Mr. Makhanu is a natural resources management specialist with over fourteen years hands on experience in climate change, wildlife, forestry and water sub-sectors. He holds a masters degree in Environmental Planning and Management (University of Nairobi) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Climate Change (Helsinki University, Finland). He is the Director of Edens Stewards Ministry. He was the Kenya Country coordinator for International Crane Foundation/Endangered Wildlife Trust/Community Action For Nature Conservation that focuses on conservation of the wetlands and the Grey Crowned Crane. Previously, he was director of programs for the Institute of Environment and Water Management. Before then he worked with the East African Wild Life Society as National Coordinator of Kenya Forests Working Group. He is an accomplished consultant who has provided services to Safaricom Foundation, USAID, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Kenya Forests Service, East Africa Wild Life Society among others. He has demonstrated skills in project management and resource mobilization, and has designed and implemented over fifteen projects across the country. He possesses invaluable skills in establishing and managing multi-stakeholder processes and coalitions. He successfully coordinated the Kenya Wildlife Working Group, Kenya Forests Working Group and spearheaded the formation of Kenya Coastal Forests Conservation Forum. He has good advocacy and lobbying skills, with extensive networks both at national and local level. He has good writing skills, and is a member of the editorial committee of Miti Magazine, a publication of Better Globe Forestry that has Africa-wide readership. He is passionate and experienced in mentoring and building the capacity of nascent local community groups, where he has mentored and transformed over thirty Community Forest Associations across the country as relates to organizational development.