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.
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 Representative, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung
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 was working 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 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.
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, 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. Okash is a Young and Emerging Leadership Project fellow of the LéO Africa Institute.
Member, LéO Africa Institute Advisory Board
Nshuti Lucy Mbabazi is in charge of Africa Advocacy & Partnerships at Better Than Cash Alliance. Lucy in the past served as Assistant Vice President, Push Payments for Ecobank Group, overseeing mobile payments strategy and implementation across 36 African countries where Ecobank operates.
Prior to Ecobank, Nshuti served as country manager, Visa overseeing operations for Rwanda, Burundi and Malawi.
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 - 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 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 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).
Founder - Rainforest Coffee
Balaba Martin is a medical doctor, health/tech innovation enthusiast, and entrepreneur. Dr. Balaba is currently working at Infectious Diseases Institute, under the Ugandan Academy for Health Innovation and Impact department as the medical lead on new and emerging technologies.
Over the last four years, Martin has developed experience in the use of digital and mobile platforms to break barriers to accessing health care and promote equity in the quality of health care received universally.
Martin is an alumnus of the YELP 2017 and a Global Shaper with the Kampala Hub.
Passionate about farming, Martin co-founded the Rainforest Coffee Company in 2015 with a vision of creating a legacy Coffee brand.
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.
CDSO, Global Innovation Fund
Hashim is the Chief Development Strategy Officer (CDSO) of Global Innovation Fund and is responsible for ensuring all GIF investments are deeply grounded in the best evidence and practice of economic development.
Hashim has a strong background in development and government, joining GIF after leading a team of experts for the Uganda Ministry of Finance that supported the establishment of a Covid19 Economic Response unit. He has also served as the Chief Strategy and Development Officer of the Rwanda Development Bank.
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, 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. Wanjuhi is a Young and Emerging Leadership Project fellow of the LéO Africa Institute.
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. He is currently a visiting scholar at New York University in Abu Dhabi.
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.
ED, CEED Concordia
Hawa Mariam 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.
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.
Economic Justice Lead, Akina Mama wa Afrika
Twasiima Bigirwa is a feminist 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.
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.
Journalist, NBS television
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 Project fellow of the LéO 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." 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 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 Project fellow of the LéO Africa Institute.
Beverly is a well-experienced project coordinator with over three years of experience in the entrepreneurship ecosystem. For three years, she was the co-founder of Sophiebot, artificial intelligence to answer young people's questions on sexual and reproductive health. She recently successfully concluded running a student entrepreneurship & innovation program to create solutions towards improving hygiene and sanitation. Beverly Mutindi Chogo is a LeO Africa Institute Fellow of the Young Emerging Leaders Project, Class of 2018.
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.
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 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.
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.