Having a rich experience in biodiversity conservation and natural Resources management in Africa, Martin currently works for WWF Uganda Country Office as Forest and Biodiversity (F&B) Program Coordinator. Martin holds a MSc in Agroecology and a BSc in Forestry, with sixteen years working experience in international and national NGOs. His areas of expertise include: wildlife management, sustainable forest management, forest certification, carbon trade, sustainable agriculture, community development and natural resources management. Martin has conducted a number of research studies in the field of FLEGT, FLR, forest certification, forest markets, value addition with community associations and sustainable agriculture with rural community associations.
Patrick Mugenyi has served in both private and public sector roles. A lawyer by training, he graduated with a Bachelors Degree from Makerere University in 1998. He holds a postgraduate diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre in Kampala. In addition to his academic foundation, he has professional training in Marketing and in the Executive Development Program, both of the Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria. In April 2017, he took on the challenge of managing a turnaround of New Forests Company, the largest private sector agroforestry player in Uganda, managing over 100 km2 on three plantations. As Chief Executive Officer for Uganda, he is accountable for the effective management of the asset base and commercial performance of the business.
Since 2015, Luis represents WWF and NGP at the IUFRO Sustainable Planted Forests for a Greener Future Task Force, to improve the interface between science, society and policy related to planted forests. Luis co-authored Production, restoration, mitigation: a new generation of plantations, published by ‘New Forests’, and Changes in planted forests and future global implications, published by ‘Forest Ecology and Management’, analysing planted forests data from the 2015 FAO Forests Resources Assessment.
Luis graduated from UTL-ISA in Lisbon as Forest Engineer – Natural Resources Management, and since 2004 works at WWF, being the New Generation Plantations (NGP) platform lead. Luis’ work includes countries like Portugal, Brazil, South Africa and China, applying interpersonal skills and cross-cultural experiences into forestry work with private, public, and NGOs, presenting the case for forest production, restoration and mitigation to limit climate and other environmental risks and to improve the resilience of landscapes.
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