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MEET OUR TEAM

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MALI OLE KAUNGA
Executive Director

Mali Ole Kaunga is a Laikipia Maasai and the Founder and Director of IMPACT. Prior to this, he founded OSILIGI (Organization for the Survival of IL-Laikipia Maasai Indigenous Group Initiatives) which later became IMPACT. He is also the Founder and Convener of PARAN (Pastoralists Alliance for Resilience and Adaptation in Northern Kenya Rangelands), a coalition of community leaders, natural resources stewards, grassroots organizations and customary institutions. Mali Ole Kaunga has previously worked and consulted with the International Labor Organization (ILO) as an Indigenous Peoples expert for its Africa Program on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples (Convention 169).

He has also worked with WIPO on issues of Maasai Cultural Heritage and with UNESCO on Indigenous Traditional Knowledge and Climate Change. He has published articles in different journals on the topics of Indigenous traditional knowledge, Indigenous Peoples and urbanization, Indigenous Peoples’ education and the militarization of Indigenous lands.

While at OSILIGI, Mali pioneered strategic litigation for Indigenous Peoples when he brought forward an international case against the British Government for using Maasai and Samburu lands for military training, as well as for leaving live ordinances that maimed, killed and injured scores of Maasai and Samburu in the grazing fields. He has been involved in lobbying for and advancing the interests of Indigenous Peoples affected by the Lake Turkana Wind Power Project and the Isiolo Mega Dam at national and international levels. Finally, he is a member of the CI Indigenous Advisory Group.

Contacts: olekaunga@yahoo.com/executive.director@impactkenya.org

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ELIZABETH SILAKAN

Director Operations &
Head of Finance

Elizabeth Silakan is from the Ilakipiak Maasai community and a graduate from the Maasai Mara University with a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management. In addition, she holds a Certified Public Accountants level 4 Certificate. She holds a certificate course on grants management from Strathmore University.
 
Elizabeth is a keen planner with proficiency in developing budgets and undertaking projects with short deadlines and often seemingly impossible objectives. Since joining IMPACT as a Finance and Administrative officer, Elizabeth has built the image of the organization by ensuring strict adherence and application of the laid down organizational policies, donor regulations, ensuring principle of integrity, transparency and value for money in community development initiatives. Coming from a pastoral setup and aware of the diverse challenges that the community faces, Elizabeth keen to see that the communities’ priorities within IMPACT programs create positive change by promoting project efficiency.

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PETER LENGURNET

Head of Programmes

Mr Peter Ezekiel Lengurnet is a resident of Maralal, Samburu County, Kenya. He is a Social Transformer in the field of peace building and conflict transformation, advocacy and governance human rights and climate change issues among pastoral communities in Samburu County. Currently Peter is a PhD student in Social Transformation at Tangaza University College, Nairobi specializing in Sustainable Development (Climate change Adaptation). He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Urbaniana Pontifical University of Rome, Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Theology from Urbaniana Pontifical University of Rome and a Masters of Arts (MA) in Philosophy from Sapienza University of Rome. Apart from this academic journey, Mr Peter also speaks Italian and Portuguese languages which he learnt while studying and working in Mozambique and Italy.

Prior to his assignment at IMPACT Kenya as the Head of Programmes, Mr Peter has worked with the Catholic Diocese of Maralal as the Coordinator of the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission and Director for Planning and Integral Human Development for a period of 5 years and 3 years respectively. He has been a founding member of the North Rift Peace Initiative (NRPI) Consortium of the Catholic Dioceses of Maralal, Nakuru, Nyahururu, Eldoret, Kitale and Lodwar. Moreover, Mr Peter worked with the Maasai Mara University as the part lecturer for Philosophical and Religious studies. Other positions held include Board Member, Catholic Justice and Peace Commission, Catholic Diocese of Maralal; Member of the Samburu County Oversight Census Executive Committee for the 2019 Census spearheaded by KNBS- Samburu County Statistics office in Maralal, Kenya; Secretary of the Samburu County Dialogue Reference Group (inter-religious Group); and Executive Committee Member, Inter-Diocesan and Cross Boarder Peace Conference in Lodwar for Kenya, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Uganda from 2017-2019.

