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 an other international or grassroots organisations. Ole Kaunga has also worked with several universities and law firms to bring cases against private sector actors and governments for violating community rights.
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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.
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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. Currently, he is the medical superintendent at the Kimanjo Sub-district Hospital, a facility which has experienced tremendous positive changes due to his exemplary leadership skills.
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Born in Wajir County in Northern Kenya, Abdi Salan spent his teenage years employed as a livestock foreman at several beef ranches in Laikipia. During this time, he started working on issues of labour and human rights affecting ranch workers, from managerial harassment to work injuries and unjust compensation. His charismatic leadership led him to join forces with IMPACT in advancing human rights education and improving training of paralegal workers, while aslo providing IMPACT staff with an unprecedented access to ranches for interviews.
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 Laikpia Maasai female lawyer from the region, following in her father’s footsteps.
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 training pastoral women through training on alternative livelihoods, isssues surrounding gender-based violence and women’s rights. As a business woman, she also runs her own Agrovet shop.
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 LAPPSET advocacy project through research.
Retired scholar, Sweden
Chair, Department of Anthropology – McGill University
Supporting IMPACT’s conservation and livelihoods programs.