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 forty years 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.


Floris D'Udine, Regional Technical Manager

Floris’ work at CDC has included providing technical assistance and support for the design, launch and evaluation of a number of international donor-funded projects across Africa, with a special focus on enhancing the effectiveness of measures to curb wildlife poaching and trafficking as well as looking at the impacts of human migration on African ecosystems and biodiversity. He has a keen interest in protected area law enforcement management and monitoring, landscape-scale conservation, and integrated development and conservation approaches that empower local communities. Prior to joining CDC, Floris conducted field research on human-carnivore conflict mitigation in Kenya's rangelands, and on marine ecosystems and fisheries in the Comoros Islands. He holds an MSc in Conservation and an Msci in Environmental Geoscience, both from University College London. Floris joined CDC in January 2012.


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.