Chief Executive, Stanbic Bank Uganda
Anne Juuko is the Chief Executive of Stanbic Bank Uganda. Anne has a wealth of experience in the financial industry with regional and global expertise in banking for over 20 years.
She has been a part of the Standard Bank Group for over eight years and demonstrated extraordinary leadership and stellar performance throughout her career, making her an exceptional leader at the helm of Uganda’s leading bank.
Founder - The Innovation Village
Japheth is a co-founder of The Innovation Village, Uganda’s launchpad for leading innovators and entrepreneurs.He works with mission-oriented entrepreneurs to ensure the smart application of technology in solving our biggest community and industry challenges.
Country Director, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Uganda & South Sudan
Anna Reismann continues to be actively involved in European and International Cooperation, something she has done for more than a decade.
From 2008 to 2010, she worked as a Deputy Country Director of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Ukraine before managing a Brussels-based project of the European Network of Political Foundations (ENoP) on the EU enlargement towards the Western Balkan countries.
Since 2012 she has served as Policy Advisor Andean Countries, Central America and Mexico at the headquarters of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Berlin, Germany.
Associate Partner, Dalberg
Leonard is an Associate Partner at Dalberg’s Kigali office. He has over 14 years’ experience at the intersection of trade policy, regional integration, technology policy formulation/implementation, strategy and private sector development.
Prior to Dalberg, Leonard worked as an advisor to the Governments of Rwanda and South Sudan on trade and regional integration, economic development, private sector competitiveness and strategy. He has worked and lived in Uganda, Kenya, South Africa, the United States and Rwanda.
Deputy Director, LéO Africa Institute
Kwezi is Deputy Director of the LéO Africa Institute. He is also the current editor of the Institute publication, the LéO Africa Review.
He is passionate about leadership, governance and development in Africa.
His articles have appeared in The Independent and Daily Monitor, and he is a regular contributor to the Africa news and data visualizer Africapedia.
Angella is an expert in skills development, communication strategy, innovation, and entrepreneurship skills in both Uganda and the United Kingdom. She worked with the French Embassy and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) on the first Kampala Geopolitics Conference 2018. She later continued to work with KAS as a project’s assistant on the Youth4Policy project.
Chairman Board of Directors, LéO Africa Institute
Carl Manlan is Vice President, Social Impact for Visa Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Africa.
Carl's focuses on enabling community impact with local, regional, and global partners, co-creating partnerships that support Small and Medium Businesses, Individuals, and households to thrive in the CEMEA region.
Carl volunteers to support non-profit organizations' leadership on their social impact journey.
He is Chair Board of Directors of the LéO Africa Institute and an Aspen Institute New Voices Senior Fellow.
Journalist, Nation Media Group
Mujuni Raymond is an investigative journalist in East Africa currently working with Nation Media Group as an Editor and show Host for the Fourth Estate program. Raymond is a two time winner of the National Journalism Award for explanatory and Investigative Reporting for his stories that exposed a high end government to government deal for the exchange of refugees for guns between Uganda and Israel. Mujuni is a Young and Emerging Leadership Project fellow of the LéO Africa Institute.
Head of Innovations, SIMAD iLab
Mohamed Okash is a Researcher, Consultant, and Ecosystem Builder. His work focus on Innovations, Development, and Public Policy.
He is YELP Fellow and the Valediction of the class of 2019, a Global Shaper, and Climate Reality Leader. Currently, he is the Head of Innovations, SIMAD iLab in Mogadishu, Somalia.
Okash is a Young and Emerging Leadership Project fellow of the LéO Africa Institute.
Head of Africa Advocacy and Partnerships, Better Than Cash Alliance
Lucy Nshuti Mbabazi is one of the most avid and committed champions of the LéO Africa Institute and Chair of the Board of Directors –Emeritus.
Lucy serves as the Head of Africa Advocacy and Partnerships of Better Than Cash Alliance, a UN-hosted partnership of governments, companies, and international organisations that accelerates the transition from cash to digital payments to reduce poverty and drive inclusive growth.
Journalist, Rwanda Broadcasting Agency
Fiona is a Board member of the LeO Africa Institute and was among the pioneers who started the first private TV station (TV 10) in Rwanda where she worked before re-joining Rwanda Broadcasting Agency where she’s a News Anchor and Reporter.She is a Fellow of the Young and Emerging Leaders Project of the LéO Africa Institute.
Head of Public Education Unit, Bank of Uganda
Ellis is the Head of Public Education Unit at Bank of Uganda. He is passionate about financial inclusion and the role of leadership in transforming communities.
Ralph is a Young and Emerging Leadership Project fellow of the LéO Africa Institute.
