Our management teamOur management team

Richard Vigne - Managing Director

The son of a tea planter, Richard was born in Kericho in western Kenya. He studied Zoology at Newcastle University and thereafter worked as the operations manager for a safari company in Uganda and western Zaire. In 1994, Richard returned to the UK to complete a Masters degree in “Management for Agricultural Development” prior to taking up his current position as Managing Director of Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

Joseph Kariuki - Chief Financial Officer

Joseph joined Ol Pejeta as CFO in May 2009. He has been engaged in various capacities in a career spanning over fifteen years, starting as a professional accountant with PWC Coopers & Lybrand. He also served as Chief Accountant with Zanzibar Serena, as Group Accountant with Serena Hotels Tanzania and as Associate Consultant with Development Impact Consulting. Joseph is a BSc Business Admin graduate, a Certified Public Accountant Kenya and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya

Samuel Mutisya - Head of Wildlife Conservation

Samuel Mutisya has over 10 years work experience in Laikipia landscape specialising wildlife conservation. He has a wealth of experience in habitat and wildlife monitoring and management with particular emphasis on rhino and elephant; He has worked in various capacities in Ol Pejeta Conservancy as a biologist as well as an administrator. He holds a BSc. in environmental science, Endangered Species Management from Durrell Conservation Academy in Jersey, and an MSc. in Conservation Biology from the University of Kent, UK.

Peter Karanja - Head of Logistics

Peter joined Ol Pejeta Conservancy in 2005 as a Logistics Department Administrator. He was promoted to the position of Deputy Manager – Logistic Admistration in 2013 and in 2015, he took over as the Head of the Logistic Department. He holds a Degree in Agricultural Engineering from Egerton University and a Diploma in Information Technology. He is currently pursuing Maters degree program in Business Administration (Project Management option) at Kenyatta University. Prior to Joining Ol Pejeta, he was working in Homegrown (K) Ltd as a workshop Administrator.

Annick Mitchell - Head of Tourism

Annick was born and raised in Kenya. After final education in the UK at the University of Brighton she returned home in 2000 to run a backpackers hotel in Nairobi. She then originated and managed a successful bead shop, "The Venerable Bead". After selling the business in 2006 she pursued her interest in tourism and conservation, first with Governors Camp as senior sales executive for groups and incentives, and then with Serena Hotels as sales manager for special interest groups. She joined Ol Pejeta Conservancy at the start of 2013.

Moses Muthoki - Head of Community Development

Prior to joining Ol Pejeta Conservancy as Community Education Deputy Manager at the start of 2014, Moses was Country Coordinator at Education Beyond Borders (Canada), working to advance ‘best learning approaches’ in Kenyan schools and communities. He has a career spanning 15 years, starting as a journalist before teaching in schools in Kenya and Tanzania. He has a degree in education from University of Nairobi. He was appointed to the position of Community Development Manager in October 2014.

Richard van Aardt - Head of Livestock


Richard was born in Zimbabwe and brought up on coffee and dairy farm he later moved with his family back to their home country Kenya in 2000. After studying abroad in Ireland he later went on to farm in Cambridshire in the UK for four years before returning to Kenya to take up his role as understudy to the Agriculture manager Giles Prette John. He was promoted to head of livestock in May 2015. 

Schola Waihenya - Head of Human Capital 

Schola joined Ol Pejeta Conservancy in 2011 as the Human Resource Deputy Manager. In 2014, she took over as the Head of the Human Capital Department. She holds a Degree in Business Administration (HR Option) from Kenya Methodist University and a Diploma in Human Resources from the Kenya Institute of Management.  Prior to Joining Ol Pejeta, she held the position of Personnel Officer in Express Kenya Ltd. She has over seven years’ experience in human resource management.