Ivan Amanigaruhanga is a Ugandan conservationist by passion, professional training, and experience. He has 18 years of progressive experience working with and leading conservation initiatives at national and continental levels in Eastern and Southern Africa. He holds a Master of Science degree in Environment and Natural Resources from Makerere University, in addition to various professional trainings. Ivan has authored many studies and published widely in the fields of biodiversity conservation, sustainable energy, climate change, tourism, petroleum development, and extractives.
Over the decades, Ivan has worked with the World Resources Institute (WRI) where he led climate diplomacy and energy transition engagement in Africa, influencing climate policy framing, national-level energy transition pathways, and research. He has also worked with Sustainability Research Institute (UK), Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, and the World-Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Regional Office for Africa. In addition, Ivan has consulted for Governments, the private sector, and Non-Government Organizations on various aspects of environmental management and natural resources conservation in Africa.
As an experienced team leader and process facilitator, he is passionate about leveraging opportunities in conservation for sustainable development. He believes that UBF is well positioned to play a pivotal role at a time when nature degradation levels are at their highest, climate change effects are real, and the funding landscape for the sector has changed. Ivan is a strong proponent of collaboration and partnerships. His hobbies are reading, writing, traveling, and playing with children.