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Expedition Team

Thierry Banchet

Expedition Leader

Original from France, Thierry has a passion for the African Continent. For over more than twenty years he has explored the continent out of the beaten tracks looking for the exceptional, and also leading multiple expeditions. In the middle of nineties he discovers the PPG, at his opinion the Ultimate tool to discover the black continent. He’s a licensed PPG Instructor (French CAA license). With NKP Expeditions, Thierry likes to share with pilots around the world his experiences of a lifetime flying in the African regions, and also likes organising tailored expeditions for TV programs. As a Photographer, he has contributed to national and international publications. He has PPL and micro light aircraft licenses, is a scuba diving instructor and practices others disciplines like Enduro bike. Thierry speaks English, Spanish and French. He now lives in South Africa in a Big Five Game Reserve.

Hassan_Sachedina pic profileHassan Sachedina 

PhD in Conservation & Pilot

Hassan was born and raised in Kenya. He has over 15 years of conservation management and community development experience in five continents.  Hassan began his career leading a rhino conservation project in the Selous Game Reserve, in Tanzania. Prior to BCP, he was Vice President of Wildlife Works, which achieved the World’s first verified REDD projects. Hassan was also a Partner in Conservation Capital, which catalyzed $210 million of conservation business investments globally. Hassan’s PhD thesis on community-based conservation from the University of Oxford was awarded the Audrey Richards Prize for the best Africanist thesis written over two years from any UK university. He also holds an MSc degree in Environmental Management from Oxford University, and a BA from Middlebury College, in the USA. Hassan is Gazetted as a Honorary Game Warden in Kenya, and as an Honorary Wildlife Police Officer in Zambia, and is a commercial pilot.  Hassan is on the Board of the Baraka Foundation, and is a member of the IUCN Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group.  Hassan speaks English, French and Swahili.


Netta Ruthmann

Kenyan guide, Off road motorbike Expert

Born in Kenya, after several years of working in Germany and the Isle of Man, Netta knew that her heart belonged in Africa and that home is best. So she decided that self-employment was the only way to share her intimate and extensive knowledge of Kenya, its people and her love for the country.

She speaks English, Swahili, and German.

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Thierry Simonet

The “Boss” of Backbone

One of the leading Paramotors manufacturers in France. Simonet joins the team to bring his invaluable expertise. He is a Paramotor instructor, French CAA , with 29 years of experience in: parachuting,  paraglider, microlight delta,  trike, 3 axis, and glider. He speaks, English, Italian, French and Spanish.