The Team

The Team

The people behind the regenerative project.

The Green Heart of Kenya internal team is lean, and is supported by the brilliant Savo Project developers. We are currently implementing a hiring program which will focus on bringing Kenyan talent into the fold to ensure this is a Kenyan company for Kenyan people.

We have highlighted key Savo team members below who work on our project every day. Savo provides individual projects with end-to-end support and brings them from concept creation, through technical development to financial close. They also seed and develop new sustainable businesses, working with partners and entrepreneurs to establish stand-alone entities

Green Heart of Kenya, Warren Wilson Kilifi Plantations, Kilifi, Coast of Kenya
Founder

Warren Wilson

Green Heart of Kenya, Lachie Gordon Kilifi Plantations, Kilifi Coast of Kenya
Managing Director

Lachie Gordon Athié

Stakeholder Engagement and Communications Lead

Logedi Douglas Luhangala

Finance

Phyllis Ndungu

Construction and Site Manager

Christine Awuor

Regenerative Soil Restoration Steward

Maurice Anyika Kimani

Forestry and Rewilding lead

Matteo Contardo

Green Heart of Kenya, Chris Klintworth Kilifi Plantations, Kilifi, Coast of Kenya
Savo Team, Project Development Lead

Chris Klintworth

Savo Team, Real estate expert

Robert Ward

Green Heart of Kenya, Warren Wilson Kilifi Plantations, Kilifi, Coast of Kenya

Founder

Warren Wilson

Born and bred on the farm, Warren brings both the land which the Green Heart of Kenya is set on and extensive local knowledge and passion about Kilifi. It is his vision which drives the project forward.

As a part of this vision he has embarked on building the FoMo factory, one of the seeds for the Green Heart of Kenya, with the aim of bringing together a community of artists and artisans and building on the growing creative culture and capital that is rapidly spreading through Kilifi.

Throughout his life he has built strong connections with local SMEs, entrepreneurs and community leaders which the Green Heart of Kenya’s network will be built on. He holds a degree in agriculture from Cirencester Agricultural Collage.

Green Heart of Kenya, Lachie Gordon Kilifi Plantations, Kilifi Coast of Kenya

Managing Director

Lachie Gordon Athié

Lachie brings project management and entrepreneurial expertise to the Green Heart of Kenya and is committed to guiding the project into reality. With 10 years of experience bringing together large festivals in the event industry in the UK, he has the benefit of having overseen the design, construction and dismantlement of dozens of temporary towns throughout his career.  

His experience in starting, building and exiting two companies over the last decade is key to the design and development of the Green Heart of Kenya structure and team.
Lachie brings a deep passion for regenerative practices and productive natural systems and holds a BEng in mechanical engineering from Edinburgh University.

Stakeholder Engagement and Communications Lead

Logedi Douglas Luhangala

Logedi brings extensive experience in engaging communities in informal and formal settlements and a background in climate change and adaptation. His experience in research within communities, an educational background in finance, previous experience in the commercial sector, entrepreneurial mindset, and overall passion for social sustainability complement the team well. He also brings experience from the Gens Africa-UK Trilateral Chair where he worked as a Researcher and Stakeholder Engagement Lead in the Mathare Informal Settlement in Nairobi and The Learning Journeys to Silicon Savannah where he was the Stakeholder Engagement Lead for the Kibera Informal Settlement.

Logedi is also a communication expert with extensive experience in using different forms and platforms for communication in a co-working, co-design, co-creative, and socially collaborative environment. At the Green Heart of Kenya, he supports all dimensions of the project in stakeholder outreach, communication, and engagement to further the vision and mission of the Green Heart of Kenya.

Finance

Phyllis Ndungu

Phyllis has more than 15 years’ experience in Finance, spanning across various industries in Local, international, and multi-cultural setup. She brings financial expertise to the team, supporting Green Heart on overall financial management, treasury, compliance, accounting, tax and overseeing the general administration of the organization.

Prior to joining Green Heart, Phyllis was in the IT Sector. She has extensive experience in different industries namely Automotive, Retail, Fintech and Information Technology. Phyllis holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting from Strathmore University and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA-K) and a Member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Kenya.

Construction and Site Manager

Christine Awuor

Christine brings extensive experience and knowledge in building engineering and technology, construction management, and site management with 7 years of experience in the built environment. She is in charge of construction and site management.
She has previously worked as a site forelady overseeing the construction of the Links Villas in Vipingo Ridge, Clerk of works at KCIC (Kenya Climate and Innovation Center), and Martova Ltd overseeing the construction of 8 villas at Kuruwitu, Vipingo beach.

