Omwa Samuel Samson
He is a distinguished Development Management, Monitoring and Evaluation specialist with expertise in designing, managing and implementing multi-sectoral community programmes.
Omwa has a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science & Social Administration) Makerere University, a Postgraduate Diploma, Project Planning and Management, Uganda Management Institute, and a Master of Science, Development Evaluation and Management, University of Antwerp in Belgium.
With over 7 years’ experience, Omwa is an accomplished social researcher, policy analyst and community facilitator. He has previously done work for Local Government Finance Commission, University of Nairobi, Institute for Development Studies (IDS), Youth Opportunities Program, Northern Uganda Social Action Fund (NUSAF I), Transition to Recovery Project (TRP), Apac District Local Government, and the United Nations Development Program among others.
Omwa is currently the Principal Business Development Officer at the Uganda Coffee Development Authority.
In the past, he has sat on the Consortium for enhancing University Responsiveness to agribusiness Development (CURAD) panel for the Agribusiness Innovation Challenge.
Enoth Donald Mbeine
Enoth works as Director/Senior Consultant, FIT Uganda Ltd. He has over 17 years practical experience in designing and implementing BDS programs especially in the area of Business Research, Enterprise Skills Training, Agricultural Market Information, Value Chain Development, implementing agribusiness and SME development activities, all aimed at improving commercial industry competitiveness.
Enoth’s major expertise is in Grass Roots Management Training, Job Quality, Conceptualization & Design of BDS projects, Rapid Market Appraisal, User Led Innovation, Economic Strengthening for vulnerable groups, , Value Chain Development, Export PromotionTraining, Facilitating Community Managed Disaster Risk Reduction, Building Capacity for Localised Market Information Services, Customer Care and Communications.
He is an experienced trainer, marketer, facilitator, entrepreneurship mentor/counselor and networker. Enoth has been invited to train BDS facilitators in Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Kenya, and USA and in many regions in Uganda. He has developed particular expertise in Sub Sector Analysis, Value Chain Development, Market Information Services for many organizations in Uganda with a focus on providing Marketing services to SMEs.
These marketing Analysis studies provide needs assessment for new and existing SMEs, establishing market linkages by arranging buyer and seller meetings and contacts. He has undertaken several economic Sub Sector studies by identifying prevailing constraints and opportunities to their growth and has devised appropriate intervention strategies and conducted training for organizations implementing micro-enterprise promotion programs to enhance the effectiveness of their implementation efforts. The goal of his interventions is to create markets for low-income, less-privileged or marginalized entrepreneurs.
Enoth has been a member of the Technical Review Team (TRT) for evaluating several concept notes submitted to the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA) for funding under their Competitive Grant System. He also in the past, participated in the Management Forum/British Council Young Professional Awards as a penal judge. He also has extensively reviewed many Value Chain Development proposals of NGOs under the CORDAID Market Access and Market Linkages programme.
Enoth holds a BA in Social Works and Social Administration (Upper class) and various certificates and diplomas in Business Development Services Market Development. He is currently finalizing a Master of Science in Entrepreneurship at Makerere University Business School in Uganda.
Levi Lukoda Kasisira
Levi is a Ugandan Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Makerere University.
Levi holds a MSc degree in Agricultural Engineering from the Moscow Institute of Agricultural Engineers and a PhD in Agricultural Engineering from University of Pretoria.
Levi has been a member of the committees that established/reviewed agricultural engineering curriculums in Ugandan universities and is active in a number of research initiatives both in Uganda and abroad with research partners from Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Sweden, and USA amongst others.
Levi is passionate about conservation tillage, renewable energy, traction, soil dynamics and agricultural mechanization including post harvest handling and has shared in the fields of soil dynamics and traction, farm power, agricultural production machinery, renewable energy and, post harvest handling. He has several research publications to his name.
Nicholas Kiggundu is a Lecturer in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Makerere University. He holds a Ph.D in Agricultural and Biological Engineering majoring in Land and Water Engineering from the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA. Nicholas' dissertation, "Assessing nutrient leaching under different nutrient and irrigation management practices" resulted in the development of best management practices for the growth and production of tropical fruit tree crops in shallow groundwater table areas. Nicholas in the Coordinator of Design Projects in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Makerere University and he has been supervising engineering related projects for 20 years. Nicholas has published and cited works in reputable international journals. Nicholas is a journal reviewer for the Transactions of The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, Soil and Water Engineering Division, CIGR, and Hydrological Processes. Nicholas is a member of the prestigious Tau Beta Phi Engineering Honor Society, Gamma Sigma Delta Agricultural Honor Society as well as The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.
Paul is the founder and executive Director of Rwanda Telecentre Network (www.rtn.rw) a social enterprise working in the field of ICT4D and SMEs development.
Paul holds Masters in development studies from National University of Rwanda.
His early carrier in ICT4D was with USAID funded project in implementing the first community Telecentre in Rwanda in 2004.
For the last 10 years he has been working as an independent consultant in ICT4D research, Business Development services, Community engagement in policy processes, web 2.0 and social media, and leading the implementation of Telecentre projects in Rwanda and in the region.
