The Uganda Carbon Bureau Team

Bill Farmer - Chairman

Bill Farmer - Chairman

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Bill’s African experience started with posts in Zambia, Swaziland, Cameroon and South Sudan before he moved to Uganda some 18 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. He then worked as an EU-funded adviser at both 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 with CARE Uganda as the first voluntary carbon market project for smallholder tree farmers in Uganda. Wanting to do more to offer carbon finance services more widely, Bill established the Bureau in 2006.

Georg Zenk - CDM Consultant

Georg Zenk - CDM Consultant

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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.

Annet Ssempala – Manager Stove Facility Support, ICSEA

Annet Ssempala – Manager Stove Facility Support, ICSEA

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Annet Ssempala joined us from 4 years of working for ECOTRUST (one of our improved cookstove PoA members), but she has also had an interesting career with the Uganda Wildlife Authority as a warden in Mt Elgon National Park and other forestry posts. With a first class honours degree in forestry and an MBA, her education and experience suits her perfectly for the post of managing our stove support facility in the ICSEA PoA. Her forestry knowledge and hand-on experience are also contributing to our current work to launch the FOCASA umbrella project for private sector tree growers in Uganda.

Ruth Muheirwe – Finance & Administration Manager

Ruth Muheirwe – Finance & Administration Manager

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At UCB Ruth is responsible for all aspects of the office’s administration and financial management for our various companies and keeps close records of our donor-supported activities, our Ignition Fund (that provides de-risked funding to ICSEA PoA applicants) and generally keeps the wheels turning.

Jenny Farmer - Senior Forestry Specialist

Jenny Farmer - Senior Forestry Specialist

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Jenny worked with Bill to establish the Bureau in 2006. She led our Going Neutral programme and forestry work. In 2009 she left to study a PhD at the University of Aberdeen, researching impacts of land use change on soil carbon and carbon dioxide emissions in Indonesian peatlands. In 2013 she returned to Uganda as a postdoctoral researcher under the ALTER research project as a collaboration with University of Aberdeen and CAFEA, studying land use change dynamics in Uganda’s peat wetlands. She is now working on a new project, MOYA, studying methane emissions from wetlands in Uganda, again with Aberdeen through a partnership with CAFEA. She provides pro-bono support to CAFEA’s research programme, as well as working for the University of Aberdeen. She involves many young students and graduates in her work, offering research training and research project supervision for MSc students. You can read more about her Uganda based wetland work on her blog here: https://drfarmerjen.wordpress.com/uganda-wetlands/

Charlie Langan - Forestry Carbon Consultant

Charlie Langan - Forestry Carbon Consultant

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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 Kihuguru - ICSEA General Manager

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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.

Urbans Benywanira – Carbon Finance Specialist

Urbans Benywanira – Carbon Finance Specialist

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Urbans studied environmental management at Makerere University and then went on to do his Masters in Climate and Society at Mekelle University, Ethiopia. He has had extensive practical experience at the Least Developed Countries Environment Centre in Kampala and as a consultant at the Environmental Management for Livelihood Improvement, Bwaise Facility. Early in his career he interned at Uganda’s Climate Change Unit. He is a key member of the ICSEA team, supporting the members and applicants of this fast growing Programme of Activities, and closely monitors their progress through their inclusion and operational stages.

Ruth Komuntale - Legal Executive

Ruth Komuntale - Legal Executive

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Ruth is a qualified lawyer with a varied career in legal and management roles that make her a valuable asset providing in-house legal advisory services to all our activities. She has updated the legal templates that were drafted by our earlier legal consultants, Baker & McKenzie and Perspectives.

Sam Binta - GIS Specialist Consultant

Sam Binta - GIS Specialist Consultant

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Sam is a highly qualified and experienced GIS expert who started out with a degree in environmental management. He is based in our office to process the data of all the tree growers who are part of our Gold Standard retroactive A/R project submission called FOCASA (Forestry for Climate Adaptation & Carbon Storage in Africa Ltd). This will become a nationwide carbon credit access facility for all new growers who meet the National Forestry Standards that will shortly be issued by the Uganda Government. Sam works closely with the GIS officer at the Sawlog Production Grant Scheme (SPGS), whose past members comprise the retroactive GS project.

Sandra Manana - Carbon Finance Specialist

Sandra Manana - Carbon Finance Specialist

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Sandra joined us an intern and has since become a full-time team member handling our carbon offset work and the development of our FOCASA Gold Standard A/R umbrella project. As a forestry graduate (now studying part-time for her Masters in Environment & Natural Resources) she is working closely with our partner Danish Forestry Extension (sponsored by Danida) to complete the registration of FOCASA and to establish this as a national facility for a wide range of tree growers in Uganda.