation of the entire ecosystem. It currently employs more than 200 local people and has an annual budget of US$1,100,000.

The current board is composed of:

Samson Parashina (Kenyan), Chairman of the Board, Chairman of Advisory Board, Trustee
Samson holds a Bachelor of Art and Social Sciences with Honours in Sociology and Political Science. Member of Kuku A and Kuku (B) Group Ranches. Samson is ano utstanding Maasai with a great vision about conservation. A respected community leader, he holds is a Silver level guide Kenya Professional Safari Guide Association. Manager of Campi ya Kanzi. Nominated Champions of the Earth at Rio+20 by the UNEP.

Luca Belpietro (Kenyan), Founder, Executive Director, Trustee
Doctorate in Economics, with a thesis on Wildlife as a Natural Resource in Kenya. Founder of Campi ya Kanzi and MWCT, he is an active conservationist with 16 years of field experience with Maasai communities.

Antonella Bonomi (Italian). Founder and Trustee
Doctorate in law. Founder of Campi ya Kanzi and MWCT. Supervisor of Kanzi Academy.

Stephen Mwenesi (Kenyan), Vice Chairman and legal advisor
Experienced lawyer with deep knowledge of Land issues and Group Ranches issues,  a passion for conservation and involvement in numerous conservation initiatives.

Pio Cabanillas (Spain), Board member
An expert in African matters, travelled extensively throughout the continent in more than 50 adventure safari.
Former Cabinet Minister of Communication and Spokesman for the  Spanish Government. Former CEO of the Spanish Public TV and Radio Broadcasting Company. Chief Global Brand and Marketing Officer of ACCIONA, world leader in renewable energies, infrastructure and water.

Tazim Elkington (Kenyan). Board member
Tazim Elkington – The Indian Black Butterfly! Paradigm Shifter, Trainer, Writer, Speaker and Poet
Qreator of the ‘Q Factor’ – ‘Qure your mind’ -’The Invisible CirQle’ – ‘Open Qorner’ and more!
Tazim has a mission to bring about change in society. Her compassion extends from the individual, to groups of people, businesses and Kenya. She strongly believes that progressive change is an integral and essential path in life. Her determination and commitment are to be the change through her work, as she puts it “one person at a time”. Being deeply patriotic, she gives of her time to numerous groups, charitable organizations and institutions walking towards and creating ‘responsible’change.
www.tazim.net

Titus Naikuni (Kenyan), Board member
Kenya Airways Group Managing Director & CEO.
Titus holds a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nairobi.  He is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Management Development Program and was awarded a Doctor of Science Engineering by the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.
He joined the Magadi Soda Company in 1979 as a trainee engineer and rose to the positions of Managing Director of that company in 1995 and Managing Director of the Magadi Railway Company in 1996.
Between August 1999 and March 2001, Titus was a member of a team of World Bank sponsored Kenyan technocrats, known as the “Dream Team” who were engaged by the Government to turn around the economy.
In this capacity Titus served as permanent secretary in the Ministry of Transport and Communications and was a member of the Board of Kenya Airways.

Mark Nicholson (British), Board member
Doctorate in Veterinary. Experienced botanist and conservationist with decades of experience in managing grassland ecosystems. Equity holder on Naibosho Group Ranch (Maasai Mara), where he advises on botanical conservation and pastoralism.

Edward Norton (USA), Board member, President MWCF
UN Ambassador for Biodiversity (appointed by UN Sec Gen, Ban Ki Moon in 2010). President MWCF, the US affiliate of MWCT.
Founder of Crowdrise.com Member of United Sates of America President’s Committee for Arts and Humanities (appointed by President Obama in 2009). Filmmaker (acted, produced, written and directed in 25 films; nominated for two Academy Awards for acting).

Muterian Ntanin (Kenyan), Board member and Game Scouts coordinator
Member of Kuku A and Kuku (B). Head of community rangers, passionately dedicated to conservation.

David Raffman (Kenyan), Board member
Experienced lawyer based in Nairobi with considerable practice of land-law, conveyancing, corporate and commercial law, trusts and INGOs, and similar, now practicing as a consultant.

James Robertson (Kenyan). Board member
Founder Mara Conservancy and Kenya Wildlife Trust. Director of Ker&Downey Safaris. Outstanding conservationist.

Mark Somen (Kenyan). Board member
25 years of senior management/leadership experience in the 5 star hospitality industry, spanning Kenya, USA and England. Active conservationist and philanthropist. Advisory Board member of FilmAid International, Kenya Board of One Kid One World, as well as Board member of Kenya Education Fund.

Developing Committee: 6 Maasai men and 4 Maasai women, chosen by the community, serve in a Developing Committee.

Advisory Board: 6 officials elected by the Community serve in the Advisory Board, together with MWCT Board Chairman, Samson Parashina.

If you have any questions regarding MWCT, please contact Luca at luca@maasai.com

 

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