Director of Development, UK
Alexandra Ames Kornman
Having the opportunity to learn from brilliant colleagues who are making a difference on the ground, every day and who, in many cases, have built their departments from the ground up
1) The growth of Lewa’s development operations and brand recognition in the UK over the last four years.
2) no poaching on Lewa since 2013!
Favourite animals on Lewa are giraffe, ostrich and genet cats.
Seeing both human and wildlife benefits from the conservation driven initiatives
Mentoring a child through the 21 schools, supporting that child through high school and university and attending their graduation to be that which they wanted to be and see them stand out as the conservation ambassadors
I enjoy the process and journey of mentoring and leading from the back. Empowering all around me to be the best they can be be it at work or personal level.
Donor Relations Manager
Being part of a vision that encompasses a grass root inclusive approach, towards investment in people, the environment and wildlife. Conservation is a lifestyle that I believe whole heartedly each of us, no matter how or in whatever small way- can be the change we want. Working alongside communities, proves that everyday. As a conduit for opportunity, Lewa provides me with the ability and skill to support my fellow Kenyan’s in protecting our heritage and building other Kenyan’s to do the same!
Although I have many amazing Lewa stories I can pick from – this is by far my favorite:
John Pameri’s full circle story is the embodiment of ambition, resilience and dedication borne out a parent’s dream, for his son’s future. John’s father sent his 9 year old son, to Lewa to meet his old friend, Kinyanjui who at the time was Lewa’s head of security. The intention being that his son could get a job, with the help of his long time friend.John could then earn the much needed money, for his younger sibling’s education and to support the family. The journey would take him a distance of 100 km and set him on a path beyond his own father’s imagination. Fast forward through the years John is now the head of General security , an honarary KWS warden, a certified bush pilot and an integral part of the Maa communities living in the area. There is perhaps no better way to tell the Lewa story than through personal impact. John’s story like many others, is the Lewa story told, benefiting from access to an Income generating activity in the form of a job, to education opportunity, giving him the foundation to start and raise a family that can now receive healthcare, access water alongside other tangible benefits that trickle down, from his ability to protect wildlife and uplift the community in the area. His story focuses on the importance of conservation as a lifestyle, in order to be something you have to not only believe in but you have to live it. John’s children follow in their father’s footsteps, looking forward to the day that they themselves can play a part in their father’s legacy. In the vision for his son, John’s father’s one wish was for him to have a better life. 25 years later his dream became a reality for generations to come in his lineage and for Lewa a day to day example of why conservation is a conduit for opportunity.
I am an amazing cook and have always been fascinated by the different tastes and scent of food coupled with amazing aroma’s, offer a kind of soothing effect! Growing up around amazing cooks you can’t help but fall in love with the amazing experiences food can offer. Culturally food brings people together, this is perhaps the best way to hang out with my neighbors on Lewa in the evenings and on some weekends!
Human Resource Manager
Knowing that what I do contributes to securing the wildlife and habitat for posterity and touches the lives of many in a special way
Glad that through enhanced security and great collaboration with communities contiguous to the conservancy, we have had zero poaching on Lewa in over 4 years
I tried learning German and dropped after the first formal lesson.