Chairperson of the CSCO Steering Committee

Irene Ssekyana is an environment and natural resources practitioner specializing in natural resource management and  governance, climate change mitigation and adaptation and community development. She is the Chairperson of the Civil  Society Coalition on Oil and Gas (CSCO) in Uganda, a network
comprised of over 55 national, international and community based organisations working on petroleum development issues in  Uganda. During her tenure, a post she has held since 2012, the coalition’s programmes and operations have been mainstreamed, members’ capacity to articulate oil and gas matters strengthened and has ensured that the coalition’s research, monitoring, policy and advocacy works are recognized and appreciated by stakeholders in the sector.

Ms. Ssekyana works as the National Coordinator for Greenwatch, an environmental rights advocacy organisation where she has worked for the last 17 years. She is a member of a number of professional national and international committees including the Environment and Natural Resources Good Governance working Group(under the Ministry of Water and Environment), the Forest Governance Learning Group, Poverty and  Environment Initiative and the Land Justice SubCommittee of the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs. Internationally, she is a member of The Access Initiative(TAI); a global network hosted by the World Resources Institute that brings together people working on environmental access rights issues, the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide(ELAW) based in Oregon, USA, a global network of scientists and lawyers orking to defend and uphold environmental justice of the marginalised members of society. She is also a member of the WellBeing Economy lab(under stewardship of the Global Leadership Academy); a l
eadership and Innovation Lab that brings together thought leaders and change agents from all sectors of society to co-create ideas and transformative actions for a wellbeing economy in Africa.

Her work focuses on the interaction of social and ecological systems, how environmental education and training can influence human behaviour and the underlying social reasons for over exploitation of natural resources. Her priorities include enhancing sustainable resource use and management, strengthening the effectiveness of community organizations and addressing inequalities particularly those pertaining to vulnerable and marginalised local women in their quest for accessing natural assets.

She has undertaken consultancies in a number of fields including reviewing the Palm Oil Strategy of the World Bank, in-putting into the “
Enabling the Business of Agriculture project” of the World Bank, among others. She has written publications on environmental management and presented papers at both national and international fora. Irene holds a Master of Science in Natural Resources Management, a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry/Biochemistry from Makerere University, Kampala and a Post Graduate Diploma in Project Monitoring and Evaluation from Uganda Management Institute. She has professional training in Environment Audit and Impact Assessment, Environmental Law,Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation, Contract Transparency in Extractives, Policy research and analysis, Governance of oil and Gas and Mining Revenues among others