CIG Uganda reports into a DFID oversight committee comprising the Uganda Regional Technical Lead Advisor and Senior Reporting Officer and Compliance Management Team in DFID Head Quarters. Day to day oversight from Cardno is provided by the Project Director Beatrice Kinyanjui based in Nairobi.

Ms. Beatrice Kinyanjui

Programme Director

Ms. Beatrice Kinyanjui is a strategic business and team leader with extensive technical expertise, building trusted partnerships to deliver sustainable impact in international development. As Regional Manager for Cardno Emerging Markets (East Africa) Ltd. based in Nairobi, she leads a diverse team of over 30 development professionals to deliver complex projects for local and international clients across a range of sectors. She draws on 15 years of experience in project management and private sector development, having worked in leadership, senior management and advisory positions for a number of Cardno’s business units, multimillion dollar programs, and previous work in international organisations.

Ms. Kinyanjui is currently the Programme Director for the Cities and Infrastructure for Growth Programme in Uganda. She holds an MBA in International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Helena McLeod

Team Leader

Helena McLeod is a transformational international development leader, specialising in the design and management of multimillion pound innovative development initiatives. In her career spanning over two decades, she has designed and managed aid programmes, spanning the globe that have improved the lives of millions of people.

She took over as Team Leader for the catalytic CIG Uganda, UK aid financed programme, in March 2019. Prior to her current role, Helena was practice Head of Climate Change and Renewable Energy for KPMG East Africa. Prior to that, she advised on the establishment of a development infrastructure bank between the Chinese and South African governments for the Development Bank Southern Africa. Prior to that, she was a longstanding advisor to UK Department for International Development in climate change, economics and renewable energy.

She holds a BSc Economics from the London School of Economics and a Masters in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics from University College London

Dick Komakech

Deputy Team Leader

Dick Komakech (MSc, BSc, DIC, MCIHT) is a Senior Transport Specialist at Cardno Emerging Markets UK. He has extensive experience working in both developed and developing countries with public & private institutions, multilateral & bilateral agencies including DFID, World Bank, SIDA, AfDB, CDB and DANIDA. He is a technical advisor at local and national levels in the development of transport infrastructure predominantly in low and middle income countries. As a technical director in several short term projects, Dick successfully accomplished challenging assignments from negotiation to final completion.

Prior to joining CIG-Uganda, Dick was the team leader for the award winning programme, Improving Rural Access in Tanzania (IRAT) – a 4-year DFID funded programme which transformed the road development, management and funding mechanism and later adopted by key development partners

Nicki Spence

Programme Manager

A senior manager of the Cardno East Africa and Cardno IT Transport office, Nicki Spence oversees the Project Management Unit providing managerial and technical support in all stages of the project life cycle. She currently oversees 24 active projects and has significant management experience handling a diverse range of programmes in multiple locations including several large programmes funded by donors including the EU, DFID, ADB, SDC, and UNDP. Nicki has an excellent track record playing a key role in the delivery of project / programmes that achieve high level outputs, outcomes within budget. She is currently the Prize Manager/Team Leader of a climate innovation prize held in Kenya funded by DFID and the Programme Manager of the UK Aid funded Uganda Cities and Infrastructure for Growth programme and Sustainable Development of Mining in Rwanda programme.