Mali Ole Kaunga is a Laikipia Maasai, The Founder and Director of IMPACT (Indigenous Movement for Peace Advancement and Conflict Transformation) An organisation that exists to organize, build and strengthen indigenous peoples’ social movements at grassroots in northern Kenya.
Mali was the Founder and Director of OSILIGI(Organisation for the Survival of IL- Laikipiak Maasai Indigenous Group Initiatives) which translates to HOPE in Maasai. OSILIGI later transformed into IMPACT Trust.He is also the Founder and Convener of PARAN (Pastoralists Alliance for Resilience and Adaptation in Northern Kenya Rangelands) A coalition of community leaders and natural resources stewards, grassroots organisations and customary institutions. Mali has previously worked and consulted with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) as an indigenous peoples expert for its Africa Program on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples(Convention 169).
He has also worked with WIPO on issues of Maasai Cultural Heritage and UNESCO on Indigenous Traditional Knowledge and Climate Change. He has published articles on different journals in the areas of indigenous traditional knowledge, indigenous peoples and urbanisation, indigenous peoples’ education and militarisation of indigenous peoples’ lands.
While in OSILIGI Mali pioneered strategic litigation for indigenous peoples when he brought an international case against the British Government for using Maasai and Samburu lands for military training and leaving live ordinances that maimed, killed and injured scores of Maasai and Samburu in the grazing fields. He has been involved in lobbying and advancing the interests of indigenous peoples affected by the Lake Turkana Wind Power and the Isiolo Mega Dam at national and international levels. He is a member of CI Indigenous Advisory Group.
Elizabeth Nassi is a young lady from the Maasai community. A graduate from Maasai Mara University with Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management.In addition she holds a Certified Public Accountants level 4 Certificate.
Elizabeth is a keen planner and works on shoestring budgets with short deadlines and difficult, seemingly impossible objectives. Joining IMPACT as a Finance and Admin officer Elizabeth has built the image of the organization by ensuring strict adherence to donor regulations, principle of integrity and transparency and value for money for community development initiatives. Coming from a pastoralism setup and aware of the diverse challenges that the community faces, Elizabeth is keen to see that, communities priorities within IMPACT Programs create positive change and there is value for money for Projects implemented.
John Ole Tingoi is a Laikipia Maasai fellow who have been on pastoralist and human right advocacy for the last sixteen years advocating for the rights of the pastoralist communities in northern Kenya. He has experience working with the Government in the national registration bureau and civil registration.
John developed passion on Land and Human rights advocacy and social transformation of pastoralist communities whereby he joined the civil society platform and began working with communities.He gained a wealth knowledge of experience from short courses and trainings ranging from community development and participatory methodologies, intellectual property law and documentation and participating in international negotiation processes linking them with community’s challenges. Have contributed to a number of policy development processes like the first Kenyan policy on traditional knowledge, cultural expression and folklore, the national land policy and article (8)J of the convention on biological diversity on access and benefit sharing mechanism. Currently working with IMPACT (indigenous movement for peace advancement and conflict transformation) as a program officer for community land protection program, assisting communities to undergo the process of community land registration as required by the community land Act 2016, beside other tasks of fundraising and making reports for partners..
Lempaira joined IMPACT as a Program Officer under Land & Human Rights program.He works closely with pastoralist commnunities in Northern parts of Kenya.
As the Program Officer Lempaira is passionate and positive about implementation of the program's main objective which is to support the indigenous people in securing their land through stregthening the voices of community land owners and developing advocacy measures.Similarly, the program supports several communities to register and secure their land in conformity with the Community Land Act, 2016.
Before joining IMPACT Elijah worked with several organizations notably Africa Education Trust (AET).Lempaira holds Bachelors of Arts in Sociology & Communication from The University of Nairobi.In addition he pursed a Certificate Course in SPSS, STATA and Advanced Excel from University of Nairobi.
Moses is a Lawyer by profession and an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya. He holds LLB from Moi University and Post graduate diploma in Advocate Training Programme (ATP) from Kenya School of Law.Being a Lawyer with a pastoralist background, Moses is keen on both protecting and advocating for the rights of the indigenous communities through empowerment using proactive community.
Before joining IMPACT, Moses worked at JM MWANGI & CO. ADVOCATES - a busy law firm which dominantly deals with conveyancing and land laws litigation. He therefore brings wealth of experience in the aforementioned areas of law.
He joined IMPACT to work under the Community Land Protection Program which aims at empowering communities to document and secure their land rights. He directly work with the communities living in the former group ranches to meet the requirement of the Community Land Act (CLA) which came to end the century-long legal status of community land as unowned, unregisterable or of a lesser status to private and public land.
Ramson Karmushu joined IMPACT as a volunteer in March 2016. Ramson was later absorbed into the organization as the Field and Logistics Assistant. He was later given another task to coordinate researches with the academia institutions working collaboratively with the organization.
While in IMPACT Ramson has co-ordinated researches with researchers from McGill University and The University of Sheffield under the I-CAN project on resource based conflicts within the counties of Laikipia and Samburu and the LAPSSET research on Livelihood impacts of the Isiolo – Moyale Highway respectively.Ramson doubles up as the organizational driver, since October 2016. Before joining IMPACT, he served as a volunteer for five years in different institutions to gain knowledge. Ramson values knowledge gained through working experiences than staying idle at home gaining nothing. In the five years as a volunteer, Ramson joined an out-grower farmers group where he was trained to train farmers on chemical handling in the farms as well as a clerk keeping records and grading the produce before sending it abroad. Later, he joined Lewa and worked in one of the lodges in the customer care department before joining Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) International Citizen Service (ICS) program. He served as an in-country volunteer in Kilifi at the Kenyan Coast at a local CBO giving peer talks, environmental and hygiene lessons to primary and secondary schools pupils in smart clubs and with the Injective Drug Users (IDUs) making them active through casual employment and sports. Ramson’s keen interest is to serve to the best of his ability and to help everyone who is willing to be supported to attain his or her goals. Ramson also believes in networking and pulls everyone working to achieve something to work together for a common goals.
Sabina was born and raised in Marsabit County. She comes from the Rendille community-a cushitic pastoral nomadic community living in Northern Kenya. Before joining IMPACT as an Office Admin, Sabina was working as a Cashier at a Supermarket in Nanyuki.
Sabina's passion to serve in human rights based organization started after seeing the suffering of her own community, especially in service delivery. Upon joining IMPACT she was assigned the position of an Office Admin in an attempt to contribute towards the organization goal. Sabina is currently pursuing short courses to further improve her skills and competence.