Kilimanyika is a private natural resources advisory company, directed by three experts and supported by strong partnerships with specialists. Our work is informed particularly by our knowledge and experience of practical approaches to sustainable financing, environmental conservation and natural resource management that incorporate the desires and objectives of individuals, organizations and communities.
David Githaiga (Director), is an experienced leader with a demonstrated history of working in diverse international development programs. A strong business development professional, David was formerly Africa Conservation Director at The Nature Conservancy (TNC) where he was responsible for delivering conservation outcomes in TNC Africa programme, with over 100 staff members and a presence in 9 African countries. Prior to that, David was team leader, Energy and Environment at UNDP. There he was an active member of the UNDP Kenya country management team and acted as advisor on many aspects of Kenya UNDP country program and UNDP CO programme priorities and creating responses to emerging challenges and opportunities. He also worked for Winrock International. David has an MBA from the United States International University, an MSc (development economics) from Southern New Hampshire University and a BSc (environmental science) from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania.
James Ole Laizer (CEO) has over 20 years of experience working in natural resources management in Africa, both terrestrial and marine and both public and private sectors. Beginning his working life in local government, James moved to socio-economic and ecological research. He became head of communications and strategy for a private agribusiness, then a tourist camp manager, before setting up Kilimanyika and co-leading a dynamic private consultancy business for many years. James then took on a senior position in the natural resources extractives sector, working for a significant gold mining investor and operator as the corporate social responsibility manager. James then became Managing Director of Sound and Fair Tanzania, an initiative focused on the trade of certified hardwoods from community managed, certified forests. He has subsequently returned to combining his time between managing Sound and Fair and engaging in specialist consultancy work through Kilimanyika. James has advanced diplomas in wildlife management (from Mweka) and in tourism.
Paul Harrison (Executive Chairman) has over 20 years’ global work experience in environmental conservation. He is a director of biodiversity advisory firm, Kilimanyika and an award-winning sustainable timber company, Sound and Fair. He is former United Nations Development Programme staff, where he set up and co-ran the Global Wildlife Programme. His work has led to the financing of several hundred million dollars into global conservation efforts, enabling the conservation of vast wild habitats, plus providing nature-based solutions for community managed lands, particularly in Africa. Paul is a member of the WWF UK Programme Committee, the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Paul has an MSc. In Tourism, Environment and Development (2001) and a BA (Hons) in African Language and Culture (1999), both from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London and a is a fluent Swahili speaker. He is currently undertaking an Executive MBA at Warwick Business School.