Gerphas Keyah Opondo – Executive Director
Mr Opondo serves as ECI’s Executive Director as well as Secretary to the Board of Directors. He is a Kenyan lawyer with longstanding experience in environmental governance and regulatory cycle development. He previously practiced law as a litigation counsel in Nairobi before joining Kenya’s National Environment Management Authority where he worked as Senior Legal Officer and Secretary to the NEMA Board (2007- 2009). He has played key roles in the formulation of many of Kenya’s environmental laws, regulations and standards. In 2010, Mr. Opondo was instrumental in the establishment of the East African Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (EANECE). He has overseen the network’s steady growth over the years and continues to serve as the network’s Regional Coordinator on pro bono basis.
Mr. Opondo’s international work includes having served as a consultant on various projects for international organizations including The World Bank Group, UN Environment and the Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development (IGSD). In addition, Mr. Opondo was a member of the International Standards Development Committee of the Alliance for Water Stewardship (2011 – 2013) where, together with others in the Committee, they successfully developed the International Water Stewardship Standard that promotes responsible use of fresh water that is socially and economically beneficial as well as environmentally sustainable. He continues to advance the water stewardship agenda and is among the founder members of the Africa Water Stewardship Network that was established in 2016. Lately, he is serving as a member of the UN Environment’s Environmental Crime Experts’ Group that is examining, inter alia, the range of institutional models and approaches to combat environmental crime.
Mr. Opondo is an alumnus of the University of Nairobi where he earned a Master of Science in Environmental Governance (Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace & Environmental Studies) and Bachelor of Laws (UoN School of Law). He also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Practice of Law from Kenya School of Law and is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya.