Our Team

Our team at CIG Uganda comprises of a diverse group of professionals who are passionate about the work they do. The team brings years of experiences in international development from different backgrounds and expertise that will support the delivery of the programme in Uganda

We are complemented by the Cardno international development team of specialists around the world with experience in designing, developing and delivering sustainable projects and community advancement programs.

Working in the region for over 30 years as a group, Cardno's expertise in addition to that of the CIG programme team, is geared towards contributing to the realisation of sustainable development processes in Uganda.

Our team will offer demand-driven technical assistance to governments, municipal authorities and public agencies to address constraints to infrastructure development in the J-K-E.


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.

Benjamin Olobo

Infrastructure Team Lead

Benjamin is the Infrastructure Sector Leader, overseeing infrastructure wide interventions in Urban Transport, Solid Waste Management, Industrial Parks and Inland Water Transport.

He has vast regional and international Infrastructure Sector experience covering institutional strengthening, infrastructure planning and maintenance design, implementation, monitoring, procurement and contracts management. Experience gained working on various Development partner financed projects (DFID, World Bank, AfDB, EU, JICA, Islamic Development Bank, BADEA etc.) working in areas of policy formulation, strategy, financing, project preparation and bankability assessment. He has worked in various countries including UK, Swaziland, Zambia, Uganda, Tonga, Samoa and Zimbabwe.

He has been a Technical Advisor to various Governments in Africa and Pacific Region on Infrastructure Strategy Policy Design, Contracts and Engineering Development and Management on programmes with aggregated contract values well in excess of US$ 2 Billion.

Benjamin holds an MSc (Finance), MBA, MSc (Eng.), BSc Eng. and he is a UK Chartered Engineer and also a Registered Engineer in Uganda (MUIPE).

Paolo Craviolatti

Finance Lead

Paolo is the CIG Uganda Finance Lead in charge of raising suitable financing for infrastructure projects. Paolo have more than 20 years experience in economic development, in particular in infrastructure development and financing. He has been working as an economist and financial analyst for energy, water and transport infrastructure projects (at national and municipal levels) working for UK government funded programmes, EU infrastructure programmes and for the African Development Bank, World Bank and the private sector. Over the last 10 years Paolo has worked in several markets for PPPs in the power and transport sectors.

Paolo has a MSc in Economics for Development from Oxford University and a PhD in Economics from Sussex University.

Barry Dyson

Power Team Lead

Barry is a professional engineer and manager and internationally recognized expert in power and energy. He has 4 decades of experience in the sector as both an industry leader and as a partner in global consulting firms. Barry has held major positions in the industry, for example leading very significant and game changing projects during UK and Nigerian power privatizations. He has provided and led the design and implementation of transformation strategies ‘with executives, government and industry leaders in North America, Russia, Azerbaijan

Sayson R. Meya

Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Advisor

Sayson is the Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Advisor for the programme. She is a multi-disciplinary Legal Sociologist with 18 years’ experience in social protection of rights and empowerment of the vulnerable and marginalized. She has worked globally (Europe) with extensive work across the Horn, Great Lakes and SDAC regions of Africa. She is well versed with the international, regional and national frameworks on gender equality and social inclusion (GESI), social cohesion, human rights and safeguards in governance, infrastructure, urban development and the energy sectors. Sayson has worked for different development partners; the EU, USAID, World Bank, AfDB, UNWOMEN, DFID; Government-MDAs, Academic Institutions and CSOs.

Dr. Revocatus Twinomuhangi

Climate Change Advisor

Dr. Revocatus Twinomuhangi is a leading environment management and climate change expert with up to 20 years working experience in training, research and capacity building. He is a Senior Lecturer at Makerere University and has worked on various national and global environment and climate change programmes with government and other international agencies like UNEP, UNDP, FAO, World Bank, USAID, WWF etc. He previously worked on the UK funded Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) and is a founder member of the Least Developed Countries Consortium on Climate Change (LUCCC), a south-south university collaborative network for enhancing capacity in climate change training, research and capacity building.

Lillian Akot Okura

Communications Expert

Ms. Lillian Akot Okura is a strategic communication professional, with extensive experience spanning 17 years in stakeholder engagement, media relations, brand image positioning, donor relations, internal communication, corporate reporting and communicating for results.

Lillian has supported Government agencies to design and implement research- based communication strategies, work plans and stakeholder mapping that enhance project knowledge sharing, documentation, visibility and dissemination of project results and best practices. Her communications work over the years has covered private sector development, Government relations, infrastructure development, livelihoods, conflict and humanitarian assistance and sustainability agenda.

Lillian holds Masters in Public Policy and Management from Strathmore University, Bachelor of Mass Communication from Makerere University and a Professional Certificate from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM).

James Kakooza

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Expert

James Kakooza is a Research, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (RMEL) professional with over 19 years of experience in 33 countries across Africa and Southern Asia. James has very strong skills in designing, collecting, analysing, reporting and disseminating monitoring and evaluation data for international relief and development programs. For the past 14 years, James has played expatriate roles in: Kenya, Sudan, Southern Sudan, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe and Somalia, where he has successfully led RMEL units to deliver high class results for multidisciplinary/ multisector country and multicounty programs. James is a member of various professional bodies that include the: International Development Evaluation Association (IDEAS), Africa Evaluation Association (AfREA), Uganda Evaluation Association (UEA), Uganda National Academy of Sciences (UNAS), Third Wold Academy of Sciences (TWAS), Union of African Population Studies (UAPS) and International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP). Since year 2001, James has provided quality RMEL services to international donor agencies like, USAID, World Bank, AfDB, BMGF, DFID, Irish Aid, DANIDA, NORAD and The Kingdom of the Netherlands among others. James holds a PhD in Project Management and Evaluation, a Postgraduate Diploma in Project Planning and Management (DPPM), Professional Master’s in Information Science (PM, InfoSc.) and in Science and Technical Education (M.Ed Sc. Tech.).