Board of Directors

African Conservation Centre, Board of Directors, Bill Yancey

Dr. William Yancey — Chairman

California, USA

For 20 years, Bill was the Assistant Dean & Director for UCLA Continuing Education where he taught advanced courses to dentists throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia. He retired from UCLA in 2013.

After receiving his DDS degree, Bill served as a dental officer in the U.S. Air Force for two years in Japan. It was after his service overseas that he fulfilled a childhood dream to visit Africa. He spent four months traveling throughout Kenya and Tanzania — an experience that was life changing. Now, Bill and his wife Eva dedicate much of their time to supporting the places and cultures they love. Each year, they host ACC US’s custom safaris to Tanzania.

ACC - US Director, Carolyn Greene

Carolyn Greene — Executive Director of ACC-US & Secretary

Colorado, USA

Carolyn has two decades of experience in wildlife conservation, including managing conservation programs, developing conservation policies, organizing, and fundraising.

Prior to helping establish ACC US, Carolyn served as a consultant to the Crane Trust in Nebraska. She was also a former Director of the Western Region, Program Director and Regional Representative for National Wildlife Federation and a Director of Community-based Programs for Colorado Wildlife Federation.

Carolyn’s passion for the people and wildlife in Kenya began after college when she spent four months working with Stefano Cheli and Liz Peacock of Cheli and Peacock Safaris. At this time she also met Dr. David Western of the African Conservation Centre and his wife Dr. Shirley Strum. These four people and the experience of Kenya changed her life: she returned to graduate school at the University of Denver to pursue her Master’s degree in Environmental Policy and Natural Resource Management.

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Jacqueline McKenna (Jacquie) — Board Member

Colorado, USA

Jacquie began her affiliation with ACC in 2014 when she committed funds from her Fair Trade business, Zimbu Trading LLC to support ACC conservation programs.  She established Zimbu Trading in 2012 to support the craft of African beaders (particularly in beaded animals) by broadening their access to foreign markets as well as to support selected animal conservation programs in an effort to educate her customers about the challenges that wild animals face.

Though her passion is animal and environmental conservation, Jacquie’s day job for the past 30+ years has been international development finance (for the past 10+ years focusing on renewable energy and energy conservation), working in the World Bank/International Finance Corporation and for the German Development Bank (KfW), among others.  Jacquie has worked and traveled extensively throughout the world, especially in Latin America (primarily Brazil and Mexico) and Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Lesotho, Senegal, Niger, Sudan, Morocco) and lived a number of times overseas including South Africa in 2012 while she helped launch a Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Credit line with IDC (South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation). Jacquie has an MBA from Wharton concentrating on International Finance, an MS from Michigan in Resource Economics focusing on Water Economics and a BA from Wesleyan University majoring in Geology.

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Lucy Waruingi — Executive Director of ACC

Nairobi, Kenya 

Lucy has been working with the African Conservation Centre (ACC) for more than 20 years as the Data analyst, GIS analyst and ICT Officer, Head of Programs and Deputy Director. In these roles she has developed an ecological database system, GIS maps on species densities and distribution, spatial and statistical analytical tools in support of PhD students doing research in Aberdares National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park, Nairobi National Park, Athi Kapiti plains and the Amboseli ecosystem. She was appointed Executive Director of African Conservation Centre in July of 2012.

Lucy has had long interest in the management and interpretation of biological and environmental data for decision-making and informing initiatives that enhance local livelihoods in rich biodiversity areas. She is part of a regional effort in East Africa that is seeking to develop a framework for the mobilization of biodiversity information for the sustainable management of natural resources. She is the current chair and a founding member of the Society for Conservation GIS, Kenya Chapter and a member of the Society for Conservation Int’l Board of Directors. Lucy holds a BSc in Computer Science and Statistics from University of Nairobi and an MSc. in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from Manchester Metropolitan University (UK).

Dr. David Western

Dr. David Western — Founder

Nairobi, Kenya 

David Western is chairman of the African Conservation Centre, Nairobi. He began research into savannas ecosystems at Amboseli in 1967, looking at the interactions of humans and wildlife. His work, unbroken since then, has served as a barometer of changes in the savannas and a test of conservation solutions based on the coexistence of people and wildlife.

Western directed Wildlife Conservation Society programs internationally, established Kenya’s Wildlife Planning Unit, chaired the African Elephant and Rhino Specialist Group, and was founding president of The International Ecotourism Society, chairman of the Wildlife Clubs of Kenya, director of Kenya Wildlife Service and founder of the African Conservation Centre in Nairobi. He is an adjunct professor in Biology at the University of California, San Diego and the University of Minnesota.

Western’s publications include Conservation for the Twenty-first Century (OUP, 1989), Natural Connections: Perspectives in Community-based Conservation (Island Press, 1994), In the Dust of Kilimanjaro (Shearwater, 2001), Kenya’s Natural Capital: A Biodiversity Atlas of Kenya (2014). He is presently directing conservation and research projects in Kenya and serving on a government task force redrafting environmental legislation in line with the new Constitution of Kenya 2010. Western received the World Ecology Award for 2010 and the 2012 Life-time Achievement Award for Ecotourism.

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