MEET OUR TEAM
MALI OLE KAUNGA
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.
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Finance and Administrative Manager
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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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 developed 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. He is currently working with IMPACT as a program officer, assisting communities which are undergoing the process of community land registration. In addition to this, he takes part in fundraising and puts together reports for IMPACT partners.
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Peace building and Conflict Transformation
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. In his day-to-day exertion with the pastoral communities in the Northern Kenya, Lempaira is; -
At the frontline in supporting pastoral communities in Northern Kenya to secure their lands and territories by developing community rules and regulations to help the communities to manage their lands and natural resources.
Organizing communities to come up with land use and settlement plans through a holistic approach, which effectively helps the communities in setting up grazing management and settlement plans and also supporting the communities in the restoration of the degraded rangelands and effective control of invasive species.
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.
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Ramson Karmushu joined IMPACT as a volunteer in March 2016. He later became the Field and Logistics Assistant, before starting to coordinate academic research conducted in collaboration with IMPACT. Ramson has coordinated projects with researchers from McGill University and The University of Sheffield under the I-CAN Project. This work has 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. He also doubles up as IMPACT’s organizational driver.
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 Overseas’ 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 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.
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.
Vivienne joined IMPACT in January 2021 as a communications officer to write and distribute content to promote the organizations brand and activities.
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 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. Sabina is currently pursuing courses to further improve her skillset.
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Office Administrative Assistant
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 the IMPACT team in February 2020 as paralegal worker serving under the Lekurruki group ranch. Sakui holds a P1 Certificate in Education from Igoji Teachers College.
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Paralegal, Lekuruki community Land
Paralegal, Tinga B community land
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, Raphael joined the IMPACT team as a paralegal worker and since then has been helping several communities in Samburu County to complete land registration procedures as stipulated in the Community Land Act of 2016. On behalf of IMPACT, he coordinates with Samburu County officials and community leaders in matters concerning community land. He currently works with the Tinga B and Loosuk B group ranches, in Samburu West Sub-county.
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.
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.
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Paralegal, Kurikuri community land
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.
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.
Office Administrator -Maralal
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. This 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. She previously worked with Africa Educational Trust in Mukogodo West and East wards which dealt with education for children in marginalized communities.
She is currently running the GRIC project which is based on Improving children perfomance through promoting parental engagement in the institution of learning.
“My dream is to leave peaceful footprints wherever I pass, and that someday people will strive to follow those footprints, and hopefully they will be redirected to a peaceful destination.”
James Mema is a graduate from the university of Nairobi with a bachelor of science in range lands management. His passion for environment conservation and integration of both human and wildlife drives him to work hard every day in the hopes of seeing a peaceful north where all communities live together peacefully regardless of the challenges they are facing. Before joining IMPACT, James worked with different organizations in organizational management. His latest project was with the 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 and is currently attached to the GRIC project.
TRIZAH NAIROTIA EYANAE
Assistance program officer peace project
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.
Ability to conduct community trainings on early warning signs on disaster management, community grazing.
Practical experience in food distribution in a hardship and food insecure district in northern Kenya
Ability to mobilize communities during inter/intra community peace building
Ability to effectively facilitate cash transfer both in Samburu north and east during the emergency period, besides the technical duties assigned to me
Participation in an integrated seasonal analysis workshops and meetings
Facilitate trainings on personal hygiene promotion, community health trainings.
Participated in the coping strategies index (csi) tool validation at plenary level
Participated in the review of the various tools used for household data collection.
Participated in the livelihood seasonal calendar and response option development catholic diocese of maralal.
Her hobbies include traveling, playing volleyball, socialization and enjoying music
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.