The Wildlife Foundation Staff
John Sinkeet Solonka – Director, Field Operations
John lives and works in the savanna project lands South of Nairobi National Park. He has an advanced degree from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, majoring in political science and minoring in economics, and is bilingual in English and the Maa language. He is currently working on a Masters Degree in Public Policy and Administration at Kenyatta University.
His responsibilities include:
– Directing The Wildlife Foundation in negotiating, monitoring, implementing, and signing leases, as well as undertaking the work of the wildlife conservation Lease Program
– Carrying out comprehensive community awareness on wildlife conservation.
– Carrying out social economic and technical workshops and other activities, including those aimed at identifying potential sites for application of Wildlife Conservation Lease approach.
– Supervising the Game Scouts in their anti-poaching field work.
Irinah Katherina Wandera – Office Manager
Irinah joined The Wildlife Foundation in October 2009 as an Administrative Assistant. Today, she is in charge of the day-to-day operations of The Wildlife Foundation, including bookkeeping and serving as the focal point between the Kenya Wildlife Service and the Kenya Non-Governmental Organization Co-ordination Board. She is a graduate of Kenyatta University in Environmental Science, and has special interests in writing, communication and community development.
Lenah Ncharo – Field Office Administrative Assistant
Lenah attends to any issues raised by The Wildlife Foundation’s partner pastoralists participating in the Lease Program, working with the Game Scouts, mobilizing meetings for the local community members, and carrying out field visits. As a mother of three residing in TWF’s Kitengela project area outside Nairobi National Park, her interests include conservation and the formation of field schools for local communities. Currently, she is pursuing her O-level studies after previously enrolling in a mid-level tertiary institution for a certificate in Early Childhood Education.
Joseph Kishapui Tuleto – Representative for the Second Triangle Region
Joseph has studied at the Institute of Community Development, in conjunction with the Kenya Baptist University Degree Program in Social Science. He holds a degree in Accounting and Finance Management, and has received training in GIS from the International Livestock Research Institute. Joseph is also the Chairman of the Empuyiankat Landowners Wildlife Group, and of the Kaputiei North Association of Pastoralists. He has been a Research Officer for the Friends of Nairobi National Park (FoNNaP) Big Cats Project since 2011.
David ole Sorimpan – Representative for the Third Triangle Region
David has worked for various research organizations and agencies in Kajiado County. In this work, he performed wildlife game counts, social surveys, and visibility studies for conservancies and has prepared strategic plans for conservancies and community mobilization efforts. He is the founder and chairman of the 8,000 acre Olerai Community Conservancy in the third triangle, and was appointed an Honorary Warden by the Kenya Wildlife Service to report on wildlife. David has a passion for wildlife and open-lands livestock conservation that comes from his father, and holds education certificates in Tourism, Wildlife Management and Ornithology. Currently, David is researching a report on state of livestock bomas in all of the Nairobi National Park wildlife dispersal area with aim of addressing weaknesses for night predation control.
Joan Sikand – Volunteer Policy Advisor and Fundraiser
Mrs. Joan Sikand, Esq., graduated from Brandeis University, cum laude, 1984, and Fordham University School of Law, receiving her Juris Doctor and passing the New York Bar in 1988. Now residing in Kenya, she has worked in support of The Wildlife Foundation fundraising, and liaising with government, diplomacy, advocacy, media, local communities, administration, coordination with all stakeholders and related NGO’s, since the start of TWF and before.
The Wildlife Foundation Board of Directors
Edward Loosli – Chairman
Ed is a lifelong wildlife conservationist and founding Board Member of The Wildlife Foundation (Kenya) and The Wildlife Trust (USA). He has spent years as a professional sports and nature cameraman, and is a former Environmental Planner with the United Nations Environmental Programme, based in Nairobi, Kenya.
Davinder Sikand – Deputy Chair and Treasurer
Recently nominated, Davinder is a partner at The Abraaj Group based in Nairobi. He holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University.
Benson Kampus Ole Mutunkei
Benson is a founding board member of The Wildlife Foundation. He was born and raised in the Kitenglea pastoral region, and continues to work as a community facilitator in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda on human wildlife conflict issues.
Milton Frank – Secretary
Milton is a lawyer who formerly served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Land and Natural Resources Division. He has also served on the board of the Walnut Creek Open Land Foundation.
Edmund is the former president and CEO of a major international travel company, and served on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Tour Operators Association.