Paul has also received numerous recognitions and awards from the government of Rwanda, including the prestigious “ICT award of excellence in bridging the digital divide” and also co-authored “handbook for 1,000 telecentres in Rwanda” which is a practice guide for deploying sustainable lower cost Telecentres.
Paul also chairs NetAfrica (www.net-africa.org), Knowledge Network for African Community Telecentres (KNACT), and is also a member of Board of Trustee of Telecentre.orf foundation.
In the past, he has sat in on panels for Global Search for Outstanding Telecentre Women Managers and Global telecentre Award (GTA).
Michael is the ICDL Africa Accreditation Consultant for Uganda.
He is an expert in Leadership Development, IT Strategy, Social Media Integration, Communication, and Business Process Strategic Alignment.
He has to his name an MBA from MsM/ESAMI Business School and is a Franklin Covey Certified Facilitator.
With over 16 years of working experience in both the private and public sectors, Micheal has worked in varied capacities as a researcher, trainer, an Adjunct Lecturer with the ESAMI Business School, and is a member of several technology innovation review panels both locally and internationally.
He has also worked with ICT Association of Uganda, Uganda Youth Forum and AIESEC Uganda,Higher Education Institutions in Uganda, Private Sector Federation of Rwanda, State University of Zanzibar, National IT Authority of Uganda, British Council Uganda, and ICT Policy Center for Eastern and Southern Africa (CIPESA) among others and is passionate about mentoring the next generation of technology business leaders.
Micheal has also been on panels for Pivot East, Microsoft Imagine Cup Uganda, CAMTech Mbarara Hackathon, CAMTech Technology Review Committee and the Annual Communications Innovation Awards among others.
Mr. Januario Ntungwa
Januario has a strong banking background with more than 20 years of experience in operations, management, coordination and project implementation in the Ugandan financial services sector.
In 2012 and 2013 Januario was assigned the resposinibity of chairing and facilitating the Agriculture finance year book dissemination workshops in Northern and Westeran Uganda supported by the GIZ FSD project.
Januario is a member of the Plan for Modernisation of Agriculture (PMA)- agriculture fnance subcommittee for Uganda.
In 2012 he has been certified as a microfact trainer and is in the process of being certified for SIMFI which is a web based simulation for microfinance institutions. As a certified trainer he carries out capacity building for MF institituons supported by ADA Luxembourg and BRS Belgium. He has conducted microfact trainings in Morogoro Tanzania in June 2009 for the TRIAS English speaking partners and another one for the partners of TEMBEKA Social investment company of South Africa in 2012 with the support from Appui au Développement Autonome A.s.b.l. from Luxembourg.
He is also a mamber of the loose advocacy committee of the Uganda Farmers Federation that is charged with the lobby and advocacy for the favourable agrifinance policy of small holder farm households in Uganda. So far this committee has drafted an agri-finance strategy document that has been shared with the Ministry of Finance Planning and Economic Development, Bank of Uganda and the Ministry of Trade and Co-operatives.
He has gained relevant experience in networking and TA support to SACCOs and MFI’s in rural and agriculture financing and credits to small scale farmers in Uganda working with TRIAS where he also directed short term consultants and managed investment promotion and lending activities. He has also facilitated/trained staff and Board members of credit unions and MFI’s in different aspect of microfinance.
He has supported credit unions and MFI’s in Uganda in crafting their business plans as well as developing annual operations plans to actualise the business plans. He has alsosupported the business senterprises set up by three farmers organisations is crafting their business plan and follow up support of the business operations management. Through this support one of the farmers organisations won a business plan competetion and prize money in 2011 from Agriterra an agri agency based in the Netherlands.
He served as managing director with HOFOKAM, the largest micro-finance institute in Western Uganda from 2005-07 proving expertise in strategy and business planning, risk management. HOFOKAM was transformed since his time and is now a professionally managed MFI in Uganda.
He worked 14 years in Centenary bank, the leading commercial micro finance bank in Uganda with specialised operations in rural finance, where he was directly responsible for the supervision and management of credit officers that were extending financial services to among others the microfinance sector.
At Centenary bank he managed IT projects on the bank and also spearheaded the project of Purchase and Acquition of the ten branches of the defunct Co-operative bank in Uganda by Centenary bank in 1999
He has been a Board member for three organisations; AMFIU, PRICON and Peoples Development Finance which have focus on rural financial services and BDS
He has since 2011 joined the agri-profocus network actively particpating in the access to finance innovation community.
Evelyn is a Ugandan Technologist and Social Entrepreneur with over 4 years experience working with start ups in areas of formulating, implementing and scaling social businesses. Her main focus is on Women Empowerment and Technology for Development with a long term goal to ensure she is part of the solutions that help include women and young girls as active participants in business formation and technology.
Evelyn has a BSc in Computer Science as well as several certifications in Scalable Network Infrastructure, Scalable Internet Services and UNIX Systems Administrator.
Evelyn has worked with Beyonic Limited, Girl Geek Kampala, Linux Solutions, and Makerere University among others. She has also adjudicated at the CAMtech Hackathons in Uganda and the AfNOG CHIX in Ghana. She has previously also been awarded the Change Agent Award Winner by the Anita Borg Institute for her role in empowering women and girls to achieve economic opportunity using women as active participants in the last mile distribution of solar technology.
