Our Senior Staff

RICHARD VIGNE, Chief Executive Officer
The son of a tea planter, Richard was born in Kericho in western Kenya. He studied Zoology at Newcastle University and thereafter worked as the operations manager for a safari company in Uganda and western Zaire. In 1994, Richard returned to the UK to complete a Masters degree in “Management for Agricultural Development” prior to taking up his current position as CEO of the Ol Pejeta Conservancy.
Richard Vigne

 

JOSEPH KARIUKIChief Financial Officer
Joseph joined Ol Pejeta as CFO in May 2009. He has been engaged in various capacities in a career spanning over fifteen years, starting as a professional accountant with PWC Coopers & Lybrand. He also served as Chief Accountant with Zanzibar Serena, as Group Accountant with Serena Hotels Tanzania and as Associate Consultant with Development Impact Consulting. Joseph is a BSc Business Admin graduate, a Certified Public Accountant Kenya and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya.
Joseph Kariuki

 

MARTIN MULAMAChief Conservation Officer
Martin is a conservation biologist with a BSc, MSc and currently pursuing a PhD from Moi University. He previously worked for the Kenya Wildlife Service where, in his final six years, he was the Senior Scientist heading the National Rhino Programme. Martin has specialist training in different aspects of natural resource conservation and management. He joined the Ol Pejeta Conservancy as the Chimpanzee Sanctuary Manager and Technical Advisor in March 2006. He was promoted to the position of Chief Conservation Officer in October 2010.
Martin Mulama

 

 

ROB BREAREChief Operating Officer
Rob's career began with Procter & Gamble in the FMCG sector. He worked on Fairy Liquid and Pampers in the UK, before moving to Switzerland to manage the Pampers brand across Europe. He then moved to Greece where he ran Procter & Gamble's nine brand laundry portfolio. Rob then went on from P&G to become a Strategy Consultant with WPP's Kantar Group working across multiple FMCG companies and categories. During this time he was also a Trustee for Harambee Schools Kenya, a charity working to improve educational standards in rural areas of Kenya. He is now Commercial Director for Pembroke House School, Kenya and works part-time on strategy and innovation for Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Rob has a degree from Oxford University.

Rob Breare

 

SCHOLA WAIHENYAHuman Capital Manager
Schola joined Ol Pejeta Conservancy in 2011 as the Human Resource Deputy Manager. In 2014, she took over as the Head of the Human Capital Department. She holds a Degree in Business Administration (HR Option) from Kenya Methodist University and a Diploma in Human Resources from the Kenya Institute of Management.  Prior to Joining Ol Pejeta, she held the position of Personnel Officer in Express Kenya Ltd. She has over seven years’ experience in human resource management.
Schola Waihenya

 

BRIAN HAWORTHLogistics Manager
Brian was born in Nakuru, Kenya and educated in Scotland. He is a trained mechanical engineer and has spent his life working in Kenya. Brian ran his own construction company for 20 years before going to work for Homegrown (K) Ltd. as Workshop Manager. He left Homegrown (K) Ltd. at the beginning of 2005 to work for the Ol Pejeta Conservancy.
Brian Haworth

 

GILES PRETTEJOHN, Livestock Manager
Giles was born in Nakuru, Kenya and brought up on a wildlife/cattle ranch. He attended the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester, UK and has now been in the beef cattle business in Laikipia since 1981, specializing in the Boran breed. He is currently the Chairman of the Boran Cattle Breeder’s Society, a position he has held for the past 7 years. Giles is especially keen and dedicated to promoting Boran cattle and encouraging integration of cattle with wildlife.
Giles Prettejohn

 

MOSES MUTHOKI, Community Development Manager
Prior to joining Ol Pejeta Conservancy as Community Education Deputy Manager at the start of 2014, Moses was Country Coordinator at Education Beyond Borders (Canada), working to advance ‘best learning approaches’ in Kenyan schools and communities. He has a career spanning 15 years, starting as a journalist before teaching in schools in Kenya and Tanzania. He has a degree in education from University of Nairobi. He was appointed to the position of Community Development Manager in October 2014.
Giles Prettejohn

 

ELODIE SAMPERE, Marketing Manager
Elodie Sampéré has served as Ol Pejeta’s Head of Conservation Marketing since January 2010, but has been working with Ol Pejeta in a consultant capacity for over four years. Elodie earned a BA in Political Science and Philosophy and a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from George Washington University. Prior to joining the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Elodie served as the Director of Marketing for the African Wildlife Foundation for seven years. Elodie also works for the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, the Northern Rangelands Trust and Save the Elephants, dividing her time between all four organisations.
Elodie Sampere

 

ANNICK MITCHELLTourism Manager
Annick was born and raised in Kenya. After final education in the UK at the University of Brighton she returned home in 2000 to run a backpackers hotel in Nairobi. She then originated and managed a successful bead shop, "The Venerable Bead". After selling the business in 2006 she pursued her interest in tourism and conservation, first with Governors Camp as senior sales executive for groups and incentives, and then with Serena Hotels as sales manager for special interest groups. She joined Ol Pejeta Conservancy at the start of 2013.
Martin Mulama