Terrawatu is registered as a charitable, non-governmental organization (NGO) with the Registrar of Societies in The United Republic of Tanzania (So. No. 11220) and as a U.S. Registered 501(c)3 Not-For-Profit Organization (EIN 26-0212786).
Our staff, board of directors, and international advisory council are a unique group of people representing the bridge that connects indigenous cultures to modern development.
Staff and Board of Directors
- Dr. Tanya Pergola - Co-Founder / Co-Director
- Lekoko Ole Sululu - Co-Founder / Co-Director
- Angella Marcel - Project Director
- Abraham Lengai - Board Member
- Dorice Henry - Board Member
- Zawadi David - Board Member
- Dr. April Linton - Board Member
- Lynn Bretsynder - Board Member
- Meagan Carmody - Board Member
International Advisory Council
Sara Curran, PhD
Jessica Erdtsieck, PhD
Kakuta Ole Maimai
Stephen Ndegwa, PhD
Ann Vogel, PhD
Dr. Tanya Pergola
Tanya Pergola is the founder of Terrawatu and has served as the organization’s co-director since 2001. She is the author of Time is Cows: Timeless Wisdom of the Maasai which shares the mind-body-spirit medicine of the Maasai that was imparted to Dr. Tanya in exchange for implementing the sustainable development projects of Terrawatu. She has spoken about the work of Terrawatu at major conferences around the world including the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Nairobi, Kenya and at the Information Technologies for Development Workshop at Oxford, University, UK. Under her leadership, Terrawatu has received grants and recognition from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the World Bank. Tanya holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Washington in Seattle and is a certified Vedic Master with Chopra Center University, founded by Deepak Chopra.
Lekoko Ole Sululu
Lekoko Ole Sululu co-founded Terrawatu and has served as the organization’s co-director since 2001. Sululu was born in a traditional Maasai village in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania and spent his childhood herding his father’s cattle, being initiated as a warrior, and learning the medicinal plants and sacred rituals of the Maasai. For over 20 years, he worked as a guide on Mt. Kilimanjaro and for wildlife safaris with several prestigious travel companies based in Tanzania and the United States before co-founding Terrawatu with Dr. Tanya Pergola. A respected Maasai elder, Sululu is a traditional healer and herbalist and is the director of the People-to-People Safari Company. His primary home is in Arusha, Tanzania and he travels extensively throughout Maasailand advising communities on how to maintain their traditional culture while developing in new and sustainable economic models.
Angella has more than 10 years’ experience in teaching computing, program management, and women’s empowerment. She completed her Advanced level of education at Imboru Secondary School and received a certificate from Arusha Technical College; in addition to continuing education courses in Community Development (2 years) and Tourism Operation at Nairobi Institute of Tourism (Arusha Campus). Angella has most recently been awarded certificates in ‘effective performance for quality results’ and ‘personal success through employment’ through Tanzanian-based institutes. Under her program leadership, Terrawatu has established more than a dozen computer labs at private and government schools, created a solid partnership with Roots & Shoots, a project of the Jane Goodall Institute, and built a strong women’s network focused on environmental conservation and small business development. Since 2006, Angella has worked as a Safari Coordinator for the People-to-People Safari Company, handling ground operation costs, reservations, drafting itineraries and managing volunteers.