Kenya Office

Dr. Paula Kahumbu, CEO

Dr. Paula Kahumbu is the CEO of WildlifeDirect. She has a PhD from Princeton and is an ecologist committed to transforming conservation results in Africa and the world through science, advocacy and education.  She is one of Africa’s best-known wildlife conservationists and sits on the boards of WWF International and National Geographic. She is the brainchild of the Hands Off Our Elephants campaign with Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta, the immediate former 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. Dr. Kahumbu is the producer and presenter of Africa’s first wildlife documentary series made by Africans called Wildlife Warriors which seeks to transform the conservation literacy in Africa by shining a light on the continents front line conservationists. The award winning series is broadcast on free to air channels and in schools across Kenya through the Wildlife.  Warriors Kids program which takes children on scientific wilderness expeditions. Dr. Kahumbu holds the title Order of the Grand Warrior (OGW) and is the Rolex NatGeo Explorer of the Year 2021, winner of the Whitley Gold Award 2021, and is a National Geographic Emerging Explorer.

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

Bakari Garise joined Wildlife Direct in January 2022 as the Lead Science Coordinator. Prior to joining, he worked as The lead Botanist at Lafarge Ecosystem in Mombasa where he worked closely with the biodiversity team in forest restoration of the limestone mined quarries. He also was responsible for studying the effects of mining and finding the best ways of mitigating the risks associated with mining to the ecosystem including all living organisms and how to create a thriving ecosystem. He has also worked at the Wakukuzu Friends of the Colobus Trust in Diani and with the team at Mchelelo Primate and Reserve Center where he was responsible for studying the various indigenous tree species, mapping them, counting endangered species of animals, most importantly, the highly endangered Tana River mangabey (Cercocebus galeritus). Bakari has a rich knowledge of flora and fauna of over 30 years of experience. During his free time, he loves reading books while taking a warm cup of coffee or spending time with his family and grandchildren whenever he can.

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.