Awel Uwihanganye

Founder & Senior Director, LéO Africa Institute

Awel Uwihanganye is an accomplished management & leadership specialist with expert skills in executive management, communications and public relations, resource mobilization, diplomacy, and leadership development.

He previously served as the Chief Executive of Makerere University’s Centennial celebrations (Makerere At 100 Project). Awel is the Founder & Senior Director at the LéO Africa Institute and serves on several Governance Boards as a Director.

As a founder of several change initiatives, he is keenly interested in entrepreneurship, in the power of ideas, to change lives, shape society, and advance development, and “envisions Africa as a frontier for opportunity and growth with a confident, self-aware generation of rising African leaders at the center of this renaissance”.

He is a proud alumnus of Concordia University-Montreal Canada, a privileged fellow of the African Leadership Initiative—East Africa, and a Member of the Aspen Institute’s Global Leadership Network.

A key lesson Awel likes to share: “I have found that when you commit yourself to do good, create value, innovate, and serve society, a lot of good follows. In my case, my contribution to the cause of Africa, humanity, and the world has come with a lot of opportunities and accolades, which in turn challenge me to do more in adding value to the world.”


9:45 - 11:30

Saturday November 26 (Physical at Pardis, Kololo)

LéO Africa Institute at 10! - The Building of an Authentic African Platform

Keynote Address:
Awel Uwihanganye, Founder & Senior Director LéO Africa Institute


Follow up Panel Conversation with:
Cleofash Alinaitwe, Managing Partner, Agri Planet Uganda, Valedictorian YELP Fellow Class of 2017
Donald Byamugisha, Growth Strategist, YELP Fellow Class of 2017


Hosted by William Babigumira, Chief Executive Officer Pentascope Strategy, Senior Member of Faculty LéO Africa Institute

14:00 - 15:00

Saturday November 26 (Physical at Pardis, Kololo)

In Conversation: A Decade Shaping Democracy Together

Speech by Anna Reismann Country Representative Konrad Adenauer Stiftung


Follow up conversation on KAS and LéO Africa’s partnership over the last decade. The speaker will also reflect on the changing times today and why partnerships based on shared values and aspirations are key to navigating a turbulent world.


Discussant: Awel Uwihanganye; Founder & Senior Director LéO Africa Institute


Hosted by Canary Mugume, Journalist, NBS TV and YELP Fellow Class of 2018