Member's Information

  • Name: Godber Tumushabe
  • Position: Ex-Officio Member of the Board

Mr. Tumushabe is an Ex-Officio member of the Board. He is a farmer, social entrepreneur, lawyer, and policy analyst. He obtained his first degree in law (LLB Hons.) from Makerere University, Kampala in 1993. He attended a Post-graduate Bar Course at Uganda's Law Development Centre where he obtained a post-graduate diploma in Legal Practice. He rejoined the Faculty of Law at Makerere University where he obtained a Master's Degree in Law (LLM) in 1996. In 2007, Mr. Tumushabe joined the Stanford Program in International Legal Studies (SPILS) where he was awarded a Master of Juridical Science (JSM) degree from Stanford University. In 2008, he attended the Stanford Graduate School of Business Summer Institute in Business Entrepreneurship.

Mr. Tumushabe's work career started in 1997 when he joined a Nairobi-based public policy think tank- the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS). At ACTS, he directed Africa-wide policy research programmes on environmental governance, biodiversity, and land governance. He returned to Uganda in 2000 as the Founding Executive Director of the Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE), a position he held until he retired in December 2013. During his 14 years as executive director, he oversaw the growth of ACODE into a dynamic and reputable independent public policy research and advocacy think tank in Eastern Africa and designed innovative flagship policy research and advocacy programs.

Mr. Tumushabe has published widely on a wide range of international and national public policy issues. He is co-author of Governing the Environment: Political Change and Natural Resources Management in Eastern and Central Africa (1999); Harnessing Intellectual Property Rights for Development Objectives: The Double Role of IPRs in the Context of Facilitating MDGs Nos. 1 and 6 (2011); Public Spending on Climate Change in Africa: Experiences from Ethiopia, Ghana, Tanzania and Uganda (2016); and Unlocking Africa's Future: Biotechnology and Law (2016).

Mr. Tumushabe is currently an Associate Director at Great Lakes Institute for Strategic Studies. He is also Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Technology Frontiers Education Centre. His current research interests include democracy and rule of law; strategic minerals and land governance, climate change, agriculture governance, and food security.