Virginia Echavarria
Virginia Echavarria

Managing Director

Born in Argentina, Virginia has got an MSc in Sustainable Environmental Management from the Natural Resources Institute (2007, UK) and an expected MBA from Warwick Business School (2018, UK). Her past experience includes project management at Africa Conservation Fund of an alternative fuels programme in Virunga National Park in DR Congo, project management in Tai National Park, Ivory Coast, for Proyecto Gran Simio, project management of the registered CDM and Gold Standard ICSEA Programme of Activities from Uganda Carbon Bureau in East Africa, and currently serves as a strategic adviser to several organisations seeking access to carbon finance mechanisms in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Sammy Tewolde
Sammy Tewolde

Operations Manager

Born in Eritrea, Sammy is a Mechanical Engineer with extensive experience managing private investment projects in Uganda, Eritrea and South Sudan.

Vivian Naamala
Vivian Naamala

Accountant

Born in Kampala, Vivian is real Muganda that has got a Bachelor degree in Accounting and Finance from the Management and Accounting Training Centre. For over six years she has been the accountant at St. Catherine’s Nabingo Secondary school.

Natalia Walton
Natalia Walton

Head of Carbon Offering

Born in Colombia, Naty spent most of her life in the USA where she attended school and obtained a Finance degree from the University of Houston. Naty has worked in multiple industries in North America and in Africa. She understands distribution, logistics, procurement, credit and commercial needs of an organization. She conducts detailed networking and market-research to provide clients with solutions to offset their carbon emissions. Naty also plays an instrumental role is securing new partnerships for Simoshi’s project portfolio growth.

Esther Aketch
Esther Aketch

Project Officer

Esther is from eastern Uganda, and she is the youngest member of the team. She had previously worked for a solar company selling solar lamps door to door, and has joined Simoshi to implement the same modality but with household improved cook stoves in the Wakiso and Mityana districts.

Dorah Kyobutungi
Dorah Kyobutungi

Project Officer

Born in Uganda, Dorah has Bachelor of Business Administration from Makerere University. She has joined our team to promote and sell both household and institutional improved cook stoves in schools and institutions in the Mukono, Kampala and Jinja districts.

Mathew Obbo
Mathew Obbo

Driver

Mathew is originally from northern Uganda, but has spent most of his life in Kampala. We know Mathew since Simoshi started activities back in 2016 and we are happy to have him in our team now driving our bike (boda boda) and our Project Officers as we monitor the schools.

Paul Sempala
Paul Sempala

Driver

Paul was born in Kampala, with extensive experience driving lorries to all corners of Uganda. He has also driven taxis (matatus), but as a senior, he now enjoys a more tranquil schedule, driving Simoshi’s Project Officers to schools, helping with promotional activities and delivering stoves to clients.

Henry Bwire
Henry Bwire

Training and Maintenance

Henry was born in Uganda, and is a passionate farmer during his spare time. He has worked for over a decade in a school kitchen and today he trains kitchen staff on how best to operate the institutional improved cook stoves (IICS), while inspecting and providing maintenance whenever needed. Masereka is also responsible for supervising the quality assurance of the IICS at the manufacturer, as Simoshi places the orders from the schools.

Cedric Cimanga
Cedric Cimanga

Volunteer

Born in Kinshasa, DR Congo, Cedric is joining our team at a crucial time as he supports the collection of indicators and testing of the institutional and household stoves to ensure that figures are accurate for the first verification exercise.