Meet our new team members
Jack graduated in 2018 from the University of Edinburgh with a degree in Ecological and Environmental Sciences and previously studied Electronic and Electrical Engineering (University of Strathclyde, 2013). He joined the Amsterdam office in June 2019 as an intern working with the Rapid Response Deforestation team. His work involves reporting on the connection of deforestation with beef and soy supply chains in Latin America and the financial risk this poses for companies and investors. He began as a full-time member of staff in April 2020.
Geo joined the Amsterdam office in February as the grant manager for NORAD-funded projects on sustainable agri-supply chains. Geo has an MBA from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University and brings her experience in impact investing, corporate social responsibility, fundraising, and consulting to Aidenvironment. Having worked in the issue areas of youth empowerment, livelihood development, and smallholder productivity, she is now very excited to apply her skills and expertise to saving tropical forests.
East Africa Office
Esther Piracel (MME) joined Aidenvironment in February 2020. In her previous work with several NGOs and international consultancy firms, Esther has built up a track record as a development project evaluation specialist. She has designed, managed, monitored, reviewed, and evaluated several projects across in Africa. With her passion for result tracking, she is able to work in multicultural and dynamic environment to train and support learning, accountability, and documentation of results.
David Mujasi Mwayafu
David Mujasi Mwayafu (MSc) Joined Aidenvironment in February 2020. In his previous positions at the Uganda Coalition for Sustainable Development, David was in charge of research, advocacy, and training on climate change, with a focus on payment for ecosystem services, reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+), environmental justice, forestry governance, and environmental and natural resources management. His experience includes extensive fieldwork in Uganda, Kenya, Cameroon, Tanzania, and elsewhere.
Cheptoek Dismas (BSc in Agriculture and Rural Innovation) joined Aidenvironment in March 2019 as a graduate trainee and started working as a project officer with a major role in implementing the Green Future Farm Project in February 2020. In his previous position as a graduate trainee, Dismas has built a track record of research, stakeholder mobilization, and exploiting opportunities for investment. His vast experience in agriculture and rural development makes it easy for him to interact with farmers, understand their challenges, and provide viable solutions geared toward improving farmers’ production, landscape, and livelihoods.
Anne Birungi Kikundwa
Anne Birungi Kikundwa (MSc Public Health Leadership (Ongoing), BA Social Work & Social Administration, PGD Project Planning and Management) joined Aidenvironment in March. She brings with her about ten years of experience in promoting water sanitation and hygiene for sustainable livelihoods, having worked extensively on integrated rainwater harvesting and management projects with civil society. She is deeply passionate about empowerment of local communities. Through her work in field projects she has helped communities to access clean water, advocated for environmental justice, and equipped communities with skills and knowledge in WASH related issues. She shares a steadfast belief that communities are the best agents of their own change.
Bob joined Aidenvironment Asia as General Manager in January 2020. He has substantial experience in sustainability reporting, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Government relations. He has over 23 years of experience working with various international companies and organizations including BHP, GRI, and the United Nations Development Programmes.
He studied Economics, Urban Planning, Finance, Frontline Management and Corporate Social Responsibility at the world’s top universities in Europe including field studies worldwide. Bob has Bachelor of Science in Economics and Master of Science in Urban Planning from Erasmus University-Rotterdam the Netherlands. Bob also alumni from Australian Institute of Management (AIM).
Okita joined Aidenvironment Asia as Junior Researcher in February 2020. She did her master study in Industrial Ecology program at the Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. Here, she wrote a master thesis about zero-deforestation pledges in the palm oil industry in Indonesia. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Indonesia. Her study and previous work experience in the biogas industry from palm oil mill effluent has shaped her interest in sustainability themes, mainly about sustainability transition, deforestation, and climate change.