(i) Mr. OTTO N. Benjamin, ChairpersonHe worked as Permanent Secretary/ Accounting Officer from 1980 to 1998 in the Ministry of Education and Sports, Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife; and has vast expertise in the Finance and Administration and management of large enterprises having been an Accounting Officer particularly in activities related to management of tourism and wildlife in Uganda.
(ii) Dr. KASOMA Pantaleon Mukasa Banda, MemberHas over 20 years’ experience in environmental and natural resources management with a strong academic background, having risen from the rank of Special Assistant to Associate Professor of Makerere University. He is currently the Executive Director Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) - a global nonprofit Organization. He is therefore very knowledgeable in conservation and management of protected areas.
(iii) Eng. BATUMA Mbabazi, MemberHas long experience in tourism development operations and business management. He is the investor behind Bunyonyi Overland Resort and Rushaga Gorilla Camp-Bwindi and is an active member of the Uganda Hotel Owners’ Association (UHOA) and Association of Uganda Tour Operators (AUTO). He will represent the tour operators on the Board.
(iv) Dr. NALWANGA Dianah. Wabwire, member,She has worked with birds’ conservation and community benefits from conservation since 2001. She is currently a Research and Monitoring Coordinator at NatureUganda and as well as many community development projects. She is a Conservation Biologist, and got her PhD in 2012 in Biodiversity Conservation. She is very knowledgeable in protected area and wildlife management.
(v) Mr. WAMAKOTE Leonard, memberHas outstanding managerial and accounting skills as well as management, monitoring and evaluation expertise. He brings on board experience in depth understanding of Information Communication Technology, Accounting, Commerce and Management.
(vi) Mr. KAGUMAHO Kakuyo, member: Has qualifications in Conservation and previous employment with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi, International Conservation Union (IUCN) Regional Office in Nairobi and Country Office in Kampala. He is a distinguished UN retiree and active member of the private sector offering consultancy services.
(vii) Hon. BALIDDAWA Edward: He has passion for Tourism and Wildlife matters as the leader of the Busoga Tourism Cluster. He is a business management and economics specialist. He is a Member of Parliament but not standing for the upcoming elections. He has passion for tourism business and an active member of Busoga Tourism Initiative. He brings on board vast professional experience in management and economics.
(viii) Dr. AKANKWASAH Barirega, member He is appointment as a representative of the Ministry responsible for wildlife. He holds a Doctorate degree in Environment and Natural Resources and is currently working as Ag. Commissioner Wildlife Conservation at the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities. He brings on board vast experience in wildlife conservation policy and management.
(ix) Ms. ZIGITI Zeridah, Member; Nominated for appointment as a representative of the Ministry responsible for finance. She is an accomplished economist with vast knowledge in public sector budgeting.
We congratulate you all and wish you a fruitful tenure as members of the 8th Board of Uganda Wildlife Authority.