ANI is a non-profit Conservation management company that offers professional and world-class services in conservation management, wildlife security, rangeland management and community development to private, community and state landowners.
Direct front line conservation management best-practice activities including all aspects of security management in accordance with national strategy and liaison with relevant state authorities. This pillar will be informed by the application of best scientific practice and monitoring with respect to rangeland and ecosystem management.
Community Outreach & Engagement
From initial institution building through to all avenues for meaningfully engaging and benefiting relevant local communities via training, employment, procurement, security assistance, human-wildlife conflict assistance, , rangeland management assistance, education and health support etc. with regard to building long term economic development through conservation.
Infrastructure & Logistics
As required to support the delivery of the above two pillars, e.g. road infrastructure maintenance, water and dam infrastructure maintenance, fencing management, vehicle and equipment management and maintenance etc.
Administration & Finance
The provision of specialized conservation administrative services including Financial management, Compliance, Human Resources, and fundraising and grant management.
Enterprise Panning and Co-ordination
While the design and delivery of enterprise activity (such as livestock and tourism) will remain vested at an individual property level and under the control and management of the counterpart concerned, ANI Partners plays a crucial role to help coordinate the planning and execution of enterprises, and attracting strategic partners/investors, so that it remains aligned with the conservation activities on each property. Typically this service is delivered through a master-planning exercise aimed at establishing/supporting conservation-friendly business activities in a defined landscape.
Michael Dyer is a third generation Kenyan, born in Laikipia in 1961. Having completed his education in England and Scotland, he worked as a cowboy in Montana and Australia before returning to take over Borana one of the family properties.
Borana in 1984 was a traditional cattle and sheep ranch, but Michael soon set about rehabilitating the ranch and adjacent wilderness to the pristine and viable eco-system that it is today. Working closely with the Craig family on the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, he played an instrumental role in developing the award winning Il N’gwesi Group Ranch.
It is within this wilderness that Michael and his wife Nicky developed Borana Lodge and Laragai House, the bases for their exciting and adventurous riding safaris. Michael is a keen polo player, twice making the national team. He is also a pilot with over 4000 hours of bush flying. Michael and Nicky’s work in conservation and humanitarian issues was globally recognised when they won the Virgin Atlantic Responsible Tourism Award for Poverty Alleviation in 2007.
Born and raised in Nairobi, Sophie is a successful restaurateur with a broad background in event management, corporate administration and fundraising. Sophie’s business, The River Café, plays a significant role in the sustainability of Nairobi’s Karura Forest through a monthly commission paid to the joint management committee of Friends of Karura Forest and Kenya Forest Service. Sophie is also a member of the board of the Mt. Kenya Trust, a not-for-profit organization working to protect and conserve the forest, water, people and wildlife around Africa’s second highest mountain.Her tertiary and secondary education was completed in Kenya, following which Sophie obtained a degree in Environmental Refugee Studies and French from Lake Forest College, a liberal arts college in America’s mid-west. She has worked in various capacities in Washington, DC, Paris, France and Nairobi and for the last twenty years, has played a pivotal role in raising funds for conservation under the aegis of the Rhino Ark Charitable Trust.
Jonathan Kipkorir Ole Ntere (“Kip”) is the chairman of the Il Ngwesi Conservancy, a Maasai community conservancy in Laikipia that has been a pioneer in the community-based approach to nature conservation. Kip was born in Laikipia and went to Lokusero Primary School, Mwenja High School, and Utalli College. Kip has been a safari guide working for some of the leading safari lodges, including Sirikoi Lodge on Lewa, as well as working as an independent guide for many years.
Dr. Dino Martins is a Kenyan entomologist and evolutionary biologist, and is currently the Executive Director of the Mpala Research Centre in Laikipia, Kenya, as well as a Research Scholar and Lecturer in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University. Dino current scientific research is focused on evolution and ecology of interactions between species, insects and plants, vectors, hosts and parasites. His work has been featured in Smithsonian magazine the Guardian , TED, the BBC as well as National Geographic. Dino is the 2015 Whitley Gold Award winner for conservation.
Abdi Sora has been General Manager of Borana Conservancy since 2013. Prior to this he was the Finance and Administration Manager. He has over 20 years experience in Finance and administration having worked in different sectors in different capacities over the years. He was instrumental in the formation of Laikipia County Revenue Board which is mandated to advise, collect and legislate on County Government Revenue and revenue streams where he served as a board member for three years. He is a member of the ACCA (Association of Certified Chartered Accountants), IOD (Institute of Directors Kenya) and the IHRM (Institute of Human Resources Kenya). He was Chairman of the Agricultural Employers Association 2017 to 2019 and Director of the Agricultural Employers Association, the Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association, Lakipia Conservancies Association Board and the Laikipia Wildlife Forum and serves in the Agricultural wages Council.
Whilst the bulk of his career has been in establishing businesses in the finance and infrastructure sectors in Africa, Phillip has become increasingly involved in conservation in East and West Africa. Phillip is an investor and home-owner in Borana Conservancy, a wildlife conservancy in Kenya with a successful black rhino conservation programme. Phillip is the Deputy Chairman of the Africa Council of The Nature Conservancy, the leading US conservation organization. After attending Yale University and Harvard Law School, and working for McKinsey & Co, an international management consultancy, Phillip established a number of businesses primarily in the finance and infrastructure areas in West Africa. Phillip founded an Africa-focused investment banking firm in London, Afrinvest, which he ran for over 10 years before its successful sale in 2006. Since 2007, through Amaya Capital, a principal investment firm he co-founded, Phillip remains involved with active investing in infrastructure-related businesses in Africa. Born in Nigeria and raised in the highlands of Jos, Phillip has had a lifelong interest in nature conservation and love of the African wilderness.