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2015 Judges profile

Dr. Bonface O. Khima

Bonface holds a PhD. and MSc. in Tourism Management from University of Lyon 2, France. He also holds a BSc. (Tourism) from Moi University. His areas of interest include: Ecotourism development, Community based tourism development, and destination development and marketing. He worked formerly for Kenya Wildlife Service Training Institute as well as Kenyatta University as a Tourism Lecturer before joining the Technical University of Kenya as a Snr. Lecturer where he is currently chairing the department of Tourism and Travel Management. Dr. Bonface has been a judge of the Eco Warrior awards for last one year.

David Chiawo

David is a conservation ecologist with interests in biodiversity conservation, ecotourism and community based tourism development. He is a lecturer of sustainable tourism management at Centre for tourism and hospitality, Strathmore University. He is also keen on biodiversity conservation and community based conservation. David is interested in motivating next generation tourism business and conservation enterprises to application of sustainability principles and models with maximum benefits to local communities and conservation. He has been a judge of the Eco Warrior awards for the last one year.

David K Kuria

Kuria is a community ecologist and founding director of Kijabe Environment Volunteers (KENVO), which is a voluntary community-based organization engaged in developing sustainable nature conservation programs in the Kikuyu Escarpment Forest. Kuria has a wealthy of experience in community and livelihoods matters gained through working with a number of organizations including Birdlife International, Eco- Agriculture Partners, Nature Kenya, and East African Wild Life Society among others. He has been a judge of the Eco Warrior awards for the last one year.

Ms. Jackie Odudoh

Jackie is the HR/ Administration Manager at Kenya Association of Tour Operators (KATO). With over 10 years’ stint at KATO, she has played many roles in the Association including Public Relations and marketing, membership recruitment, events organization, resource mobilization and management of various projects. She represents KATO in a number of committees in the tourism industry including The Tourism Standards Committee at KEBS, Kenya Utalii College’s Admissions Committee, and the KEPSA Roads Board Sub‐Committee

Jackie holds a BA and an MBA degree both from the University of Nairobi. She has also attended numerous executive development courses. She is a trained East African Community Hotel Assessor and she undertook a Hotels, Restaurants and Related Establishments Auditing Course with KEBS and the Brand Kenya Board. She is also an active member of the Institute of Human Resource Management. (IHRM). She has been an Assessor for the Kenya Tourism Awards (KETA) and has also served as a member of the Eco Warriors Awards Judging Panel for since 2011.

Tom Lesarge

Tom is the Chief Executive Officer of Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association (KPSGA). He also chairs the management committee of the Sarara and Sapashe Group Ranches of Namunyak Community Wildlife Conservancy in Samburu. Tom has been a judge of the Eco Warrior awards since 2014.

Andrew Oduor Amadi

As a Chemical & Process Engineer and a Certified Energy Manager, Andrew has over 15 years of experience in the energy sector. For the last 10 years, he has worked as an expert exclusively in environment, renewable energy and energy efficiency-related sectors. He has carried out energy audits in a very wide range of establishments including hospitals, large industry, tea sector, water delivery, textile plants, food processing, office buildings, Off-grid hotels and lodges, Schools and domestic homes. He is familiar with technology for making accurate measurements and calculations as well as the methodology of measuring and verifying energy savings. Andrew’s international experience includes working on an energy audit of the water and sewerage systems of the Kingdom of Lesotho in Southern Africa. He also carried out Energy Audits of 18 SMEs in Zambia, Mozambique and Botswana, as part of the Centre for Development of Enterprise, Southern Africa Energy Management Program. Andrew has been a judge of the Eco Warrior awards since 2011.

Leah Ng’ang’a

Leah, an Administration Officer at Kenya Association of Hotelkeepers and Caterer (KAHC) possess the following qualifications, B.A, PGD, MBA, and is a Certified Hotel Assessor by the EAC; she possess over 7 years’ experience in the hospitality industry. Leah is charged with advocacy, marketing, industrial relations, and communication. She has been a judge of the Eco Warrior awards since 2011.

Susan Mugechi Ongalo

Susan is the Administrative/ Programmes Officer at Kenya Tourism Federation (KTF) which is the umbrella body for the private sector in tourism charged with advocacy, for a conducive business environment for the tourism sector. She has grown over the years within the influential tourism lobby body since 2007. She has over 12 years work experience in the tourism sector. She is a Public Relations and Secretary by training and holds an Advanced Diploma from the Institute of General Management (UK). She has over the years added to her knowledge cap feathers in Advocacy, Project Management, Customer Relations, Disaster Management, and French modules. She was instrumental in the setting up of the Secretariat/ Administrative department at the Kenya Tourism Federation in 2007. She served on the Kenya @50 Celebrations National Steering Committee and also as a Secretary to the Security, Protocol and Hospitality sub-committee of the same.