Founder, Leona Foundation
Lyndah Mwaura is the Founder of Leona Foundation, a non-profit in Kenya and has over 7 years’ experience implementing community projects.
She is an advocate of ending violence against women and girls. She is a fellow of LéO Africa Institute's Young and Emerging Leaders Project class of 2019 and is also a Fellow of the Female & More 2019.
Founder - Rainforest Coffee
Medical doctor and health innovation enthusiast with unwavering passion and enthusiasm for delivering leading, innovative healthcare solutions; digital health and mobile technology specialist with six years’ experience in designing and leveraging these platforms to build feasible solutions that address barriers to accessing equitable and inclusive health care.
Martin Outstanding record in leading substantial medical, product, regulatory, and stakeholder elements of large-scale projects.
Currently, he is working on projects to explore opportunities for emerging technologies in bridging the gap in healthcare service delivery and systems strengthening, to realise universal health coverage. Martin is passionate about servant leadership and the critical role it plays in personal and community transformation.
Martin is a seasoned entrepreneur in the agro and health-tech space. He co-founded RAINFOREST COFFEE UGANDA and has successfully ‘failed’ with two of his earlier health-tech companies; the experience of which has built his capacity and critical understanding of healthcare, upon which to establish the phoenix of his earlier ideas (soon to come).
Martin is an alumnus of the YELP 2017 and a Global Shaper with the Kampala Hub.
Nsubuga is a Luganda writer and performance poet, whose stage name is NZE. He started doing poetry in 2017 with a group called Inknet. In 2018 he worked with Kitara Nation, which helped him publish a chapbook of poems titled ATANNAWA MUSOLO that same year. Nsubuga has been to a number of platforms, such as BAYIMBA arts festival, Kampala International Theatre Festival, Kelele at Makerere, Ntebeza, Milege, Ladu among others.
Chief Development Strategy Officer, Global Innovation Fund
Hashim Wasswa Mulangwa currently works as Chief Development Strategy Officer at the Global Innovation Fund (GIF). He has a strong background in development, government and working in the private sector.
In his current at GIF role, he manages and provides overall leadership of GIF’s investment process (deal origination, diligence and execution) - and leads a team of investors managing a portfolio of about $200m in Grants and Risk Capital (private sector) investments. He is also responsible for providing strategic guidance to the GIF investment team to ensure the investments the organisation makes are deeply grounded in theory, evidence, and practice in international development.
Before GIF, he was Team Leader for an FCDO/DFID £70m funded programme supporting Foreign Direct Investment in Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Rwanda. He also worked as a Director of Transformation and Service Delivery for a governance and accountability programme (funded by DFID, USAID, and the EU) providing institutional reform in sectors such as roads, procurement, city management, domestic revenue mobilization etc.
Hashim was Chief Strategy and Development Officer of the Rwanda Development Bank, where he led the bank’s transformation agenda and positioning it as a strong DFI that supports Rwanda’s development priorities. As Team Leader and Private Sector Development Adviser at DFID Rwanda, he managed a portfolio of nearly £100 million with investments across a diverse economic growth portfolio.
Before DFID, Hashim worked for OTF, part of the Monitor Group, a global sector competitiveness consulting firm, in South Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, and Angola. Earlier in his career, Hashim also spent many years as a Senior Policy adviser for Uganda’s President’s Office.
Hashim is a graduate of the Masters in Public administration (MPA) at Harvard Kennedy School, and has an MSc in Economic Policy management from Strathclyde University- Scotland, UK.
Founder, Taibah International Schools
Mariam Luyombo has over 20 years experience in Educational Entrepreneurship. Between 1991 and 2001 she founded 4 private schools including her very own Taibah International Schools. Mariam has also served on several boards including The Presidential Investor Round Table where she advised how to stimulate investments in private education.
She has received a number of prestigious awards in education innovation and entrepreneurship. Recently she was nominated as one of Africa's Most Influential Women by CEO Global. She continues to do work in education and she is a fellow and moderator of leadership seminars for The Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Regional Communications Manager - WaterAid East Africa
Elizabeth Mwambulukutu is a seasoned communications practitioner and an award-winning visual artist with experience in pan-African development initiatives and in championing the socio-economic empowerment of youth and women.
Elizabeth is a Fellow of the Young and Emerging Leaders Project, an initiative of the LéO Africa Institute. She’s also a member of UN WOMEN’s African Leaders Network.
Founder, Jubilee Dental Clinics
Dr. James Magara is a futurist with a Doctor of Strategic Leadership from Regent University, Virginia Beach, USA; MA in Organizational Leadership and Management from Uganda Christian University; MSc in Dental Prosthetics from University of Bristol (UK), and Bachelor of Dental Surgery from Makerere University. He holds an Advanced Leadership Certificate from Haggai Institute in USA.
