OUR BOARD MEMBERS.
Mali Ole Kaunga
Ole Kaunga is the Founder and Director of IMPACT. Born in Laikipia, he has dedicated over 20 years of his career to defend the land and human rights of pastoralists in Kenya and Africa. He is the founder of several organisations, including the Organisation for Survival of II-Laikipiak Indigenous Group (OSILIGI) which won a key legal battle against the British Goverment regarding the injuries and killings caused by British army training and leftover ammunition in Kenya. Ole Kaunga also founded the Maasai Cultural Heritage Center and has worked for the International Labour Organization (ILO) as an expert on Indigenous Peoples, extensively working on land rights, Indigenous traditional knowledge and culture, as well as natural resource governance. He consults for the United Nations and other international or grassroots organisations. Ole Kaunga has also worked with several universities and law firms to get justice against the private sector and governments actors who violate community rights.
Jacinta S. Rhoda
Jacinta S. Rhoda is the Founder and Director of the Sangida Foundation, an organization which she founded in honour of Sangida, her autistic son. The foundation supports children with disabilities and Indigenous women who care for disabled children. Born and raised in Laikipia North, she is a professional Nurse and Health Management Officer with over 15 years of experience in managing healthcare facilities, from rural clinics to complex health centers. She is currently the Manager of the Aga Khan University Hospital’s Nanyuki branch.
Dr Alfred Saigero Mosiany
Dr. Alfred Saigero Moisiany was born and raised up in Laikipia North. He graduated from the University of Nairobi School of Medicine with a Bachelors of Medicine Degree. Dr. Alfred has over 10 years of working experience as a medical superintendent with the Ministry of Health. He was also among the 48 Kenyan doctors who attended a state-sponsored medical training in Cuba.
Dr. Alfred is passionate about helping pastoral communities where he has been advocating for campaigns against harmful and retrogressive cultural practices such as early marriages & female genital mutilation. In addition, he runs free medical clinics in Samburu, Laikipia and Kajiado. He was the medical superintendent at the Kimanjo Sub-district Hospital, a facility which has experienced tremendous positive changes due to his exemplary leadership skills before joining the Nanyuki district hospital.
Luigia Lesuuda was born and raised in Laikipia. She is among the key founders of OSILIGI (Organisation for Survival of II-Laikipiak Indigenous Group). When OSILIGI later became IMPACT, she became one of the expert members who contributed to its formation. Currently, Luigia Lesuuda works on the front-line, empowering pastoral women through trainings on alternative livelihoods, issues surrounding gender-based violence and women’s rights. As a business woman, she also runs her own Agrovet shop.
Rana Kiteri Tiampati
Mr. Tiampati is currently working in the Kenya National Assembly as a Deputy Director, having joined the Parliamentary Service in November 2003 as a Clerk Assistant Cadet. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree (BSc. Hons) and master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Nairobi. He has attended a number of courses on leadership, Management, Parliamentary procedures and practice, Administration, Research skills development, Training Needs Assessment (TOT), strategic planning, and parliamentary functions and roles. He served as the Principal Assistant to the Clerk of the National Assembly, Head of the Clerk’s Office, and alternate Administrator for the Parliamentary Car Loans and Mortgages Scheme.
Mr. Tiampati has been exposed to a number of public administrations and parliamentary jurisdictions through attachment programmes and study visits. This includes the workings of National Parliaments of South Africa, Rwanda, New Zealand, Germany, Philippines, Japan, El Salvador, Legislative Assembly of Ontario, Canada, the United Republic of Tanzania, Uganda, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America as wells as Regional Legislatures among them Pan-African Parliament and East Africa Legislative Assembly. Further, he attended several Conferences, Seminars, and other Inter-Parliamentary Meetings hosted by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), Society of Clerk-at-the-Table (SoCATT), Conference of Speakers and Presiding Officers Conference (CSPOC), Africa, Caribbean and Pacific – European Union Joint Parliamentary Assembly (ACP-EU JPA) and Inter–Parliamentary Union (IPU
Marsabit County Representative
Ms. Kulamo was born and brought up in Rendille land among the pastoralist community of Kargi Ward, Marsabit County. With rampant early marriages and little consideration for girls to go to school in the pastoralist community, she is privileged to have gone to school and further completed primary school and proceeded to other institutions for further studies. Kulamo holds a Bachelor of Education degree in English/Literature and a Masters degree in Communications.
Coming from this background, she uses every opportunity to advocate for education for Pastoralist girls through mentorship programs in local schools and linking them up with other opportunities to keep them in school, she also supports learning by providing reading materials to school libraries and through resource mobilization.
Kulamo is very passionate about education as she believe it is one investment that will impact communities and contribute to transformation in pastoral livelihoods. She firmly believes in justice and fairness and has continued to advocate for the rights of communities in registering community lands. While serving as the CECM Lands in Marsabit County She steered the FCDC Land Sector Forum, that pushed for counties within the FCDC cluster to prioritize registration of community lands. She is still in this space to make sure that this agenda is attended to in the best way possible.
Ruth Lokalei Emanikor
Ms. Emanikor is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and the County Solicitor of the Turkana County Government. She graduated from Moi University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) degree and was admitted to the Roll of Advocates in the year 2005. She currently also serves as the Director, Partnerships & Resource Mobilization of Article 43 Community Based Organization.
She is part of the Turkana Indigenous community of Kenya and her expertise lies with the empowerment of Women and the Girl Child of Indigenous Pastoralist communities in Kenya though biased towards the Turkana community.
Grace Resiato is a trained lawyer, specializing in human rights with over 10 years of experience working in several government and government-adjacent commissions and institutions, as well as in NGOs. She has supported several human rights causes. Currently, Grace advises quasi-governmental institutions on human rights issues. She is the first Laikipia Maasai female lawyer from the region, following in her father’s footsteps.
OUR ADVISORY COUNCIL .
The council advises the Board on numerous matters, including project development, policy issues and research agenda.
Ms. Dorcas Endoo
Legal Expert (Environment). LLM Environmental Law, LLB, Diploma Kenya School of Law
Representing IMPACT for the Indigenous Navigator project and carrying out research on well-being indicators tailored for Indigenous Peoples.
Expert on the extractive industry
Coordinating the Let Us Talk social platform which advises communities on investments.
Dr. Brock Bersaglio & Dr. Charis Enns
University of Sheffield / Aga Khan University
Supporting IMPACT’s advocacy projects through research.
Retired scholar, Sweden
Chair, Department of Anthropology – McGill University
Supporting IMPACT’s conservation and livelihoods programs.