The British citizen who was among the casualties in the terrorist attack on the DusitD2 complex in Nairobi yesterday has been named.
Father of one, Luke Potter, had only recently moved to Nairobi from the UK and was working for Gatsby as Africa Programmes Director.
Luke had been working in economic development since 2008 after moving from the private sector. His opportunity at Gatsby came several years after a meeting with Executive Director Justin Highstead in Nairobi during 2011/12.
His interests outside work included water-sports, camping and hiking.
A statement by the charity said they were “deeply shocked and saddened” by the news.
“Luke had devoted the past ten years of his career to helping some of the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world. He had worked with us for three and a half years, carrying out assignments across East Africa,” it said.
Luke had been instrumental in establishing Gatsby’s forestry programme and team in Kenya, and provided crucial leadership, guidance and support to our Tanzanian forestry programme and their tea programmes in Rwanda and Tanzania.
Gatsby added that “Luke was respected by all he worked with, bringing huge drive, determination, a relentless work ethic, and a thirst for new ideas to every project. He brought a calm head and his unique sense of humour to every situation. He was deeply committed to his work, to his teams, to Gatsby and to development in Africa. He was our colleague and our friend.
“We share the grief of his family, partner, daughter and friends. Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with them. We are now focused on offering all the support we can to them and to our staff.”