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JOHN TINGOI

Senior Programme Manager

Peace building & Conflict Transformation

John Ole Tingoi is a Laikipia Maasai who has been working on human rights advocacy for the last 16 years, advocating for the rights of pastoralist communities in Northern Kenya. He has experience working with the Kenyan government, specifically in the National Registration Bureau and Civil Registration Services.

 

John has a passion for land and human rights advocacy, as well as for social transformation of pastoralist communities, with whom he has worked extensively. He has received training in community development, participatory methodologies, intellectual property law and documentation. John has also participated in international negotiation processes and contributed to a number of policy proposals — the first Kenyan Policy on Traditional Knowledge, Cultural Expression and Folklore, the National Land Policy, and article 8 of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

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ELIJAH LEMPAIRA

Programme Manager

Community Land Protection &

Lempaira Desmond Elijah is the Program Officer for IMPACT’s Community Land Protection Program, which empowers pastoralist communities across northern Kenya to understand and claim their collective tenure rights. He oversees the day-to-day operations of the project and coordinating a group of paralegal workers based at the community level. Lempaira is so enthusiastic and committed to supporting the pastoralist communities to benefit from the available information and natural wealth found on their community lands. His urge to support communities comes from him being a pastoralist, born and raised in the plains of Laikipia County and motivated by tremendous steps other communities have made in developing and improving their living standards.

Prior to joining IMPACT, Lempaira worked at the African Education Trust and Nyada Public Accountants mainly on both qualitative and quantitative data analysis. Lempaira earned a Bachelor’s degree in Arts from the University of Nairobi. In addition to this, he has a Certificate Course in SPSS, STATA and Advanced Excel from the University of Nairobi, certificate on the Human Dignity; The Universal Declaration on Human Rights from Amnesty International, a certificate on E-learning course on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples from the United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner and, also the Legal Empowerment Leadership Course from the Legal Empowerment Network which is the largest community of grassroots justice defenders in the world. The network brings together 2472 organizations and 9472 individuals from over 160 countries, all working to advance justice for all.

In his spare time Lempaira enjoys adventure/bird watching and reading motivational books, Robin Sharma is his favorite author.

 

Coordinator Samburu County

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RAMSON KARMUSHU

Research, Learning and

Advocacy manager

Ramson coordinated projects with researchers from McGill University and The University of Sheffield under the I-CAN Project. This work focused on resource-based conflicts within the counties of Laikipia and Samburu, as well as on a LAPSSET study of the livelihood impacts of the Isiolo–Moyale Highway.

 

Before joining IMPACT, Ramson gained knowledge through volunteering at various organization. In his five years as a volunteer, he joined an out-grower farmers group, where he trained farmers on the handling of chemicals and took part in clerk work. Later, he joined the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and worked in the customer care department before joining Voluntary Services International Citizen Service (ICS) program. He served as an in-country volunteer at a community-based organization in Kilifi, where he performed numerous tasks, including giving environmental and hygiene lessons to primary and secondary schools pupils, as well as encouraging their involvement in casual employment and sports.

 

Ramson’s goal is to help those around him in any useful capacity, and to the best of his ability while promoting teamwork. 

 

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SHARON KARIUKI

Accounts & Procurement Officer

Sharon has over two years of experience in accounting and procurement. In her early years, she worked with Equinox Horticulture Limited as an Assistant Procurement Officer, where she also doubled as an Accounts Assistant.

 

Sharon joined IMPACT in 2019 to provide support for tasks related to  finance, procurement and the filling system. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture from University of Eldoret. In addition, Sharon holds a Certified Public Accountants (CPA) Level 4 Certificate.

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VIVIENNE WENDO

Communication Officer

Vivienne is a Journalism and Communications graduate from The Multimedia University of Kenya. She worked at Nairobi Institute of Business Studies as a Online studies content creator, and later joined Kenya News Agency for over 2 years as a writer and reporter.

