Board of Directors
The Uvumbuzi Africa team is led by a very capable board comprising sagacious and passionate members.
Beatrice W. Karanja
Beatrice is a strategic communications specialist with over 25 years’ experience as a development communications professional covering the African continent with extensive experience in East, Central and Southern Africa. She has worked as a journalist with BBC and Reuters and for several international NGO’s – African Wildlife Foundation, UNICEF, Oxfam (GB). She has also consulted for Mo Ibrahim Foundation, Kofi Annan Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Stop Ivory, Northern Rangelands Trust and Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.
As a child of Africa with roots in Kenya and Uganda, Beatrice has a strong and unyielding passion for African development and environmental issues and believes that the conservation and development can co-exist and is keen to play her part to make sure Kenya’s future is sustainable, balanced and wise.Beatrice is a Board representative of S.A.F.E Kenya, Mara Elephant Project and Kenya Wildlife Trust. She was recently appointed to the judging panel of Tusk Trust Awards and as Chairperson of Uvumbuzi Trust. Uvumbuzi, is a pioneering Kenyan funded and run grant making organization that seeks to support conservation small-to-medium enterprises (SME’s) attain their aspirations around natural resources management and wildlife protection. Beatrice holds a BA in Communications, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
Dr.V ictor Lando is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya with a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) Degree from the University of Nairobi, a Master of Laws (LLM) in Human Rights and Democratisation from the University of Pretoria and a Doctorate of Laws (LLD) from the same university. He is also and Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He holds certificates in strategic leadership and International Criminal Investigations from the Kenya School of Government and the Institute of International Criminal Investigations in the Hague, the Netherlands respectively.
Dr. Lando brings on board more than 11 years’ experience in the legal sector with a specialty in Constitutional Litigation, Commercial law, Corporate law, Intellectual Property Law, Employment and Labour Relations as well as Human Rights, Humanitarian and Refugee law. He has worked for a number of reputable institutions including the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, the International Rescue Committee and the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees. (UNHCR). His research interests include human rights and regional integration, corruption and governance, comparative constitutionalism as well as international law. He currently teaches legal research and writing and administrative law and is the faculty in charge of student activities and mentorship in Riara university; one of the leading law schools in the country.
DR. IRENE AMOKE PhD.
Dr. Irene is currently the Executive Director of Kenya Wildlife Trust (KWT). An ecologist with over fifteen years’ experience, she has worked in academia, government and the private sector in Kenya, South Africa and the United Kingdom, and is passionate about bridging the gap between science and policy formulation in the conservation sector. Irene graduated with a BSc in Zoology from University of Eastern Africa, Baraton in Kenya.
She holds an MSc in Environmental Assessment & Management, and PhD in Landscape Ecology, both from Oxford Brookes University (UK). She sits on the boards of several conservation organisations.
Winfred is a freelance policy, governance, and human rights consultant who works with institutions and individuals to provide cutting edge solutions to policy, democracy, governance and human rights challenges in Africa and beyond.
After working at Kenya National Commission on Human Rights for five years and as a Policy Analyst on African issues at the University of Sheffield UK, Winnie recognises the nexus around governance, policies and the promotion of human rights. It is this knowledge that drives her desire to inform change in society through sound policies and good governance. She believes that conservation efforts must be inclusive of all demographics and has thus been the voice of women in conservation at Uvumbuzi.
Winnie was awarded a Chevening Scholarship (2015/16) and is a 2016 Young Diplomats Forum Fellow, also an alumni of the Global Leadership Initiative (GLI) of the University of Sheffield. She has published her GLI research papers, policy briefs and articles on the Global Policy Journal. Currently, Winnie consults for Reprieve UK on the resentencing of offenders on death penalty in Kenya. She is also the CEO at the Centre for Community Development and Human Rights, an organisation founded in Kibra by the Late Hon. Ken Okoth to promote human rights centred development in Kibra.
Wambui Kibicho is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya with 15 years post-admission experience in litigation, commercial law, in-house legal practice among others. Wambui holds a master’s degree in Oil and Gas Law from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, and she uses these qualifications to enhance transparency in the areas of oil, energy, gas and mining. Wambui is also a board member of the UN Global Compact Kenya Network where she champions the anti-corruption agenda.