Advisory Committee

Professor Dan Brockington

DanBrockingtonDan is a Professor of Conservation and Development at the Institute for Development Policy and Management at the University of Manchester. He holds a PhD from the University of London.  His research covers diverse aspects of conservation, from the social impacts of protected areas, conservation planning, media and celebrity and conservation NGOs. He is recent books are Celebrity and the Environment (2009, ZED books) and Nature Unbound (2008, Earthscan, with Rosaleen Duffy and Jim Igoe).  His general project is to understand the ways in which conservation and capitalism are intertwining, and the consequences of the alliances resulting for people and nature. He has undertaken research on the social impacts of protected areas, conservation NGOs and the work of the media in conservation with fieldwork in Tanzania, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and India. His research has been supported by the ESRC, AHRC, British Academy, DfID and the Mellon Foundation and has been published in the leading journals of Development Studies, African Studies, Anthropology, Geography, Media Studies, Conservation Biology and Natural Science.  Dan is a global authority on the social impacts of conservation, human rights and conservation organizational impact analysis.  Dan advises BCP on Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC), human rights and social equity.

Professor Emmanuel Chidumayo

chidumayoEmmanuel Ngulube Chidumayo obtained a meritorious B.Sc. degree in Ecological Sciences from the University of Zambia, a Post Graduate Certificate in Conservation Biology from the University of Nairobi, Kenya, and an MSc from University of Zambia in 1983. From 1976 to 1986 he was employed in the Government of the Republic of Zambia as Conservator of Natural Resources in the then Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources before joining the University of Zambia as a lecturer in Biology in 1986. He was promoted to Full Professor in 1997. Professor Chidumayo is renowned for his research in savanna vegetation ecology, with emphasis on miombo woodlands, and has published over sixty articles in international scientific journals and a “Miombo Ecology and Management” book published in 1997. He now runs the Makeni Savanna Research Project that is investigates responses of savanna plants to climate change in central Zambia. Professor Chidumayo recently joined the African Forest Forum in Nairobi, Kenya and has co-edited  “The dry forest and woodlands of Africa: Managing for products and services’ book published in 2010 by Earthscan, London and “ Climate change and African forest and wildlife resources’ book published in 2011 by The African Forest Forum, Nairobi. Professor Chidumayo advises BCP on miombo forest ecology and eco-charcoal production.

Chief Kaputa

kaputa_picChief Kaputa retired from his position as the Chief Mining Engineer (Deputy Director of Miners) at the Zambian Ministry of Mines and Minerals Development in 2008. He has over forty years of experience in the mining industry. He holds an MSc degree in Mining Engineering from the German Freiberg Academy of Mining Engineering, and a Post-Graduate diploma in Mining Technology from Nancy School of Mining in France. In 2007, Mr. Chifumbe Chansa was recognized by the Government of the Republic of Zambia and was granted his title as His Royal Highness Chief Kaputa, in the Kaputa District of Zambia, Northern Province. He is the active Vice President of the Save Rural Africa Foundation, whose goal is to empower traditional Chiefdoms in Zambia. Chief Kaputa advises BCP on community engagement and traditional leadership in Zambia.

Fred Nelson

Fred_NelsonFred Nelson has worked on natural resource governance, rural development, land tenure and payments for ecosystem services in eastern Africa since 1998.  From 2000-2005 he served as the first Tanzania programme director for the Sand County Foundation, working with local pastoralist communities in northern Tanzania and facilitating the creation of the Tanzania Natural Resource Forum. From 2007 to 2010 he worked as an independent consultant on rural development and natural resource management issues in Africa. He is now the Executive Director of Maliasili Initiatives, an organization established to support leading local organizations in Africa working at the interface of natural resource conservation, social justice, and rural development.  He is a member of the IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic, and Social Policy and World Commission on Protected Areas.  He is the editor of Community Rights, Conservation, and Contested Lands: The Politics of Natural Resource Governance in Africa (Earthscan, 2010).  Fred has extensive experience in African land tenure and community rights and advises on these issues and strategic partnerships with community conservation organizations.

Dr. Jonathan Moss

Jonathan_MossJonathan is a Kenyan citizen and co-founder of Conservation Capital and the Conservation Management Group.  He has 24 years of experience as a conservation project manager, ecologist, and forest resources manager, with a strong technical background and wide range of natural resource management experience, predominantly in Eastern Africa. He has particular expertise in fully integrated organisational management and development, including governance, administration, personnel management, and financial management, in both non-governmental and private corporate sectors.  Jonathan has served as Executive Director of the Laikipia Wildlife Forum, and as MD of the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, both in northern Kenya.  He holds an MSc in Forestry and a DPhil in Ecology from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.  Jonathan advises BCP on land management issues.

Dr. Rob Barbour

Rob_BarbourRob was born in Kenya and is a medical doctor with a Masters Degree in Public Health & Tropical Medicine at University of Western Australia and James Cook University.  Most notably, Rob served in the Australian Army as the Regimental Medical Officer for the Special Air Service Regiment (SAS); time which included active service on UN peacekeeping missions in Africa and the Middle East. Upon leaving the Army, Rob migrated back to Africa and established Sanctuary Tanzania Limited (a socially responsible community conservation based safari operation) and currently resides with his family adjacent to Saadani National Park in Tanzania. In addition to this, Rob provides consultancy advice to Oil, Gas and Mining companies all over the world in regard to Occupational Health and Safety, Social Responsibility and Community Development.  In his spare time, Rob is also a regional professional safari guide and bush pilot. Rob advises BCP on community health strategies.

Jeff Waldon

jeff_waldonMr. Waldon is a consultant on forest carbon, natural resources and biodiversity. He serves as the Chief Technical Officer for Forest Carbon Offsets LLC, a company devoted to the development of forest carbon offset projects in tropical forests and the United States. FCO developed the first two Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) projects in the tropical western hemisphere to be certified by both the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA) and the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS). Mr. Waldon currently manages multiple projects in Belize and Peru. Mr. Waldon is formerly the Executive Director of the Conservation Management Institute, a center within the College of National Resources at Virginia Tech. The Conservation Management Institute employed over 80 faculty, staff and students working on projects ranging from field surveys of animals and plants to biomass energy to GIS, remote-sensing, and web-based decision support systems development for agency land management. Mr. Waldon adds valuable CCBA and VCS validation experience to BCP’s roster.

In Memoriam

Carey Eaton, Board of Advisors

careyBorn in Zambia and raised in Kenya and Zambia, Carey’s vast extensive experience in business management in high growth emerging industries throughout the world, in mature and emerging markets was a tremendous asset to BCP. Based in Nairobi, Carey was the Founder and Managing Director of Cheki Africa Media, one of Africa’s largest and fastest growing online media companies, with a portfolio of high growth investments and brands throughout East, West and Central Africa. Carey also worked as a senior executive in high growth listed companies in Australia and the Asia Pacific region, with senior roles at seek.com and NewsCorp. Carey held a Masters Degree in International Relations specializing in African studies. He spoke fluent Swahili and has spent an extensive time in Kenya and several other African countries.  Carey advised on strategic growth and business management within the company.  His untimely passing is a tremendous loss to BCP.