Dr. Helen Gichohi joined Equity Group Foundation (EGF) as managing director in 2012. Prior to joining EGF, Helen spent 11 years with the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), where she served as director of the African Heartlands Program, before rising to become vice president for Program in February 2002.
In 2007, she was appointed the first AWF President and led the move of AWF’s headquarters to Nairobi, Kenya from Washington, DC in the USA. Gichohi has received numerous awards and honors, including two presidential awards, the Order of Grand Warrior (OGW) and the Moran of the Order of Burning Spear (MBS) for her distinguished service to the nation.
She holds a doctorate in ecology from the University of Leicester in the UK. She also holds a Master of Science in biology of conservation from the University of Nairobi and a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from Kenyatta University. She serves on the boards of Equity Group Holdings Limited, AWF, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Laikipia Ranching and previously sat on the boards of Equity Bank Limited and Kenya Wildlife Service.