Meet the 2018 Youth4Policy Mentors

Posted by: Phionah Kanyorobe May 24, 2018 1 Comment

Ms. Gemma Ahaibwe is a Research Fellow at the Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC). She received her undergraduate degree in Quantitative Economics at Makerere University and completed her postgraduate studies in Development and Natural Resource Economics at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB) in Norway. At EPRC, she works under the microeconomics department. Gemma’s research focuses on health, poverty, governance and labour markets with a strong bias towards the youth. Gemma has previously worked in partnership with the World Bank/DFID and the IGG, UNICEF and ILO. With ILO, Gemma worked on developing the policy influence plan to support change facilitation in the area of youth entrepreneurship policies and interventions in Uganda, and has also produced blogs, op-eds and policy briefs on Youth Unemployment in Uganda in partnership with the Brookings Institution-AGI. Gemma was one of the researchers that worked on the Northern Uganda Human Development Report for 2015 under the UNDP Uganda office.

Prof. Sarah Ssali is currently a Senior Lecturer as well as Dean at the School of Gender and Women Studies Makerere University, where she mainly lectures Gender, Politics and the State, Gender and Public Policy, Institutions and Social Transformation and Research Methods. Sarah holds a PhD in International Health and Development, Masters in Gender Studies and a bachelor’s Degree in social science (Political Science and Public Administration). She has experience researching social sciences dimensions of health, gender, identities, minorities and institutions and social transformation and how public policy informs and is informed by them. As a Social Scientist, she has vast experience in ethnographic research methods, with a interest in studying hidden behaviours and non-hetero-normative sexual behaviours and aspects of minorities in society. Ssali has conduct research in Life Histories in health in post conflict situations; Social Networks of people living with HIV; gender law and sexuality, legal aspects of circumcision, femininities and masculinities, gender dimensions of health and wellbeing as well as health financing. Hence, she has wide research experience in multiple areas including Gender, HIV, Health, Health Systems, Public Policy and Politics.

Mr. Nicholas Opiyo is a leading human rights lawyer, founder and Executive Director of Chapter Four Uganda, a human rights organization. He has worked on a broad range of critical human rights issues in Uganda, and was a key leader in drafting and advocating for Uganda’s law criminalizing torture. With Chapter Four, he defends anti-corruption and pro-democracy activists. He has successfully argued several high-level constitutional challenges, including the fight against the notorious Anti-Homosexuality Act of 2013, which was declared null and void in August 2014.He was the lead attorney on the constitutional case that overturned Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act. He has acted as Secretary of the Uganda Law Society. In 2017, he received the German Africa Prize and in 2015 he was the Recipient of the Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism from Human Rights Watch. He studied Law at Uganda Christian University Mukono.

Mr. Ronald Mukasa is a financial literacy/business coach, consultant, trainer and business development professional. Ronald is the Business Development Manager at Enterprise Uganda where he has worked for the last 8 years. Ronald has provided business management, financial literacy and financial management training to corporate, government and non-governmental institutions in for the last five years. Ronald has also facilitated several team building sessions specialising in empowering teams to increase productivity and cohesion. Ronald’s clients include DFCU, KCCA, UNRA, NEMA, MTN Uganda, SWICO, Nile Breweries, World Vision, UN Sacco and several other institutions. Ronald is a certified public accountant (CPA)/FCCA and a lecturer at MAT Uganda. Ronald also holds a Master’s Degree in Development Management (London School of Economics and Political Science – LSE) and a Bachelors of Statistics (Makerere University). Ronald has also worked as an auditor with PricewaterhouseCoopers Uganda.

Ms. Sarah Kihika Kasande is the Head of Office of the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) Uganda program. She is an Advocate of Courts of Judicature in Uganda and has extensive experience and training on international law, human rights, transitional justice and gender justice.  Her work involves providing policy analysis, technical advice and capacity support to state and non-state actors in the areas of human rights, transitional justice and gender justice. She has worked closely with the Justice Law and Order Sector in Uganda to support the development of the National Transitional Justice Policy. She has undertaken research and published articles on a broad range of human rights and transitional justice themes. Prior to joining ICTJ, Sarah served as a Senior Program Officer with the Uganda Association of Women Lawyers (FIDA Uganda). She is a co-founder and board member of Chapter Four Uganda, a human rights organization dedicated to the promotion and protection of Civil Liberties. Sarah holds Master of Laws in International Human Rights Law from the Central European University, in Budapest, a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from Makerere University and a Postgraduate diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre.

