IGCP Governance Board

Board of Directors and Focal Points

Helen Gichohi: FFI Ambassador (Board Chair)

Margaret Kinnaird: WWF Wildlife Practice Leader (Board Member)

Michael O’Brien-Onyeka: CI Senior VP for Africa Field Operations (Board Member)


Michelle Moeller: FFI (IGCP Focal Point)

Wendy Elliott : WWF (IGCP Focal Point)

Matthew Lewis: CI (IGCP Focal Point)

Anna Behm Masozera


Anna has been with the International Gorilla Conservation Programme since 2010, and became the Director of the coalition programme in July 2013. She is originally from the United States and trained in forest resources and conservation as well as public communication, and now leads an accomplished team of conservationists in their work to conserve the critically-endangered mountain gorillas alongside partner organizations and institutions.

Wellard Makambo

Programme Manager

A multinational traveler who often appears at all IGCP offices in the space of a week, Wellard was born in Burundi and raised in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree, with a major in Business Administration from Catholic University of Eastern Africa in Nairobi, Kenya. He leads monitoring and evaluation of the Programme along with planning and reporting.

Altor Musema

DRC Country Coordinator

Though coming from an academic background, Altor has embraced the conservation field work with enthusiasm. He coordinates IGCP’s strategic engagement with government and civil society partners to support the conservation of mountain gorillas in Virunga National Park, and with outreach to Kahuzi-Biega National Park in support of the conservation of the population of Grauer’s gorillas.

Henry Mutabaazi

Uganda Country Coordinator

Henry Mutabaazi joins IGCP today 1st August 2017 as Country Coordinator for IGCP in Uganda. Until recently, Henry worked as Climate Change Specialist for Chemonics International Inc. implementing USAID’s Feed the Future Uganda Enabling Environment for Agriculture Activity. Previously, Henry served at Nature Uganda as Project Manager for Echuya Forest Conservation and Livelihood Improvement Project and before then he was a District Forestry Officer for Kisoro District in Uganda. He has worked and lived in the Bwindi Mgahinga landscape for the last 19 years and has good understanding of the area.  Henry holds a Masters of Science degree in Environmental Resource Management from University of Essex in UK, a Post Graduate Diploma in Project Planning and Management,a Bachelor of science degree in Forestry, and a Diploma in Education. He definitely brings vast experience to the IGCP.


Benjamin Mugabukomeye

Rwanda Country Coordinator

Benjamin joined IGCP in 2010 after a comprehensive career with the Rwanda Development Board. He knows the day-to-day rigor necessary to protect mountain gorillas and to work with communities that depend on and work with the park. He began his work in conservation as a gorilla tracker and tourist guide in Volcanoes National Park and most recently as Warden in charge of Law Enforcement for Volcanoes NP. He coordinates IGCP’s strategic engagement with government and civil society partners to support the conservation of the mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda.

Alice Mbayahi

Advocacy and Communications Manager

 Alice a Ugandan national holds a Masters Degree in International Relations and Diplomatic Studies, and a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication. She joined IGCP in March 2015 as Communications Officer from a position with the Independent Development Fund in Uganda. Alice has over 9 years’ experience in working for NGOs, Networks, Coalitions, and Local government focusing on communication and documentation work, lobbying and advocacy, media and public relations, monitoring and evaluation, community empowerment and facilitation, public expenditure tracking and surveys, capacity building, and social inclusion of marginalized and disadvantaged persons. She is a self-starter and a result oriented lady; passionate about communication and community development work.

Liliane Nakayima

Communications Officer

Liliane joined IGCP in September 2020. Liliane is a Rwandese national and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication from Uganda Christian University. Liliane is in-charge of IGCP’s  internal and external communications around the conservation of mountain gorillas. Liliane is passionate about sharing the conservation  success story and preserving communities.

Sarah Kigongo

Community Engagement Officer

 Sarah joined IGCP on the 1st June 2018 as a Community Engagement Officer for Rwanda / Uganda on the Water4Virungas Project. She holds a Master’s Degree in development studies with a Specialization in Population Poverty and Social Development from the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, Netherlands. Sarah also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences from Makerere University. She has over 15 years of experience working for Kisoro District Local Government and collaboration with development Partners as an Assistant District Water Officer In charge of Community Mobilization, as a Senior and District Community Development Officer, where she worked with Partners like Amaizi Marungi – South Western Towns Water and Sanitation (SWTWS) project, IGCP in strengthening the institutional governance capacity of water user groups in Uganda and Rwanda, Uplifting the Rural Poor as a WASH expert in the communities surrounding Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

Her new role at IGCP is to contribute towards the objectives of the W4V project by coordinating and backstopping the W4V community engagement approach in Rwanda and Uganda.

