Executive Committee

CHAIRMAN
Dr. Alan Carles
Brought up on a farm on the Northern slopes of Mt Kenya, a foundation was laid for a major interest in wildlife.  An early choice was made to become a veterinarian, for which the course in Veterinary Medicine at Cambridge University was a good preparation.  This included a year’s specialisation in Zoology which has been one of the most valuable parts of the course.  In 1961 Alan joined the Department of Animal Production, of the Veterinary Faculty at Kabete, and retired in 2005. The main interest was the ecology of domestic livestock and wildlife, primarily in Kenya’s semi-arid lands.  Currently he has a consultancy with ILRI.  Membership of Nature Kenya (the E. Africa Natural History Society) began sometime during the 1960s.  Alan has found his chairmanship of Nature Kenya most inspiring having realised the extent of Nature Kenya’s involvement in conservation.
 
VICE-CHAIR
Dr. Helida Oyieke
Dr. Oyieke has a PhD in Marine Botany. She works as Chief Research Scientist at the National Museums of Kenya having served as the Director for Research and Collection at the same institution for about 10 years. Dr. Oyieke has a keen interest in research and community wildlife conservation and is a strong supporter of Nature Kenya Conservation Programmes.
 
HONORARY TREASURER
Mr. James (Jim) Birnie
Mr.James Birnie is a qualified chartered accountant and has extensive experience in the areas of audit, accountancy and special investigation work. Currently he is chairman of the board of directors of Fidelity Commercial Bank and trustee of some pension funds and charitable trusts. He is a self employed consultant in audits, from 1996 to date. Previously he worked with Coopers & Lybrand, Nairobi, till 1996 when he retired. He is a member of Rotary Club of Nairobi South and past president of the club. Former treasurer of Vet Lab Sports Club, Nairobi, All Saints' Cathedral Nairobi and Friends of Nairobi Arboretum. Married to Ann, founder of FONA and co-author of “Trees of Kenya" with the late Tim Noad. Interested in travel, environment, and plays golf.
 
HONORARY SECRETARY
Ms. Fleur Ng’weno
Ms. Ng’weno is a naturalist, writer and editor, and has been involved in environmental issues in Kenya since 1963. She has been Honorary Secretary and Vice-Chairperson of the EANHS and has led the Wednesday morning bird walk since 1971. Ms Ng’weno was the editor of Rainbow Children’s magazine and has written several children’s books, countless magazine articles and a book chapter in Ethno-Ornithology: Birds, Indigenous Peoples, Culture and Society, published by Earthscan. For Nature Kenya, she wrote Community Guide to Forest Conservation, and is co-author of Marine Manual for Coastal Schools, Learning for Sustainable Living in Kenya and the new book for children, Being a Bird.
 
HONORARY LIBRARIAN
Dr. Deborah Nightingale
Dr. Nightingale carried out fieldwork on Stumptail Macaques in Mexico before coming to Kenya in 1976 to do a three-year study on baboons at Gilgil. She was awarded a Ph.D. in Anthropology from ULCA in 1982, and an M.Sc in Environmental Management from the External Programme of the University of London in 1996. She is an Environmental Consultant working on various issues including human-wildlife conflict, indigenous knowledge and environment, and eco tourism.

 
HONORARY EDITOR
Mrs. Lorna Depew
Mrs. Lorna Depew holds an MSc. in Zoology and has taught at degree level for 20 years with an emphasis on ecology and ornithology. She previously held the post of Honorary Secretary of the Society, and has been an Editor of the Journal of East African Natural History Society for over the past nine years and has been on the Editorial Committee for over 13 years. She was previously co-editor and then Editor of the Bulletin. She is currently the Honorary Journal Editor for the Society and the Managing and Production Editor of African Primates, the journal of the Africa Section of the IUCN/SSC Primate Specialist Group.

 
MEMBER
Dr. Evans M. Mwangi
Dr. Mwangi holds a Ph.D. in ecology from the University of Nairobi. He is an expert in Environment and Natural Resources. He has experience with government agencies, academic institutions and UN agencies (GoK, Jomo Kenyatta University, Kenya Wildlife Service, United Nationa Environment Programme, UN Economic Commission for Africa and University of Nairobi). He has done consultancy services for international agencies, NGOs and expert working groups. He is currently a lecturer at the University of Nairobi.
 
