The METGE Board is a mix of experienced managers, finance professionals, and agricultural specialists with experience in the public and private sector. We share a passion for taking action to minimise the harmful effects of climate change in Uganda, for sustainable development and local communities. And of course - trees!

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Mary N G Manana

Mary holds a Master of Philosophy in Environmental studies (Economics) and currently a PHD candidate (sustainability and livelihoods). She also has an MA in Organizational Leadership and Management, and a Bachelor of Education degree specializing in Economics/Business and Accounting. Mary has been administrator with over 20 years’ experience in the university sector and is a trained and experienced business mentor, counsellor and a certified trainer of trainers.

Mary is a great believer in conservation having recently done extensive research in community led livelihood improvement that looks into a place centered consideration on environment, culture, economics and the social status of the community.


Angelina Achieng Olowo Barungi

Angelina is a people centered and fun-loving person who is thrilled by transforming livelihoods of the disadvantaged. As Board Member of METGE, she is overly excited to contribute to the restoration and preservation of the environment through tree growing in Eastern Uganda. She is a multi skilled professional with over 20 years of experience in matters of customs tax policy, international trade policy, cross border trade, trade facilitation, EAC regional integration, public administration and law. She is a holder of a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Management, a Bachelor’s Degree in Law and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Political Science from Makerere University.  

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Ian Maxwell

Ian has extensive experience in business from both a private and public sector perspective. He graduated with science degrees and led project teams in developing laser technology. He spent over a decade in international sales, taking up roles in marketing and communications, project and programme management, and industry sector management. He gained an MBA from Warwick Business School and lectured part-time in further education colleges in marketing for over 10 years. Whilst working for the Welsh Government he had the opportunity to visit Uganda, returning on several occasions because of his enthusiasm for how the programme can benefit Uganda, its people and the environment. In 2017 he retired from the Welsh Government and became the founder director of METGE.

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Robert Arnold

Bob has worked in skills training and development in Kenya, Sudan as well as in Uganda for more than 20 years. Bob’s mantra is ‘helping people to help themselves’ and he is passionate about empowering and enabling individuals and communities to work to become self-reliant.  Bob has been involved with the Mbale Tree Planting Project (TPP) since its inception in 2010. Bob’s first-hand involvement of having a tree nursery at Bungokho Rural Development Centre (BRDC) in a previous role is invaluable experience in supporting and driving the long term aims of the organisation.