WHO WE ARE

We are a membership organization founded in 1996 as the Ecotourism Society of Kenya (ESOK). Our membership portfolio ranges from individual tourism professionals to tourism businesses. We were the first ecotourism society to be established in Africa. We lead the Kenyan tourism industry in adopting voluntary tourism certification, participating in a homegrown tourism award, and community asset building through various tourism projects.

In 2006, we adopted the name Ecotourism Kenya (EK). EK works in partnership with many professionals both in the public and private sectors. We are part of the 8 private-sector associations that make up the Kenya Tourism Federation (KTF).

WHAT WE DO

The mission of the organization is to champion responsible tourism practices in Kenya within the tourism industry by linking tourism, conservation & communities.

WHY

To be the leader in the knowledge and practice of responsible tourism.

OUR TEAM: Executive Committee Members

Richard Ndiga

Richard Ndiga

Chairman

Company: Maliasili Africa
Position in company: Senior Associate Leadership

Christine Odhiambo

Christine Odhiambo

Treasurer

Company: AFEW Kenya -Giraffe Center Position in company: Chief Executive Officer

Gladys Warigia Njoroge

Gladys Warigia Njoroge

Secretary

Company: Kenya Wildlife Conservancy
Position in company: Policy Coordinator

Dr. John Wandaka

Dr. John Wandaka

Executive Committee Member

Individual Member
Position: Lead Expert in Environmental Audit/EIA

Alice Mwaura

Alice Mwaura

Executive Committee Member

Company: The Safari & Conservation Company
Position in company: Manager, Touring & Operations

Caroline Ng’ang’a

Caroline Ng’ang’a

Executive Committee Member

Company: Crafts with Meaning
Position in company: Founder & CEO

Dr. Margaret Otieno

Dr. Margaret Otieno

Executive Committee Member

Company: Wildlife Clubs of Kenya
Position: National Coordinator

Muthuri Kinyamu

Muthuri Kinyamu

Executive Committee Member

Company: TurnUp Travel/ Tripesa
Position: Senior Account Director/Country Manager

Daniella Sachs

Daniella Sachs

Executive Committee Member

Company: ReImpact Studio
Position: Strategic Impact Designer

Dr. Amakove Wala

Dr. Amakove Wala

Executive Committee Member

Company: Wanderlust Diaries Ltd
Position: Chief Visionary Officer

Angela Njehia

Angela Njehia

Executive Committee Member

Company: Tierranjani Africa Ltd
Position: Co-Founder and Director

Lynnet Kamonde

Lynnet Kamonde

Secretariat Representative

Company: Ecotourism Kenya
Position in company: Ag. Chief Executive Officer

OUR TEAM: Ecotourism Kenya Secretariart

Lynnet Kamonde

Lynnet Kamonde

Ag. Chief Executive Officer
Sheila Kutto

Sheila Kutto

Programs Coordinator
Emmanuel Gichuru

Emmanuel Gichuru

Programs Officer- Standards & Best Practices
George Ireri

George Ireri

Programs Assistant- Standards & Best Practices
Samwel Mdoe

Samwel Mdoe

Programs Assistant- Standards & Best Practices
Susan Onyango

Susan Onyango

PR, Membership & Communications Asst.
Mary Kimeu

Mary Kimeu

Membership & Events Coordinator
Charity Chepkemei

Charity Chepkemei

Programs Officer-Community Enterprise Development
Peter Muthanji

Peter Muthanji

IT & Data Management Officer
Brenda Awuor

Brenda Awuor

Finance and Administration

Our Partners

Ecotourism Kenya works with various partners to provide the desired output of fostering sustainable development. The key is in the formation of linkages. Ecotourism has worked with the following partners at various levels:

  • East African Wildlife Society
  • Kenya Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife
  • Kenya Association of Tour Operators
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature
  • Kenya Bureau of Standards
  • Kenya Tourism Federation
  • Kenya Tourism Board
  • Kenya Wildlife Service
  • United Nations Environment Program
  • Building Innovation and Learning in TVET
  • Nature Kenya
  • Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association
  • Strathmore University
  • National Environment Management Authority
  • The African Conservation Centre
  • Travelife for Tour Operators
  • Watamu Marines Association
  • Conservation Alliance of Kenya
  • Mama Layla Solar Lights
  • Standard Media Group
  • African Wildlife Foundation

Our Donors

To support the activities of Ecotourism Kenya, the association relies on grants and donations, membership support, and revenue from program activities. The donors that we have worked with to fund the Community-Based Program have included both government and private sector sources. Some of them include: