Chief Executive Officer, Northern Rangelands Trust
Tom Lalampaa is a Samburu from the West Gate Community Conservancy in Kenya, East Africa. Tom holds a BA in social work, MA in Project Planning & Management and an MBA in strategic management all from the University of Nairobi. Tom is currently pursuing his PhD degree.
Tom has been a leader in the design, development, and expansion of the Northern Rangelands Trust, which now covers 35 community owned and run conservancies and brings together over 10 million acres communal land into active conservation management. His work includes everything from helping rural communities strengthen governance structures, to economic development and peace building. As someone with an in-depth knowledge of the challenges attached to pastoral life in north Kenya’s harsh landscape, Tom has earned a great deal of respect among the 15 different ethnic groups he serves. He has also served on a number of nationwide entities, including being the founder Chairman of the Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association (KWCA) and a trustee of the Kenya Wildlife Service Board, where he has lead efforts for sustainability, particularly on communal lands. Tom also served as the Vice Chair of the Wildlife Security Task Force formed by the government of Kenya to assess and make recommendations on improving wildlife security in Kenya. Tom made a presentation to President Obama when he visited Kenya in 2015.
In September 2013, Tom was awarded the Tusk Conservation Award by the Duke of Cambridge at a ceremony in London, which recognized his outstanding contribution to northern Kenya’s communities and wildlife.
In August 2016, Tom won the Stanford University, Law School Bright Award for Environmental Sustainability. The Bright Award is given annually to an “individual who has made significant contributions in the environmental preservation and sustainability area” and is awarded to an individual from one of ten rotating regions and 2016 was Africa.
Effective 1st February 2018, Tom took over as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT).