Alice Aparo - Administration Assistant
Alice joined CIPESA in 2012 and is responsible for overseeing the office’s day-to-day operations. She holds a Diploma in Information Technology Business from Uganda Institute of Information and Communication Technology and is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Business Computing from Makerere University Business School.
Ashnah Kalemera - Programme Manager
Ashnah Kalemera works as a Programme Manager at CIPESA. She coordinates multi-country projects promoting the use of ICT in democratic processes and for citizen participation, including training for citizen journalists, mainstream media and government officials. She 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), and has work experience from Spain, UK, and various African countries.
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.
Loyce Kyogabirwe - Project Officer
Loyce is passionate about using ICTs to amplify and connect women’s voices. Prior to joining CIPESA, she worked with the Women’s International Cross Cultural Exchange (ISIS-WICCE) where she was involved in capacity building and mentoring of grassroots women in Uganda to use ICT tools to advance gender equality. She holds a Master’s Degree in Development Studies (Uganda Martyrs University), Post graduate certificate in Research Methods and Writing Skills (Center for Basic Research, Kampala) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Library and Information Sciences (Makerere University). She has also undertaken several courses in gender and governance, human rights and women’s health, internet governance and digital security.
Patricia Litho, PhD - 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, PhD - 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.
Daniel Mwesigwa - Project Officer
Daniel works as Project Officer – ICT for Democracy and Civic Participation. He is a fervent tech commentator on issues about the openness of the internet, startups and entrepreneurship in Africa. Prior to joining CIPESA, he worked as a research communicator with Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (M-ITI) on social tech ecosystems in sub-Saharan Africa. Daniel’s work at CIPESA focuses on Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda but he also regularly analyses tech issues in Africa on iAfrikan, a pan-African tech publication, and on the Uganda-based consumer tech blog, Dignited, where he is a co-founder.
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 - Programme Manager
CIPESA’s Programme Manager, has seven years of ICT policy research and advocacy experience, having joined the organisation as a Policy Officer in 2007. She has facilitated and coordinated ICT policy workshops – including coordinating the East African Internet Governance Forum in 2011 and 2015. Lillian has a Bachelors of Development Studies (Makerere University, Uganda) with a Postgraduate Diploma in Project Management as well as advanced training in Internet studies and is pursuing a Masters in Digital Media and Society at Uppsala University, Sweden. She is also the President of the Internet Society (ISOC) Uganda.
Juliet Nanfuka - Media and Communications Officer
Juliet Nafuka 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 Bank, Barclays Bank, AngloGold Ashanti, Cartier and the BBC. A lot of her work has involved the meeting point of digital and mobile technologies.
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
Dr. Wakabi Wairagala is the Executive Director and has extensive experience in integrating ICT in communications and development work. Wakabi holds a PhD in Informatics with a specialisation in e-Government from Örebro University, Sweden, an MSc in Informatics (Örebro University, Sweden) and an M.A in Media Studies (Rhodes University, South Africa). He has worked with CIPESA since 2006 and has also been involved in various collaborative researches with African, Asian and North American think tanks and NGOs
Edrine Wanyama - Legal Officer
Edrine is an Advocate of the Courts of Judicature of the Republic of Uganda. He joined CIPESA with more than five years experience as a professional on awareness raising, advocacy and research in human rights, rule of law and democracy. He holds a Master of Laws (LL.M) from the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, a Bachelor of Laws Degree (LL.B) from Makerere University and a Diploma in Legal Practice (Dip L.P) from the Law Development Centre (Uganda). Edrine has also undertaken leadership training with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Germany Foundation. He is a specialist in East African Community Law, the Law of Economic Integration, International Law, Human Rights and the Law governing Not-for-profit Organisations.