Our Team

Our Team

MMWCA is led by an Executive Committee that comprises of landowners and tourism partners’ representatives, as well as a number of independent members who have been recruited based on their expertise or roles within key partner organizations.

The organization has a secretariat team charged with day to day operations and management of program activities, coordination and services to our members.

Daniel is an accomplished leader in conservation, with a track record of working with local communities to protect Kenya’s diverse ecosystems. He brings to MMWCA a great mix of leadership, inspiration, and passion for conservation. He possesses management experience in the conservation and tourism sectors. He serves on the Board of Greater Mara Trust/Greater Mara Management Limited as well as the Board of the Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association representing the Maasai Mara region. As a founder member, Daniel has done a remarkable job with MMWCA’s formation, firstly as the Chairperson of the Conservancies Council prior to joining the Secretariat as Chief Programs Officer then CEO. Daniel is a Silver rated Professional Tour Guide who left active tour guiding to help set up Olare Motorogi Community Conservancy Trust in Maasai Mara.  He co-steered Olare Motorogi Conservancy as a Director from 2006 to 2008, a Trustee and as a Community Development Manager in the year 2013. He has also served in the capacities of Board Member for Olare Motorogi Conservancy and Vice Chair of Olpurkel Company Limited, the Management Company managing the conservancy.

Heidi is a senior expert in fundraising and business development in the financial industry and holds an Executive MBA from SDA Bocconi . She has been actively engaging in sustainable finance and investing in different roles and for leading financial intermediaries in Italy, Switzerland, Luxembourg. For her last role she moved to the Netherlands to head the business development unit for a leading impact investor.

During her fellowship period with LGT Heidi will now focus on fundraising & business development activities together with the CEO and other key stakeholders.

Heidi is passionate about investing with purpose. Her mission is to contribute to sustainable conservation of nature and the development of the Maasai Community by attracting the right human and financial capital.  During her assignment Heidi is mainly based  in Zurich and collaborates within the LGT VP office.

Sarah is an expert in marketing and communication in the travel industry. Her current role focuses on building a strong brand, working hand in hand with the Communications Officer and CEO to implement the MMWCA Communication strategy. She comes along with a long-standing experience in communications and marketing. She is passionate about sustainable investing, innovation, economic growth, and mentorship.

Patrick has a wealth of experience in operations management, gained in Public, Private and Development sectors.  He has 10+ years’ experience in Project Management, Finance and Administration. He has worked for several reputable organisations among others Bins Group, Belgium Technical Co-operations, KEPSA/World Bank, WWF-K, SNV and UNESCO-IHE (MaMaSe). He has about 8 years’ experience working in Tourism and Conservation areas in the Maasai Mara.

In his role as COO, offers leadership and mentorship of diverse technical teams and matrix management to ensure coordinated technical support across the team and the conservancies.

Lemayian is responsible for implementing MMWCA ‘Taking the bull by its Horns’ Project, building MMWCA brand and implementing the communication strategy. Lemayian has a strong background in Political Science and Communication. He has a penchant for anything and everything natural. People find him to be an upbeat, self-motivated team player with near excellent communications skills. He enjoys reading about the Maasai History and Culture.

Lawrence has twelve years of experience working as a Land and Natural Resources Officer, in the fields of public interest litigation, land and natural resource policy advocacy, capacity building for communities, and networking and collaboration. As Land Administrator for MMWCA, Lawrence is focused on assisting con¬servancies to register land for conservation, lobbying the county government to carry out land planning for viable and productive land use, and assisting conservancies to develop and implement management plans.

Angela is responsible for mainstreaming Gender into Natural Resource Management across the membership working hand in hand with regional coordinators to ensure conservancy governance structures are gender sound. She is a founder staff, and has been a key resource person in the Greater Mara Ecosystem. She drives her passion from working with communities and is keen women empowerment.

Rosebell supports and undertakes the effective and efficient administration of MMWCA’s operations to enable the organization to deliver on its mandate. She has over eight years of experience in administration and operations.

Sempeyo is responsible for efficient management of MMWCA Financial Resources. She is responsible for managing all transactions working hand in hand with the COO. Her experience in financial management spans to over 4 years. She prides herself as a self-motivated person. She has a penchant for investigative documentaries and loves to travel. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree – Finance Option.

Mary is responsible for the daily financial administration ensuring the organization’s cash handling procedures, financial records and reports are maintained to the highest professional standards and in accordance with the organization’s financial procedures and policies. She possesses strong analytical skills, great love for working with figures and holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Finance.

Daniel is responsible for coordinating conser¬vation activities in the conservancies on the western and central cluster of Mara. He brings 17 years of experience in working closely with communities.

Eric is the Program Manager for the Mara Vocational Training Program. He is trained in Ecology and has worked for over 10 years in the field of conservation as a wildlife biologist. He is keen on social-ecological issues. He coordinates the Mara Vocational Training Program across the Ecosystem.

Jackson is responsible for establishing PCA by securing land for conservation, developing a suitable conservation model for the area and building and strengthening governance structures. Jackson has worked in social development for more than 10 years and took part in the design of the successful conservation model for the establishment of Naibosho Conservancy.

Samuel is responsible for fleet and logistics management, handles MMWCA Mara Base Headquarters Administration and is the Senior Field Assistant managing and mentoring field assistants and a team of support staff. Samuel has over 20yrs experience in the conservation arena. In his formative years, Samuel worked for the Koiyaki Lemek Wildlife Conservation Trust where he gained a wealth of experience in community-led conservation. He is a landowner in Mara North Conservancy and continues to inspire youths to embrace conservation by land protection.

William is responsible for driving the organization’s vehicles and assisting in program officers to carry out activities and duties in the field. He is a PSV rated driver and has over 8years experience. He is a landowner in two conservancies and hails from Aitong area.

Johnson comes from Endonyo Erinka in Pardamat and is responsible for driving the PCA Project Vehicle and assisting in field assignments. He has inherent knowledge and experience in community empowerment projects.

VISION

A cultural landscape where communities and partners secure wildlife and sustainable livelihoods for a better future.

MISSION

To conserve the greater Maasai Mara ecosystem, through a network of protected areas, for the prosperity of all – biodiversity and wildlife, the local population, and recreation and tourism for the nation of Kenya.

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Delighted to have taken time today to be part of the Narok County Stakeholders Forum at the Narok Stadium. This forum was an important one as it sought to bring together all players across the county to streamline county development, linking partner activities with the Narok CIDP as well as National Policies and the Presidential BIG FOUR. Speaking at the forum, our CEO Daniel Sopia expressed our commitment in partnership with our partners to train over 2,000 youths, engage our tourism partners to employ 70% local workforce and work hand in hand with the Narok County Government to conserve the Greater Mara ecosystem. ... See MoreSee Less

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