Wivine Y. Ntamubano is a biologist, and environmental expert with 28 years’ experience in education and research; 20 years’ international experience in environmental sector policy programing, natural resources (water, minerals, forests, biodiversity, and land) management, environmental impact assessment, climate change, and disaster risk reduction (DRR), and 10 years’ experience in regional integration, understanding of the institutional and political context of the East Africa region and exposure to the African region’s environmental policy challenges.
Ntamubano worked at the East African Community (EAC) Secretariat, where she was the Head of Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Department until December, 2015. Ntamubano was also Deputy Focal Point for the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and drafted the National Biosafety Framework.
Ntamubano has provided environmental consulting services to the Ministry of Environment, Water and Land Management in the preparation for implementation, capacity development, monitoring of the Convention of Biological Diversity and its related protocols, as well as environmental education. For the last 5 years, Ntamubano has been working as a UNISDR consultant seconded to EAC Secretariat to assist the region’s implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015-2030)
Ntamubano holds a postgraduate diploma in Genetics from the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL), Belgium, in the field of crop improvement and a Bachelor Degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Burundi. She is fluent in English, French and Kirundi. She also speaks Kinyarwanda and Swahili, and has basic knowledge of Spanish.