WISP's work is not restricted to what the staff in the Nairobi office does, but we rely heavily on our partners that make it possible for us to reach every corner of the world. Apart from the IUCN human infrastructure, we count on several pastoralist networks and other organizations supporting pastoralists.
Who we are in WISP
Pablo has been the GC of WISP since August 2010. A Spaniard by nationality, he first worked with pastoralists when doing scientific research in ecology. His interest in the other aspects of pastoralism (social, cultural and economic) led him to do different consultancies and to work in a development project of the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development in the Herzegovina region of Bosnia-Herzegovina. His passion extends to pastoralism in whatever corner of the world it is practiced. He speaks fluent Spanish, English and French, the three official languages of WISP.
Global Drylands Initiative coordinator
Jonathan was the GC of WISP from 2006 to 2008 and, after having been the Technical Coordinator of the Regional Drylands Programme of ESARO, he's now the coordinator of the Global Drylands Initiative, the Drylands programme of IUCN and where WISP is framed. Originally from Britain, Jon has spent more than 20 years in developing countries from Asia, Europe and Africa and most of them working with pastoralists. He still works with WISP and is fluent in English and French and has some knowledge of Spanish.
Programme Administrator - Ecosystem Management Programme
Claire J. Ogali
Claire is a Kenyan professional with a background in Environmental Management, Project Management and in Leadership and Management of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs). She has experience working in Eastern and Southern Africa, West Asia and West Africa with IUCN’s drylands’ programme. It is while working in the drylands with IUCN’s regional drylands’ programme that she got her first contact with pastoralists a knowledge she has continued building on. She previously worked in the coastal region of Kenya with the Aga Khan Foundation East Africa. Claire speaks fluent English and has some knowledge in French.
Administrative Assistant - Ecosystem Management Programme
Michelle K. Kimeu
Michelle, is a Kenyan by nationality and comes from an IT background. She has been working on updating the WISP and Global drylands websites and other admin related work. Her first contact with pastoralists has been with WISP, where she is building on her familiarity. Michelle is fluent in English and has some knowledge in French.