Regenerative Soil Restoration Steward

Maurice Anyika Kimani

Maurice brings vast experience in permaculture and regenerative agriculture having spent the past half decade travelling the world researching regenerative ecosystems with a focus on living soils. 

After evaluating the impact and implications of soil degradation within his lifetime, he set out on a mission to revive and revitalise as much soil as he could lay his hands on. This drive has sent him to study, work & volunteer on several regenerative farm projects such as The Source Farm Ecovillage- Jamaica, Ocean Blown farm- Bermuda, Tamalu Farm- Nanyuki & Distant Relatives Eco-lodge – Kilifi,Kenya. 

He is an Alumni of Dr Elaine’s Soil Food Web school, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge on Bio-Complete compost crafting and formulation of biological soil amendments. His Soil Stewardship expertise will go a long way in supporting the forestry & rewilding efforts at The Green Heart Of Kenya.

Forestry and Rewilding lead

Matteo Contardo

Matteo brings in technical forestry knowledge coupled with an engineering approach and a background in management consulting (Accenture). A long-term Kilifi resident, Matteo runs a consulting company that supports businesses all along their forestry value chains, designing and executing small to large scale initiatives. Throughout his career, Matteo has successfully led multi-million-dollar wood processing investments (Komaza), provides technical expertise in market development (Gatsby Africa) and leads cutting-edge ecosystemic modelling (Rete Clima).

Passionate about land restoration, agroforestry and forestry engineering, Matteo joins Green Heart of Kenya to support the design and build of the “green” component of the project. Matteo holds an MSc in Industrial Engineering from the Polytechnic of Turin and an MBA from UIC Barcelona

Green Heart of Kenya, Chris Klintworth Kilifi Plantations, Kilifi, Coast of Kenya

Savo Team, Project Development Lead

Chris Klintworth

Chris brings commercial, technical and entrepreneurial expertise to the Green Heart of Kenya and currently oversees Savo’s East African and South African operations and project pipeline. While at SYSTEMIQ, Chris worked across advisory, incubation and investment activities in Africa, South East Asia and Europe and, most recently, led SYSTEMIQ’s project development team in Kenya. Chris grew up in South Africa, studied in the UK and, prior to SYSTEMIQ, worked across a mix of microinsurance and strategy.

Savo Team, Real estate expert

Robert Ward

Robert Ward is a Kenyan Citizen who brings his extensive experience in real estate development to the table. With a background working within the Oserian Group as Managing Director for two of their companies, Robert has executed land, co-development, and commercial transactions worth over US$15 million.

His knowledge of the real estate coastal ecosystem was developed in previous role as CEO of Vipingo Ridge and he brings these skills to the Green Heart of Kenya’s real estate development arm.  

Founder

Warren Wilson

Managing Director

Lachie Gordon Athié

Stakeholder Engagement and Communications Lead

Logedi Douglas Luhangala

Finance

Phyllis Ndungu

Construction and Site Manager

Christine Awuor

Regenerative Soil Restoration Steward

Maurice Anyika Kimani

Forestry and Rewilding lead

Matteo Contardo

Savo Team, Project Development Lead

Chris Klintworth

Savo Team, Real estate expert

Robert Ward

Founder

Warren Wilson

Born and bred on the farm, Warren brings both the land which the Green Heart of Kenya is set on and extensive local knowledge and passion about Kilifi. It is his vision which drives the project forward.

As a part of this vision he has embarked on building the FoMo factory, one of the seeds for the Green Heart of Kenya, with the aim of bringing together a community of artists and artisans and building on the growing creative culture and capital that is rapidly spreading through Kilifi.

Throughout his life he has built strong connections with local SMEs, entrepreneurs and community leaders which the Green Heart of Kenya’s network will be built on. He holds a degree in agriculture from Cirencester Agricultural Collage.

Managing Director

Lachie Gordon Athié

Lachie brings project management and entrepreneurial expertise to the Green Heart of Kenya and is committed to guiding the project into reality. With 10 years of experience bringing together large festivals in the event industry in the UK, he has the benefit of having overseen the design, construction and dismantlement of dozens of temporary towns throughout his career.  

His experience in starting, building and exiting two companies over the last decade is key to the design and development of the Green Heart of Kenya structure and team.
Lachie brings a deep passion for regenerative practices and productive natural systems and holds a BEng in mechanical engineering from Edinburgh University.

