Louise grew up in Africa, where her father worked for 35 years. After graduating with a law degree from Cambridge, she spent nearly 20 years working as an investment banker with JP Morgan in the financial markets in London, New York and the Far East. As a colleague of Guido, she was captivated by the stories of his father's work in Africa and travelled to Kenya to meet him. Louise was inspired by Dr Haller and the potential for the Haller model to transform lives in the rural communities of sub-Saharan Africa. She co-founded The Haller Foundation in 2004 to raise funds to champion Dr Haller's principles and develop his ideas.
In 2017, Louise was awarded the Points of Light Award from the office of the Prime Minister for the role she has played at Haller.
Kelly has worked in Finance for over twenty years and was a self-employed bookkeeper for fifteen of those. She came on board with Haller in 2008 and has seen it grow from strength to strength. She is responsible for our administration and various fundraising events, which incorporates her love of running and sport.
After graduating, Ally worked in both the leisure and banking sectors in London for many years as a qualified accountant. She has been an avid supporter of Haller and its ethos since she began working with us in 2010 on the fundraising side. Ally has visited Kenya a number of times to witness first hand the Haller projects and the improved livelihoods that result. She is a passionate believer in the sustainability and self-sufficiency afforded to the communities involved.
Chloe has joined the Haller team from Pearlfisher where she worked in the Communications team, and has been key in the planning of initiatives such as, "The Pearlfisher Garden," highlighting both the beauty of our great oceans and the destruction that plastic waste causes to its eco-systems. Beforehand, Chloe spent 3 months volunteering at a children's orphanage in the heart of Cape Town, where she would organise activities, and act as a daily tutor for the younger children. From this, she has become inspired and developed a growing interest in global environmental and social development.
Zoë recently graduated from the University of Sussex in Brighton where she read Geography and Spanish, both of which gave her the knowledge and passion for global environmental sustainability. She has travelled through South Africa, Mozambique and Swaziland, volunteering in primary schools and children's hospitals and has also spent time in Indonesia working in a turtle conservation camp.
Beccy is our lead volunteer. She has been an invaluable supporter of Haller for over 12 years initially using her photography skills as a way of raising funds to improve children’s health and education in Kenya. She champions Haller within local schools and in the wider Kent community, single-handedly organising events such as Balls and Race Days, to media campaigns and school activities to widen awareness of the work Haller does.
Haller’s namesake, Dr. René Haller, is a Swiss-born naturalist, trained in horticulture, landscaping and tropical agronomy. He is best known for his transformation of a barren cement quarry in Mombasa, Kenya into the ecological wonder now known as Haller Park. In 1987, René was awarded the United Nations Environment Programme Global 500 Roll of Honour, for his ‘outstanding environmental achievements.’ In 1991, he received the Swiss Brandenberger prize, and was awarded with an honorary doctorate from the University of Basel.
Dany is the youngest son of René Haller and was raised with his father’s innovative ideas and practises. He has a Bsc in Biology & Economics and an MSc in Aquaculture. Alongside running his own successful business, a crocodile farm in the Tana River Delta, Dany is involved hands on with Haller and volunteers his time regular to ensure the smooth running and oversight of Haller Kenya Projects.
Gideon joined The Haller Foundation Kenya in 2008 and has been a key part in it's growth. He worked in conservation and environment management with the Kenyan Wildlife Service for 30 years and has trained Community Development both locally in Kenya and overseas.
He co-ordinates Haller activities and programs in collaboration with other Stakeholders and in line with government departments and ensures projects are completed within the time frame set.
Michael joined The Haller team in 2008, but has worked with Rene Haller for over 30 years and during this time, has gained extensive experience in the community outreach training programme and the excavations of : Water Pans, Wells and Eco Sanitary Facilities.
He has an in-depth knowledge and understanding with the communities and is now reponsible for innovation and the training of smallholder farmers.
He also co-ordinates the Farmer Training program, environmental activities and ground implementation with the grass root farmers.
James graduated from Pwani University, Kenya with a Diploma in Agricultural Education and Extension and is a trained teacher and extension officer. He joined Haller in the year 2014 and has been heavily involved in implementing sustainable farming techniques across our communities. James is a firm believer in technology being the way forward and has led to him taking on an active part in the development of the Haller Farmer's App.
Dr Haller's assistant, Sonal has been with Haller since the start. She has had 30 years experience in administration and ensures the smooth running of all things Haller.
Besides overseeing daily program implementation, Sonal is committed to environmental conservation and as such, has coordinated the turtle conservation project since 2003. She then began to incorporate her conservation with beach cleanup events, involving and therefore educating, the local children.
Maureen has been with Haller since 2010 and supports Sonal with the administration and accounts. She is also involved with the Demonstration Farm, thanks to her strong interest in poultry farming and baking (especially traditional Millet / Sorghum Bread).
We welcome Kevin to the team at Haller Kenya.
Kevin graduated from KMTC in 2016 with a diploma in Clinical Medicine and Surgery and has gained valuable experience in hospitals and medical centres over the last 3 years. He brings with him his excellent "can do" attitude and his much needed skills in diagnostics, patient care and management, not to mention his ability to work in both challenging and non challenging environments!
Husseina Murtaza joined us at the beginning of 2019. She is a qualified and dedicated early childhood teacher and a librarian, with more than 7 years of experience.
She is passionate in teaching children from the nearby villages and engages them in a wide range of environmental activities; “Education is the key to success, and every child is entitled to that key!"
Providing a wide range of basic technical and clerical services, including information and reference service, reader’s advisory, presenting programs, copy cataloging, circulation services, and administrative support, Husseina is going to be a valuable member of the Haller Kenya team.