Susan has been a lead team player of the Kenya Tourism Awards (KETA) a creation of the Kenya Tourism Federation (KTF) and Kenya Tourism Board (KTB). She was also a member of the Local Organizing Committee that oversaw the World Travel Awards Africa Chapter (WTA) that was held in Kenya in October 2013. She has represented KTF in various forums such as KEPSA organized bilateral conference held in Dar-es-alam Tanzania as well as been a repertoire at the then Prime Minister’s round tables forums. She has been a judge of the Eco Warrior awards since 2011.

Peter Hetz

Peter Hertz is the Executive Director of the Laikipia Wildlife Forum (LWF). He has more than 20 years international work experience in the field of sustainable tourism/ eco-tourism in Africa, Europe and Asia. LWF was founded in 1992 over a common set of natural resource management issues. Peter has been a judge of the Eco Warrior awards since 2015.

 Dr. Shem Maingi

Dr. Shem is a lecturer in Tourism Management at Kenyatta University. He is a distinguished scholar with a focus and bias on Destinations Marketing and Economics of Tourism Sustainability. He has published research articles in refereed journals abroad and has been involved in research activities in Tourism development within the region. He achieved his PhD in Tourism Management from Kenyatta University in 2014 and attained a Master of Science Degree from Moi University in 2007. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Management Science) Upper Division Honors Degree from the University of Nairobi in 2002. Dr. Shem has been a judge of the Eco Warrior awards for the last one year.

Yusuf Mohammed Adam

Adam, works with the Tourism Regulatory Authority under licensing, Quality Assurance and Standards Departments. He is also an EAC certified assessor of hotels, restaurants and other accommodation facilities. Adam has been a judge of the Eco Warrior awards since 2015.

Tier 3 judges- Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) Sustainability Committee

Jacinta Nzioka

Jacinta has over 15 years’ experience in tourism destination marketing and is currently the Chief Executive at the Kenya Tourism Board. She has been involved in various initiatives, projects and programmes within Kenya’s tourism industry in the destination tourism brand positioning, managed various consumer and trade promotions, destination profiling campaigns, inter- sectoral partnerships and has represented Kenya tourism in many local and international forums. Jacinta’s passion is in rural tourism development and involvement of women in sustainable tourism development where she has overseen two community based projects in Narok and Makueni, Kenya. Jacinta is one of the founding members of the Kenya Association of Women in Tourism (KAWT) where she is a volunteer executive director and participates in mentorship and training in various tourism universities and colleges in Kenya.

Jacinta holds a BSc. Tourism Management (Moi University, Kenya), Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing of Services (Maastricht University, Netherlands) and an MBA in Strategic Management (Moi University, Kenya). She is currently a member of the Marketing Society of Kenya and a Board Member of Ecotourism Kenya. She has been a judge of the Eco Warrior awards since 2015.

Fred Okeyo

Fred is the regional Marketing Manager at KTB. He has been a judge of the Eco Warrior awards since 2015.

Fiona Ngesa

Fiona is the assistant regional marketing manager at KTB. She is also a Certified Coach, Trainer & Speaker with John Maxwell Team. She is interested in leadership and sustainable value creation. Fiona has been a judge of the Eco Warrior awards since 2015.

Chief Judge- Judy Kepher Gona

Judy is a sustainable tourism advocate, planner, advisor, assessor and trainer with over 15 years’ experience in working with tourism sector, communities, conservation. She has made significant contributions, locally in development of criteria and standards for sustainable tourism certification, key among them being the Kenya eco-rating scheme for accommodation facilities, the Kenya Safari Codes, the Eco-warrior Awards and Green Destination Guidelines for Kenya.  In recognitions of her competencies, Judy has served as a judge and assessor for the Eco-Warrior Award, World Travel and Tourism Council Tourism for Tomorrow Awards from 2008. In 2014, she was appointed judge of National Geographic Nat Geo World Legacy Awards.

Her expertise, passion, and commitment have also seen her serve in several profiled positions. At global and regional level, she has served in advisory Board of The international Ecotourism Society (TIES) for more than 5 years, served as board of Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) and was part of conceptualization of Africa Sustainable Tourism Alliance. She is a board member of FTT. In Kenya, she serves as Director at African Fund for Endangered Wildlife (AFEW) and Trustee of Basecamp Foundation Kenya (BCFK).

In 2013, she founded Sustainable Travel & Tourism Agenda (STTA) an organization that uses education, research and training to advocate for speedier uptake of sustainable tourism because sustainability is tourisms only opportunity to save “paradise’.  She has been a chief judge of the Eco Warrior awards for one year. 

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