Turkana Basin Institute

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"In 2005, Richard Leakey outlined to Stony Brook his concept for an institute that could provide the permanent infrastructure to enable year-round research in this remote area of sub-Saharan Africa. The University enthusiastically endorsed the idea of TBI, committing funds for the Stony Brook end of the project. Additional fundraising began in 2006; construction of temporary facilities for a long-term field camp on the east side of Lake Turkana (TBI-Ileret) commenced in 2007; the camp was fully operational by year-end and was the site for the first Kenya-based Human Evolution Workshop in 2008. Construction of the first full field center on the west side of the lake (TBI-Turkwel) was completed in 2012. Construction of permanent facilities at TBI-Ileret commenced in 2012, and is scheduled to be completed in 2016." [1]

International Advisory Board [1]

  • Dexter Bailey - Executive Director of the Stony Brook Foundation
  • Simon Cairns - Co-founder, Africa’s Voices Foundation
  • Richard L. Gelfond - Chief Executive Officer, IMAX Corporation
  • Keith C. Hill - President, CEO and Director, Africa Oil Corp.
  • Louise N. Leakey - Research Professor, Stony Brook University; Director of Public Outreach and Education, TBI
  • Meave G. Leakey - Research Professor, Stony Brook University; Director, Plio-Pleistocene Research, TBI
  • Richard E. Leakey - Professor of Anthropology, Stony Brook University; Chair of the Board, TBI
  • Julia Marton - -LefèvreFormer Director General of IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature)
  • Lawrence Martin - Professor of Anthropology, Stony Brook University; Director, TBI
  • Kitili Mbathi - Managing Director, CFC Stanbic Bank Limited; Chief Executive, CFC Stanbic Holdings Limited; East Africa Regional Director, Standard Bank Group
  • Titus Naikuni - Chairman, AirTel Kenya
  • Martin Oduor-Otieno - Partner & Senior Advisor, Deloitte East Africa
  • Jennifer Oppenheimer - Co-founder, Jonathan and Jennifer Oppenheimer Trust
  • David R. Pilbeam - Henry Ford II Professor, Harvard University
  • Mark Read - Director and Chair, Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • James H. Simons - Chairman, Simons Foundation; Chairman & Founder, Renaissance Technologies
  • Marilyn H. Simons - President, Simons Foundation
  • Samuel L. Stanley, Jr. - President, Stony Brook University
  • Ian Telfer - Chairman of the Board, Goldcorp Inc.

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  1. Turkana Basin Institute About, organizational web page, accessed March 10, 2019.