Meet the people who drive our work

We're a fast-growing team at Space for Giants. In less than a decade we have expanded to 30 people located in at least 10 countries across three continents. We are made up of a mix of skills, backgrounds, and capabilities, all united with one goal: to secure a safe future for elephants and their landscapes forever. In Kenya, our core team is based at our Global HQ in Nanyuki. From here, we manage our longest-running conservation programmes, including training rangers, building fences, and supporting judicial processes. Now we're taking that know-how, and expanding it to new programmes in seven other African countries. In the UK and the US, our advocacy, communications, and media teams continue to grow, to spread the word about what we do, to accelerate our successes.

"The key to our success so far has been the incredibly dedicated team at Space for Giants. We continue to add more and more people to our growing gang, taking us even further" - Max Graham, CEO

Max Profile


Founder & CEO

Dr Max Graham has worked on environment and development projects in Asia, South America and Sub-Saharan Africa. He founded Space for Giants in 2011 after more than a decade researching elephant behaviour and conservation with the University of Cambridge, where we was awarded his PhD. He has published numerous scientific papers on conservation, elephant behaviour and human-wildlife conflict.

Shamini Jayanathan


Director of Wildlife Protection

Shamini Jayanathan is a criminal barrister specialising in building legislative, prosecutorial and judicial capacity in relation to wildlife crime. She drafted resolutions widening laws applied to the illegal wildlife trade, and designed the first baseline surveys monitoring wildlife crime trials in Africa. Her work includes developing charging standards for prosecutors, designing prosecution ‘toolkits’, streamlining inter-agency protocols, and building capacity for wildlife crime in Kenya, Uganda, Gabon, and Botswana.


Dr Lauren EVANS

Director of Conservation Science

Lauren coordinates Space for Giants’ conservation research, including developing strategies to reduce human-elephant conflict, assessing the social and political impact of electrified fencing, and working out how to secure land for wildlife amid Africa’s surging economic growth. Her PhD and post-doctoral research at the University of Cambridge focused on the use of fences in human-elephant conflict and the politics of elephant conservation in Kenya.

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Dr Steeve NGAMA

Gabon Programme Manager

Steeve is dedicated to mitigating human wildlife conflicts and has worked on development and research projects for more than a decade at IRAF-CENAREST (Gabon). He conducted several studies on improving forest elephant conservation by using the integrative approaches of ecophysiology while collaborating with numerous institutions such as the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (USA) and the University of Liège (Belgium) where he was awarded his PhD.

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Project Officer

A member of the team since early 2013, Sammy helps implement our Laikipia field programmes, collating all field data and keeping a close eye on the movements of our collared bull elephants. He works closely with Wahome and our scouts to mitigate human-elephant conflict, and helps to monitor the illegal killing of elephants.



Director of African Conservation Investment

With a background in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Environmental Planning, Project Management and Commercial Development, Stuart has spent 25 years seeking innovative ways to conserve the biodiversity of Africa he so loves, and to do so in a manner that is in relationship with communities that depend on the same resource. Stuart has in-depth experience with both socio-economic development projects and large-scale commercial investments, and is particularly excited about opportunities within sectors such as impact investments and innovative use of investment funds that can be attracted to the conservation space.

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Charles KINYUA

MIKE Officer

Charles has been working with Space for Giants and Max for more than a decade. He helps collect data for the continentwide Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants (MIKE) programme. He also keeps a daily eye on elephant movements in poaching hotspots, gathers information on potential poaching risks, and is responsible for reporting any elephant deaths from either natural or illegal causes.

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Conservation Programme Manager

Maurice is a Conservation Biologist from the Netherlands with his roots firmly in Africa. Before Space for Giants, he led a snow leopard research study in Nepal while expanding his portfolio of professional photographs. He is passionate about working to safeguard the future of the world’s last wild places, and the animals and communities that depend on them.

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Redempta NDUGUTA

Conservation Science Officer

Redempta is passionate about conservation and ecological monitoring, and using new technology to help drive decisions. Before joining us, she was a research assistant at the Kenya Wildlife Service. Now she manages conservation research and field data collection at Loisaba, including using the new mobile-based SMART tool to build a long-term elephant database.

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Development Officer

Lucy helps to manage our database of donors - large and small - and keeps in contact with all our supporters to help to help maintain our fund-raising momentum. She also helps run Journeys for Giants, and particularly enjoys arranging both bespoke high-end safaris for clients, and the fund-raising challenges.

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Director of Philanthropy and Creative Director

Lexi uses her understanding and network in the art world to stage unique events to raise funds and create social awareness of the plight of Africa’s elephants. She works with donors to fund critical projects, seeking to find smart new innovations in philanthropy. Lexi grew up in Scotland and now lives and works in New York City.



Director of Communications

Mike spent the decade between 2005 and 2015 as Africa Correspondent for The Daily Telegraph, before moving into conservation communications. Alongside his work boosting Space for Giants' internal and external communications, Mike will begin work with a small group of African journalists in all four Giants Club countries to become Space for Giants African Conservation Journalism Fellows.

