Before his days of building and running Mihingo Lodge, Ralph Schenk worked for the German International Cooperation (GIZ) supporting Uganda Wildlife Authority in community conservation at Murchison Falls National Park and prior to that in Saadani National Park and Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania. It was with this past experience and firsthand knowledge of the wildlife conflicts in the Mburo area that he decided to set up MCCDF. He has a clear vision of how to establish long-term partnerships to create sustainable biodiversity, conservation and local economic growth.

In charge of day to day operations and project planning is Iddy Farmer. Iddy started with Mihingo Lodge in March 2011 initially as a volunteer with the stable team but soon became the assistant manager. However her passion has always been for wildlife and its conservation. During her time with the lodge she became aware of just how much wildlife still exists beyond the Parks borders and saw firsthand the conflicts the communities were encountering with them. As a result she became MCCDF manager in January 2015 to focus full time on reducing these conflicts and armonising the coexistence of wildlife and people.