Her Royal Highness, the Nnabagereka, Queen Sylvia of Buganda
CTPH Patron is Her Royal Highness, the Nnabagereka, Queen Sylvia of Buganda. She became patron of CTPH in 2005 and during this time she visited Bwindi to launch CTPH programs as well as track the critically endangered mountain gorillas. She became the first queen in the world to track the mountain gorillas, where she named an infant gorilla from the Habinyanja Gorilla Group whose mother is “Mukeikuru” meaning “old”. She named the gorilla “Ntuuse” meaning “I have arrived.” During the launch she presented certificates to students who had recently completed the CTPH sponsored certificate in basic compute skills from Makerere University’s Gender and Technology Outreach program.
Madina Nakibirige is currently working with Deloitte Uganda, which is the Financial Management Agency of the Civil Society Fund. She possesses a wealth of experience in civil society sector and local governments particularly in the area of HIV/AIDS, health and education. She has a special interest in program, grants, organisational and financial management. She has several years experience in managing and implementing USAID, DANIDA, Irish Aid, DFID and other donor-funded projects with direct programmatic experience in grants mechanism management. Previously, Madina worked with John Snow International/ UPHOLD as well as several NGOs in Uganda. She volunteers as a mentor with Century Entrepreneurship Development Agency where she guides young women on how they can "lead a life of choice not chance". Madina is a mother and holds a masters degree in Education from Makerere University and a post graduate diploma in Management from Uganda Management Institute.
Arthur Mugisha is a forester specializing in rural resources policy and natural resources management with a human dimension. I have an 18 year working experience in the national parks services at various ranks, including being the chief executive, where I served for four years. I am currently working with an international non-government organization as a technical adviser in natural resources management in the east African region and the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo - DRC. I am also the sitting chairman of the Uganda Honorary Wardens Association and a member of the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) under the auspices of the IUCN.
Dr. Allison Alberts
Dr. Allison Alberts currently serves the Zoological Society of San Diego as its Chief Conservation Officer and Benirschke Chair of Research, for which she directs a staff of over 120 scientists. She is responsible for the ongoing conservation science activities at the San Diego Zoo and the Wild Animal Park, including work at the Zoo’s Institute for Conservation Research and at field sites in 35 countries around the world. As a reptile and amphibian specialist, she has participated in conservation programs for endangered iguanas in Costa Rica, Cuba, the Turks and Caicos Islands, and Fiji, as well as working with komodo dragons, sea turtles, desert tortoises, and a variety of native California frogs, lizards, and snakes. Much of her research has focused on the development of innovative techniques for restoring critically endangered species to the wild. Her work has been recognized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Science Foundation, the American Association of Museums, and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. She is also co-founder of the IUCN Iguana Specialist Group, and currently serves as President of the International Iguana Foundation. Dr. Alberts holds bachelor's and doctorate degrees in biology from the University of California at Berkeley and San Diego, respectively, and has completed the Organization for Tropical Studies tropical ecology course at the Universidad de Costa Rica. She and her husband, Mike, and two sons, Connor and Jonathan, enjoy international travel and have visited many parts of the world. In her free time, she enjoys reading, swimming, gardening, hiking, and learning about ancient cultures.
A graduate teacher by Profession, Irene Mutumba is an independent business development support consultant, with considerable hands on experience in management and support services. Over years she has worked with several reputable projects in the private sector and civil society n the area of business development services, grant management/monitoring, education and learning. Irene is also a renowned social entrepreneur (Ashoka Fellow- 2005) in the area of education and learning and has focused on introducing and integrating entrepreneurial learning and teaching in the formal and non formal education system in Uganda.