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Directors

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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Dr Mary N. G. Manana
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Dr Mary holds a Master of Philosophy in Environmental studies (Economics) and currently holds a PHD in  (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.

 

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Angelina Achieng Olowo Barungi
Director

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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Robert Arnold
Director

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.

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Dave Bishop
Director

Bishop is passionate about issues of justice and development. Naturally curious about the world and the reasons why inequality exists; what works in overcoming it, and why. Analytical, systematic, but very much open to innovation and smarter ways of working. A career starting out as a project manager and consultant in a global consulting firm, quickly rising to Principal Consultant overseeing an international project portfolio, before moving to the NGO sector. During that time, led the impact evaluation efforts of Oxfam GB, rigorously finding out whether their programmes were working as intended, with a particular emphasis on leading the understanding and evaluation of livelihood betterment, women’s empowerment and climate/shock resilience programmes. From the international NGO sector based in the UK, then relocating in 2014 to eastern Uganda in order to direct the community development programmes of JENGA CDO. In the course of exploring what is most needed in the extremely poor and vulnerable communities of Mt Elgon – and becoming more and more convinced that sustainable business and marketing initiatives could play a part decided to establish a specialty coffee-producing project. Leading the development of Zukuka Bora Coffee Company, has overseen the rapid growth and success of the business to ensure secure market and better prices for producers, create opportunities for local employment and career development across the whole coffee value chain – from quality cultivation, processing and export, to roasting and adding value in-country. With such a background, able to offer a well-rounded skill set with the experience and adaptability required to be able to lead development and business teams/projects in a range of complex cultures and contexts; a proven project, financial and people management track-record; a keen eye for detail; a curiosity for the reasons and stories behind the headline success or failures of projects; plus a genuine conviction to raise the cause of the most vulnerable and bring positive changes wherever possible.

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