Having grown up in Kenya Ivan had a strong connection with nature from an early age. After studying Film in the United Kingdom, Ivan came back to Kenya to pursue a career in photojournalism. This afforded him the opportunity to visit some of most unique, unvisited and beautiful places in East and Central Africa. Having covered major conflicts in the region and experienced the detrimental effects, he acknowledges the importance of stable ecosystems and food security through well managed design systems.
From a young age nature always played a huge role in his life. Having grown up appreciating the diversity of East Africa’s landscapes, cultures, and wildlife, Sven went on to study the environment. With an agricultural degree in Aquaculture and Fisheries Management, he travelled the world and worked on a variety of farms, including marine shrimp hatcheries, research centres & laboratories, and commercial freshwater tilapia and catfish farms. It was his aquaponics dissertation that got him entwined in the world of polyculture design systems. A mostly self-taught permaculture designer, Sven finally got his qualifications in 2013 and has been working on diverse projects throughout the Horn of Africa ever since.
Jess De Boer
Lead Permaculture Manager
With a degree in Urban Food Security and Risk Management, Jess spent several years working throughout East Africa on a range of community beekeeping projects focused on gender and youth inclusivity and rural business development. In 2015 she spent 12 months implementing and managing a large-scale Permaculture project in Gambella, South Western Ethiopia (where the bug bit HARD). Since then she has designed and coordinated a network of permaculture gardens in slum schools across Nairobi city and is currently based up with the team in Turkana, Northern Kenya,
Lead Nursery Manager
Antony has spent his entire life surrounded by plants which in turn led him to starting his own nursery as a teenager. We call him the 'master grafter' as he has undoubtable skills when it comes to trees and propagation. Anthony currently leads up the Tree Nursery on our ongoing Turkana project.
Michelle holds a BA(HONS) in Marketing and Communications from the United Kingdom and has a passion for spreading the message of Permaculture to the world. She has marketing experience in Food Security and Integrated Pest Management.