Andreas Koestler (Director)
Andreas Koestler (born 1953) has a PhD in Geology and worked with the oil industry until he started his own NGO (Yme) in 1990. For over 15 years he built up an extensive competence in the water and sanitation sector, with both development and emergency projects all over the world. In 2006 he handed over Yme and started to work as a water and sanitation advisor in the Norwegian Red Cross. Fontes Foundation was created to continue some of the projects started with Yme.
Joseph Allen (Chairman of the Board)
Joseph Allen (born 1955) is a specialist in Environmental Hydrogeology and is currently a Senior Hydrogeologist in the Norwegian company Norconsult AS. He also acts as a water and sanitation specialist for the Norwegian Red Cross. He has many years of experience with water projects in developing countries, primarily with drilling and groundwater development. From 2005-2006 he worked in Indonesia with the reconstruction after the Tsunami.
Michael Pletscher (Regional Coordinator)
Michael Pletscher volunteered for Fontes Foundation in Uganda from February
to August 2013. He is currently doing a Master’s Degree in International Affairs
at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, and will combine the position with
writing his Master’s thesis – on youth unemployment in Uganda. He is already
familiar with Fontes and personally engaged with the youth centre, organising
footballs and equipment for the football team while back in Switzerland.
Apiyo Oweka (Project Coordinator)
Apiyo joined Fontes Foundation Uganda in January 2013. She
was active for many years running the Mara Foundation
in Kampala, which also has programmes in entrepreneurship,
youth development and mentorship. She took
over as the Programme Coordinator with the youth
project as her main responsibility. She is actively working
on the fund-raising part of the youth project, targeting
local fund-raising opportunities as well as
international ones. She has also contributed greatly in
implementing the monitoring and evaluation framework,
and improving the curriculum taught at the centre.
She will be key to expanding this project and
increasing its impact in the future.
Agnes Kampire (Project Assistant)
Agnes Kampire started working as an intern with Fontes Foundation in December 2013,
and will take over the responsibility of the communication with the projects
in western Uganda. A fluent Runyakitara speaker, she has already established a
good relationship with our staff, the communities and the scholarship students
Surea joined Fontes Foundation Uganda in December 2012 as
the new Youth Centre Manager. She has a background
in IT and a degree from the UK, and she previously
worked for Standard Chartered Bank. However, she
always had a passion for working with youth, and
worked with people affected by HIV/Aids both in the UK
and in Uganda. She also started her own company employing
a number of youth in Kampala, managing people’s
compounds and gardens. She has been a great
addition to the team, and is making sure Potentiam
Youth Centre is managed in a dynamic and creative way.
Lucrezia Biteete (formerly Koestler) (former Regional Coordinator, Advisor & Charperson of the board in Uganda)
Lucrezia (born 1983) is currently running the Fontes Foundation office in Uganda, where she also works as a consultant in the water and sanitation field. She has a a Masters degree in Water and Environmental Management from WEDC in Loughborough, UK and in 2007 she finished a Masters degree in International Relations in Geneva, Switzerland. Lucrezia has worked with development projects in Africa since 2005 and is currently responsible for the Fontes Foundation projects in Uganda and Mozambique. Her specialisation is the community aspect of development projects, as well as fund raising. She was Chairperson of the Board of Fontes Foundation in Norway from 2007-2010.
Marius Koestler (Former Programme Coordinator, currently Advisor)
Marius Koestler (born 1985) holds a BA in Business Administration (Bachelor) from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. Since 2004 he has been actively involved in development projects in Rwanda and Uganda, and he gained extensive field work experience during this period. He is mainly involved in managerial issues on an organizational level as well as advising on technical aspects in regards to small-scale drinking water projects.
Valentin J. Koestler (Project Coordinator & Accountant)
Valentin (born 1989) is currently studying Civil Engineering (Master) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland. He initially had a small part time job in Fontes, but has recently advanced to be an important contributor to our technical know how and daily operations. He has assisted on several project implementations in Uganda and has also been taking part in the development of partner companies’ products, such as the Squad-Unit from ClearWater42 ASA.
