The Atta East Africa Seminar, Nairobi, June 3rd 2014

The Atta East Africa Seminar  “Responsible Tourism Protects Wildlife”

Date : Tuesday June  3rd 2014

Venue: The Tribe Hotel, Nairobi

Atta Members free of charge, non members 1500/- payable on the door

Members are free but must register online at and enter password: responsible

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09.00 Registration and coffee


09.30    Nigel Vere Nicoll, CEO - Atta

10.00    Dr Christian Turner, British High Commissioner

Christian Turner is British High Commissioner to Kenya since May 2012. Formerly Director for the Middle East and North Africa at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, he had responsibility for all UK policy towards, and operations in, 19 countries from Morocco to Iran, and led the UK’s response to the Arab Spring. Between 1997 and 2008 he held various positions in the Foreign Office, the Cabinet Office and 10 Downing Street, variously as Private Secretary to Prime Minister Gordon Brown, in Prime Minister Tony Blair’s Strategy Unit, as Secretary to the Economic & Domestic Committees of Cabinet, and as First Secretary in the British Embassy in Washington from 2002-2006.

10.20    Dr Paula Kahumbu, CEO Wildlife Direct 

Paula Kahumbu, CEO of Wildlife Paula launched the HANDS OFF OUR ELEPHANTS Campaign with Kenya’s First Lady Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta as Patron, to mobilize Kenyans from all walks of society to support efforts to end the poaching of elephants in Kenya.  Paula  is an expert on elephants and has a PhD from Princeton University with research on elephants in the Shimba Hills at the Kenya coast. She formerly worked at  the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) where she was one of the most vocal advocates against the increasing calls for renewed international trade in ivory. She is best known for her passionate and forceful speeches at two CITES conferences where she headed the Kenyan delegation. She is the author of world-best-selling children’s book Owen and Mzee, a true story about the extraordinary friendship a 1 year old orphaned baby hippopotamus and a 131 year old giant tortoise.

10.55     Coffee Break

11.30    Tourism Industry - Jake Grieves-Cook

Jake Grieves-Cook is Managing Director and founder of Gamewatchers & Porini Camps. He started his career in the Mara in 1972, and has held positions as Managing Director of Block Hotels, Marketing Director of Kuoni Travel in the UK, and was the original innovative founder and Managing Director of Tropical Places in UK.He has been a pioneer in the setting up of wildlife conservancies on land leased from Maasai communities adjacent to parks and reserves.  He has been Chairman of the Ecotourism Society of Kenya, on the board of the Kenya Wildlife Service, Chairman of the Kenya Tourism Federation and served two terms as Chairman of the Kenya Tourist Board. He holds awards from President Kibaki, MBS (Moran of the Burning Spear) and HSC (Head of State's Commendation).

12.05    Dr Willy Mutunga Chief Justice & President of The Supreme Court of Kenya  

The Hon. Chief Justice, Dr. Willy Mutunga, was appointed to the Supreme Court of Kenya in June, 2011. He is a holder of a Doctorate Degree in Jurisprudence from York University Canada.   Dr. Mutunga obtained both his Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Master of Laws degrees from the University of Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania in 1971 and 1974 respectively.  Dr. Mutunga has established and served in many civil society organizations, Legal Advice Centre (Kituo Cha Sheria); the Law Society of Kenya, where he served as vice-chairman from 1991 to 1993 and chairman from 1993 to 1995; the Council for Legal Education, Kenya; the Citizens Coalition for Constitutional Change (4Cs); the Kenya Human Rights Commission; the East African Centre for Constitutional Development (Kituo Cha Katiba), Uganda; and the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development (Rights and Democracy) in Montreal, Canada

12.40     Q & A

13.15   Buffet Lunch  1800 Ksch