Board Members

Mentor a child to protect the threatened National Parks and Wildlife Reserves

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Vincent Twagirayezu Founder/C.E.O  CHILDREN CONSERVATIONISTS PROGRAMME (CCP) Christian, husband and father, Vincent is a Conservationist– a Rwandan-Ugandan, born in Uganda in 1981. Vincent has a bachelor of Science  degree in Tourism Operations Management from Nkumba University, Uganda. He worked in Volcanoes National Park as a tourist guide under Rwanda Development Board (RDB) for 7 years before he started his own tour and travel company-Golden Trekkers Africa. Vincent has several training in tourism and conservation which made him grow in this sector. These include, community conservation and conflict management, general biodiversity conservation and customer service delivery in tourism. In 2010 Vincent was lucky to participate in the International Gorilla Census that was conducted in Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Vincent’s achievements and successes to a greater extent are attributed to the wildlife and that is why he has put his focus on conserving National parks and wildlife reserves for the future generation through mentoring the young people. Vincent believes that when children are groomed at an early stage to love and conserve the environment, they grow up to be good ambassadors of conservation. He realized his dream of starting a conservation organization in 2018 and branded it CHILDREN CONSERVATIONISTS PROGRAMME’.
Stanislav Lhota

Stanislav Lhota, (Czech Republic); Board member Education 4 Conservation– Advisor Conservationist – Research Scientist at Czech University of Life Sciences and Usti nad Labem Zoo, Czech Republic. Education: Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of South Bohemia, Ceske Budejovice, CZ D. thesis (2007): Ecology of free-ranging Aye-ayes (Daubentonia madagascariensis) in Madagascar in relation to morphological specializations.

  • Sc. thesis (2001): Infanitcidal counterstrategies in Hanuman langur females: testing the female choice hypothesis
  • Sc. thesis (2000): Proximate and ultimate causes of infanticide in Hanuman langurs(Semnopithecus entellus): review of hypotheses

         Scientific interests: primatology, ecology, ethology, conservation

Mercy Gloria Ashepet (Uganda) Board member in charge of Fundraising and Research  I am a PhD student affiliated to the Royal Museum of Central Africa and KU Leuven. I have a strong background, knowledge and skills in introductory, field and applied Biological disciplines (BSc. Biological studies at Makerere University) and human-environment interactions (MSc Human-Ecology at Vrije Universiteit Brussels). As a young biologist from a developing country with many conflicting needs of development, conservation and human well-being, my interests lie in understanding participatory approaches that can be used to best address such societal concerns and balance all sides of the ‘scale’. This drew my attention to research approaches like citizen science whose potential in Africa I am currently exploring. Also, I have a keen interest to promote conservation talk in all levels of the Ugandan education system as this would ensure a steady supply of stewards of nature.

Mutangana Eugene (Rwanda) Board Member – Advisor Mr. MUTANGANA Eugene is a high level enthusiast, optimist and patriot with a professional attitude always committed to serve and deliver quality service in any position he is charged with, at the centre of security mindful. He has vast tourism and conservation experience where the two (Tourism and Conservation) play a key role in boosting the socio-economic development of Rwanda, more so in particular; well conversant with the best conservation practice models that lead to self-sustainability of Rwanda’s Protected Areas and its biodiversity. He holds MSc. Environment and Development from Trinity College, University of Dublin in Ireland and a bachelors’ degree in tourism operations and wildlife management. Working as the Head of Department Conservation-RDB (Head of PAs in Rwanda), previously worked as the Head of Law Enforcement where poaching has been minimized to a commendable level and Deputy Park manager at Akagera Management Company ltd where both African lion and East African Black Rhinos have been re-introduced recently. He also worked with Volcanoes National Park as tourism warden, a home to the endangered mountain gorillas. Eugene has a rich travel exposure to different destinations, including to: USA, Ireland, Singapore, South Africa and East Africa as a home base

Mugula George Mukalazi (Uganda), Board member in charge of community livelihoods

George is a supremely motivated Apiculture Expert & Environmentalist with strong vision, enthusiasm, and unquenchable thirst to achieve a successful out for the rural communities doing Beekeeping. The vision has included corporate strategy creation, devising innovative ideas and unique skills in Bee keeping and team motivation. These unique capabilities would be a major asset to any organization seeking do promote bee keeping project among the rural communities (youth, women and disadvantaged groups). George has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Management from Makerere University. Because of his passion in beekeeping, George has participated in various training on modern bee keeping in Uganda and the Netherlands. George is now a consultant in the bee keeping industry and is the managing director/founder of Bee House Products Uganda Ltd, since 2012. He has trained various youth and women groups in bee keeping and recently participated in the development of curriculum of Beekeeping in vocational institutions in Uganda.

Mr. Wilson Kagoro (Uganda) Advisor to the Board  
Mr. Wilson Kagoro, is a teacher by profession and a conservationist by practice. Wilson is the Warden Community in Kibale National Park under the Uganda Wildlife Authority. He possesses a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Makerere University and an M.Sc in Education for Sustainability from London South Bank University.Wilson is currently pursuing a PhD in Environment and Natural Resource Management at Makerere University. Wilson has over ten years’ experience in conservation and he was part of the team that made the General Management Plan of Queen Elizabeth Protected Area, Semuliki and Kibale National Parks. He is passionate about conservation work and loves working with organized community groups and children. Wilson is a conflict management expert and a great educationist in the field of conservation. He has vast knowledge in guiding and supporting communities next to the park in developing ecotourism development. He is good at deducing conservation knowledge to local practice
Dr. Violet Kisakye (Uganda) Board member in charge of Fundraising and Research 
Dr. Violet Kisakye is a PhD graduate from KU Leuven, Belgium. She also holds a Master’s degree in Integrated Water Resources Management from the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. She specialized in Water and Land resources from the HOORC Institute in the Okavango Delta in Botswana in 2010. Violet graduated in 2006 with a BSC in Agricultural Land Use and Management from Makerere University, Uganda. She has previously worked at Makerere University as a teaching Assistant before she joined Dynapharm international, Lusaka Zambia as an organic fertilizer consultant. She is currently a senior lecturer at Mountains of the Moon University, in Fort Portal, Uganda. She is also involved in consultancy work focusing on sustainable watershed planning and natural resource management.

Violet Kanyiginya (Uganda) Secretary to the Board and in charge of Fundraising and Research Violet is an academician/researcher in the area of natural hazards and very passionate about the environment and natural resources. She is currently a PhD student at the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Belgium, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and Mbarara University of Science and Technology in Uganda. Her current PhD research is about natural hazards assessment in the Kigezi highlands Uganda, exploring how the human activities are connected to the natural hazard frequencies but also applying the citizen science approach to monitor natural hazards.

ANNE GAKUBA

Anne Gakuba (Rwanda), Board Member — financial and partnership advisor   I am a HR practitioner with more than 10 years of working experience in the field of human resource management. This experience ranges from public, private, and international organization settings. Anne holds bachelor’s degree in human resource management obtained from the recognized high learning institution in Rwanda. Anne’s extensive working experience ranges in areas such as Recruitment, Training, Payroll Preparation, Performance Management, Personnel’ records management, and Labor Relations. I aim to provide exceptional contribution to customer care service to all clients and striving for continued excellence. Above all, I love wildlife and nature.

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