Dr. Paula Kahumbu, CEO
Paula Kahumbu is one of Africa’s best-known wildlife conservationists. She is the CEO of WildlifeDirect and brainchild of the Hands Off Our Elephants campaign with Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta, the First Lady of the Republic of Kenya. The campaign is widely recognized for its singular successes in advocacy and the engagement of the people of Kenya to support the protection of elephants. She is the producer and host of Africa’s first wildlife documentary series made by Africans for Africans called Wildlife Warriors. Paula is the winner of the Whitley Award Gold Award 2021, ROLEX National Geographic Explorer of the Year for 2021, The Whitley Award 2014, National Geographic Howard Buffet Award for conservation leadership in Africa in 2010 and is a National Geographic Emerging Explorer. She received a special commendation at the United Nations Person of the Year celebrations for her critical role in creating awareness and mobilizing action around the crisis facing elephants in Kenya. She is recognized as a Kenyan conservation ambassador by Brand Kenya and in 2015 received the Presidential Award and title of Order of the Grand Warrior (OGW). She is a trustee of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and the Maun Science Park Botswana. Paula received her PhD in Ecology from Princeton University where she studied elephants in coastal Kenya.
Trish Sewe, Chief Operations Officer
Trish Sewe joined WildlifeDirect in April 2016 as a Communications Manager and is currently the Chief Operations Officer. She is also the Chief of Party for the National Geographic Kids Africa & Outreach Program. Trish has over fifteen years of experience in the communications and development sector, and has a Masters degree in International Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Sociology from the University of Nairobi. Prior to joining WildlifeDirect, she worked with various nonprofit organizations at the grassroots, national and international levels. Trish is a self-motivated individual with a ‘can do’ approach and is passionate about empowering people with knowledge and skills that allow them to make informed choices.
Joy Omulupi, Education and Outreach Manager
Joy Omulupi joined the organization in May 2007 and is considered the longest serving employee. She is working as the Education and Outreach Manager in charge of projects in Amboseli. Prior to joining WildlifeDirect, she worked at GTZ International Services, Coca-Cola Africa and International Rescue Committee both in Nairobi and Kigoma, Tanzania. She loves wildlife and nature and is slowly nurturing a secret passion for photography that she didn’t know she had.
Winfred Mureithi, Finance and Administration Manager
Winfred Mureithi joined WildlifeDirect in February 2022, as the Finance and Administration Manager. She has over 18 years of experience leading finance, grants, audits and administrative strategies in the international development sector. She holds a Masters in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Nairobi and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPAK). Prior to joining WildlifeDirect, she worked with various International Non-Governmental organizations at national, regional and international levels. She is passionate about conservation, child protection and people empowerment.
Anthony Wachira, Finance Officer
Anthony joined WildlifeDirect in April 2017 as a Finance Officer. He has over 6 years of experience in the finance and accounting field. He also has a Bachelors Degree in Commerce and is a CPA-K holder. He is in charge of financial management and control, human resources and administration. Anthony is passionate, resourceful and results driven individual.
Carol Ng’ang’a, Communications Manager
Carol Ng’ang’a joined WildlifeDirect in February 2022 as the Communications Manager. She holds a Master of Arts in Development Communication and has a degree in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of Nairobi. She is a SYLFF: Sasakawa Young LeadersFellowship Fund scholar class of 2013. She has over 20 years of work experience in Administration, Communication, Project Management, Conservation and Outreach with not-for-profit organizations in both Kenya and Tanzania. She has expertise in developing and promoting conservation education content and curriculum that are aimed at promoting inter-generational knowledge sharing, innovative thinking and proactive wildlife conservation. She also has hands-on experience in planning and designing conservation education activities that have had a reach of over 3,000 children living in prominent conservation areas in Kenya and Tanzania. She has a passion in working and empowering children and women living in underserved communities. She enjoys mentoring and giving them a platform that will elevate their voices so that they can be heard.
Bakari Garise, Science Coordinator
Tobias Odhacha, Education and Outreach
Tobias Odhacha is an ambitious young professional with a keen interest in Biodiversity conservation and ecology. He has a B.Sc. in Natural Resources Management from the University of Eldoret and a Diploma in Environmental Management from Kenya Wildlife Service Training Institute. He joined WildlifeDirect in July 2018. He enjoys hiking, camping and watching wildlife documentaries.