Leadership

Alice Ruhweza

Executive Director of Vital Signs

Vital Signs, Africa Field Division, Conservation International

Alice joins Vital Signs in July 2016 from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) where she has been the Team Leader of the UNDP’s Global Environment Finance Unit in Africa. For the last six and a half years, Alice and her team of 15 Technical Advisors have raised over $600 million to support over 40 countries in sub Saharan Africa to put in place the right mix of policy, regulatory and financial incentives to attract and drive public and private sector investment towards addressing their environment and sustainable development priorities including; sustainable management of ecosystem goods and services; affordable and accessible energy services; scaling up climate change adaptation and mitigation; resilient food systems; improved water and ocean governance, to mention a fewThis support entailed identifying the most strategic opportunities and innovative funding sources and conceptualizing projects or programmes that enabled the countries to access such funding.

Prior to joining UNDP, Alice worked for the National Environment Management Authority in Uganda, Forest Trends (USA), Sprint Corporation (USA),  and as a consultant for the World Bank, UNEP Economics and Trade Branch, the UNFCCC Secreteriat, the Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development, and the Institute for European Environmental Policy on a wide range of issues ranging from the Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity, Trade and the Environment, Environmental Governance, Innovative Finance and many more.

Alice’s more recent work has focused on systems thinking and identifying decisions points or processes across sectors where data can be influential in policy and planning.  This is what attracted her to Vital Signs where she will continue to promote multi-scale and multi-sectoral use of Vital Signs’ data, and ensure the same data adds value to policy and planning frameworks across sectors and scales.

Alice holds a Bachelors Degree in Social Sciences from Makerere University (Uganda), and a Masters Degree in Agricultural and Applied Economics from the University of Wisconsin (USA).