Rugaya Richard

Richard Rugaya

Co-founder and President

Richard holds a Degree in Development Studies from Makerere University in Uganda as well as a Diploma in Business Studies. He has 10 years of experience in projecting and managing social enterprises. He is enthusiastic about the development of the rural Uganda thanks to sport, tourism and agribusiness. Richard is co-founder of GHC and he is managing a team of professionals from different fields ranging from accountants to technicians, as well as directly assisting farmers to improve their skills and controlling the quality of the coffee at different states of its production.

Javier Fernandez Castanon

Javier Fernandez-Castanon

Co-founder and Director of Partnerships

Javi is GHC's co-founder together with Richard. Recently awarded with a PhD in Physics, today he combines his activity as Data Scientist in London with his role as Director for partnerships. He has previous experiences as volunteer in Nepal and he has frequently visited Uganda since his first trip in 2014. Javi is also responsible for launching and coordinating the GHC Social whose main current projects are to ensure healthcare access to the farmers and their families and to facilitate the access to education for their children.


Juncal Alonso

Strategy Partner

Juncal is strategic partner for GHC. As a strategist focusing on social and sustainable purpose-led projects, Juncal has most of her experience working with global companies to find, define and deliver their purpose. Her recent work includes helping Unilever and UN Women to launch the Unstereotype Alliance, an initiative to fight gender stereotypes and the creation of the Real Play Coalition, a project lead by Unilever, IKEA and National Geographic to protect children’s right to play presented at the World Economic Forum. Activist at heart, Juncal has worked with several NGOs both volunteering in the ground and helping to shape their communications strategy. At GHC, Juncal advises on brand positioning and marketing strategy, with special focus on GHC social projects.


Muhawenimana Sarafina

Public Relationships

Sarafina was born and raised in the bosom of the Gorilla Highlands. On her 20's she moved to Kampala pursuing her carrier in Drama and Film at Makerere University.
During the past years she has often featured in Uganda TV soaps and TV shows focused on conservation of the gorillas.
At the present moment she combines her activities as actress and film director with the PR tasks of the GHC brand spreading the coffee culture and the relevance of animal and natural conservation across Uganda.


Ignatius Nsanze

Finance and Audit Advisor

Ignatius holds a Bachelor Degree in Commerce and Marketing (Hons) from the Makerere University of Kampala (Uganda). He is also a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) at the UK.
Ignatius is a chartered accountant and is a highly analytical and talented Financial and investment expert with 30 years’ experience, blended with strong academic credentials and a passion for investments. Ignatius’ in-depth experience includes asset allocation, preserving and growing wealth, risk management, funds selection, auditing which are of great value for the GHC long term project.


Patricia Uriarte

Finance Analyst

Patricia is the finance analyst for GHC. Patricia is currently working as a senior auditor in EY London. At EY she has most enjoyed working an project, that involve helping to develop and execute new strategies for clients based on financial analysis she has performed. Her experience managing and delivering financial projects, coupled with her understanding of accountancy and finance allows her to excel and add significant value to GHC. She wants to take her experience and enthusiasm to help GHC improving and modernising the way of using accountancy and finance in the daily basis.

Tress Bucyanayandi

Hon. Tress Bucyanayandi


Tress Bucyanayandi is a Ugandan agriculturalist and politician. He is the former Minister for Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries in the Ugandan Cabinet.
He studied at Bukalasa Agricultural College, graduating with a Diploma in Agriculture in 1964. He was awarded with a scholarship to continue his studies in the USA where he received a Bachelor Degree in Science of Agriculture from the West Virginia University (1966) and a Masters in Science of Agriculture issued by the University of Wisconsin (1970). His discipline, understanding of the local coffee market and expertise are highly valuable for the good performing of the GHC project.