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Catherine COULSON

Chief Operating Officer

Having spent a number of years in the communication industry as well as running her own successful agency, Catherine joins Space for Giants at the start of 2019 to lead the operational side of the organisation. Having worked closely with the team over the past few years to deliver a series of major events including Giants Club Summits, Catherine is well versed in the diverse aspects of our work.



Director of Land Conservation

Martha is the former executive director of Aspen Valley Land Trust and has worked in land conservation and land use for decades. She is a former newspaper publisher, business owner and local official, and has been involved with dozens of nonprofit organizations both as a board member and staff. Martha is deeply committed to issues impacting the long-term survival and prosperity of elephants and all species. She has been involved with Space for Giants since 2010 and works from her office in Colorado.

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Wildlife Crime Court Officer

Faith was a Litigation Associate before joining Space for Giants. Now her role includes monitoring wildlife crime cases in Kenya, especially those involving ivory or rhino horn, to help inform sentencing decisions and improve prosecution rates. She works closely with Kenya’s Office of Director of Public Prosecutions, the National Police Service, and the Kenya Wildlife Service, offering informed advice and assisting with problematic wildlife cases.


Harriet Njeri NJOROGE

Wildlife Crime Court Officer

Harriet is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya who has previously worked as a litigation associate. Her roles include watching brief in all rhino horn, ivory and sandalwood cases in North central Kenya, collecting data relating to wildlife cases, offering support to the Office of the Director Public Prosecutions on wildlife cases, and creating and maintaining professional working relationships with all stakeholders.



Senior Criminal Justice Advisor

Katto is a Kenyan advocate and a former prosecutor at the Kenyan Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. While there he helped establish its Wildlife Crimes Prosecution Division, contributed to wildlife law reform, developed wildlife crime rapid reference guides and delivered training in Kenya and beyond. His work includes implementing our wildlife protection programme activities, especially supporting criminal justice pathways in various African countries.

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Zippy joined Space for Giants from another conservation organisation in Kenya and has since stamped her calm and efficient operational outlook on our finance and payments department. She keeps our suppliers paid, and monitors the money coming in from donors - thank you! - that keep our work wheels rolling.

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Operations Manager

Henry keeps the engine that drives Space for Giants running smoothly and efficiently. He worked in West Africa before moving to Kenya, and since starting with us in 2016, he has reformed operating procedures, overseen significant new administrative recruitment, and installed systems that make our work simpler and smarter.

Horris Wanyama


Loisaba Conservation Officer

Horris is a conservation scientist with close to a decade's experience as a rhino and elephant scientist with the Kenya Wildlife Service, including working on the renowned Rhino Impact Investment (RII) Project. He is an accredited member of the IUCN – African Rhino Specialist Group (AfRSG) and an affiants fellow of both ZSL EDGE Fellowship and Tropical Biology of Africa. Supported by Space for Giants, Horris’ role as Loisaba Conservation Officer will, among other key functions, include analysis of data from the Conservancy’s SMART programme that informs and supports effective conservation decisions.

Sarah Woodhead


Strategy & Development Advisor

Sarah’s passion for conservation and environmental causes, combined with her background in celebrity endorsement, brand development and event management, have helped shape her vision to raise awareness and funds for her clients as well as her own personal projects. Having started her work life at the forefront of celebrity endorsement and high end events for film, fashion, lifestyle and music, she then went on to set up Woodhead Calliva co-creating one of the hottest PR firms of the early 2000s.  Sarah now devotes her time to private clients with strong eco credentials and Space for Giants.

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Oliver POOLE

Executive Director, Giants Club

Oliver directs the growing stable of projects funded and accelerated with our Giants Club initiative, including Conservation and Tourism Investment Forums and the Giants Club Summits. As well as his conservation work, Oliver is a senior executive at ESI Media, which owns the London Evening Standard and The Independent newspapers, acting as an adviser to the media group's owner. He was previously a foreign correspondent, including working as the Daily Telegraph's Baghdad Bureau Chief during the Iraq war. He lives in London.



Administrator & Executive Assistant to Management

Marilen offers support to Space for Giants' management team, arranging logistics, meetings, and travel. She helps lead our human resources work and assists with procurement. She also supports the Operations and Finance teams.





Peter Bacchus is a senior adviser to the global mining industry, having run Natural Resource Sector investment banking teams at Jefferies, Morgan Stanley, and Citigroup. He pioneered China’s engagements with the global mining community, advising the state-owned China MinMetals on its takeover offer for Noranda in Canada, and listed China Steel, CITIC Resources, and China National Coal on global stock exchanges. Peter has a 20-year track record of advising and raising capital for companies in Africa, having executed deals in a dozen different countries on the continent, including South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania, Sierra Leone, and Angola.

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Emilia Keladitis worked as a finance and investment professional in London for 20 years before starting her own business, managing family office investments. Emilia grew up in Botswana and maintains close ties to Africa. She is now a mother of twins and determined that her boys will grow up knowing and loving elephants, as she did. Emilia is working with Space for Giants UK to build awareness among family offices and potential partners to support our work on the ground.



