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, 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.
Fellow, YELP Class of 2019
Elizabeth is a passionate Pan-African transformation storyteller, young African leader, and creative activist. She has been contributing towards shaping narratives about Tanzania and Africa at large as well as in providing a platform that diversifies narratives. Elizabeth is a Young and Emerging Leaders Project fellow of the LéO Africa Institute.
Journalist, Rwanda Broadcasting Agency
Fiona 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 and a Board member of the LeO Africa Institute.
Head of Innovations, IITE Institute
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 at IITE Institute in Mogadishu, Somalia.
Chief Executive, Stanbic Bank Uganda
Anne Juuko, is a Ugandan investment banker and corporate executive, who is the managing director and chief executive officer of Stanbic Bank Uganda Limited, the largest commercial bank in the country, by assets, valued at US$1.6 billion in June 2019.
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.
Chairman Board of Directors, LéO Africa Institute
Carl Manlan is the Chief Operating Officer of the Ecobank Foundation since May 2016. He is responsible for Ecobank’s social impact engagement with the communities in which the bank operates in Africa. Carl Manlan works at the intersection of public, private and civil society sectors. He is the Board Chairperson of the LéO Africa Institute.
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.
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.
The Innovation Village Kampala - Team Lead
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.
Finance Manager, Stanbic Bank Uganda
Aaron is a Finance Manager at Stanbic Bank. He is also a co-founder of ADP Technologies Ltd, a tech company that has developed various solutions around education, waste management, advertisement and e-commerce. He is passionate about using Information Technology to harness Africa’s enormous potential, a goal he intends to achieve by being at the forefront of the digitization journey in the Banking sector and beyond. He is a Young and Emerging Leadership 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.
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 fellow of the LéO Africa Institute.
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.
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 LeO Africa Institute.
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."
Founder, People Planet Africa
Wanjũhĩ Njoroge is the founder of People Planet Africa, an Enterprise involved in Forest 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.
Economic Justice Lead, Akina Mama wa Afrika
Twasiima Patricia Bigirwa is a feminist lawyer and organizer from Uganda. She has several years’ experience with non-profit organizations working on civil and political rights, women’s rights, and public interest litigation. Specifically, she has worked with civil society in Uganda conceptualizing program ideas, event management and as a team leader for different coalitions and a member of several human rights networks in Uganda.
He 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.
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 the YELP class of 2019 and is also a Fellow of the Female & More 2019. She is a Community development graduate and she recently graduated as a Business Intelligence developer from the Colaberry School of Data analytics (US).
Pan African Feminist & Lawyer
Rebecca Mweru 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.
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.
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.
ED, CEED Concordia
Hawa Keita is currently the executive director of CEED Concordia. It is a non-profit organization, based between Canada and Uganda, focused on youth development. The projects tackle the different challenges in Sustainable 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.
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 now the creator and curator for A Ka Dope, a collective of events aimed at showcasing Uganda's talent. Kemiyondo is a Young and Emerging Leadership fellow of the LéO Africa Institute.
Agboyibo is incharge of New Business Development, Basketball Africa League (BAL) at National Basketball Association (NBA). He is the co-founder of Leading Youth, Sport & Development (LYSD) - a nonprofit organisation that uses collective sport as a tool for education and social change for youth of West Africa.
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. He is currently a visiting scholar at New York University in Abu Dhabi.
President, Kwame Nkrumah Pan-African Centre
Samia Yaba Nkrumah is the Founder and President of the Kwame Nkrumah Pan African Centre, an organisation, set up to promote Kwame Nkrumah’s vision, philosophy and political culture within the context of a united Africa. This unique circumstance of Pan-African birth and cultural inclinations underpin her belief in African unity.
