Our Team

Working on green, climate resilient &sustainable developments, our team is located in Rwanda’s capital Kigali, while our Advisory Board members are from the global development community of professionals. 


 Paulin Ntihemuka


Emmanuel Sindikubwabo


     Celine Umurenzi

Felix Mihigo


International Relations and Cooperation  

         Executive Director

  Corporate Partnerships

    Chief Operating Officer

Serge Senga Hategekimana 


 Sarai Hertz-Velazquez 


 Jean Damascene Niyonzima 


          Program Officer 

Former Intern

     Clean Energy Specialist


Advisory Board

Dr Rebecca L Farnum, LLM
 Dr Brigitte Nyirambangutse

 Rebecca L Farnum is an environmental peacebuilding researcher and educator. She works at the intersections of environmental activism, conflict resolution, and capacity-building with a particular passion for justice and equity, leveraging academia for public service and policy impact. Her work has included contributing to United Nations and International Law Commission policy on environmental peacebuilding; engaging underrepresented students in university learning through Widening Participation initiatives; and a stint with Michelle Obama’s Correspondence Team at The White House. Becca is currently based at Syracuse University London, where she teaches environmental justice and global citizenship. Her portfolio includes leading Field studies in Copenhagen, Flåm, Stockholm, and Inari exploring sustainability in Northern Europe and strengthening the University’s special relationship with Lockerbie, Scotland.

Brigitte Nyirambangutse is a Senior Officer in GGGI Rwanda Program, and is currently based in Kigali, Rwanda. At her current role, she provides substantive inputs and analyses to the development, delivery, and assessment of the GGGI-Italian Ministry for Environment, Land and Sea (IMELS) project and activities in Rwanda; organizing project activities across the spectrum of climate change adaptation and mitigation actions, capacity building and project specific knowledge development. She is as well identifying specific project initiatives where green growth can be most effectively achieved, particularly in the areas of green cities development, sustainable land use, sustainable integrated water management, waste management, renewable energy and energy efficiency, sustainable forests management, including afforestation and reforestation, reduction of forest degradation and enhancement of forest carbon stocks and GHG emission reduction.

Prior to GGGI, Brigitte was a University Lecturer with ten years of experience in teaching and joint research with University of Rwanda and University of Gothenburg. Brigitte was the Deputy Director and Research Associate to the Center of Excellence in Biodiversity and Natural Resources Management.

Brigitte is a dedicated Environmental Scientist with six years of experience working in the field of climate change mitigation and adaptation and one year of experience working with Global Green Growth Institute and the National Designated Authority in Rwanda. Brigitte studied in Scotland, the UK and Sweden, and speaks fluent English and French along with Kinyarwanda. She holds a PhD in natural Sciences, with specialization in Environmental Sciences, a Master of Research (MRes) in Environmental Biology.

Ilija Gubic 
Dr Oboh Achioyamen (MBBS,FRSPH,FRSA)

 Ilija Gubic is a senior urbanisation and infrastructure officer working for the Global Green Growth Institute on advancing sustainable urban development of Rwanda’s secondary cities. He is also appointed visiting assistant lecturer at the School of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Rwanda. Previously, he worked for the UN Secretariat in New York supporting the process of development of the New Urban Agenda. Prior to that, he worked for UN-Habitat, mostly in Asia and the Pacific on post-disaster processes. Ilija Gubic was a researcher and scholar at Columbia University in New York City, USA and Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy, and has published on architecture and urban development. 

Oboh Achioyamen is a medical doctor with a passion for community development and public health. He is skilled in intercultural communication, strategic partnerships, public speaking, organization leadership and possesses great interpersonal skills. His passion has led to initiation of several charitable organizations aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of members of the society. Achioyamen is also the Founder and chairman for Precious Gems Africa.

He is a member of the governing council of the Bolton NHS foundation Trust. He is also a member of the steering committee for the urban health session of the European Public health Association (EUPHA).

Dr Alex Opoku  

 Dr Alex Opoku is currently an associate Professor in Project Management and Quantity Surveying , and Director of Undergraduate Studies at the Bartlett School of Construction&Project Management ,University College London (UCL). He is the Fellow of Higher education Academy (FHEA), Chartered Quantity Surveyor (MRICS) and chartered construction manager (MCIOB) with many years of teaching and learning experience in the UK higher education sector and UK construction industry having worked as a Quantity Surveyor. He holds a PHD in construction and Project Management from the University of Salford and pursued a postdoctoral research at the University of Cambridge.  Dr Alex Opoku is an expert in sustainable built environment with strong passion for sustainable development. He is the Director for AKO Consult International and also founded the Construction4SDG2030 forum ( Construction Business Forum for the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) in partnership with HTA Design LLP and WokenUp Ltd.

                                                                 Kigali, Rwanda