Team

Team

Meet our team of international staff who are committed to securing a healthy future for mountain gorillas

  • Board
    Margaret Kinnaird

    Margaret Kinnaird

    Board Member

    Margaret has worked for over 30 years in the field of conservation in Ecuador, Kenya, USA and Indonesia. She established and co-directed WCS’s Indonesia Program for 13 years and conducted research on a wide variety of topics, including human/elephant conflict, tiger/prey interactions, parrot trade, forest dynamics, non-timber forest product use, and hornbill and primate conservation. Margaret spent 8 years in Kenya as the Executive Director of the Mpala Research Centre, one of the top ecological research stations in Africa, situated on a 48,000 acre wildlife conservancy and working ranch. Her research interests included how different livestock management regimes influence wildlife abundance and diversity. She is as well interested in the ecology and conservation of large cats, primates and hornbills. Margaret is the Global Wildlife Practice Leader at World Wildlife Fund International.

  • Board
    Helen Gichohi

    Helen Gichohi

    Board Chair

  • Board
    Michael O’Brien-Onyeka

    Michael O’Brien-Onyeka

    Board Member

    Michael is an Organizational, Programme and Policy Management expert with over 20 years experience in Conservation, Environmental, Human Rights, and International Humanitarian/Development non-profit sector, spanning assignments in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.He place high premium on providing pro-active context assessment to inform organizational, policy and programme directions, building effective teams to implement these, and ensuring that agreed objectives are achieved. Micheal is a Senior Vice President for Africa Field Operations and a Board Member of IGCP.

  • Focal Point
    Jessica Farish

    Jessica Farish

    Focal Point

    Jess Farish joined Fauna & Flora International as part of the Africa team in 2015. Her current role includes the IGCP Focal Point position for FFI, together with supporting project level monitoring and evaluation, project management and operations management across the Africa team. Jess holds a Masters degree in Conservation Science, from Imperial College, London and has over 8 years’ experience working for a variety of wildlife conservation NGOs.

    Jessica.farish@fauna-flora.org

  • Focal Point
    Matthew Lewis

    Matthew Lewis

    Focal Point

    Matthew is the Regional Director at Conservation International . He is a Wildlife biologist and conservationist with 25 years of international experience managing and implementing field projects for a variety of species conservation programs in North America, Asia and Africa.

    mlewis@conservation.org

  • Focal Point
    Simon Peter Weredwong

    Simon Peter Weredwong

    Focal Point

    Simon is a successful Program Management specialist for over 15 years with a track record of initiating projects and providing leadership for effective results and sustainability. He is endowed with multifaceted skills from work experience with various agencies and professional training in Environment & Natural Resources Management, Forestry, Project Planning & Management and Climate Change Governance. Simon is an excellent team builder and player combining holistic leadership skills, participatory approaches and effective management principles to realize institutional goals.

    spweredwong@wwfuganda.org

  • Comms Gatekeeper
    Ally Jamah

    Ally Jamah

    Comms Gatekeeper

    Ally manages communications for Conservation International, Africa Field Division based in Nairobi, Kenya. He has more than 10 years experience in communications, advocacy and award-winning multimedia journalism. He has a Master’s Degree in Communications from the University of Nairobi as well as qualifications in community development, project management and education among others. His key interests fall at the intersection of nature conservation and sustainable, inclusive development.

    ajamah@conservation.org

  • Comms Gatekeeper
    Marsden Momanyi

    Marsden Momanyi

    Comms Gatekeeper

    Marsden Momanyi, is a Communications Manager for Wildlife at WWF and is based in Kenya. He leads communications around WWF’s wildlife conservation strategy and initiatives including several key species and landscapes globally. He joined WWF in 2017 from the African Union (AU) where he served as a strategic communications expert supporting regional conflict prevention, management and peace-building policy and advocacy efforts over a period of six years. He has over 15 years development communications experience with leading international and regional organizations among them the African Technology Policy Studies Network, Amref and ActionAid. He has a Masters degree in Communications from the University of Leeds and Bachelors degree in Communications from Loughborough University.

    mmomanyi@wwfint.org

  • Comms Gatekeeper
    Tim Knight

    Tim Knight

    Comms Gatekeeper

    Tim is a communications specialist who has worked closely with Fauna & Flora International (FFI) as a writer and editor since 1999. Tim has been actively involved with IGCP throughout that time and helped create IGCP’s first website in 2003. He has edited FFI’s annual magazine for almost 20 years and is co-author of With Honourable Intent - A Natural History of Fauna & Flora International, which includes an in-depth account of IGCP’s origins.

    tim.knight@fauna-flora.org

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