|Who are we?|
CDC is an employee-owned, private company with an operational base in Nairobi, Kenya. Being based close to the problems at the heart of our mission helps us to provide accessible services and appropriate, cost-effective solutions. CDC’s staff have a unique blend of professional training and hands-on skills which enables us to translate global best practice into made-to-measure local solutions.
Rob Malpas, CEO
Rob is CDC’s founder and has responsibility for overseeing the general direction and management of the company. After more than thirty years of working in Africa, he has built up extensive hands-on practical experience in providing technical support and advice to African government agencies, NGOs and private enterprise in institutional capacity building, natural resources management, strategic planning and change management. He provides quality control and technical supervision for the majority of CDC’s work, as well as having a special interest in project design and evaluation, planning, and integrated conservation and development approaches. Before establishing CDC, he ran the IUCN Regional Office for Eastern Africa for more than a decade, building IUCN’s activities in the region from small beginnings to a diverse and ground-breaking regional conservation programme. Rob has a PhD from Cambridge University (African Elephant Ecology) and an MSc from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, where he was a Sloan Fellow.
Dave Henson, Senior Programme Officer
Through his work with CDC over the past seven years, Dave has built up a strong track record in facilitating and coordinating participatory planning processes for major protected areas such as the Serengeti National Park and the Maasai Mara National Reserve, and more recently for community owned and managed wildlife areas in Kenya. Alongside providing technical inputs and management support to CDC’s projects, Dave also has an important role in identifying and developing new work opportunities as well as helping out with CDC publicity and office management. His previous work experience included coordinating and implementing ecological surveys to support optimal protected area design in Madagascar, and to help mitigate the environmental impacts of hydroelectric schemes in Tanzania. Dave holds a BSc in Environmental Management and an MSc in Natural Resource Management.
Lawrence Maina, Finance & Administration Manager
Lawrence joined the CDC team in April 2003, having previously worked for the Tropical Biology Association. He is a Certified Public Accountant (Kenya) and also has an MSc in Natural Resources - Ecosystem Management from the University of Greenwich, UK - an unusual and valuable combination of skills. As well as increasing the efficiency of CDC's management systems, Lawrence technical focus is on reviewing, strengthening and developing conservation institutions, particularly finance and management systems. He has assisted a number of conservation organisations in eastern Africa to establish robust and transparent project and financial management systems.
Lucy Macharia, Office Assistant
Lucy joined CDC in 2002 and, after Rob, is our longest serving staff member. Over the years, all of us at CDC have come to rely on Lucy for her unwavering good humour that picks us up when the going is tough, as well as for her consistent efforts to maintain a professional and efficient working environment around the office. Although working quietly behind the scenes, she nonetheless is a vital member of the CDC team.