UCF employs a small but important team to manage the operational requirements of our work. Our staff are industry professionals with many years of direct experience in Uganda and elsewhere.
Their experience is deeply rooted in conservation work, community livelihoods, project management, monitoring and evaluation, environment and natural resource management, as well as finance, admin, fundraising and communications. We are efficient, proactive and ensure execution of projects, reporting and donor comms exceed expectations.
Martin Ssesanga: Martin holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Commerce and is a member of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountant (ACCA) (UK). He is currently the Finance and Administration Manager for Uganda Conservation (UCF). Before joining UCF in 2016, he worked as an external auditor with Jim Roberts and Associates CPA. In the four years there Martin participated in the external audit of various organisations such as Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), Uganda Railway Corporation (URC) and many EU related projects. Martin has attended various finance related trainings such as Advanced Financial Modelling with Dashboard using Excel. He has great passion for conservation and continues to recommend programs that promote the welfare of rangers through scholarships and personal engagement whenever he goes to the parks. He aims to pursue a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) to further enhance his management skills and perform his role with great efficiency.
Derek Lubangakene: Derek handles most aspects of fundraising and marketing at UCF, which he joined in 2017, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge and experience in procurement, branding, communications, marketing, events management and business development. He has a great love for conservation, and is driven to create a sustainable and lasting legacy for wildlife conservation in Uganda by enhancing the profile of conservation.
Patrick Agaba: Patrick joined UCF in 2005 and works as the projects manager for the Recovery of Murchison Falls programme. A social sciences graduate, Patrick is very passionate about conservation. He is an experienced, result-oriented professional with a mature and responsible approach to any task he undertakes. With more than twenty years’ experience in management, he is excellent in working with others to achieve set objectives on time. His core skills are relationship management, logistics, and delivering large projects within budget and on time. Prior to UCF he worked with international organisations implementing USAID projects, tourism companies and conservation organisations. Honesty and high level of integrity are his driving force.
Mustafa Nsubuga: Mustafa joined UCF in 2019 as the Project Manager for the Carnivore Programme. He has been involved with wildlife conservation for the biggest part of his life. Born and raised within one of the fishing enclaves in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Mustafa grew up interacting with and appreciating wildlife and has been involved in wildlife conservation for the last fifteen years. Wearing many hats, he has worked to save the voiceless creatures within and outside the major parks in Uganda. He has pioneered and managed numerous projects tracking and collecting information on carnivores, their habitats and prey availability.
His passion for conservation is driven by the dwindling numbers of the carnivore population and their prey amidst the increasing human footprint across Africa. He is dedicated to making a difference and strives to see the numbers of lions & other wildlife increase within their natural habitat.