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ANAW BOARD MEMBERS

Ambassador Nehemiah Rotich (MBS) – Kenya (Chairman of the Board)

Currently; Appointed Chairman of Ministerial Task Force on Kenya Wildlife Security, Former Senior Program Officer, United Nations Environmental Programme, heading Biodiversity Department, Ambassador and permanent representative of  Kenya Mission to the United Nations, Director of Kenya Wildlife Service, Chief Executive of the East African Wildlife Society and a recipient of the 2008 UN country program AWARD  and  Presidential Award of the Order of Moran of the Burning Spear (MBS) for distinguished service in Conservation (1999) and many other awards. Graduated with honors from University of Nairobi and Institutional Performance Executive Training with Delloite Haskins & Sells.

Ruth Mutheu Wambua – Kenya (Board Treasurer)

Currently; Audit and Compliance Officer for Care International. Past Lead Auditor, Thomas and Associates CPA; Principle Internal Auditor, Kenya Wildlife Service; Certified Internal Quality Assessor (CIQA), Finance Officer, Africa Network for Animal Welfare. Trained and certified in Audit and Accounting, and USAID trained receiving certificates for rules and regulations within NGO’s.

Josphat Ngonyo – Kenya (Board Secretary & Chief Executive Officer ANAW)

Currently; the Executive Director for ANAW, appointed member of the Ministerial Task Force tasked to Develop the National Animal Welfare Policy and to Review CAP 360 legislation, Advisor to Kenya’s Vision 2030 on Environmental issues, Honorary Warden of the Kenya Wildlife Service, member of the Global Task Force for Farm Animal Welfare and Trade, member of the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organizations (FAO) Gateway to Farm Animal Welfare Editorial Board, Founder and Past Executive Director for Youth for Conservation; Founder, Africa Network for Animal Welfare; appointed in the Kenya National Steering Committee that  spearhead wildlife conservation and management policy and legislation review.

 Professor James Nkansah-Obrempong – Ghana (Board Member)

Current; Dean of NEGST and Professor of Theology and Ethics- Africa International University, Past Ph.D. Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California, U.S.A.; Valedictory Graduation Speaker at his graduation class, Faculty Achievement Award, received Dilworth Fellowship Scholarship and Vice Chair of World Evangelical Theological Commission.

Tozie Zokufa – South Africa (Board Member)

Current; Chairperson of the Pan African Animal Welfare Alliance (PAAWA) and serves on the board of Soil For Life (an NGO based in Cape Town). Tozie Zokufa has spent over a decade both in private sector and the government of South Africa as a meat inspector and the veterinary public health practitioner respectively.  His past involvement in animal welfare included representing Compassion in World Farming in South Africa, deputizing for the Animal Voice publication and marketing for Humane Education Trust.  Presented numerous papers around the world and has accomplished strategic management assignments.  He is currently consulting for the Humane Society International’s Farm Animal department on the African continent.

Richard Male – United States of America (Board Member)

A recognized leader, trainer, and consultant, nationally and internationally, in the fields of leadership development, fundraising, community organizing, social justice and public policy for non-profit organizations, faith-based entities, private foundations, local municipalities and schools. Since 2000 he has served as president of a Colorado-based training, consulting and coaching company that bears his name, specializing in services for nonprofit and NGOs worldwide to survive and thrive during challenging times.

Jagi Gakunju -Kenya (Board Member)

An advocate of the High Court of Kenya with over 25-years’ hands on experience in executive leadership positions. Current Group Managing Director of leading East Africa healthcare provider AAR Healthcare. Masters in Healthcare Management from the University of Minnesota and extensive business background in local multi-cultural and international environments and sits on various boards. Broad legal background and extensive experience in commercial law in the global market. Recognized leading conservationists in Kenya and founder of Wajee Nature Park and Wajee Mara Camp.

 Dr. Marosi Malomo- Kingdom of Lesotho, (Board Member)

A veterinary doctor with over 25-years’ experience in animal welfare, leadership and management positions in Africa. Current Director of Livestock Services (Veterinary Services and Animal Production) in the Kingdom of Lesotho. Past Senior veterinary officer in the Department of Livestock Services Maseru District, and Director Epidemiology Unit. President of the OIE Regional Commission for Africa, OIE permanent member of animal welfare working group and member of Lesotho Veterinary Medical Association.

