Advisory Board


CORDIO is delighted to announce four new Advisory Board members. They play a key role as ambassadors, in networking and fundraising, and supporting us in the implementation of our Strategic Plan, 2021-2025, as well as guiding us in addressing the challenging conservation issues we face in the western Indian Ocean.

Ali Kaka (Kenya) will remain as Chair of the Board and guide our new members, together with previous Board member Bernadette Ngara (Kenya), as we embrace our new programme and work to address the challenges of the next 5 years.

Nicola Frost (UK) is Deputy Head of Secretariat for the High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy, and Deputy Director of the Oceans Programme at the World Resources Institute, UK.

Gretta Pecl (Australia) is a Professor of marine ecology at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies and the Director of the Centre for Marine Socioecology at the University of Tasmania.

Grant Ramnauth, (Mauritius) works between Mauritius, UK, France, and Southern Africa in investment, financial planning and management and worked for many years as a Senior Partner of St. James’s Place Wealth Management.

Paul Mwashimba Guyo (Kenya) is a Professor in Chemistry and is Dean of the School of Pure and Applied Sciences at Pwani University in Kilifi.

 


Ali Kaka (Kenya)

Ali Kaka is a well-known and prominent conservationist in East and Southern Africa, and now serves on several Boards in East and Southern Africa, and Europe. Ali was born and raised in Mombasa and received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado (Boulder), USA. Ali started his career as a Research Assistant in the then Wildlife Conservation and Management Department in 1977 and was promoted through to Warden of Kisite Marine Park in 1989, and later Senior Warden for all marine Parks. Ali left Kenya Wildlife Service in 2000 as a Deputy Director for Parks and joined East African Wildlife Society as its Executive Director. In 2009 Ali was recruited to take over the new region of East and Southern Africa for IUCN. He left IUCN in 2015 to a Senior Consultant role at Adept Conservation, before becoming Senior Wildlife Advisor to the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife.

Nicola Frost (UK)

Nicola Frost is the Deputy Director of the Ocean Program at the World Resources Institute (WRI) and lives in Cambridge UK. She also serves as the Deputy Head of Secretariat for the High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy; a unique collaboration among serving heads of state and government to advance transformative action for a sustainable ocean economy, which prioritises a healthy ocean alongside sustainable production to benefit people everywhere. As a marine scientist, Nicola has experience working in over 20 different country contexts with a range of partners at local, municipal and regional scales to design effective marine protection, with a particular emphasis on community-led or co-managed marine areas, sustainable fisheries and strategies to stop plastics entering the ocean. Prior to joining WRI, she was of the Head of Global Marine Programme for Fauna & Flora International overseeing the development of a global marine programme. Formerly Acting Director of the International Coral Reef Action Network, Nicola supported an applied global learning network for coral reef research, management and education. Nic has a degree in Marine Science from the University of Southampton, UK.

Paul Guyo (Kenya)

Paul Mwashimba Guyo (Kenya) is a Professor in Chemistry and is Dean of the School of Pure and Applied Sciences at Pwani University in Kilifi

Gretta Pecl (Australia)

Gretta Pecl is a Professor of marine ecology at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), and the Director of the Centre for Marine Socioecology (CMS), which leads the Future Seas collaboration project, at the University of Tasmania, Australia. She is a marine ‘generalist’ with broad interdisciplinary research interests, building on a background in population dynamics, fisheries biology, and movement and migration of commercial species. She currently focuses on species and ecosystem responses to climate change, and the development of adaptation options for natural resource management. She has a specific interest in exploring the mechanisms and processes underpinning climate-driven species redistribution, and the ecosystem implications of these, including initiating and co-convening the ‘Species on the Move‘ conferences. One of the approaches she uses to examine climate-driven changes in species distribution includes citizen science (see Redmap Australia, the Range Extension Database, and mapping project). Gretta also has a very strong passion for science communication and engagement with the public, globally and nationally, and including local grass-roots efforts with school children (https://curiousclimate.org.au/schools/).

Grant Ramnauth (Mauritius)

Grant Ramnauth is a multi-cultural dual national Mauritian/French who moved to the USA at a young age and has spent the last 30 years between the UK, France, Mauritius and Southern Africa. He was a Senior Partner of St. James’s Place Wealth Management, a FTSE 100, prior to this he was with HSBC. He has spent the majority of his professional life providing investment management and financial advisory work in Sub Saharan Africa giving him experience pertinent to fund raising. Grant has a Bachelors from London University in Science, an MBA in Investment/Finance from Hartford University USA, is a qualified and licenced UK Financial advisor and a licenced Investment advisor in Mauritius. Growing up in the USA in the 1970s, Jacques Cousteau became his hero. A TV programme ”The undersea world of Jacques Cousteau” set the scene for his passion of our ocean world. As an avid diver/seaman he is a passionate about protecting the ocean for future generations.

Bernadette Ngara (Kenya)

Ms. Ngara serves as the Director, Marketing and Corporate Communication at National Bank. She joined the Bank in 2014. She has in the past, handled the Marketing and Corporate Communications and corporate citizenship as well as sustainability reporting in the banking industry and has experience in advertising handling brands in the FMCG, NGO and service industries. While working within the Banking Industry, she had the opportunity to work in different markets including Uganda, Rwanda and Nigeria. She has over 15 years working experience in the banking sector. She is a dynamic, passionate and customer centric marketing-communications specialist.

Having worked in diverse industries, ranging from Manufacturing, banking (both local and international), she has brought life to brands that are startups as well as existing ones. She has particular expertise in Strategic Marketing Management, PR, CSR, Customer Analytics and Digital Marketing.

Bernadette has attended several executive leadership courses through Raiser Resource Group for Crestcom International, Cambridge University and Strathmore Business School. She holds an MA in International Marketing from University of Central England and is a Chartered Marketer (CIM).