Alice Ruhweza

Executive DirectorVital Signs

Alice Ruhweza is Head of Sustainable Production at Conservation International - Africa Division. She also leads, among other programmes, Vital Signs (www.vitalsigns.org), an integrated monitoring system that generates data on agriculture, ecosystems and human wellbeing and transforms them into decision support tools for managers and planners to enable better decision-making in support of sustainable development. Previously, Alice worked for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) where she served as Team Leader of the Environmental Finance Unit in Africa for six-and-a-half years. Prior to joining UNDP, Alice worked for Sprint Telecommunications (USA), the National Environment Management Authority in Uganda, Forest Trends (USA) and as a consultant for the World Bank, UNEP Economics and Trade Branch (Geneva), the Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development (UK), the UNFCCC Secretariat (Bonn) and the Institute for European Environmental Policy (Brussels) on a wide range of issues. They include the economics of ecosystems and biodiversity, trade and the environment, environmental governance, innovative finance and many more.

Her 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 bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from Makerere University (Uganda), and a Master’s Degree in Agricultural and Applied Economics from the University of Wisconsin (USA).