Stakeholder Engagement and Communications Lead

Logedi Douglas Luhangala

Logedi brings extensive experience in engaging communities in informal and formal settlements and a background in climate change and adaptation. His experience in research within communities, an educational background in finance, previous experience in the commercial sector, entrepreneurial mindset, and overall passion for social sustainability complement the team well. He also brings experience from the Gens Africa-UK Trilateral Chair where he worked as a Researcher and Stakeholder Engagement Lead in the Mathare Informal Settlement in Nairobi and The Learning Journeys to Silicon Savannah where he was the Stakeholder Engagement Lead for the Kibera Informal Settlement.

Logedi is also a communication expert with extensive experience in using different forms and platforms for communication in a co-working, co-design, co-creative, and socially collaborative environment. At the Green Heart of Kenya, he supports all dimensions of the project in stakeholder outreach, communication, and engagement to further the vision and mission of the Green Heart of Kenya.

Finance

Phyllis Ndungu

Phyllis has more than 15 years’ experience in Finance, spanning across various industries in Local, international, and multi-cultural setup. She brings financial expertise to the team, supporting Green Heart on overall financial management, treasury, compliance, accounting, tax and overseeing the general administration of the organization.

Prior to joining Green Heart, Phyllis was in the IT Sector. She has extensive experience in different industries namely Automotive, Retail, Fintech and Information Technology. Phyllis holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting from Strathmore University and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA-K) and a Member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Kenya.

Construction and Site Manager

Christine Awuor

Christine brings extensive experience and knowledge in building engineering and technology, construction management, and site management with 7 years of experience in the built environment. She is in charge of construction and site management.
She has previously worked as a site forelady overseeing the construction of the Links Villas in Vipingo Ridge, Clerk of works at KCIC (Kenya Climate and Innovation Center), and Martova Ltd overseeing the construction of 8 villas at Kuruwitu, Vipingo beach.

Regenerative Soil Restoration Steward

Maurice Anyika Kimani

Maurice brings vast experience in permaculture and regenerative agriculture having spent the past half decade travelling the world researching regenerative ecosystems with a focus on living soils. 

After evaluating the impact and implications of soil degradation within his lifetime, he set out on a mission to revive and revitalise as much soil as he could lay his hands on. This drive has sent him to study, work & volunteer on several regenerative farm projects such as The Source Farm Ecovillage- Jamaica, Ocean Blown farm- Bermuda, Tamalu Farm- Nanyuki & Distant Relatives Eco-lodge – Kilifi,Kenya. 

He is an Alumni of Dr Elaine’s Soil Food Web school, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge on Bio-Complete compost crafting and formulation of biological soil amendments. His Soil Stewardship expertise will go a long way in supporting the forestry & rewilding efforts at The Green Heart Of Kenya.

Forestry and Rewilding lead

Matteo Contardo

Matteo brings in technical forestry knowledge coupled with an engineering approach and a background in management consulting (Accenture). A long-term Kilifi resident, Matteo runs a consulting company that supports businesses all along their forestry value chains, designing and executing small to large scale initiatives. Throughout his career, Matteo has successfully led multi-million-dollar wood processing investments (Komaza), provides technical expertise in market development (Gatsby Africa) and leads cutting-edge ecosystemic modelling (Rete Clima).

Passionate about land restoration, agroforestry and forestry engineering, Matteo joins Green Heart of Kenya to support the design and build of the “green” component of the project. Matteo holds an MSc in Industrial Engineering from the Polytechnic of Turin and an MBA from UIC Barcelona

Savo Team, Project Development Lead

Chris Klintworth

Chris brings commercial, technical and entrepreneurial expertise to the Green Heart of Kenya and currently oversees Savo’s East African and South African operations and project pipeline. While at SYSTEMIQ, Chris worked across advisory, incubation and investment activities in Africa, South East Asia and Europe and, most recently, led SYSTEMIQ’s project development team in Kenya. Chris grew up in South Africa, studied in the UK and, prior to SYSTEMIQ, worked across a mix of microinsurance and strategy.

Savo Team, Real estate expert

Robert Ward

Robert Ward is a Kenyan Citizen who brings his extensive experience in real estate development to the table. With a background working within the Oserian Group as Managing Director for two of their companies, Robert has executed land, co-development, and commercial transactions worth over US$15 million.

His knowledge of the real estate coastal ecosystem was developed in previous role as CEO of Vipingo Ridge and he brings these skills to the Green Heart of Kenya’s real estate development arm.  

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