Africa’s carriers’ carrier WIOCC is extending its support to African lions by donating 500,000 Kenyan Shillings-worth (equivalent to $4,860 US Dollars) of much-needed drugs and consumables to the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS). These are for use in veterinary interventions, including the safe immobilisation of lions prior to medical examinations or surgical procedures, or when lions require relocation back to areas of safety.
For many years, African wildlife has been dear to the heart of Chris Wood, CEO of Africa’s carriers’ carrier WIOCC, which has its main office in Nairobi, Kenya.
After the sad killing of Mohawk – a majestic, 13-year-old lion with a distinctive black mane that strayed away from the Nairobi National Park in late March 2016 and was shot dead before a suitably-equipped veterinary team could reach him – Chris began raising funds for the KWS through multiple activities and initiatives, starting at a global telecommunications industry event in Chicago that May.
Mr Wood explains: “Following this initial support, I wanted to see how WIOCC could partner with KWS moving forward. Out of this came the donation of additional anaesthetic drugs and medical consumables for use by veterinarians during wildlife rescues. The hope is that this will help prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future”.
In a joint statement, Dr Isaac Lekolool, Senior Veterinary Officer at KWS, and Idza Dzilla, from the KWS Resource Mobilization Office, explained the difference this partnership with WIOCC will make: “Lions are beautiful but vulnerable animals and we are committed to helping protect and conserve them. The anaesthetic drugs that WIOCC has so generously donated will help us carry out vital veterinary procedures on these wonderful and endangered animals“.
Leading industry magazine Global Telecoms Business has named Mike Last, WIOCC’s Chief Marketing Officer & VP, International Business Development, as one of their 50 Strategists to Watch in global telecommunications.
Published in the magazine’s 150th issue, the list identifies ‘… those strategists that have hit the headlines in 2016 due to mergers and acquisitions, IPOs or (for) their vision’.
Mike worked closely with CEO, Chris Wood, on WIOCC’s original strategy eight years ago, and has continued to play a significant part in the maintenance and update of company strategy up to the present day. During this period his marketing expertise has also been influential in transforming WIOCC into an internationally recognised, multi-award-winning capacity and network services wholesaler, widely regarded as the #1 supplier of high-performance bandwidth solutions in Africa.
Are you in Dubai, UAE? Well, make your way to Grand Hyatt Hotel to be part of the ongoing largest carrier event in the Middle East – Capacity Middle East 2017. WIOCC, Africa’s Carriers’ Carrier executive team is present and participating with Chris Wood – WIOCC CEO, Mike Last – CMO & VP, International Business Development, Nikki Popoola – Director Sales and Hitesh Desai – Director, Sales – Southern Africa in attendance.
Chris Wood will also share his expertise in a panel session about ‘The surge of new submarine cables & the role they play in addressing data explosion, content demands, regional IOT & cloud adoption’ on the second day (Wednesday 8th March 2017) at 10:00 am.
Chris, Mike, Nikki and Hitesh are having meetings with some of the attendees to discuss more about WIOCC as a Partner in Africa for:
- High-quality WIOCC Carrier IP Transit Services
- Technical and commercial flexibility
- Access to the most extensive fibre-optic network in Africa
- Tailored end- to- end solutions
To book a meeting with the executive team at the ongoing event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org