Dr. Willy Kakuru is a consultant, ARCOS Associate and Part-time Lecturer at Makerere University, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in Uganda. He has previously worked as a Technical Advisor to IUCN; Country Coordinator for World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and with the Uganda National Wetlands Programme. As a consultant, he has accomplished a number of assignments with institutions such as the World Bank, UNDP, IUCN, WWF, ARCOS, African Forest Forum, ASARECA, RAMCEA, Nile Basin Initiative and a number of government institutions.
He holds a PhD and a Master's degree in Environment and Natural Resources Management, a Bachelor's degree in Forestry and post-graduate training in Wetland Management and Development and Carbon Monitoring for CDM projects. He has over 24 years experience in designing and implementation of Natural Resource Management (NRM), Environment and Sustainable Development programmes and projects. He worked with international organizations, government institutions and NGOs. He has a strong motivation for tree planting as one of the interventions for income generation, livelihoods improvement and landscape restoration.