Deus is a Ugandan Agribusiness consultant with more than 5 years in the field dealing with SMEs as well as International players on capacity building, entrepreneurship and innovation development in the Agricultural sector.
Deus holds a Bachelors degree in Agriculture from Makerere University, a Certificate in general tools and concepts in Agribusiness SME enterprise development and is also a certified trade adviser by the International Trade Centre (ITC).
Deus has worked with National Union of Coffee Agribusinesses and Farm Enterprises (NUCAFE) Ltd (www.nucafe.org), Consortium for enhancing University Responsiveness to Agribusiness Development Limited (CURAD) (www.curadincubator.org), Danida Fellowship Centre (DFC) and NIRAS International based in Denmark (www.dfcentre.com) among others.
He is skilled in business planning, agribusiness incubation is a coffee farmer, and has nurtured and supported growth of over 100 businesses and Farmer and has nurtured and supported growth of over 100 businesses and Farmer Organizations.
Daniel Ochieng Orwa
Daniel is a ICT4D Consultant and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Nairobi.
He is a Bsc, Msc, PhD, and a current Postdoc Researcher with the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden.
Dr. Orwa is also a Professional Member, Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) (www.acm.org), a Professional Member of the Computer Society of Kenya (CSK) (www.csk.co.ke), a member of the International Federation of Information Processing (IFIP) (www.ifip.org).
He also sits on the Technical Committee on HCI (tc13) and is a member of the Kenya Health Informatics Association (KeHia) and the Computing for Development Lab (http://www.c4dlab.ac.ke/) to mention but a few.
He has worked with NASCOP, KEPSA/UNDP, SIDA, NEPAD, the Ministry of Health Kenya, Nokia Research Africa, and Stanford University among others.
Alexander Komakech AKENA
Alexandar has over 8 years of Energy and Power engineering practice and experience. He holds an MEng in Energy and Environmental Management of the Flensburg University- Germany and a B.Eng. (Hon) Eng. Automotive and Power Engineer
Alexander’s contributions to the energy and power sector comes in threefold namely;- energy efficiency, renewable energy and electric power systems. He has contributed and managed to develop key energy projects that led to energy saving in Uganda. Additional, engaged in initiation and development of key legal framework documents such as; - Energy efficiency and conservation strategy, best practices for energy management in SME sectors and technical Regulations for implementing MEPs etc.
Alexander has performed energy and environmental audits in large industries, commercial buildings and SMEs, and contributed on large energy modeling and forecast projects in Uganda and East Africa. He has well developed skills and track record in planning and design energy systems operating on renewable resources such as Solar PV parks, wind energy, mini hydro and biomass.
Over the years, Alexander has accrued extensive skills in project coordination and management. Where he has applied computerised management information systems and databases, statistical models and earned value management to effectively monitor and control projects in liaison with clients while at the same time, ensuring effective performance reporting at agreed time intervals.
Alexander currently is leading teams in developing technical proposals for energy projects. He is supervising designs works on transmission power networks and related substations as well as renewable energy project designs.
Alexander has work experience and knowledge energy sectors of the following countries; Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Namibia, Germany, Denmark, and Scotland
Muc Albert Mucunguzi
Albert is a Ugandan ICT Entrepreneur, Journalist and founder of pan-African technology magazine. PC Tech (www.pctechmag.com). The magazine, started in 2009 is published both inprint and online, with readership in over 6 African countries.
Albert is also the Project Manager of UGO (www.ugo.co.ug), ranked the fifth most popular local website in Uganda. He is passionate about Startups, ICT4D and New Media and also runs a number of popular blogs online.
He has attended, covered and adjudicated a number of Innovations events including Orange Community Innovations Awards (been a judge for three years in a row), Microsoft Imagine Cup World Finals 2014 (Seattle, Washington), and Resilience Africa Network's Resilience Innovation Challenge 4 Adverse Climate Effects (RIC4ACE) 2014.
He has worked on various national and international projects, is currently the Secretary General of the ICT Association of Uganda (ICTAU) and Vice Chairman of the Uganda National Working Group on ICT Environmental Sustainability.
Abdu prefers to think of himself as a geek, internet junkie, mobile developer, tech enthusiast and entrepreneur. Abdu has been in the innovation space for over two years working as a developer for various mobile platforms. Abdu also serves as a business and technical mentor leading bootcamps and training sessions in various parts of the country and region.
Abdu also served as a regional judge representing Uganda at the Random Hacks of Kindness competition 2013 in Nairobi.
Abdu is also a New Generation Leader for the African Leadership Network.
Ali is a Ugandan that has been doing consulting work around mobile financial services and their impact on new business models related to agriculture/farming value chains.
He has worked with players such as Bank of Uganda (BOU), Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), Grameen foundation, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the World Bank.
Mr. Ndilwana has sat on panels for contests/judging and supported UCC for the Annual Communication Awards as well as a number of Ugandan startup pitche events and hackathons.