Lilian Ajarova has been appointed the new Chief Executive Officer of the Uganda Tourism Board, the Nile Post has learnt.
Ajarova who has been working as the Executive Director for the Ngamba Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust beat two other candidates including former Uganda Wildlife Authority boss Andrew Seguya and Ochieng Bradford Robbster.
The outcome of the interviews announced by State Minister for Tourism Godfrey Kiwanda saw Robbster announced as the Deputy CEO for Uganda Tourism Board.
Described by many as a bubbly woman who loves her work with animals, Ajarova was nicknamed ‘Mama Chimp’ due to her love for conservation especially in regards chimpanzees.
She recently worked at Uganda Wildlife Authority before joining Ngamba Chimpanzee Sanctuary where she has served diligently as Executive Director for over 10 years.
She has seen transformation of the 100 acre forested island to a safe haven for 49 orphaned chimpanzees.
Ajarova has in the past been recognized with the prestigious National Golden Jubilee Award 2015, Tourism Excellence Award 2017 and Wildlife Conservation Award 2017 as well as being named among the top 100 travel women as a leader, pioneer and innovator in Africa.