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Founder and CEO

In the legacy of the late Dian Fossey, Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka has become one of the leading conservationists and scientists working to save the critically endangered mountain gorillas of East Africa. She is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH), a 14-year old nonprofit organization that promotes conservation by improving the quality of life of people and wildlife to enable them to coexist in and around protected areas in Africa. She became an Ashoka Fellow in 2007 for merging Uganda’s wildlife management and rural public health programs to create common resources for both people and animals.

Dr. Gladys trained as a veterinarian at the University of London’s Royal Veterinary College. Between 1996 and 2000, she set up the first Veterinary Unit at the Uganda Wildlife Authority. From 2000 to 2003, she completed a zoological medicine residency and masters in specialized veterinary medicine at North Carolina State University and North Carolina Zoological Park. Prior to setting up CTPH she also did a certificate in Non-profit management from Duke University. Most recently in 2016, she completed an MBA in Global Business and Sustainability – Social Entrepreneurship Track

Her most recent awards include the 2017 World Wildlife Day Award from the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities (MTWA) for outstanding contribution to conservation in Uganda and 2017 Golden Jubilee Award from the President of Uganda for distinguished service to the nation as a veterinarian and conservationist on International Women’s Day.

Other awards include San Diego Zoo’s 2008 “Conservation in Action Award,” the 2009 Whitley Gold Award for outstanding leadership in grassroots nature conservation; 2011 Wings World Quest Women of Discovery Humanitarian Award, and 2014 CEO Communications Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government Award in Medicine and Veterinary category.

Under her leadership, Conservation Through Public Health won the Global Development Network 2012 Japanese Most Innovative Development Project Award for scaling social service delivery.


Founder and Chief Veterinary Technician

Stephen is a Founder and Chief Veterinary Technician of CTPH. He has a diploma and certificates in laboratory technology and animal health and husbandry. Before working at CTPH, Stephen worked for 20 years as a veterinary technician at the Ugandan Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries. He oversees the field laboratory at the Gorilla Health and Community Conservation Centre; and training community members and VHCTs to manage the health and husbandry of livestock and manage livestock enterprises and VSLAs. He holds a diploma from East African Commercial School in Uganda, as well as, veterinary certifications and specialized training from Central Veterinary Laboratory Weybridge in the United Kingdom and Instituto Zooprofilatico Sperimental in Teramo, Italy. Photo by Marcel | Culturedfilm

lawrence telecenter

Founder and ICT Director

Lawrence enjoys building sustainable and scalable models in technology innovation and has 15 years of industry experience in project and program management, consulting and systems integration of IT, Telecom, TV, Internet and Mobile Financial Inclusion services.

Lawrence was inspired to set up the 1st award winning CTPH Telecenters in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (2006) and Queen Elizabeth National Park (2007) based on his ICT volunteer experience with United Nations Information Technology Service at UNDP Hub in Orissa, India (2003).

In 2006, Lawrence Zikusoka was awarded the Reuters Digital Vision Fellowship Award at Stanford University, USA and has been interviewed by BBC Go Digital (2005)CNN Focus on the Internet (2007) and BBC Focus on Africa (2012). Lawrence has since served as

Advisor, Gorilla Conservation Coffee, a social enterprise that supports farmers around Bwindi

CTPH representative for One Health National Disease Communications System, Uganda

Ericsson Customer Project Manager for launch of Du Smart Health Network, UAE

Advisor, Youth Peacemaker Network with UNESCO, PeaceEarth, Ericsson and Zain, South Sudan

Advisor, Refugee Connectivity Pilot with GSMA, UNHCR, Ericsson and MTN, Uganda

Expert Panel, WSIS World Summit Award at United Nations ITU, Switzerland

International Telecommunications Policy (MS Graduate) Researcher, UN Mission in Kosovo

Co-Founder and CEO,, a cross network/border mobile airtime low cost transfers service

Lawrence holds a Masters of Science degree in Telecommunications from State University of New York Institute of Technology, USA and has attended the Executive Education Social Entrepreneurship Program at INSEAD Business School, France.

