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Governance and management

ECAS Institute is currently governed through an advisory board which is made up of renown experts in our areas of focus. The Board is expected to meet quarterly and to be concerned with general policy and oversight of programmes and operations, while leading the development of strategic objectives.

The decisions of the board are being implemented by an Executive Committee which is required to take responsibility for carrying out the oversight responsibilities of the Board on a more regular and frequent basis.

The current Board Chair is Prof. Edward Kairu the Principal Consultant and Chairman at ETC Consulting while the co-chair is Prof. Daniel Olago, Chairman, Department of Earth and Climate Sciences in the Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Nairobi.

Managing the affairs of ECAS on a day-to-day basis is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The CEO reports to the Board through the Executive Committee. He is assisted by staff currently located at the Methodist Ministries Centre, Oloitoktok Road, Lavington, Nairobi, Kenya.

ECAS is in the process of setting up regional hubs in Tanzania, Zimbabwe, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Malawi and Uganda.


Raise awareness at various levels on environment and energy issues and increasing the access of African institutions to capacity building opportunities.

Developing and, where appropriate, promoting exchange of best practices, experiences, and information on capacity building, including financial resources, case studies and tools for capacity building

Support our partners and collaborators in prioritizing institutional capacity building

Ensuring the long-term sustainability of capacity building activities is achieved through integration in local, national and regional planning processes

Mobilizing financial and technical resources for capacity building

Applying learning-by-doing approaches for capacity-building by supporting various types of capacity-building activities, projects and programmes at the national and local levels

Supporting donors and development partners in local coordination


  1. Multi-stakeholder engagements and partnerships
  2. Training and skills development
  3. Sustainable/green innovative ventures
  4. Co-production, exchange and management of knowledge and experience to support effective implementation of environment, climate change and energy initiatives.
  5. Collaborative research and research advocacy

Our Team

Jacob Olonde
Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Jacob is a renowned environmentalist with a bias towards Green Economy, Climate Change, Sustainability, Research, and Capacity Building.

He has over 10 years of practical and hands-on working experience in the environmental, and energy sectors. He is an author, trainer, researcher, and consulting expert.

He is the Chief Executive Officer of Environmental Capacity and Sustainability Institute (ECAS Institute), a social enterprise that focuses on environment-based capacity building, research, policy engagement, and consulting services.

He is a member of Kenya Climate Change Working Group (KCCWG), Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), Ecosystems Based Adaptation for Food Security in Africa (EBAFOSA), Kenya Forestry Working Group, Sustainable Energy for All (SEAF), African Research and Innovation Network (ARIN), Kenya Wetlands Forum & Ruaraka Business Community (Rubicon).

He has represented Kenya and Africa in the AMCEN, SBSTA, COPs, IPBES among others.

He previously worked for the Institute for Climate Change & Adaptation (ICCA), Council of Governors, World-Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources. He has widely consulted on forestry, water, climate change, energy, health, transport, waste and infrastructure, and oil and gas-related assignment.

He has consulted widely and has been involved in research on many themes around the country.

He is currently finalizing a Masters in Environmental Law degree at the University of Nairobi and holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Planning and Management from Kenyatta University. He is a trainer on climate change, environmental law and policy, oil and gas governance and green growth/economy, circular economy, and cooperative sustainability.

Jacob is a registered EIA Expert and a National Industrial Training Authority (NITA) registered Trainer.

Jacob is an author of 3 books and a renowned mentor who has mentored over 400 youths.