ACOST 2014

Dr. Brian Czech



Dr. Brian Czech is president of the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy ( ), a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the steady state economy as a policy goal with widespread public support. He is also a visiting professor of natural resource economics at Virginia Tech and an interdisciplinary biologist in U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service headquarters.


Dr. Czech is the author of three books: Supply Shock: Economic Growth at the Crossroads and the Steady State Solution, Shoveling Fuel for a Runaway Train, and (with Paul R. Krausman) The Endangered Species Act: History, Conservation Biology, and Public Policy. His 50+ research and policy articles have appeared in more than 20 scientific and professional journals, indicating the interdisciplinary nature of his scholarship.


He has played a leading role in getting professional societies and environmental NGOs engaged in ecological economics and macroeconomic policy issues. He has developed graduate courses and workshops in ecological economics and steady state economics. Czech has given dozens of keynote and plenary conference presentations and as well as television and radio interviews in many countries. He has spoken in such international venues as Rio+20, European De-growth conferences, and the U.N. General Assembly. He is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and the Daly News ( a blog devoted to advancing the steady state economy as a policy goal with widespread public support. Czech has a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin, an M.S. from the University of Washington, and a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona.


Dr. Rosie Trevelyan



Dr. Rosie Trevelyan is Director of the Tropical Biology Association, a capacity building NGO with offices in Cambridge and Nairobi. The TBA works with developing country partners to build the careers of conservation scientists and professionals through tailor-made training coupled with follow-up support. The TBA has trained over 1,800 biologists and a growing number now have major roles in conservation in their home countries.


She is a recipient of the Zoological Society of London’s Silver Medal for contributions to wildlife conservation and education. Rosie has written several training manuals including “Fundraising Guidelines” and “Scientific Writing and Publishing Results” as well as field guides such as “Birds of Kirindy” and “Reptiles and Amphibians of Danum Valley”. She was co-founder of the Cambridge Conservation Forum and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative and teaches on Cambridge’s MPhil in Conservation Leadership. Rosie has a BA and Doctorate in Zoology from the University of Oxford during which time she carried out varied projects on birds, lizards, coral reefs and the Malagasy giant jumping rat.


Prof. Patricia Mbote



Prof. Mbote is the Dean of the School of Law, University of Nairobi, an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and was conferred the rank of Senior Counsel in 2012. She has also served as the Director of Research and Policy Outreach and Acting Executive Director at the African Centre for Technology Studies, Nairobi.


She has also been identified as a renowned thinker in the global


environment and sustainable development field by the World Conservation Union (IUCN); a renowned and innovative thinker and researcher by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) on land rights and served as a policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.


Prof. Kameri Mbote earned her doctorate from Stanford University specializing in property rights and environmental law. She had earlier studied law in Nairobi, Warwick and Zimbabwe.


She also serves on various boards such as: the Global Council of the Water and Sanitation Program (WSP); the International Development Law Organization (IDLO); the Water Services Regulatory Board (WASREB); Lewa Wildlife Conservancy; Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE-Uganda); and the Kenya Land Conservation Trust. She is the Chair of the Advisory Board of Strathmore Law School.


Prof. Mbote is a member of the Kenya National Academy of Sciences; the International Commission on Environmental Law (ICEL); and the UNEP Expert Group on Environment & Security. She also serves on the editorial boards of the following journals: Journal of Law, Environment and Development (LEAD); the Global Environmental Politics (GEP); Journal of Human Rights and the Environment; and the East African Journal of Peace and Human Rights.


Dr. Ayub Macharia



Dr. Ayub Macharia Ndaruga holds a PhD in Environmental Education from Rhodes University, South Africa (2004); Masters of Science in Strategic Leadership (California Miramar University), Masters of Environmental Science (Kenyatta University) and a Bachelor of Education (Science – Kenyatta University). Also holds 2 Post Graduate Diplomas in Pedagogy of Online Learning and on E-Course development and Online Course Leadership from Global Virtual University, UNEP and HSH-Norway.


Dr. Macharia has worked in several institutions such as secondary school teacher for Biology and Geography (3 years), Education officer at the National Museums of Kenya (7 years); Environmental Sciences Lecturer at Kenyatta University (3 years). He has won 2 awards namely the Mainstreaming Environment and Sustainability in Africa (MESA) award by UNEP in 2007; and the Environmental Leadership Award (2008) by Eastern Africa Environmental Network.


Since 2006, Dr Macharia works as the Director, Environmental Education, Information and Public Participation at the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) in Kenya. Between July 2011 and April 2012, he served as the Acting Director General of NEMA. He coordinates the national programme on Education for Sustainable Development.


Mrs. Agatha Juma



Agatha is the CEO of Kenya Tourism Federation which is the umbrella body for the private sector in tourism charged with advocacy for a conducive business environment for the sector. She has been at the helm of the influential tourism lobby for the last 6 years. She has over 15 years of experience in the tourism and travel sector. She was instrumental in the setting up of the East African Tourism Platform which brings together the private sector umbrella bodies in the 5 EAC partner states which is being hosted/incubated at KTF offices.


She is a marketer by training and holds a postgraduate diploma from the Chartered Institute of Marketing. She recently completed a program on Private sector growth from Swedish Institute for Public Administration (SIPU) and a degree in Management from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa. She is active at the Kenya Private Sector Alliance where she represents tourism interests on a number of engagements and sits in several committees at the Ministry in charge of Tourism representing private sector interests.


She is on the advisory committee of the Global Tourism and Travel Partnership – Kenya. She is also a member of Sema Toastmasters which is part of Toastmasters International – a club where members develop their communication, public speaking and leadership skills and area in which she has a deep interest and where she coaches and mentors.


Mrs. Judy Kepher-Gona



Judy holds a Master of Art Degree in Sociology & Rural Development from University of Nairobi. She is a specialist on Ecotourism with over 15 years experience in ecotourism, sustainable tourism and community development, and certification most of which were spent at the helm of Kenya’s national ecotourism society, Ecotourism Kenya and Kenya’s leading sustainable tourism organization Basecamp Group. She is credited with initiation, development, and implementation of Africa’s premier and most successful sustainable tourism certification program, the ESOK Eco-rating


scheme. She is also the founder of Kenya’s eco-warrior award. She is also credited with creating awareness on community-based tourism in Kenya. She is an international speaker and has made many presentations at signature ecotourism events globally. Judy has served in many local and international committees /boards working to create a better understanding of ecotourism.


From 2008, Judy has served as a judge and/or assessor for the World Travel and Tourism Council Tourism for Tomorrow Awards She was founder/judge of the Kenya Eco-warrior Awards and a judge of Kenya Tourism Awards managed by Kenya Tourism Federation. In addition, Judy is a board member of Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) and is a siting Advisory Board member of The International Ecotourism Society (TIES).


In the last 6 years, Judy has been part of a national movement to develop sustainable community managed conservation areas or conservancies and empower community landowners to benefit from conservation. Part of this work involves advocacy with landowners to ensure the landowners voice is heard and incorporated in formulation of natural resource management policies. In 2013, she founded STTA to progress the sustainable tourism agenda in Eastern Africa. She is the publisher of the quarterly Sustainable Tourism Report, a publication championing knowledge on sustainable tourism in East Africa.

Contact Details

Madaraka Estate
Ole Sangale Road, PO Box 59857,
00200 City Square
Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: 0703-034000, 0703-034200