Head - Public Education Unit, Bank of Uganda
Ellis is the Head of Public Education Unit at Bank of Uganda. He has previously worked as Head of Desk, Social Media and Publications Unit as well as Head of Desk, Museum and Antiquities Unit at the Central Bank. He is passionate about financial inclusion and the role of leadership in transforming communities. Ralph is a Young and Emerging Leadership fellow of the LéO Africa Institute.
Fellow, YELP Class of 2018
Canary Mugume is an investigative Journalist and is attached to NBS television where he currently doubles as the station’s chief COVID-19 correspondent. 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 Young and Emerging Leadership 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.
Fellow, YELP Class of 2017
Mpindi Abaas 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 Program Fellow of the LéO Africa Institute.
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 fellow of the LéO Africa Institute.
Founder e-Health Solutions
Balaba Martin is a medical doctor, health/tech innovation enthusiast, and entrepreneur. Currently he works at the Infectious Diseases Institute, where he focuses on vulnerable communities to design and implement innovative solutions that bridge the gap in health care service delivery.
Martin is passionate about youth and often engaged in inclusive youth participatory platforms, policy advocacy, youth leadership, empowerment, and mentorship. Martin is a Global Shaper with the Kampala Hub, an initiative of the World Economic Forum, and a graduate of the LeO Africa Institute's Young and Emerging Leaders Program.
Fellow, YELP Class of 2019
Angella Kasekende is an open minded, hardworking, focused and ambitious individual who is always willing to take on challenges to contribute to change. She holds an MSc in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from the University of Sussex and a BA in Business and Management from the University of Portsmouth. Angella is a YELP fellow of the LéO Africa Institute.
He is a Ugandan poet, activist and law student. Rushongoza remains a divisive figure, identifying as a feminist, Marxist and supporter of LGBTI rights as well as a pro-choice campaigner. Rushongoza is the Curator the Annual Ben Kiwanuka Memorial Poetry night, organised at the faculty of law at Makerere University.
Rushongoza writes and performs with Kitara Nation, a poetry group based in Kampala.
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 fellow of the LéO Africa Institute.
Founder, LéO Africa Institute
Awel Uwihanganye serves as the Head of the Government Citizen Interaction Centre, the Digital Communications Agency & Open government initiative for the Government of Uganda. He is a passionate social entrepreneur who has championed and founded several projects contributing to fostering a growth agenda for Africa, and other investing in the positive development of young people. They include the Africa Strategic Leadership Centre, LéO Africa Institute, Young Achievers Awards & the CEED Programme. He is a Fellow of the third class of the African Leadership Initiative-East Africa and a member of the Aspen Institute’s Global Leadership Network His free time is mostly spent reading on entrepreneurship, leadership and contemporary global politics.
Founder, Vocal Plus Media
Micheal Matovu is a versatile, creative and a marketing enthusiast. He is talented in audio production, music production, content creation, marketing communications, and product/process development and design. He’s a progressive learner learner trying to better himself and the world.
Fellow, YELP Class of 2018
Jackline is currently working in Marketing at Stanbic Bank. Despite working in the corporate world, she is an aspiring entrepreneur. Jackline is strongly passionate about the “Made in Africa” agenda that pushes for production of goods, job creation and sustainable development all created in Africa, by Africans. Katongole is a Young and Emerging Leadership fellow of the LéO Africa Institute.
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 fellow of the LéO Africa Institute.
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.
Founder, Scion Real
Laila Macharia is the Founder of Scion Real, a Nairobi-based firm that invests in the growth of Africa's cities. Laila has had wide experience managing US portfolios in the US and East Africa, including at the New York office of Clifford Chance. She serves on the boards of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance and Centum, the largest listed private equity firm in Eastern Africa.
Laila holds a B.A. from the University of Oregon (USA), a JD and LL.M from Cornell University (USA) and a doctorate in law from Stanford University (USA). She teaches at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School and also contributes to the Business Daily and the African Review.
In 2012 Laila, was named one of the Top 20 Women to Watch in Africa by the Times of London. She is a Fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative-East Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
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.