Her role as a communication officer is to enhance the publicity of the organization through documentation & social updates.

Her passion as a journalist is telling the story of the vulnerable people in the community especially women and children.

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SABINA LEKUTON

Sabina was born and raised in Marsabit County. She is part of the Rendille community, a Cushitic pastoral nomadic community from Northern Kenya. Before joining IMPACT as an Office Admin, Sabina was working as a cashier at a supermarket in Nanyuki.

 

Sabina's passion to serve in human rights-based organizations stems from seeing the suffering of her own community, especially in terms of lack of access to services. Upon joining IMPACT, she was assigned the position of an Office Admin in an attempt to contribute to IMPACT’s general goals.

 

Office Administrative Assistant

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MOIPON SAKUI

Programme Assistant Community Land Program

Sakui Moipon worked as a teacher for two years, teaching at Seiku Primary School in Mukogodo East Ward, Laikipia North Constituency. He believes that the best way to empower his community is through education and he draws his passion from serving in his community. Sakui also previously worked for the Centre for Humanitarian Change (CHC), supporting pastoral women empowerment.

 

He joined IMPACT in February 2020 as a paralegal worker serving under the Land program.

 

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RAPHAEL LENARUTI

Paralegal & Community mobilizer Samburu

In his early years, Raphael Lenaruti worked with Samburu County under the department of Agriculture as a community mobilizer for groups supporting crop production.

 

In 2018, he joined the IMPACT as a paralegal worker to help communities in Samburu County complete their land registration procedures as stipulated in the Community Land Act, 2016. He coordinates with Samburu County officials and community leaders in matters concerning community land.

 

Raphael believes in strengthening Indigenous communities and setting them on a path towards self-reliance through capacity-building initiatives. Using a modern approach, he seeks to facilitate transformative change within Indigenous communities by ensuring that their voices are heard, recognized and respected. 

 

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PRISCILLA SENTEINA
Project Assistant Agroecology &
Office Admin -Maralal

Priscilla previously worked with Twala women for five years as a farm manager under Laikipia permaculture centre,she is a trained permaculturelist and is experienced in aloe ,flora plantation ,tree nursaries preparation ,kitchen gardens and beekeeping farming.

Priscilla is a Diploma holder in Human Resource Management from the Kenya Institute of Management,she joined IMPACT in August 2020 as an office administrator in the Maralal office.


 

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SAJILA PAMITA
 

Programme Manager

Climate Change,Resilience and Adaptation

Jacinta Sajila is a Masaai from Mukogodo West ward in Laikipia North constituency and a graduate from the University of Nairobi with a degree in Bachelor of Arts. She is a result oriented person who is driven by passion to work for communities on various sectors.She previously worked with Africa Educational Trust in Mukogodo West and East wards which dealt with education for children in marginalized communities. Her passion, past experiences and exposure into community work drew her into applying for the Research fellow position where she would enjoy interacting and engaging with pastoral communities and identify the challenges they face. This too is a learning curve on the cultural aspects of her community that she did not know.

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Project Officer

Natural Resource Management 

UNDP & IKI supported project

JAMES MEMA
 

James Mema is a graduate of the university of Nairobi with a bachelor of science in range lands management. His interest lies in environmental conservation and integration of both human and wildlife. 

His career began at Ol Pejeta conservancy where he actively engaged in monitoring the population dynamics of selecting endangered species under the ecological department. He also worked with the community department where he was able to lead talks with the community on grazing plans, as well as collecting data on peoples' perspectives on conservation around the conservancy. James joined IMPACT as an environmental peace fellow, gathering information concerning climate, environmental change, peace, conflict and the impact of COVID -19 .

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JOHANNA MINYARIT

Mechanic Driver &
Community Mobiliser

In his early years, Johanna Minyarit worked for Lolomarik Farm as a mechanic and later was promoted to the position of Assistant General Manager. He has worked as a mechanic for over four years. In addition, Johanna is a competent driver with 11 years of experience. He is also a trained bee keeper who worked in Lololmarik farm for 7yrs then moved to Africa Bee Keepers (ABK) as a trainer for a year.

