The Atta East Africa Seminar, Nairobi, June 3rd 2014

The Atta East Africa Seminar  “Responsible Tourism Protects Wildlife”

Date : Tuesday June  3rd 2014

Venue: The Tribe Hotel, Nairobi

Atta Members free of charge, non members 1500/- payable on the door

Members are free but must register online at and enter password: responsible

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09.00 Registration and coffee


09.30    Nigel Vere Nicoll, CEO - Atta

10.00    Dr Christian Turner, British High Commissioner

Christian Turner is British High Commissioner to Kenya since May 2012. Formerly Director for the Middle East and North Africa at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, he had responsibility for all UK policy towards, and operations in, 19 countries from Morocco to Iran, and led the UK’s response to the Arab Spring. Between 1997 and 2008 he held various positions in the Foreign Office, the Cabinet Office and 10 Downing Street, variously as Private Secretary to Prime Minister Gordon Brown, in Prime Minister Tony Blair’s Strategy Unit, as Secretary to the Economic & Domestic Committees of Cabinet, and as First Secretary in the British Embassy in Washington from 2002-2006.

10.20    Dr Paula Kahumbu, CEO Wildlife Direct

Paula Kahumbu, executive director of the Kenya Land Conservation Trust,  CEO of Wildlife Direct, and chairman of the Friends of Nairobi National Park, was coached and mentored by conservationist Richard Leakey. Born and raised in Nairobi, she joined the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and became one of the most vocal advocates against the increasing calls for renewed international trade in ivory. She is best known for her passionate and forceful speeches at two CITES conferences where she headed the Kenyan delegation. She also started the Colobus Trust. Paula  attained a doctorate from Princeton with research on elephants in the Shimba Hills at the Kenya coast. Later  joining Bamburi Cement she launched the environmental subsidiary Lafarge Eco Systems and published a world-best-selling children’s book about a baby hippopotamus.

10.55     Coffee Break

11.30    Tourism Industry - Jake Grieves-Cook

Jake Grieves-Cook is Managing Director and founder of Gamewatchers & Porini Camps. He started his career in the Mara in 1972, and has held positions as Managing Director of Block Hotels, Marketing Director of Kuoni Travel in the UK, and was the original innovative founder and Managing Director of Tropical Places in UK.He has been a pioneer in the setting up of wildlife conservancies on land leased from Maasai communities adjacent to parks and reserves.  He has been Chairman of the Ecotourism Society of Kenya, on the board of the Kenya Wildlife Service, Chairman of the Kenya Tourism Federation and served two terms as Chairman of the Kenya Tourist Board. He holds awards from President Kibaki, MBS (Moran of the Burning Spear) and HSC (Head of State's Commendation).

12.05     Chief Justice of Kenya,  Dr Willy Munyoki Mutunga

Willy Mutunga is a Kenyan lawyer, intellectual, reform activist, and, since June 2011, the Chief Justice and President of the Kenya’s Supreme Court. He  received a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Nairobi in the 1970s and a Master of Laws from the University of Dar es Salaam. Mutunga joined the law faculty at the University of Nairobi as a lecturer, becoming the first indigenous Kenyan to teach constitutional law at the university level. In the late 1980s, he received his Doctorate of Laws from the Osgoode Hall Law School at York University in Toronto.

12.40     Q & A

13.15   Buffet Lunch  1800 Ksch