The Uganda Carbon Bureau Team
Bill Farmer - Chairman
Bill’s African experience included posts in Zambia, Swaziland, Cameroon and Sudan before he moved to Uganda over 12 years ago. He led the technical team in the Ministry of Water, Lands & Environment that undertook the internationally acclaimed reform of Uganda’s forest sector, and worked as an EU-funded adviser with the Private Sector Foundation Uganda, and the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA). Back in 2001 he initiated the Bushenyi Plan Vivo carbon finance scheme in western Uganda as the first voluntary carbon market project for smallholder tree farmers in Uganda. Bill established the Bureau in 2006.
Georg Zenk - CDM Consultant
Georg Zenk is an expert in CDM renewable energy project development. With a natural science background he has an extensive record of environmental consultancy. Before he joined the Bureau he validated CDM projects for one of the leading German validation companies (Tuv Sud). He worked with UCB for over 3 years supported by the German development organisation GTZ|CIM and his work was spread across all the Bureau’s energy-related projects including renewables, fuel switch and improved cookstoves. He now supports the Bureau’s work as an independent consultant.
Virginia Echavarria – Project Manager, Nordic Climate Facility Support to ICSEA
Virginia was raised in Argentina after which she studied in London for 6 years where she graduated with a MSc/PGDIP in Sustainable Environmental Management. She then moved to the eastern DR Congo, and the Ivory Coast where she managed an alternative energy programme. She has experience in introducing fuel briquettes and improved stoves to help reduce deforestation in the Virunga and Tai National Parks. She joined the improved cookstoves CDM PoA team as the Coordinator of the Stoves Support Facility, and is now the Project Manager of the Nordic Climate Facility programme of support to the Improved Cook Stoves for East Africa (ICSEA) PoA, which is also supported by CARE Denmark.
Grace Ayoo – Office Administrator
Grace came to the Bureau with a Bachelors degree in Tourism from Makerere University in Kampala. Previously she worked at the Uganda Wildlife Authority and a local NGO. At UCB she is responsible for all aspects of the office’s administration and financial management.
Jenny Farmer - Senior Forestry Specialist
Jenny was one of the founders of the Bureau and pioneered our forestry work. She has had a continuous involvement in REDD and its field application in Uganda, and was a reviewer of the Avoided Deforestation Partners’ VCS modules. She is still a consultant to the Bureau while she is completing her PhD at the University of Aberdeen studying the efflux of CO2 from peat soils in forest and oil palm sites in Eastern Sumatra.
Charlie Langan - Forestry Carbon Consultant
Charlie joined the Bureau after completing an MSc at the University of Edinburgh where he studied Ecological Economics, specialising in forest carbon and payments for ecosystem services. Although originally trained as a physicist, he has previously worked with the World Agroforestry Centre in Sumatra. His academic research has examined risks to ecosystems and GHG emissions from mangrove land use, and interests include a landscape approach to ecosystems service provision and land management.
Sarah Kihuguru - ICSEA General Manager
Sarah has over 15 years of experience across Africa working with CARE International (Uganda), Save the Children UK, the East African Development Bank, PEARL Microfinance Ltd. and the World Health Organization. She has a BA in Economics Management and an MSc in Health Planning & Administration from leading US universities. Sarah is the General Manager of the Bureau’s Improved Cook Stoves for East Africa Ltd, the Coordinating/Managing Entity (CME) for the multi-country Programme of Activities of the same name.
Salome Alweny – Carbon Finance Specialist
Salome studied environmental management, journalism and communication at Makerere University. Previously she worked for the Monitor newspaper reporting on environmental issues in Uganda, and then the National Environment Management Authority. She is completing her MSc and is studying climate change responses in vulnerable communities. Salome manages the Bureau’s “Going Neutral” carbon offset service, and is responsible for our communications and publications.
Alfred Avuni - Accountant
Alfred is the Bureau’s Accountant and handles all the finance and accounting functions at the Bureau, the Carbon Foundation of East Africa, and is establishing the financial system at each of the CME companies for the Bureau’s Programmes of Activities. He is a certified Public Accountant and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya. Before joining the Bureau he worked for the Cooper Motor Corporation (U) Ltd, and the Aga Khan Education Service, Uganda.
Gloria Namazzi - ICSEA PoA Stove Support Facility, Uganda Country Representative
Gloria has a BA in Environmental Management from Makerere University, and previously worked for Kampala Capital City Authority as an environment officer, with experience in wetlands management, pollution control and behavioural change for environmental protection. Gloria is a first point of contact for stove suppliers interested in joining the Bureau’s Improved Cook Stoves for East Africa Programme of Activities.
Kenneth Otikal - Monitoring Manager
Kenneth is the Bureau’s Monitoring Manager. He holds a BSc in Statistics and Economics from Makerere University and a MSc in Population Studies from the University of Groningen in The Netherlands. Previously Kenneth worked as a District Statistician and monitoring consultant, with extensive experience conducting monitoring, evaluation, assessment and analysis for a wide range of organisations including for UNICEF, Concern Worldwide, STOP MALARIA and USAID. He recently supported the national Population Census 2012, managing and implementing the Amuria district census.