Team

Team

Meet our team of international staff who are committed to securing a healthy future for mountain gorillas

  • Staff
    Wellard Makambo

    Wellard Makambo

    Director

    Wellard joined IGCP in 2007. Wellard is a Congolese national and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree, with a major in Business Administration from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa in Nairobi, Kenya. Wellard has served as a manager in charge of coordinating the IGCP program across the three countries with support of the Country Coordinators. Since 2022, Wellard assumed a new position as IGCP Director. Wellard is passionate about football, music, and community development.

    wmakambo@igcp.org

    DRC

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    Benjamin Mugabukomeye

    Benjamin Mugabukomeye

    Rwanda Country Coordinator

    Benjamin joined IGCP in 2010. Benjamin is a Rwandese national and holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Kibungo and a Diploma in wildlife management from Wildlife school/ Cameroun. Benjamin coordinates IGCP’s strategic engagement with government, park edge communities and civil society partners to support the conservation of the mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. Benjamin is passionate about harmonious living between park adjacent communities and the park.

    Rwanda

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    Henry Mutabaazi

    Henry Mutabaazi

    Uganda Country Coordinator

    Henry joined IGCP in August 2017. Henry is a Ugandan national and holds a Master 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. Henry coordinates IGCP’s strategic engagement with government, park edge communities and civil society partners to support the conservation of mountain gorillas in Bwindi Mgahinga Conservation Area in Uganda. Henry is passionate about enhancing people and park relations through empowering the park edge communities to participate in the conservation of mountain gorillas.

    Uganda

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    Altor Musema

    Altor Musema

    DRC Country Coordinator

    Altor joined IGCP in 2006. Altor is a Congolese national with a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Kisangani DRC and a master’s degree in Applied Biology (Ornithology from the University of Burundi in Bujumbura). Altor coordinates IGCP’s strategic engagement with government, park edge communities, and civil society partners to support the conservation of mountain gorillas in Virunga national park in DRC. Altor is passionate about bird watching.

    DRC

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    Alice Mbayahi

    Alice Mbayahi

    Advocacy and Communications Manager

    Alice joined IGCP in 2015 as Communications Officer and became the Communications and Advocacy Manager in February 2020. Alice is a Ugandan national and holds a master’s degree in International Relations and Diplomatic Studies from Makerere University, and a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from Uganda Christian University. Alice manages and champions IGCP’s communication and advocacy mountain gorilla work in the region. Alice is passionate about advocacy comms for best practices and community development.

    Uganda

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    Richard Chota

    Richard Chota

    Finance and Administration Officer, Uganda

    Richard joined IGCP in 2010. Richard is a Ugandan national and holds a degree in Business Administration majoring in Accounting from Bugema Adventist University Kampala. Richard is also a Certified Public Accountant in Uganda and a member of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants. Richard supports the program’s financial management and Administration including accounting, budgeting preparation, financial reporting, assets management, Internal control and logistics. Richard is passionate about helping others, being creative, and learning.

    Uganda

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    Richard Shangilia Katembo

    Richard Shangilia Katembo

    Finance and Administration Officer, DRC

    Richard joined IGCP in May 2019. Richard is a Congolese national and holds a bachelor’s degree in Commercial and Financial Sciences from the Higher Institute of Commerce (ISC/Goma). Richard supports the program’s financial management and Administration, including accounting, budgeting preparation, financial reporting, assets management, Internal control, and logistics. Richard is passionate about reading and loves music too.

    DRC

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    Theophilla Uwizeyimana

    Theophilla Uwizeyimana

    Finance and Administration Officer, Rwanda

    Theophilla joined IGCP in July 2018. Theophilla is a Rwandese national and 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. Theophilla supports the program’s financial management and Administration, including accounting, budgeting preparation, financial reporting, assets management, Internal control and logistics. Theophilla is passionate about accounting and finance for both personal and professional enrichment.

    Rwanda

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    Charles Kayijamahe

    Charles Kayijamahe

    Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

    Charles joined IGCP in November 2011 as Field Officer and became Monitoring and Evaluation officer in February 2019. Charles is a Rwandese national and holds a master’s degree in Geo Information for Environment and Sustainable Development and a bachelor’s degree in Zoology and Conservation from the National University of Rwanda. Charles monitors the implementation of the new strategy (2018-2024), collecting and analyzing data and information that is applied in learning and adaptive management at IGCP. Charles is passionate about information generation to support management decisions through a wide range of statistical and spatial processing tools.

    Rwanda

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