Mr. Morrison Rwakakamba has 12 years of experience in private sector development, project development and execution, public policy analysis, and government. Morrison is the founding Chief Executive Officer at Agency for Transformation (AfT), a think and do tank on agriculture and environmental policy. Morrison was also a Special Assistant to the President of the Republic of Uganda, charged with research and information in the Presidency. Currently, Morrison is HIID Merit Scholar & Mason Fellow in Public Policy Management, at Harvard University – Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Country Director of Bridge Academies. Morrison has previously worked with Uganda National Farmers Federation (UNFFE) as a Research Associate and later a Resident Consultant and Manager for Policy Research and Advocacy. He also served as the Chief Executive Officer at Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (UNCCI), where he led initiatives to reform Uganda’s budget architecture in favor of private sector and citizens

Mr. Onesmus Mugyenyi is the Deputy Executive Director at Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE). He also Heads the Environmental Democracy Programme and is a full-time Public Policy Analyst. Onesmus has undertaken policy research and published in the areas of Environment and Trade. Onesmus has taught both Commercial and International Business Law at Makerere University Business School and is an Advocate of the high Court of Uganda. He holds a Master of Law Degree from Makerere University (LLM) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from Law Development Centre.

Dr. Enock Twinoburyo is an Infrastructure Economist at the European Union, Uganda. He previously worked as the Senior Programme Officer & Economist at the Royal Norwegian Embassy and a Part time lecturer of economics at Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU). Enock has also worked as a Macro Economist at the Royal Danish Embassy Uganda, and the Financial Markets Operations Manager at Standard Chartered Bank. He served as the Tutorial Assistant at the Department of Economics, University of Dar es Salaam and Makerere University, Faculty of Economics and Management. Enock holds a PhD in Economics from University of South Africa, a Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) and Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Makerere University, Uganda. He has trained in governance of minerals, oil, and natural gas and has published articles on the fiscal regime and rules of Uganda, oil macroeconomics, youth unemployment and capital flight.

Dr. Drake Mubiru is a Principal Research Officer working with the National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO) of Uganda. He is a Soil Scientist by profession with more than 25 years of agricultural research experience, especially, soil fertility management; soil and water conservation; and environment including emerging issues such as effects and impacts of climate change and variability on crop production. He obtained his M.Sc. and PhD in Soil Science at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY (USA) in 1992 and 2001, respectively. He has a B.Sc. in Chemistry obtained in 1989 at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. Dr. Mubiru’s 25 years of research experience has major interests in natural resource management, sustainable land management, conservation agriculture and climate change adaptation.

Mr. Raymond Ruyoka is a public health specialist with more than 15 years of experience. He is currently an advocacy officer at the Reproductive Health Uganda (RHU) and he has previously worked as a Capacity Development Specialist at the same organisation. Raymond is the national coordinator for the Uganda youth advocacy and development network, a non-state actor made of over 40 organisations that foster access to reproductive health care for youth and adolescents. He is also a member of the Africa working group on SDGs and UN NGOs Liason for Africa, which he represents in New York

Prof. Yasin Olum is an associate professor of political science and public administration. He was formerly with Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, for twenty-two years where he served as lecturer and head of the department of Political Science and Public Administration as well as in various other capacities. He holds a BA (Honors) (Social Sciences) from Makerere University, MA from Manchester University (UK), and PhD from Newcastle University (UK). He has authored several articles in academic journals, contributed a number of chapters in various books and published some books in his field of expertise. He has served as Consultant to various national and international organizations in the areas of local government, public administration, and governance. He has also served as Board member in several governmental and non-governmental organizations. Currently he is a Governing Council member of Mutesa I Royal University. He is also the Institutional and Capacity Building Expert for COWI (an international engineering and construction consultancy firm) on the ongoing Technical Assistance to the Ministry of Works and Transport, Government of Uganda, on the National Transport Master Plan and Greater Kampala Metropolitan Area (NTMP/GKMA).


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