About us

Our people

Get to know the people that make up the Micaia Family.

Micaia Foundation

Operating Foundation

Operating foundation set up in 2009, using donor funding to implement a range of projects.

Eco-Micaia Ltd.

Social Enterprise

Social enterprise set up by Micaia’s founders to support economic livelihoods and value chain.

Micaia (UK)

Volunteer-run Charity

UK registered charity set up in 2007 to support the development of Micaia in Mozambique.

Micaia Foundation

The Micaia foundation board

Dr Isilda Nhantumbo

Chair

Dr Isilda Nhantumbo (Chair) holds a PhD in Natural Resources Management from the University of Edinburgh. She is currently providing consulting services to FAO as Senior Forest Concession Specialist leading the reform of the forest concessions in Mozambique to promote sustainable forest management, value addition and zero waste. Having started her career as a Lecturer at Eduardo Mondlane University in Forestry Economics and Management, Isilda moved to embrace conservation and development as a Country Programme Coordinator of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), then led the Forest Team at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) as Senior Researcher. An experienced consultant to various national, multilateral and development agencies, and with experience of work across Africa and in Latin America and Asia, the core of Isilda’s work is protection of rights and inclusion of communities in natural resources management, promotion of responsible, viable and sustainable businesses that contribute to climate change mitigation (through REDD+) and adaptation.

Martinus Ruijten

Logistics

Martinus Ruijten is a business economist with over 30 years of experience in the non-profit development sector in Africa. Starting as a financial and operational manager of country programs; midway his career, he made the shift to management of livelihood improvement projects, with a special interest in helping Inclusive Businesses integrate poor communities in agricultural value chains. Martinus has worked in senior capacity in international development organizations including SNV, and leading development consulting companies. His passion for honey – both as a food and as a typical product of small farmers – brought him on the path of Andrew and Milagre, over a decade ago, and we have been working together ever since. As a board member, he is keeping an eye on the finances of the foundation and the companies.

Lola López

conservationist

Lola López is a Mozambican conservationist with over 20 years of experience working on human rights issues. She’s been on the front line of peace building efforts in Sierra Leone, worked with Palestinian refugees and supported several development programmes mainly in governance, justice and gender equality. During the peak of the elephant poaching crisis in Mozambique, Lola turned her focus to conservation and joined Wildlife Conservation Society to support ANAC disrupt illegal wildlife trafficking networks operating in Mozambique. Lola is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Luwire Wildlife Conservancy, the oldest private concession of the Niassa Special Reserve. She has a Bachelor’s degree with Honours in Law and a Masters in International Law and International Relations.

Prof. Dan Brockington

Social scientist

Prof. Dan Brockington (see below) – To assist in strategic governance of the Micaia ‘family’, the Chair of the Micaia UK Board sits on the Foundation Board, and the Chair of the Foundation Board is a trustee of the Micaia UK charity.

Eco-Micaia

Eco-Micaia Board of Directors

Andrew Kingman

Co-founders of Micaia

One of the co-founders of Micaia, Andrew has worked in the international development sector since 1990, focusing mostly on Africa but also spending several years working on civil society development and promoting local philanthropy and social investment in Central and Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union. Much of Andrew’s work in Africa has focused on community-led development and small-scale enterprise. Since 2008 Andrew has led Eco-Micaia as Managing Director.

Milagre Nuvunga

Co-founders of Micaia

One of the co-founders of Micaia

Martinus Ruijten

Representing Micaia Foundation

Martinus Ruijten is a business economist with over 30 years of experience in the non-profit development sector in Africa. Starting as a financial and operational manager of country programs; midway his career, he made the shift to management of livelihood improvement projects, with a special interest in helping Inclusive Businesses integrate poor communities in agricultural value chains. Martinus has worked in senior capacity in international development organizations including SNV, and leading development consulting companies. His passion for honey – both as a food and as a typical product of small farmers – brought him on the path of Andrew and Milagre, over a decade ago, and we have been working together ever since. As a board member, he is keeping an eye on the finances of the foundation and the companies.

Dr Sandy Ochojna

Representing Micaia UK

Dr Sandy Ochojna was born in the Scottish Borders in 1947 and has two degrees (MA in Economics and PhD in social history) from Edinburgh University. His career has revolved around social research, marketing and consultancy, working at the highest levels for some of the largest public transport and market research organisations in the UK. He chairs the monthly Steering Group call with the heads of the three Micaia entities. If you feel you must know more, see: thesurveydoctor.co.uk

Micaia UK

Micaia UK Trustees

Prof. Dan Brockington

Chair

Prof. Dan Brockington (Chair) is Professor of Development Studies and co-Director of the Institute for Global Sustainable Development at the University of Sheffield. He is a conservation social scientist with many years of experience working largely in East Africa, but also India, Australia and New Zealand. His books include Fortress ConservationNature UnboundCelebrity and the EnvironmentCapitalism and ConservationThe Anthropology of Conservation NGOs and The Green Economy in the South as well as over 150 academic papers. He is one half of the conservation comedy duo Kartel Shockington and is working on a children’s novel How to Steal a Mountain.

Dr Sandy Ochojna

Vice Chair

Dr Sandy Ochojna (vice Chair) was born in the Scottish Borders in 1947 and has two degrees (MA in Economics and PhD in social history) from Edinburgh University. His career has revolved around social research, marketing and consultancy, working at the highest levels for some of the largest public transport and market research organisations in the UK. He chairs the monthly Steering Group call with the heads of the three Micaia entities. If you feel you must know more, see: thesurveydoctor.co.uk

Chris Bowes

Lawyer

Chris Bowes is a lawyer and a partner in global law firm CMS where he specialises in planning and development work. Chris works for clients in both the public and private sectors. Chris’ work is focussed on regeneration and infrastructure projects in the UK. Chris has a particular interest in governance, environmental impact assessment and sustainable development. Chris visited Mozambique in 2016 to see the work of MICAIA first hand. Chris is also a trustee of the Great Academies Education Trust a multi-academy trust responsible for four schools across the boroughs of Tameside and Rochdale east of Manchester.

Prof. Phil Woodhouse

Agricultural scientist

Prof. Phil Woodhouse worked as an agricultural scientist at the Mozambican Ministry of Agriculture’s agronomy research institute (INIA) from 1977 to 1986, focusing on soil fertility and farming systems development. After returning to the UK, he worked as an academic for more than three decades researching the governance of land and water under conditions of technological, economic and social change in sub-Saharan Africa. He is an emeritus professor of environment and development at the University of Manchester.

Laura Gilbert

Accountant

Laura Gilbert is a CIMA qualified accountant, currently working as Head of Financial Planning & Analysis at the London School of Economics. Her early career was spent in the Banking sector but in 2008 she changed direction, studying for an MSc in Charity Finance and NGO Management at Cass Business School, before contracting at ActionAid International and Save the Children International. She joined MICAIA as UK Treasurer in 2010 and was lucky enough to visit Mozambique in 2013 to see their work on the ground in Manica