Charles Kayijamahe

Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

Charles Kayijamahe joined IGCP in November 2011 as Field Officer. Since then, he has been working directly with Protected Areas in DRC, Rwanda and Uganda providing technical support and capacity building to park staff in gorilla conservation, law enforcement and wildlife monitoring. He has also participated in the implementation of different conservation science projects in the region. In February 2019, Charles changed roles and occupied a new strategic position in IGCP as Monitoring and Evaluation Officer. In his new role, Charlse will be helping IGCP to monitor the implementation of the new strategy (2018-2024). His major task will be to collect and analyse data and information to apply in learning and adaptive management. Charles holds a Masters Degree in Geo Information for Environment and Sustainable Development and a Bachelors Degree in Zoology and Conservation.

Eustrate Uzabaho

Field Officer

Eustrate Uzabaho joined IGCP in June 2014 as a Field Assistant for Tropical Ecology Assessment and Monitoring (TEAM) site established in the Virunga Massif. In February 2019, Eustrate took on a new position of Field Officer for the IGCP.  His main role is to provide technical support to the monitoring and research work of IGCP and partners in the Virunga – Bwindi Landscape. His major functions include offering direct  support to IGCP staff, protected areas, community organizations in the collection of accurate data necessary for informing park management decision making and policy development.  Eustrate holds a Bachelor of Science in Botany and Conservation from the National University of Rwanda.

Richard Shangilia KATEMBO

Finance and Administration Officer, DRC

Richard SHANGILIA KATEMBO is the newest member on the IGCP team. He joined IGCP on 2nd May 2019 as Finance and Administration Officer  for IGCP in Goma/DRC . Mr. SHANGILIA KATEMBO has a bachelor’s degree in Commercial and Financial Sciences from the Higher Institute of Commerce (ISC/Goma). Richard also has over eight years’ experience in working with both local and International NGOs. Richard joins IGCP from a position as Administrateur Financier (Financial Administrator) with Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in Mweso.




Finance and Administration Officer, Rwanda

Theophile joined IGCP on 18th July, 2018 as Finance and Administration Officer. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Rwanda, College of Business and Economics (UR-CBE), and a diploma in Commerce and Accounting from J.O.C Kigali. Theophile  has over  nine years’  experience working with NGOs, including Catholic Relief Services  Rwanda (CRS), DUHAMIC-ADRI and Africa Humanitarian Action where she worked as an Accountant. Theophile has additional training in  financial projects, Auditing, taxes, management and in accounting software. Her new role at IGCP  is supporting the program in all aspects of financial management and Administration including accounting, budgeting preparation, financial reporting, assets management, Internal control and logistics.


Richard Chota

Finance and Administration Officer, Uganda

Richard joined IGCP in 2010 and is based in the Kabale office. He is a member of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants and also a Certified Public Accountant in Uganda. Prior to working with IGCP, he was at a public auditing firm and is originally from Moyo District.

Jerome Baguma

Driver, DRC

Jerome has been the driver for the IGCP Goma office since 2003. He easily maneuvers our vehicles through the challenges of rural roads in DRC and allows us access to all areas of the Mikeno Sector of Virunga National Park.

Diogene Kamezusenge

Driver, Rwanda

Diogene is the driver for the IGCP Musanze office. He knows how to navigate the bumpy volcanic roads around Volcanoes National Park. He has been working with IGCP since 2007.

Jean Jacques David Ngenzi


Jean Jacques David is the newest driver at IGCP Musanze Office. He joined IGCP in October 2014. Jean Jacques has vast driving experience and is passionate about his job. He speaks French, English and Kinyarwanda.

Wilbur Kaiire

Driver, Uganda

Wilbur is the general logistician and driver for the IGCP Kabale office. He has been with IGCP since 1996 and makes things run smoothly both in the office and in the field. Wilbur is originally from eastern Uganda.

Emily Tumubweine

Office Assistant, Kabale

Emily has been taking care of the IGCP Kabale office since 1998. A native of Kabale, she keeps the office running well and always stocked with fresh tea and coffee.

Solange Masika Saasita

Office Assistant, DRC

Solange joined IGCP in 2012 and assists IGCP Goma staff in keeping the office clean and running smoothly.

Jeannette Murangamirwa

Office Assistant, Kigali

Jeannette has been with IGCP since 2008 and helps keep the IGCP Regional Office in Kigali running smoothly.

Andre Nzasebera

Office Assistant, Musanze

Andre is the long-time caretaker of the IGCP office in Musanze.