Board Member, LéO Africa Institute
David F.K Mpanga is a founding partner at A.F Mpanga Advocates and Board member of the LéO Africa Institute. Mr. Mpanga is the Author of ”The Politics of Common Sense” and also the former Attorney General and Minister of Local Government in the Buganda Government, a cultural institution headed by the Kabaka of Buganda.
He is a fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative – East Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Founder & President, Nelig Group of Companies
Wanjũhĩ Njoroge is the Founder of People Planet Africa, an Enterprise involved in Forest Protection & Restoration, Sustainability and Inclusive Development that incorporates rural communities which constitute 70% of Africa’s population. She has gained extensive experience working with rural communities and assisting government agencies and organizations incorporate sustainability into their businesses thus increasing their positive impact and profit.
She ran one of the biggest campaigns in 2018 dubbed #SaveOurForestsKE which led to a total ban on forest harvesting and policy change. She has also helped set up two ICT centers and a library worth $10,000/-, in these rural areas which have greatly improved education and exposure for children who didn’t previously go beyond primary school and communities who had never seen computers before.
Wanjũhĩ was invited by H.E Antonio Gutiérrez, the United Nations Secretary General, alongside Greta Thunberg to offer key insights on grass root mobilization for young and bottom-up approach in fighting for a cause at the opening panel of the Climate Summit held in New York at United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) 2019.
Her work has further earned her the prestigious Top 40 under 40 Woman Award in Kenya. Wanjũhĩ holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Communications from the University of Nairobi and a Diploma in Business & Information Technology from Strathmore University.
She sits on the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Foundation’s Board and the UNDP Kenya Youth Sounding Board. Wanjũhĩ is also a Young Leaders Project (YELP) Fellow where she graduated as the Valedictorian class of 2018 and a recipient of the Magnus Mchunguzi Certificate Award.
Global Markets Dealer - Corporate & Investment Banking at Stanbic Bank Uganda
Ignatious is a Global Markets Dealer , Corporate & Investment Banking at Stanbic Bank Uganda. He is an ambitious and dependable self starter with passion for enriching his career as well as business with both practical and non practical skills in order to solve real world problems. Kirunga is a Young and Emerging Leadership Project fellow of the LéO Africa Institute.
Epidemiologist, Veterinaires Sans Frontieres
Dr. Claire Akwongo is an Epidemiologist at Veterinaires Sans Frontieres - Germany. She previously worked as a Junior Livestock Officer at Welthungerhilfe as well as Mercy Corps Uganda.
She’s a Fellow of the Young and Emerging Leaders Project (YELP) in the Fellowship Class of 2019.
Head of Faculty, LéO Africa Institute
Angelo Izama is a Ugandan journalist, writer, and analyst. He is team leader at VRS – part of the human security focused think tank Fanaka Kwawote that he co-founded in 2008.
Izama is a recipient of several prestigious awards and fellowships, including the Knight Fellowship at Stanford University, the Reagan-Fascell Democracy fellowship and the Open Society Fellowship.
Angelo is a member of the Board of Directors at Uganda Investment Authority and Head of Faculty at LéO Africa Institute.
Fiona is a Communications Specialist at I&M Bank Rwanda and a Digital Marketing advisor for various companies in Rwanda. She previously worked in Talent advocacy and customer relations in the education, telecommunication, and banking sectors. She is a social activist, a part time blogger & poet, and a political enthusiast.Fiona is also a YELP Fellow of the LéO Africa Institute.
Jean-Luc Kossigan Agboyibo is a co-founder at Leading Youth, Sport and Development (LYSD), an NGO that uses sport to support education and tackle social issues in Togo and Côte d'Ivoire.
He heads New Business Development at Basketball Africa League (BAL), before which he worked at Havas Sports & Entertainment, Africa Top Sports (Duval Group), and Canal+International.
Jean-Luc had been selected in 2018 by the Obama Foundation to join the first class of Obama Leaders Africa a program that aims to empower and connect emerging leaders from across the continent.
Executive Director, CEED Concordia
Hawa Mariam Keita is the executive director of CEED Concordia, a non-profit organization based in Canada and Uganda and focused on youth development.
After working in different fields such as recruitment and business development, Hawa uses her diverse experiences for the causes that matter most to her: Sustainable development and Youth Empowerment.
Corporate Knights recognized Hawa as one of the top 30 under 30 leaders in sustainability in Canada, and she is also a board member at the Junior Chamber of Commerce of Montréal.
