Meet our staff

Nelly Palmeris Acting Executive Director
Nelly leads the management team and is in charge of all operations at Mpala.

Gikenye Chege Chief Finance Officer
Gikenye is our head of finances and works to ensure that Mpala’s finances are in check in order to run. He is also the point person regarding visa issues.

David Hewett Ranch Manager
David manages the Ranch, including ~500 head of cattle, camels, goats and a few donkeys.

Beatrice Wanjohi Human Resources and Administration Manager
Beatrice manages all employees by assisting with any difficulties and if any difficulties with an administrator, research assistant, or peer should arise she can help manage them as well.

Anthony (Tony) Maina Chief Accountant
Tony handles the billing and can be contacted regarding issues of payment.

Anthony Ngaina Works Manager
Anthony manages the workshop by arranging vehicles for the field as well as repairs for the lab facilities, vehicles, and accommodations at Mpala.

Cosmas Nzomo Logistics Manager
Cosmas manages a wide range of logistics concerning housing, transportation, visitors, and much more.

Thomas Koitimet Security Manager
Thomas ensures the security of the entire 48,000 acres of Mpala as well as the surrounding area. Any security concerns should be directed to him.

Juilus Nakolonyo Head of Research Centre Security
Julius is the eyes and ears of Mpala and can arrange for a security guard to accompany you to the field.

Joseph Irura IT Manager
Joseph maintains our technology and ensures that the internet for staff and researchers stays up and running at Mpala. He is also the MpalaLive! lead.

Sheila Njoroge Executive Assistant
Sheila supports the Executive Director and assists with logistics within administration.

Fardosa Hassan Operations Assistant
Fardosa supports the logistics of Mpala by organizing permits, guest accommodations, and transportation. She is also a liaison between Mpala and a nearby local community.