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.
Annet Ssempala – Manager Stove Facility Support, ICSEA
Ruth Muheirwe – Finance & Administration Manager
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.
Urbans Benywanira – Carbon Finance Specialist
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.