Mary Leakey

Mary Leakey
Development Director






Richard Bagyenyi
Program and Communications Assistant





Bwindi Field Office Manager and Community Health Field Officer



Gad Turyatemba
Gorilla Conservation camp Manager

Mary Leakey is the Development Director at CTPH. After graduating from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies with a BA in Development Studies and Geography, Mary moved to Zimbabwe where she worked for four years for SAfAIDS in a number of different roles, including as the New Business Manager for the Zimbabwe Country Officer.

She later moved to Cambodia and then Uganda, primarily working in the health field, with a focus on family planning, reproductive health and HIV. A Kenyan by birth, Mary established a non-profit organisation, ‘Africa Goal’, in 2006 which capitalises on the excitement around football to provide HIV services and information, including HIV testing, to people in remote and high HIV prevalence areas in East and Southern Africa. Joining the CTPH team provides an opportunity to focus on two of her passions – public health and conservation!







Richard Bagyenyi is a Program and Communications Assistant at CTPH. He went to Bubaare Secondary School for UCE and UACE between 2004/7 and 2008/9 respectively. He later joined Makerere University in 2010 where he graduated with a Bachelor of Environmental Science in 2014. In June 2014, he joined CTPH as a volunteer specializing in Social Media. As a Program and Communications assistant, he is responsible for providing administrative and IT support for the smooth running of CTPH programs and to ensure effective communication and marketing for CTPH.  He also coordinates logistics for students, tourists, donors and supporters visiting and staying at CTPH field sites. Photo by Marcel | Culturedfilm. 












Alex Ngabirano is a native of the Bwindi community and has worked with CTPH since 2005. He has certificates in public health and is currently in charge of the field coordination of the Village Health and Conservation Team (VHCT) community volunteer networks at Bwindi; compiling VHCT data; educating and strengthening community focused family planning; and education campaigns on the links between conservation, disease, family planning, livelihoods and ecotourism. Photo by Marcel | Culturedfilm










Gad Turyatemba grew up in Nyakeina village , Mukono Parish in Kayonza Sub County in Kanungu district.  He is married with two sons. He graduated with a diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management from Makerere College of Business Studies.

From  a young age  he was interested and passionate about the tourism industry and wanted his career to be  involved with tourism. After graduating, he solidified his interests in Hospitality and Tourism further. His first job was working as a waiter at the Buhoma Community Rest Camp for six years there. He then became a Camp supervisor at Magic Safaris. After two jobs,  he had the opportunity of working at Mahogany Springs, a  luxury resort in Bwindi as the food and beverages  Manager.  Not only has he worked in and around Bwindi, but also in Rwanda

In December 2018,  he started working  at Conservation Through Public Health as a Gorilla Conservation Camp Manager.  Upon his appointment, Gad said that “As a Camp Manager at Gorilla Conservation Camp my interests in both tourism and conservation have been fulfilled.  I am so grateful for my position here,the wonderful mission of CTPH, and the incredible work done by the staff and researchers who are a part of it”. Photo by Marcel | Culturedfilm.


Solomon Ngabirano
Gorilla Conservation Camp Chef

Solomon Ngabirano is from the Bwindi local community. He has worked with CTPH since 2011, as a Chef for the Gorilla Conservation Camp – a social enterprise of CTPH; and more recently also as a Camp Manager, a position he held up to up to December 2018. On top of cooking delicious local and international cuisine, Solomon is also a keen birder, where he has received training locally at Bwindi both in making international dishes and in birding. Photo by Marcel | Culturedfilm

Stella Mboneko

Community Telecentre Officer                     Queen Elizabeth National Park

Stella Mboneko is a senior six graduate from the Basongora community of Hamukungu Village, a largely pastoral community and one of the most marginalized around QENP, she is in charge of the QENP Telecentre operations, including supervising the Gorilla Conservation coffee shop, coordinating computer training and putting tourists and community members on the internet.

Janerose Biira

Community Telecentre Assistant                   Queen Elizabeth National Park

Jane Rose is a senior four graduate from the Bakonjo community of Kikorongo, one of the most marginalized communities around Queen Elizabeth National Park. She is in charge of the Gorilla Conservation coffee shop, serving coffee to tourists visiting the Queen Elizabeth National Park Telecentre operations, of which proceeds go directly to the community projects around the park.