Who we are

AfriCGE is a non-profit multi-disciplinary advisory and management consulting firm working towards a green economy

What we do

AfriCGE provides research and advisory, green enterprise development and investments services to government,  business and civil society

Our Mission

AfriCGE aims to provide thought leadership, raise awareness and build capacity to support the transition towards a green economy

Our Vision

Our vision is to inspire a generation of change makers to help Africa transition to a new and inclusive economy that promotes human wellbeing and environmental sustainability

Mao A. Amis (PhD, MSc)

Mao A. Amis (PhD, MSc)

Founding Director

Dr Amis is the co-founder and Executive Director of the African Centre for a Green Economy (AfriCGE) and Adjunct Associate Professor, at the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town. AfriCGE is a non-profit think thank and capacity building organisation based in South Africa. Prior to founding Africege, Dr. Amis worked as programme Manager for WWF South Africa, and as strategy consultant on water and climate change. Dr Amis has extensive experience on Green Growth issues in Africa and has consulted and collaborated with various organisations such as IFPRI, the New Economics Foundation (NEF), CORAF, and others. He is currently leading a project to establish the first new economy innovation hub in South Africa, in partnership with NEF and DOEN.

Dr Amis holds a MSc and PhD in Natural Resource Management from the University of Cape Town.

Sepo Hachigonta (PhD, MSc)

Sepo Hachigonta (PhD, MSc)

Board Member

Sepo is a Board member of Africege, and also works as a climate change programme manager for FANRPAN, a regional Food Security and Agricultural Organisation based in Pretoria. Since 2008, Sepo has been part of a team that facilitated training workshops on the use of climate information for policy development. Sepo holds an MSc and a PhD in Environmental Science from the University of Cape Town. Sepo who hails from Zambia is an avid sports fan and enjoys fixing cars.

Nonceba Amis (BA (Hons)

Nonceba Amis (BA (Hons)

Operations Manager: South Africa

Ms Nonceba Amis is our Operations Manager in South Africa. She is responsible for the day to day management of our facilities, including HR and office administration. Nonceba holds an Honours Degree in Geography from the University of Western Cape.

Roland Banya

Roland Banya

Impact Investment Lead

Roland Banya is a PhD candidate majoring in Finance at the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town. Roland has research experience working with Africagrowth Institute, the World Bank as well as for Business Unity South Africa. His research interests stem from Development Finance, International Finance and development Economics. Roland also holds an M.Sc. in International Finance and Economic Development from the University of Kent.

Martin Müller

Martin Müller

Business Development Europe

Mr. Müller wants to enable entrepreneurship in Africa. He thinks that sustainable leadership and bold entrepreneurship will tackle global issues, such as poverty, climate change or migration flows.
He is team leader at a regional development bank in Germany, Potsdam and managed projects with the European Commission, Research Institutes and Companies. He has excellent experiences in finance and communication and is our gatekeeper to Europe.
Martin gained a MBA in general management at the German University for Professional Studies (Berlin) with trainings in Los Angeles and at the European Investment Bank (EIB), Luxemburg.

Nikiwe Solomon (MSoc Sci)

Nikiwe Solomon (MSoc Sci)

Researcher

Ms Solomon is the programme manager for the NEA programme and a research fellow with Africege. Ms Solomon has a background in development studies and social anthropology and is currently pursuing a PhD in Environmental Humanities at the University of Cape Town. She is a deeply committed researcher with the capacity to integrate her theoretical reach with her experiences in the everyday. This is evident in the work she does, in both research and practice, which centres around her passion for people and the planet.

Sonwabile Lugogo (BA, Hons)

Sonwabile Lugogo (BA, Hons)

Researcher

Sonwabile Lugogo is a research fellow with AfriCGE. He is currently pursuing his Masters Degree in Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of the Western Cape. His research interest is in Rural Development with a specific focus on Agricultural Development. His current Masters research is on investigating the practice and politics of state-funded rural development programmes in the former homeland of Transkei, Eastern Cape

Imran Ejotre (MSc)

Imran Ejotre (MSc)

Community Liaison: Uganda

Imran Ejotre is AfriCGE’s field community liaison manager in Uganda. Imran is also the co-founder of USA based 501(c) charity Nested Savings www.nestedsavings.org and doubles as the organization’s Country Director for its operations in Uganda. Nested Savings is an implementing partner for AfriCGE in Uganda. Through their shared mandate, the two organizations are creating tangible impact in capacity development and livelihood improvement in the lives of impoverished households in northern Uganda. Imran holds double master degrees in zoology and infectious disease ecology from Islamic University in Uganda (Uganda) and Bucknell University (USA) respectively. He is now a PhD research fellow in molecular parasitology at Max Plank Institute for Infection Biology, Berlin (Germany). Imran is a social entrepreneur and an academic with experience in sustainable environment, and in climate change and emerging diseases.

Richard Okou (PhD, MSc)

Richard Okou (PhD, MSc)

Research Associate

Richard Okou is our research associate, and an Associate Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering, Makerere University, Uganda. Richard’s focus is on renewable energy technologies , with a specific interest on issues of improving energy access and the use of low cost energy technologies to improve the livelihoods of impoverished rural communities. Richard holds an MSc in Sustainable energy engineering from KTH Stockholm, and a PhD in renewable energy from the University of Cape Town.

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