Vincent Waiswa Bagiire - Board Chair
The Chairman of the CIPESA Board of Directors, has worked extensively in the ICT-for-Development sector, having served as CIPESA’s inaugural Executive Director and having headed the African programmes for Bellanet International, a Canada-based initiative that sought to leverage the power of ICTs in knowledge creation and sharing to enable development. He is the holder of a B.A. from Makerere University (Uganda), an M.B.A. (with honors) from Glasgow Caledonian University (Scotland) and MSc. Macroeconomics (Bradford, UK). Vincent has also been the Executive Director of Bridges.org, a not-for-profit ICT initiative that had offices in Kampala, Cape Town (South Africa) and Washington D.C., which together with departments at Harvard University (U.S.) and Makerere University (Uganda) co-founded CIPESA. He is currently serving as a Member of Parliament of the Republic of Uganda, where he chairs the Committee on ICTs.
Ashnah Kalemera - Programmes Officer
CIPESA’s Programmes Officer holds an MSc in Informatics with a major in Electronic Government (Örebro University, Sweden) and a BSc in Computer and Management Sciences (University of Warwick, United Kingdom). Ashnah’s work experience is from a wide range of industries (in the UK, Spain and Uganda), from mobile telecommunications and engineering, to public relations and corporate relations, research, learning management, and information systems management.
Beatrice Kasemire - Financial Manager
The Financial Manager holds a Bachelors of Commerce (Accounting) from Makerere University and a Diploma, Business Studies (Accounting) from Makerere University Business School. She has for more than nine years managed finances for various projects, including for CIPESA since 2005.
Patricia Litho - Board Member
Is a specialist in gender, media and ICTs. She holds a PhD in Innovation and cultural studies from the School of Social Sciences and Cultural Studies, University of East London (UK). Her PhD thesis was “ICTs and the ‘empowerment’ of women in rural Uganda.” Dr. Litho has a Master of Arts in Communications with a bias in Business Communication from Schiller International University (London, UK).She is a lecturer at Makerere University where she is also Coordinator for the MA programme, and supervises students’ research at both Masters and PhD level. Between 2003 and 2007, she taught at the University of East London, UK. She lectured on ICTs for Development in the global context and study skills at the School of Social Sciences, Media and Cultural Studies and taught Sociology of Childhood, Children and the media at the School of Education and Community Studies.
Peter Mwesige - Board Member
Is a co-founder and Executive Director of the African Centre for Media Excellence (ACME). Previously, he served as the Group Training Editor of the Nation Media Group, East Africa’s biggest multi-media company, where he was in charge of newsroom training at the company’s nearly dozen print and electronic media outlets in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. A holder of a Ph.D. in Mass Communications from Indiana University, U.S.A., and a Master’s degree in Journalism & Mass Communication from the American University in Cairo, Dr. Mwesige was until November 2007 the head of the Department of Mass Communication at Makerere University, Kampala, where he was also a senior lecturer. He has previously worked as the executive editor at the Monitor Publications Ltd.
Esther Nakkazi - Board Member
Has spent time at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Harvard Knight Science Journalism Fellow, and obtained her Bachelors of Arts in Literature from Makerere University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism from the Uganda Management Institute. Since 2010, she has been a Mentor with the World Federation of Science Journalists programme and is also the Founder of Health Journalists Network in Uganda (HEJNU) www.hejnu.com. She has published extensively, including with The East African (www.theeastafrican.co.ke), Nature (www.nature.com), SciDev (www.scidev.net), IRIN/PlusNews (www.plusnews.org), Onislam (www.onislam.net) and the Network of Climate Journalists for the Greater Horn of Africa (NECJOGAH) website – www.necjogha.org.
Lillian Nalwoga - Policy Officer
Has for four years worked with CIPESA as a Policy Officer. She has contributed to ICT policy reviews, undertaken research, and facilitated and coordinated ICT policy workshops – including coordinating this year’s East African Internet Governance Forum. Lillian has a Bachelors of Development Studies (Makerere University, Kampala) with a Postgraduate Diploma in Project Management as well as advanced training in Internet studies.
Juliet Nanfuka - Media and Communications Officer
Juliet has a Journalism degree from Rhodes University in South Africa where she specialized in Writing and Digital Media. She has since worked in the fields of communications strategy, publicity, branding and market research across East and Southern Africa. She has engaged with brands such as the African World Heritage Fund of UNESCO, MTN, Standard Bank, Nestle, Absa/Barclays Bank, AngloGold Ashanti, Cartier and BBC. A lot of her work has involved the exploration of avenues for African development through its heritage and the meeting point of digital and mobile technologies. She has utilised these skills in the support of human rights and access to medication with the Aids and Rights Association for Southern Africa.
Asiimwe Edgar Napoleon - Research Associate
Holds a Masters in Informatics (Örebro University, Sweden) and a Bachelors of Information Technology (Makerere University, Uganda). He has worked as a researcher at Högskolan Dalarna in Sweden and a web administrator/part-time lecturer at Makerere University and is undertaking doctoral studies in informatics at Örebro. Edgar has widely consulted in the area of Information Systems, and has published research in mobile learning, Information systems, ICT4D, e-Government and e-waste management.
Alberto Vaccari - Technical Support
CIPESA’s technical support in-charge is a holder of a BSc in Software Engineering from Gothenburg University in Sweden. He also has a Diploma in Information Technology, System Analysis and Programming from the Istituto Tecnico Industriale Statale “G.Chilesotti”, Thiene (VI). Alberto is multi lingual and has work experience from Italy, Sweden, Canada and Ireland.
Marilyn Vernon - Project Officer
Marilyn is an advocate for an open, secure, and interoperable Internet, She joined CIPESA in July 2015, with seven years of experience as a multi-disciplinary professional in ICT policy, Internet Governance and Participation & Engagement initiatives in Africa, North America, and Europe, with work experience in media, communications, domain name and internet industries. Marilyn has facilitated and supported a range of capacity building and outreach projects focused on the Internet ecosystem, its key policy issues and policy development processes. She holds an MA in International Studies and Diplomacy (University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies) and a BA in Communications (California State University Dominguez Hills).
Wairagala Wakabi (PhD) - Executive Director
Joined CIPESA as a Research Associate in January 2006, and has since led and coordinated ICT policy research across various countries in east and southern Africa. He holds an MSc in Informatics (Örebro University, Sweden) and an M.A in Journalism & Media Studies (Rhodes University, South Africa), Wakabi has also been involved in various collaborative researches with African, Asian and North American think tanks and NGOs. Wakabi has taught at Makerere University, Kampala, and is pursuing a doctorate in informatics with a specialisation in e-Government at Örebro University.