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Alice Ruhweza

Africa Regional Director

Alice Ruhweza
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Alice joined WWF as Regional Director for Africa in July 2019. Her role is to develop and lead WWF in Africa so that it is highly influential and able to shape the sustainability agenda of Africa domestically and globally. In this leadership position, she is helping to achieve impact on the ground in alignment with WWF’s global conservation priorities.

Prior to WWF, Alice worked for Conservation International, first as Executive Director of the Vital Signs Programme, where she championed data-driven policy making in four countries and helped expand to 12 additional countries. She later served as Interim Vice President of Sustainable Production, where she engaged across sectors to co-design a program that will enable African governments and businesses to adopt sustainable pathways for production sectors including agriculture, mining, oil and gas, fisheries, and renewable energy. In her last year at CI, she was promoted to Vice President of Programs and Partnerships, where she brought together science, strategy, and fundraising to build stronger programs and align regional-level and interrelated country-level work across the continent. Prior to joining CI, Alice was Team Leader of the Global Environment Finance Unit in Africa for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), where she and her team raised over $600 million to support 40+ countries in sub Saharan Africa. Prior to joining UNDP, Alice worked for the National Environment Management Authority in Uganda, Forest Trends (USA), Sprint Corporation (USA), and as a consultant for the World Bank, UNEP Economics and Trade Branch, the UNFCCC Secretariat, the Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development, and the Institute for European Environmental Policy on a wide range of issues.

“You have to fearlessly use your voice to tell African conservation and development stories. That is the only means by which we can move conservation in Africa forward.”

More on Alice

Title

Africa Regional Director

Education

  • Masters in Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Wisconsin (USA
  • Bachelors in Social Sciences from Makerere University (Uganda)

Areas of Expertise

  • Sustainable development
  • Capacity building
  • Engaging communities and Indigenous peoples
  • Sustainable management of ecosystem goods and services