Maasai Mara seminar at the Department of Management

23-24 November the Department of Management will host a strategy seminar for the Maasai Mara Science and Development Initiative

2015.11.16 | Merete Elmann

It is not often that you can bump into a genuine Maasai in the hallway on your way to the coffee maschine, but next week you may have the chance.

Monday 23 November and Tuesday 24, the department is hosting a strategy seminar for the Maasai Mara Science and Development Initiative (MMSDI), an international project with the ambition of saving the world unique ecosystem of Maasai Mara in Kenya through an innovative public-private partnership and interdisciplinary research.

Head of Department Jacob Kjær Eskildsen and several researchers and staff from ICOA are part of the interdisciplinary network which has received funding from the AU Strategic Funding Scheme for Interdisciplinary Networks. Pernille Kallehave is the Program Director.

Professor Børge Obel from ICOA is Chairman of the Board of MMSDI:
”We are not experts on Africa, poverty or conservation of wild animals. But at ICOA we have a lot of knowledge about the design of organizations, of decision making, of sustainability and fundamental methods for creating cooperation and collaboration. We want to use this knowledge to solve a Grand Challenge and the Maasai Mara has all it takes of complex problems to be an excellent case for our research. This also gives us a unique opportunity to work closely with fellow researchers from all four faculties at AU and from Kenya.”

The project has been on its way for 18 months. A strong founding group and governance structure have been established. At a Summit in April 2015 in Kenya, a broad range of local stakeholders gave inputs to identity where the challenges are. This is now described in a report

The partners have developed a catalog of 36 project ideas to tackle the challenges. Now the next big step is funding – and hopefully lots of it.

This is why Maasais, vice-chancellors, deans, researchers and camp-owners now will fly into AU to discuss and develop the strategy and fundraising plan.

They represent the Board and the Scientific Board of the Initative. They come from the Maasai community of Mararianda, Maasai Mara University, University of Nairobi, Justus-Liebig Universität Giessen and Karen Blixen Camp.

You can read more about the MMSDI at and see the program for the seminar at

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