Pan African Feminist & Lawyer
Rebecca Kabejja is a Pan-African feminist, lawyer and podcaster pursuing a Masters in Public Economics, Law and Politics from Leuphana universität Lüneburg in Germany. Rebecca strongly believes in the solidarity and representation of Africans living in the diaspora and this is why she is serving in different capacities that allow her to realise this.
She hosts and produces a Radio show and an African digital communications platform called A Good Day In Africa that narrates African stories. She has served as the Publicity Secretary of the Leuphana African Students' Organisation and is currently, the Secretary for Press and Media Matters for the National Unity Platform - Germany. Kabejja is a Young and Emerging Leadership Project fellow of the LéO Africa Institute.
Segal Family Foundation
Twasiima P. Bigirwa is a feminist lawyer and writer from Uganda working with Segal Family Foundation, where she drives strategy and oversees grantmaking in the country.
Twasiima also serves as a part of the Board of Trustees at Womankind Worldwide and is on the advisory committee of FRIDA, The Young Feminist Fund. She has an LL.B. from Makerere University and an LL.M. from Georgetown University – Law Center.
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.”
Journalist, NBS television
Canary Mugume is an investigative Journalist attached to NBS television. Canary has profoundly covered top political issues in regional politics including the Rwandan, Kenyan, and Ugandan elections.
Canary is passionate about digital media and the role of journalism in changing perceptions in Africa. He is a YELP Fellow Class of 2018.
COO, The iCreate Project
Kandabu Shirley is the Co-Founder & COO at The icreate Project a platform that works to skill and connect low-income makers to market opportunities whilst providing inclusive financial products such as payments, savings and credit. "Every day for us is about working to integrate Ugandan makers into the global economy and finding affordable ways of bringing their products to international marketplaces." Kandaabu is a Young and Emerging Leadership Project fellow of the LéO Africa Institute.
Kyagulanyi is the founder of Dagala - a global management consultancy that delivers value to businesses and governments, including; e-Health. He has over 20 years of experience in Commercial and Financial fields, experience in multinational settings, and wvast experience in executive roles. He is currently the Head of Finance, Global Expansion Markets at RB.
Founder, Teach for Uganda
Kassaga is the Chief Executive Director and co-founder of Teach For Uganda (TFU). TFU recruits, trains, and deploys brilliant graduates in underserved government-aided schools to support the already overwhelmed capacity of teachers and the system to transform the future of education and learning in Uganda.
Kassaga is a certified McKinsey & Co. Business Strategist, an Aspen Institute New Voices Fellow. His Op- Eds on ethical and effective development solutions have been featured in Al Jazeera, NPR, Devex, The Guardian, and New York Times.
CEO, Boundless Minds
Benjamin Rukwengye is the founder and CEO of Boundless Minds, a mentorship social enterprise supporting school-to-work transitions for high school graduates and university students through ideation and simulation training, volunteer service placement and mentor-matching; He is the founding chairman of 40 Days Over 40 Smiles Foundation; and worked as Head of Recruitment at Teach for Uganda; and Research Associate at the African Centre for Media Excellence. Rukwengye is a Young and Emerging Leadership Project fellow of the LéO Africa Institute.
Founder and MD, Kahill Insights Ltd
Patricia Kahill is a "multipotentialite" Christian entrepreneur founder of the 8-years old Digital Marketing agency called Kahill Insights Company Limited. They help business owners create engaging and interactive content items for digital platforms.
Patricia is currently the producer of SlamDunk Basketball Talk, a show on House of Talent online TV, and alumni of the YELP class of 2017. She is driven by passion and curiosity with an ambition of stamping her footprint on the world.
A social entrepreneur with over twelve years of experience creating business and technology opportunities. Diverse portfolio ranging from non-governmental organizations to global consulting companies. Highly motivated thought-leader, writer, speaker, facilitator, and coach with a track record of leading teams and organizations to achieve their potential for results and impact. Kwamulabye is a Young and Emerging Leadership Project fellow of the LéO Africa Institute.
CEO and Co-founder, Media Challenge Initiative
Abaas Mpindi is the CEO and Co-founder of the Media Challenge Initiative, a youth-driven non-profit building the next generation of journalists in Uganda. He believes that good journalism can make the world a better place through the stories journalists tell and how they tell them. His story has been published in the Huffington post and CNN African Voices and highlighted by President Barack Obama in his #Mandela 100 lecture in South Africa. Mpindi is a 2018 Obama Leader, a Tony Elumelu Entrepreneur and a Young Emerging Leaders Project Fellow of the LéO Africa Institute.
