David Gies

Africa Network for Animal Welfare-USA

Mr. Gies is a U.S. citizen working in Kenya and the United States on behalf of the Africa Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW) in Nairobi and the Africa Network for Animal Welfare-USA (ANAW-USA) in Denver, Colorado. His interest for Africa, to travel and serve a non-governmental organization in Africa, was realized in 2005 after meeting Josphat Ngonyo at an animal welfare conference in Anaheim California. Between 2005 and his retirement from the Animal Assistance Foundation in 2012, he volunteered. He was hired by ANAW in 2013 functioning as the liaison person and administrative adviser. With Josphat Ngonyo and the board of directors in both Nairobi and the U.S., he has been the primary employee responsible for establishing internal controls for both organization as well as performing the day-to-day reporting and registration requirements for ANAW-USA in Denver Colorado. Mr. Gies lives in Nairobi approximately three months out of the year. Mr Gies received his bachelors degree from CSU in Social Science, a Master Degree in Management from DePaul University in Chicago and a MPA from the University of Colorado at Denver. As an executive director of private nonprofit organizations seeking funds and as the executive director to grant making foundations, he has gained broad experience in philanthropic initiatives for the arts, education, human services and animal welfare. He was awarded the 2010 Distinguished Service Award from the Colorado Veterinary Association. He currently serves as a Scholar in Residence at the University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work.


Today, Kenya’s wildlife and natural resources are managed by large governmental agencies. These agencies follow the tradition of formal and informal structures which result in uneven distribution of resources and... [ view full abstract ]


  1. David Gies (Africa Network for Animal Welfare-USA)
  2. Josphat Ngonyo (Africa Nework for Animal Welfare-Kenya)
  3. Meme Kinoti (Regis University)
  4. Nehemiah Rotich (Past Director of KWS; Board President, Africa Network for Animal Welfare-Kenya)


OS-F2 » Understanding and reducing noncompliance with wildlife laws: From law enforcement to community-based interventions Part 2 (14:00 - Tuesday, 12th January, Kirinyaga 2)

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