 

In February 2020 Johanna joined IMPACT as a Mechanic Driver, contributing his rich experience to IMPACT’s operations. Johanna acquired his driving license from the Automobile Association (AA) of Kenya, Meru Branch. Similarly, he holds Grade 2 and 3 Mechanic Certificates from the Nyeri Technical Training Institute and Ethi Polytechnic, respectively.

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JAMES MATUNGE

James Matunge is a pastoral field school teacher by profession. He is passionate about dedicating his knowledge and time to initiate and influence community development initiatives geared towards protecting the livelihoods of Indigenous Peoples. James is currently the chairperson of Laikipia North Huduma Sacco and  a board member of Loata Sand Dealers.

 

He joined IMPACT in February 2020 as a paralegal worker serving under the Kurikuri Group ranch, Laikipia North Sub-county. James holds a diploma in Theology from Mount Kenya Bible College.

Paralegal & Community Mobilizer Laikipia County

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Trizah joined IMPACT in September 2021 as an Assistance program officer under the peace project. Previously she had acquired a wide range of experience 2 years working with children peace initiative Kenya as a field officer on peace building activities and over 6 years working under Catholic Diocese of Maralal, Caritas and other donor project in Samburu County.

Her hobbies include traveling, playing volleyball, socialization  and enjoying music

TRIZAH NAIROTIA EYANAE

 

Peace Programme Assistant

Samburu County

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NORMAN MJOMBA
 

Accounts Assistant

Maralal Office

Norman joined IMPACT in March 2021 and is currently an accounts assistant at the Maralal office.He holds a bachelors degree in Economics from Kisii university, and certificates in Google data analysis,Strategic management and Certified Investment Financial Analysis

 

He previously worked with the Kisii county government,Department of Planning and Economic Development.

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Everlyne Lalkailepi is from Samburu north and previously worked in Dumisha Sacco Samburu as a customer care officer, teller and as a sales and marketing officer at Baragoi branch.

 

She joined IMPACT in November 2021 as a marketing officer under Rasilimali Sacco which is a registered sacco under the register of co-operatives society Acts of Kenya.It was started by IMPACT to primarily mobilize savings and deposits and extend credit to its members there by empowering them economically and socially.

EVERLYNE LALKAILEPI

RASILIMALI Marketing Officer

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ODUOR NELSON OWITY

Hailing from Samburu County - born and raised. Nelson Joined IMPACT Kenya in June 2022 as an ICT Practitioner with 8 Years hands-on experience in the field of ICT with major experience in Network design and administration, Hardware repair and Maintenance, Data handling and recovery, cyber security, email administration, communications, graphics design and video editing.

 

He has four years experience working towards strengthening the resilience of community through supporting programs in different thematic areas and amplifying the voices of the vulnerable members of the community through development of case studies and development of IEC materials. Nelson is driven by the first hand experience of the plight of the in habitants of the Northern frontier and has the vision of inclusivity of the Indigenous Peoples voices and participation in decision making on the issues that affect their lives and set precedence for future generations.

ICT Officer & PARAN Alliance,Membership Coordinator

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WILLIAM NAIMADO

William Naimado joined IMPACT in March 2022 as an intern and later joined the team as a Program Assistant under the Climate change adaptation and resilience program, which focuses on improving indigenous natural resources management and strengthening indigenous communities’ capacities to adapt and be resilient to climate change risks in Northern Kenya.

Naimado is a BSc. Environmental conservation and natural resource management graduate from the University of Nairobi ,who apart from being a pastoralist has a passion in environmental conservation and working with the communities. He previously volunteered as a community health worker under AMREF and a school tutor, he also worked as a research data collector for ILEPA in Samburu County amongst other surveys including NTSA enumerator in monitoring traffic.

He believes in positivity, team work and spirit of leadership where everyone should be a leader at their own capacity to set a good example for others and to have a positive influence on people. His pastime interests lie in adventure, cycling, playing football and billiards.

Programme Assistant

Climate Change,Resilience and Adaptation