David Gies – United States of America (Board Member)

Executive Director of the Animal Assistance Foundation.  He is an affiliate faculty member at Regis University in the Masters of Nonprofit Management program and adjunct faculty at the University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work facilitating experiential and service learning in Kenya. His management experience spans thirty years of administration for charitable giving and cause related fund raising.  

USA BOARD MEMBERS

 Maria Rosa Galter serves on the board, elected in 2016.  Richard Reading is a conservation biologist by training and a Fulbright Scholar teaching in Botswana.  He has a strong affiliation with avian protection in East Africa.  Has strong affiliations with conservationists working to protect vultures in Kenya. Professor Philip Tedeschi is the Executive Director of the Institute for Human-Animal Connection at the University of Denver within the Graduate School of Social Work. He has been with the University of Denver for 22 years and is the founder of the Animal Assisted Social Work Program. He is recognized for expertise in the clinical methods for Animal Assisted Interventions and coordinates the school’s Animal-Assisted Social Work Certificate program for Master of Social Work (MSW) students, as well as the global Animals and Human Health professional development certificate program. Philip’s research, scholarship, presentations, training and community practice work have focused on human-animal interaction, conservation animal welfare, human ecology and international social work.
 Rich Male is a long-time friend and social justice advocate specializing in international nonprofit management. Richard serves as vice-president.  Kristin Nelson, our treasurer is the director of HSUS’s prairie dog protection agency in Colorado.  Arielle Gidden’s is a graduate of the GSSW and works at a local animal shelter. Arielle volunteers her time in branding and designing the Denver office’s marketing materials.
 Rhea Dodd is a veterinarian leading vet groups to Kenya.  Rhea served as an officer of the board for several years and is currently a member. Dr. Janet Rumfelt leads ANAW-USA’s advocacy work on the ground in Colorado and is the chair of Ivory Free Colorado. She is an Associate Professor at Regis University’s College of Contemporary Liberal Studies and works in the areas of religion, ethics, and philosophy. She recently spearheaded the development of an Individualized Certificate in Environmental Humanities for graduate and undergraduate students. The curriculum draws on disciplines in the humanities to build bridges between people, animals, and the planet. Dr. Rumfelt is also the founder and race director of Running Wild, a Colorado-based charity run dedicated to raising awareness about imperiled African wildlife and funding conservation organizations. Robert Uttaro & Keith Gehring-USA Board Members

Robert Uttaro and Keith Gehring are professors at DU’s Kobel International School. Keith is taking a strong interest in harmonizing ANAW-USA’s internal record keeping with ANAW to better prepare its applications for competition and fund funding through USAID and larger foundations.   Uttaro is organizing a trip to Kenya in June with three graduate interns.

Josphat Ngonyo – Kenya (USA Board Secretary)

Currently; the Executive Director for ANAW, appointed member of the Ministerial Task Force tasked to Develop the National Animal Welfare Policy and to Review CAP 360 legislation, Advisor to Kenya’s Vision 2030 on Environmental issues, Honorary Warden of the Kenya Wildlife Service, member of the Global Task Force for Farm Animal Welfare and Trade, member of the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organizations (FAO) Gateway to Farm Animal Welfare Editorial Board, Founder and Past Executive Director for Youth for Conservation; Founder, Africa Network for Animal Welfare; appointed in the Kenya National Steering Committee that  spearhead wildlife conservation and management policy and legislation review.

Ambassador Nehemiah Rotich (MBS) – Kenya (USA Board Member)

Currently; Appointed Chairman of Ministerial Task Force on Kenya Wildlife Security, Former Senior Program Officer, United Nations Environmental Programme, heading Biodiversity Department, Ambassador and permanent representative of  Kenya Mission to the United Nations, Director of Kenya Wildlife Service, Chief Executive of the East African Wildlife Society and a recipient of the 2008 UN country program AWARD  and  Presidential Award of the Order of Moran of the Burning Spear (MBS) for distinguished service in Conservation (1999) and many other awards. Graduated with honors from University of Nairobi and Institutional Performance Executive Training with Delloite Haskins & Sells.