Chief Executive Officer, Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association
Dickson Simiren Ole Kaelo, is the founding Chief Executive Officer, Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association (KWCA). He has served KWCA as CEO and Board secretary for 5 years now. KWCA is a national umbrella body for wildlife conservancies in Kenya which currently has a membership of over 160 members.
Dickson holds a Master of Philosophy degree in wildlife management and a Bachelor Degree in Animal production, He has over 20 years of experience in working at local, national and international levels in linking tourism, conservation and community development through wildlife conservancies. During his 15 years in the Mara supporting community conservation around the Maasai Mara National Reserve, Dickson facilitated the formation of 6 community conservancies securing 870km2 land for conservation in the Maasai Mara and linking conservancies with tourism investments. At his current role, Dickson is leading the effort to grow community and private conservation efforts in Kenya with a mission that wildlife conservancies are recognized as tourism destinations of choice.