Tim Clement-Jones was made a life peer in 1998. A former Chairman of the Liberal Party, he has held a series of senior positions within the Liberal Democrats including as Party Treasurer. He has been the party’s spokesman in the House of Lords for Health, then Culture, Media and Sport, and most recently for the Creative Industries and the Digital Economy. He is Chair of the Artificial Intelligence Select Committee. He is a solicitor and former London Managing Partner of DLA Piper. He is Chairman of the Council of Queen Mary University London and Chair of the Board of Ombudsman Services.

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Janice Hughes is the Founding Director of Redshift Strategy. She created the European TMT Practice for Booz Allen Hamilton, and was MD of the Economists Advisory Group. An economist specialising in telecoms and media, she has advised small and mid-sized companies in countries including Kenya, Mali, Botswana and the Pacific Islands, and has advised Government Ministers in Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, the UK and Europe. Janice was part of the Creative Industries Committee with Richard Branson and Lord Puttnam and has written several books. She is currently President of Médecins du Monde UK and on the Corporate Advisory Board for Tate Modern and Tate Britain. She has a strong interest in wildlife and conservation.

Paul Buckley


Paul Buckley is the Founder and Managing Partner of First Avenue Partners LLP, a global financial services firm focused on capital raising for private funds and private projects. First Avenue has been a global trail blazer in raising capital with an ESG focus especially in Africa. As well as being a Board member for Space for Giants (UK), Paul also Chairs the Board of Luwire Wildlife Conservancy, a 5,000 square kilometre conservation concession in Mozambique´s Niassa Reserve.



Carolina Müller-Möhl is founder and president of the Müller-Möhl Group, a Single Family Office. She has served as a board member of Nestlé and currently sits on different boards, i.a. Neue Zürcher Zeitung (a swiss media group) and Fielmann in Germany (Europe’s largest optician). Carolina is highly committed to address socio-political causes and brings her efforts under the Müller-Möhl Foundation, which focuses on compatibility of work and family life, education, promotion of a free market in Switzerland. Furthermore she sits on several foundation boards, i.a. Bertelsmann Foundation and is founder of Swiss Philanthropy Circle. Carolina received an Erasmus scholarship at LSE (London School of Economics) and holds a Master Degree in Politics from Freie Universität Berlin. She attended executive Education Programs at Harvard Kennedy School, Singularity University and Europa Institute Basel. In 2007 she was nominated Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.



Tom Brunner is a Director at AOL in London, and was for a decade before that a senior marketing executive for Microsoft. He has played key roles in strategic development for major international corporations. Tom has spent many years travelling to Kenya where he has built up direct experience of the conservation challenges that Space for Giants is now planning to tackle. Tom is a founding trustee of Space for Giants.


Michael COUNT


Michael Count is a fund manager for Canada Life Investments and is based in London. Mike captained Cambridge University’s rugby team, and went on to play professional rugby in Italy and Britain. He has since built up major experience in international finance that he is drawing on to help with developing and managing Space for Giants’ UK fund and accounts. Mike’s family has a long history of work and adventure in Africa, mainly in and around Malawi. He is currently the treasurer for Space for Giants.


Max Profile



Dr Max Graham has worked on environment and development projects in Asia, South America and Sub-Saharan Africa. He founded Space for Giants in 2011 after more than a decade researching elephant behaviour and conservation with the University of Cambridge, where we was awarded his PhD. He has published numerous scientific papers on conservation, elephant behaviour and human-wildlife conflict.

Gov Bill Richardson


Gov. Bill Richardson has held leadership positions in the private, government and nonprofit sectors throughout his career. From 2010 to present, he has operated the Richardson Center for Global Engagement, focusing on conflict resolution, prisoner release and environmental protection. He has 30+ years of government experience, including as New Mexico Governor, US Ambassador to the UN, and Secretary of Energy under President Clinton. He currently is a board member for Refugees International and World Resources Institute, and is the only American board member of the International Commission Against the Death Penalty.



Chelsea Congdon Brundige is a producer and outreach coordinator with First Light Films and Nature Needs Half Media, both based in Colorado. She has worked professionally on river restoration and strategic leadership with environmental non-profits for decades. She currently serves on the boards of the Colorado Rocky Mountain School, and Western Resource Advocates, as well as Space for Giants USA. Chelseagraduated from Yale University in 1982, magna cum laude and earned a M.A. from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California Berkeley in 1989.
Sheila Walker


Sheila Walker is the founder of Walker & Hays Travel in Los Angeles and has traveled extensively. She is a recipient of the Advocate Award from the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Sheila is the proud mother of three children who are all passionately involved in trying to save our planet’s wildlife, including Emily Walker, the founder of Kids Against Animal Poaching which raises funds for Space for Giants’ elephant protection programs.


David Gulden is a wildlife photographer who has lived in Kenya for many years.