Founder & CEO
Regional Managing Director - East Africa
Regional Managing Director - West Africa
Regional Managing Director - Southern Africa
James Brice is the founder and Managing Director of Environmental Business Strategies (EBS), the leading pan African sustainability adviser to institutional investors. His 20 years’ experience spans almost every sector of business and every global Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) standard. Prior to starting EBS, Brice established and oversaw the Sustainability and Integrated Reporting services for Grant Thornton from 2009 to 2012. This was preceded by a three-year period as Senior Vice President of Marsh Environmental Services (MES), a division of Marsh & McLennan, NYSE: MMC for Europe, Middle East and Africa. In addition, he was on the Sustainable Development Committee of the Institute of Directors (IOD) and as such intimately involved in the drafting of King III and best practice in the application of sustainability principles at board level. Brice holds a Master’s degree in Engineering.
Mumo Kivuitu has worked on Sustainable and Responsible Business issues for over 15 years and is currently engaged as the Regional Managing Director of EBS Advisory. He has fifteen years of experience working on sustainable and responsible business practices in East Africa. He has provided technical support and training to companies in the region regarding the design and development of their corporate sustainability strategies, social and environmental performance, stakeholder engagement, inclusive business, social enterprise, child rights and business, gender relations, business and human rights, certification for companies, corporate governance and responsible workplace programs. Mumo also has experience on sustainability practices in various value chains including coffee, tea, cotton and fisheries. Mumo is a former Executive Director of Ufadhili Trust, a regional non-profit organization that focuses on social responsibility with a leading niche in corporate responsibility and ethical business practices. He is a passionate believer in the positive role of the private sector in creating shared value for all stakeholders. He holds a Master Degree in Banking and Finance and a first degree in Economics.
Ola Toba is currently employed at EBS Advisory as the Regional Managing Director for West Africa; and was previously the Environmental and Social Consultant for the West Africa region at EBS. His key responsibilities include providing expert assessment and advisory services on matters pertaining to the management of environmental and social issues. He completed his Bachelors of Engineering Degree (B.Eng) in 2007 at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, majoring in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering. His final year project focused on the treatment of brewery wastes using anaerobic digestion. He is also trained and certified in Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Process and General Environmental Documentation, Health, Safety and Environment, Total Quality and Risk Management, and has also obtained a certificate from the National Examinations Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSCH). He had previously worked for about four years with Odun Environmental Limited in Lagos, and in his last year with the company, he occupied the position of a Projects Co-ordinator, where he managed the environmental and social impact, and safety studies for various projects including oil and gas, manufacturing, free trade zones, etc. He also worked briefly with Tri-Spheres Limited as an Environmental Specialist before joining EBS. He is currently undergoing a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) programme with the University of South Wales. He currently has experience in Nigeria, Ghana and Cameroon.
Raylene Watson is currently employed as the Managing Director at EBS Advisory for the SADC region. Her key responsibilities are to manage the ESG teams in the region and to promote EBS Advisory as a Company within South Africa and the SADC Region. Raylene is a Professionally Registered Scientific Professional with the South African Council of Natural Sciences. She has over 20 years’ experience as a technical expert in water and air pollution modelling and assessments. Raylene Watson also developed and managed various other specialist units in her career, focused on the development of core environmental and social competencies, including, water, waste, soils, social, noise, coastal, estuarine, sustainability reporting, circular economy, EIA, and Strategic Environmental Services. Prior to her joining EBS, she was appointed as Sustainability Manager for a large multinational engineering and environmental consultancy company with oversight of the SADC regional operations, which required her to report to group head office in The Netherlands, and manage corporate, and project related inputs across 12 offices in South Africa, providing support to over 1000 employees.