UCU Directors & Staff
Uganda Conservation (U) Limited (UCU) is a not-for-profit company registered in Uganda to administer and control the activities of UCF within that country. The principal shareholder in UCU is UCF which holds 99.98% of the shareholding. The company is managed by a Board of Directors comprising local professionals and business people. They all support UCU on a voluntary basis.
Pictured below at a recent Directors' meeting at the UCU office in Kampala are, from left to right: Julia Lloyd, Lilly Ajarova (former director), Andrew Roberts, Harriet Fowler, Patrick Agaba, Enid Kakooko, Jane Anywar Adong (former director), Patrick Shah, Charlotte Beauvoisin (former VSO volunteer) and David Porter (former Chairman).
Michael Keigwin is the Founding Trustee of UCF and a Director of UCU, the Ugandan operational arm of the Charity. He has a close and intimate knowledge of Uganda having spent 9 years living amongst the people whilst running his Elephant, Crops & People project which led to the formation of UCF. Having returned to the UK in 2005 he completed an MBA at Durham Business School before joining Deloitte as a Senior Consultant for two years. In November 2011 he returned to live and establish a business in Uganda. Michael has played a key role in enforcing ‘conservation in action’ and as Operative Trustee oversees and directs the project work in Uganda.Fred Babweteera - Director Budongo Forest Project, Masindi, Uganda; Lecturer Makerere University, Department of Forestry, Uganda
Fred is a tropical forest ecologist with experience in managing multidisciplinary conservation projects that provide pragmatic solutions to sustainable management of protected areas. He has provided advisory services to lead conservation agencies such as Uganda Wildlife Authority, National Forestry Authority and the Uganda National Council for Science and Technology.
Fred has supervised a number of students and projects dealing with problem animal control around Budongo Forest (a UCF project) and has been involved in overseeing community volunteers and field assistants in conservation education in the Masindi-Hoima region.
He holds a PhD and MSC in Forestry Science Management and policy from Oxford University.
Julia Lloyd - PhD. student and primatologist tour guide, Kibale Forest, Uganda
Julia is currently a PhD. student at Makerere University, Kampala for which she is researching the Impact of tourism on the behaviour and physiology of habituated wild chimpanzees in Kibale Forest National Park.
Previously she worked closely with the Uganda Wildlife Authority and spent three years working with the Jane Goodall Institute as an Ecotourist Consultant. She was awarded a Distinction for her MSc in Primate Conservation from Oxford Brookes University.
Julia was born in the UK and has lived in Uganda for 12 years. She currently lives in a house of traditional construction on the edge of the Kibale Forest.
Harriet Fowler – Consultant in humanitarian and development programme management
Harriet Fowler has many years’ experience working across Africa in large scale humanitarian and development programmes, mostly in the NGO sector. British by birth, she has lived and worked in Uganda for ten years. Her work has taken her from the UK to Vanuatu via India and a number of West and Southern African countries. Since coming to Uganda she has been involved with programme management in Eastern Congo, Pader and most recently Moroto in Karamoja.
Patrick Shah (Chairman) - Owner of The Far Horizons (Journeys Discovering Africa) safari company
Patrick was born in Kenya and has lived in Uganda for 13 years. He was key to development of some of UCF's earliest projects. In 2010 he assumed the strategic role of helping support development of the Ugandan team.
Patrick has served on the Executive Committee of the Association of Uganda Tour Operators as secretary, then treasurer and in 2003 he was elected Chairman
Andrew Roberts has lived in Uganda since 1993. Born in Britain, his first project was to help the Ugandan Forest Department set up ecotourism projects. Andrew has worked closely with the Uganda Wildlife Authority since 1998 on a wide variety of projects including general management plans, visitor centres, and tourism development, working in all ten National Parks. In 2001, he was the Landscape Architect/site planner for the Murchison Falls NP General Management Plan. He was nominated as an honorary warden of the Uganda Wildlife Authority in 2008.
Andrew is the author of Uganda's Great Rift Valley, co-writer of the Bradt Travel Guide to Uganda and the creator of the Uganda Maps series which covers the main Protected Areas and tourism zones.
Jean Jacques Bernabe - Director, Alliance Francaise, Kampala
We would like to welcome to the Board Jean Jacque. A short boigraphy will be provided in the near future.
George Owoyesigire - Acting Principal Wildlife Officer, attached to the Department of Wildlife Conservation at Ugandan Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife & Heritage
George has extensively worked in the wildlife conservation sector in Uganda for various conservation agencies including Uganda Wildlife Authority, National Forestry Authority and Jane Goodall Institute. George is currently involved in initiating, formulating and reviewing plans, policies and legislation for wildlife management and conservation in Uganda.
A small but very important team is in place in Uganda to look after the operational requirements. The office team currently comprises three Ugandan nationals.
Project Manager: Patrick Agaba
Patrick joined UCU in 2006 and is very much the public face of UCF both in Kampala and in the bush! He is responsible for project management, implementation and stakeholder relationships, predominantly with UWA representatives (at head office and in the field) and community consultation. He has a BA from Makere University and previously has worked in conservation projects for USAid contracted companies. He has a wide knowledge of his country and is fluent in many Ugandan languages.
Finance & Administration Officer: Enid Kakooko
Enid joined UCU in 2006. A graduate in Business Studies of Kampala International University Enid provides administrative and financial support to UCF, projects and partners in line with organisational policies and requirements. Occasionally Enid is allowed out of the Kampala office and she is pictured below with the British actress Joanna Lumley, whom she met while visiting Murchison Falls where Joanna was filming for a programme on the Nile river.
Marketing Officer: Emmanuel Aupal
Emmanuel joined UCU in Septeber 2011 and takes over from Charlotte Beauvoisin (who was with UCF as a VSO volunteer Business Development Manager from February 2009 to September 2011). Emmanuel is an environmentalist, who worked as an Assistant District Project Coordinator in the Tree Talk WILD Project in Moyo District where he was coordinating and implementing a biodiversity and conservation programme in schools and communities. He is currently pursuing a MSc in Development Management through the Open University.