Co-Founder/Director - DirectCare Services Ltd
Seyi Olufade is a technology and innovation enthusiast, a development and strategy consultant to both public and private sector organizations. As a passionate social and serial entrepreneur, he seats on the board of many startups and growing concerns across the globe.
He is an alumnus of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the Nigerian Defence Academy with very keen interest in policies for public good. As the founder of TAI, he is on a continuous strive for accountable and good governance in the public and private sectors.
Nutritionist and Mental Health Expert
Dr. Paul Kasenene is a qualified medical doctor specialising in Nutritional, Functional and Lifestyle Medicine. He is also a Nutrition educator and Professional Speaker on Health, Lifestyle and Wellbeing.
For the last 5 years he has spoken to over 5000 people about the power of natural and nutritional medicine in supporting the body (physically, mentally and spiritually) to be well, lose weight and heal itself of illness and disease.
Chairperson Board of Directors, ALI East Africa
Raised in Kenya, Namibia, and Somalia, Laila Macharia is a Serial Entrepreneur and Angel Investor in education, health, financial inclusion, new media, and data solutions.
Laila currently chairs the boards of the Africa Digital Media Group and Aspen’s Africa Leadership Initiative for East Africa. She is also a non-executive director of the Absa Bank of Kenya and Centum, both listed on the Nairobi Stock Exchange.
Laila was honored in 2010 as a Fellow of the Aspen Institute’s Africa Leadership Institute and, in 2012, was named one of the Top 20 Women to Watch in Africa by the Times of London.
Founder Kemistry Klass & A KA Dope
A recipient of the 2011 Young Achiever’s Award in Uganda, Kemiyondo Coutinho has been writing for African Woman since age 17.
She has been founder and director of many arts projects - NuVo Arts Festival in Uganda, Kemistry Klass, a content company geared at producing content for film and TV.
She is the creator for A Ka Dope, a collective of events aimed at showcasing Uganda's talent. Kemiyondo is a Young and Emerging Leadership Project fellow of the LéO Africa Institute.
Country Lead - Empowering Entrepreneurship Initiative (EEI) at Enpact
Beverly Mutindi Chogo is a LeO Africa Institute Fellow of the Young Emerging Leaders Project, Class of 2018. Beverly is the Country Lead - Empowering Entrepreneurship Initiative (EEI) at Enpact.
Lecturer Davis College, Kigali
Pierre is part of the core faculty at Davis College/Akilah and has interest in high-quality education. He is an experienced teacher with a great passion for working with students and believes education is life. Ndayisenga is a Young and Emerging Leadership Project fellow of the LéO Africa Institute.
Lawyer - Kampala Associated Advocates
Rayner Mugyezi is enrolled as an Advocate of the High Court of Uganda and works with Kampala Associated Advocates. He is also an actor with the Footlights Playhouse, an acting group that performs plays of several playwrights like William Shakespeare (King Lear, Romeo & Juliet, Twelfth Night), Richard Brinsley Sheridan (The School For Scandal), Moliere (The Imaginary Invalid). Rayner has passion for acting and one day hopes to perform a play written by himself or another Ugandan. He’s currently a fellow of The Leo Africa Institute - Young & Emerging Leader's Project.
Director Finance & Administration, Shule Direct, Tanzania
Fatma is a proficient Finance Director with more than 5 years of experience in financial modeling for the e-learning industry. Fatma is highly skillful with leadership, corporate governance, public speaking, project management, emotional, and social intelligence skills. She is a Young and Emerging Leadership Project fellow of the LéO Africa Institute.
Acan is a medical doctor and writer. She won the Writivism Short Story Prize in 2016, and has been published by AFREADA magazine, Omenana Magazine, and Brittle Paper.
Her most recent works have appeared on Sooo Many Stories and in Selves: An Afro Anthology of Creative Nonfiction. Acan has published an illustrated children’s book titled The Pearl Trotters in Black, Yellow, Red.
For Acan, writing has always been her first love and she looks forward to a literary future where African stories will break the mould even more than they do now.
Acan is a Young and Emerging Leadership Project fellow of the LéO Africa Institute.
Founder, Fundi Bots
Solomon King Benge is the founder of Fundi Bots, a robotics non-profit that uses robotics training inside and outside African schools to create and inspire a new generation of students and innovators. Solomon King Benge is passionate about design, business and technology. He’s a 2014 Echoing Green Fellow and a 2014 Ashoka Fellow. His work with Fundi Bots has received recognition by Google through a Google RISE grant in 2012, the BBC, Voice of America and Wired Magazine UK. When he’s not designing user interfaces, pushing 3D pixels, or tinkering with robots, I enjoy travelling, photography and creative fiction writing.