‘Our ED, it’s Not Goodbye, It’s See You Later’

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Everybody has a legacy. What do you want to leave behind you as you walk out that door? Juliet Kyokunda our Executive Director (still call her our) walked through the UBF doors for the last time as Executive Director but it still feels like she’s just up the staircase in her office!

‘ED’ as some referred to her although most as Juliet because she always said, “My name is Juliet, not ED”, told us time and time again that the organization one works with is bigger than them and therefore all effort must be in making it better. She emphasized that processes mattered as much as results because ultimately, these will get plans turned into achievements.

And achievements Juliet indeed had. Uganda Biodiversity Fund was brought from infancy and sub-grantee status to a full-fledged and well-functioning organization, a trust fund that awards grants to sub-grantees. This role reversal is a testament to the dedicated service and selfless hard work that came out of an Executive who came in first and left last, immersed herself in work beyond a regular CEO would handle, and encouraged her staff to go the extra mile as well, and give 110%.

As she closes one chapter of her life and embraces a new one, the entire UBF family old and new, internal, and external wish Juliet the best. The staff continue to employ her taught techniques in different ways to further develop the organization to the level she imagined and beyond.
See you later, our ED.

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