The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, based at the foothills of Mount Kenya, works as a model and catalyst for the conservation of wildlife and its habitat. We do this through the protection and management of species, the initiation and support of community conservation and development programmes, and the education of neighbouring areas in the value of wildlife.

For the last three decades, our practices have resulted in thriving black rhino habitat and population, which in turn has created a robust ecosystem for a multitude of species including the endangered Grevy’s zebra, elephant, lion, cheetah, giraffe and more. We envision a future where people across Kenya value, protect and benefit from wildlife. This future depends on communities being able to derive their day-to-day livelihoods in ways that are compatible with thriving wildlife habitat. As a result, we invest heavily in the livelihoods of our neighbours through programmes in education, healthcare, water, micro-enterprise, youth empowerment and more.

As a catalyst and champion of this model that puts people at the centre of conservation, Lewa has influenced and supported the conservancy management for both private and community lands across northern Kenya.


Lewa Wildlife Conservancy – Kenya

Executive Team

Mike Watson, Chief Executive Officer
Lucy Ndirangu, Chief Administration and Operations Officer
John Kinoti, Chief Programmes and Partnerships Officer
George Rioba, Chief Financial Officer

Department Heads
Dominic Maringa, Conservation
Lawrence Mutuma, Community Development
Dorcas Njeri, Human Resources
Edward Ndiritu, Anti-Poaching
John Pameri, General Security
Adrian Paul, Operations
Purity Kinoti, Education

Lewa International
Elizabeth Moloney, Development Director International
Stephanie Erickson, Finance, Operations and Strategic Data Director
Amanda Leon, Senior Philanthropy Manager North America and Canada
Megan Bailey, Senior Philanthropy Manager Europe
Erin Marteal, Individual Giving Manager International

Board of Directors

Lewa Kenya Board of Trustees 

  • Michael Joseph, Chair
  • Mbuvi Ngunze, Vice Chair
  • Dr. James Mworia
  • Prof Patricia Mbote
  • Alison Ngibuini
  • Mike Watson, Lewa CEO
  • Tony Barclay, Lewa International

Lewa UK Board of Trustees

  • Joseph Dryer, Chair
  • Kathleen Crook
  • David Hillyard
  • Paul Mulholland
  • Sachin Rupani
  • Francesca Sanders
  • Fiona Sanderson

Lewa Canada Board of Trustees

  • Marc Dupuis-Desormeaux, Chair
  • Ryan Adams
  • Heather Dryden
  • Patricia Anne Koval
  • Charles Leighton
  • Suzanne MacDonald

Lewa USA Board of Trustees

  • Tony Barclay, Chair
  • Leslie Roach, Vice Chair
  • Deborah Gage, Secretary
  • Schuyler Heuer, Treasurer
  • Sue Anschutz Rodgers
  • Alex Beard
  • Katherine Chou
  • Brian Gitau
  • Sarah Gott
  • Ravi Jain
  • Linda Millard
  • Myrta Pulliam
  • Betsy Searle
  • Timothy Sullivan
  • Laura Day Webb
  • Sara Zilkha
  • Edith McBean, Trustee Emeritus
  • Gordon Pattee, Trustee Emeritus
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