Vivi Næss (Board Member)
Vivi Næss (born 1952) has a background in journalism and has a broad experience from various sectors and different countries. For two years she worked for the international environmental foundation Bellona, based in Norway. She is currently working with the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, NRK, where she has been involved in directing and producing radio programs over more than 25 years. Her experience with people and the media gives a fresh and creative input to the work of Fontes.
Anne Signe Hørstad (Board Member)
Anne Signe Hørstad (born 1966) studied geology has worked for different consulting companies in Norway mostly within the area of waste-water treatment. After a year working for a consulting company in Botswana, she got involved with development and emergency relief work in the area of water supply and sanitation, fist through the Norwegian NGO Yme and later through the Norwegian Red Cross, where she is currently working as a water and sanitation advisor.
Rowena Musinguzi (Chairman of the Board Fontes Foundation Uganda)
Rowena Nahurira Musinguzi (born in 1981) has a BSc (Hons) in Economics from the London School of Economics. She worked with the Danish international shipping line Maersk in finance with special emphasis on process flow management, cost control and financial management reports. She then worked in Kanungu running the Savannah Resort Hotel, is currently employed by Standard Chartered Bank and is pursuing an MBA from INSEAD (France). She is experienced at organizing fundraisers and has been actively involved in a few charity fundraisers in Uganda for several worthy causes. She is very interested in volunteering and raising awareness especially for children, poor communities and environmental preservation causes.
James Byaruhanga (Board Member Fontes Foundation Uganda)
James Byaruhanga is currently the CTO of Roke Telkom in Uganda. James Byaruhanga has More than 9 years of experience in ISP and Telco IP Networks as a network resource in administration, support and management level. James Byaruhanga has previously worked for Africa Online Uganda, MTN Uganda and MTN Group SA. On the Corporate Social responsibility front, James Byaruhanga has worked and still supports multiple organisations for example School Leavers Enhancement Association (SLEASA) in Kampala, Abenkundine Adult Literacy Group in Kabale with their Mushroom growing project, Little Angels Orphanage Home in Rubaga and the Cancer Charity Foundation specifically with the children's Cancer ward Mulago.
Olavi Ndaula (Board Member Fontes Foundation Uganda)
Olavi Ndaula (born 1980) is trained in Computer Science, Finance and Management (McGill University, Montréal, Canada) and is active in the local and international business communities in Uganda. He specializes in business development and management and is currently involved in the telecom, building materials and property development sectors.
Timothy Musoke (Board Member Fontes Foundation Uganda)
Timothy Musoke (born 1978) is a software engineer currently working with Intellisense Ltd. He undertook his studies at Franklin University, Columbus, Ohio where he studied Computer Science. He has worked with JP Morgan Chase, Bank One Corporation, WorldCom before returning to Uganda where he is currently working as the Chief Executive Officer for Intellisense Ltd, a local IT solutions provider. Timothy has done a lot of volunteering work for various groups especially with organizations that deal with marginalized people like Uganda Society for Disabled Children and Katalemwa Cheshire Home for Rehabilitation Services and continues to support these groups in various ways.
Patrick Jangejanga (Office Manager, Uganda)
Patrick Jangeyanga (born in 1978) has a Bachelor degree in Urban Planning from Makerere University. Prior to joining Fontes Foundation on full time, Patrick carried worked on a number of consultancy projects for Fontes Uganda Limited, a sister organization of Fontes Foundation Uganda. Before he joined the consultancy world, Patrick had worked in the financial sector in Uganda for over 5 years. He joined Fontes Foundation in August 2012 and is in charge of office administration, logistics and accountability for all the projects in Uganda. He is self-motivated person who is always self-driven to exceed expectations.
Geoffrey Balibali (Advisor Fontes Foundation Uganda)
Geoffrey Balibali (born 1970) is a Ugandan civil engineer that has been involved in the Fontes Foundation projects in Uganda since 2005. He contributes largely with his extensive knowledge of the local situation, culture and politics, and building relations with other stakeholders in the sector.