GERTRUDE KENYANGI KABUSIMBI graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Agriculture) from Makerere University in 1985 and a few years down the road obtained an MA (Integrated Rural Development Planning). For a short period after her studies she held a white collar job with a bank as a credit officer before discovering that her calling was not in air-conditioned, pristine and sanitized work environments but with the people right at the grassroots getting her hands dirty. She therefore resigned her bank job and founded Support for Women in Agriculture and Environment (SWAGEN), where she still serves as Executive Director. She is also the Gender Focal Person for African Union of Conservationists.
Her work in conservation, human rights, and development has earned her several accolades like the Wangari Maathai Prize 2015 for tree planting and the ONE Prize 2015 for eradication of extreme poverty.
Ms. Kenyangi is:
She spends her personal time either in quiet reflection or reading motivational books such as the Bible. Gertrude loves to dance to gospel tunes.