MEMBER
Ms. Irene Karani Njumbi
Ms. Njumbi holds an M.Phil in Wildlife Management from Moi University. She has been a Lecturer at Moi University and Daystar University teaching various disciplines of ecology and biology and has worked with the Wildlife Clubs of Kenya as the Programme Officer. She has also worked as a Pastoralist Project Manager in Practical Action formerly known as ITDG-EA (Intermediate Technology Development Group) and at Acacia Consultants as the Rural and Development Consultant. She was a Partner and Senior Consultant at Kesarine and Associates and is currently a Principal Consultant with LTS Africa a subsidiary of LTS International.
 
MEMBER
Dr. Ian Gordon
Dr. Ian Gordon came to Africa from Britain to work as a University Lecturer in 1971. Since then he has taught at five African Universities in Ghana, Zimbabwe and Kenya. From 1993 to 1998 he founded and ran a community-based butterfly farm (Kipepeo) at Arabuko Sokoke Forest. In 1998-2002, he co-ordinated the EU-funded BirdLife International Arabuko-Sokoke Forest Conservation and Management Project, before joining the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology as Head of the Environmental Health Division. He has led on the production of three regional conservation strategies: CEPF Ecosystem Profiles for the Eastern Arc and Coastal Forests of Tanzania and Kenya and for the Eastern Afromontane Biodiversity Hotspots, and a MacArthur Foundation funded Strategy for the Great Lakes Region. From 2002 to 2010, he served as Chairman of Nature Kenya. In October 2010, he rejoined BirdLife where he is currently a part-time Senior Advisor. 
 
MEMBER
Dr. Benny Bytebier
Dr. Bytebier holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Stellenbosch University in South Africa. He is a botanist with a strong interest in taxonomy, phylogenetics, biogeography and evolution of plants and has worked on African orchids for almost 20 years. He became a member of Nature Kenya in 1991 and has been on the executive committee since 1995. Since 1998 he has also serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of East African Natural History, the peer-reviewed, scientific journal of the Society. He is a lecturer and the curator of the Bews Herbarium at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa.
 
MEMBER
Dr. Darcy Ogada
Dr. Ogada holds a Ph.D. in Zoology from Rhodes University in South Africa.  Currently she is Assistant Director of Africa Programs for the Peregrine Fund, a US-based NGO specializing in research and conservation of birds of prey. She is a member of the Bird Committee, co-Editor of Scopus, and Chairman of the Raptor Working Group of Nature Kenya.
 
MEMBER
Dr. Siro Masinde
Dr. Masinde holds a PhD in Systematic Botany from the University of Muenster, Germany and a BEd (Sc) from Kenyatta University. He has co/authored several scientific publications and is a member of several professional associations. He is a Research Associate at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London and has served as the Regional Coordinator for Africa at ITHAKA, a US non-profit organization, helping the global academic and research community take advantage of information technologies. He has been a member of the EANHS since 1991 and is currently a Senior Research Scientist at the National Museums of Kenya.
 
MEMBER
Ms. Wakini Ndegwa
Ms. Wakini Ndegwa Holds BA (Hons) Geography from Oxford University. She has worked in UNEP in the Energy Department, Commercial Bank of Africa, The African Mecantile Banking Company Limited, Mercantile Finance Ltd and National Industrial Credit Bank Limited. Currently she is the Director of Kahuho Holdings Limited, a private family investment company with interests in the financial and property sectors. She is a life member of the EANHS and has interest in the preservation of natural resources.
 
MEMBER
Dr. Philip Muruthi
Dr. Philip Muruthi has over 15 years’ expertise in conservation, wildlife research and rural development. He is the Senior Director of Conservation Science at African Wildlife Foundation. His research interests are in animal ecology and linkages between wildlife conservation and local people livelihoods. Philip is a member of professional organizations within and outside Kenya. Time allowing, Philip participates in teaching and student supervision.
 
MEMBER
Mr. Kuria Waithaka
Mr. Waithaka holds an LLM degree in Corporate and Commercial Law from UCL, University of London. He has also undertaken LLM studies in Air and Space Law at McGill University and holds an LLB degree from the University of Nairobi. He is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya (since 1997), a Certified Public Secretary and a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is currently the Group Head of Regulatory Affairs at East African Breweries Limited. He has previously held legal, company secretarial and compliance roles in various public and private sector