Abdul Busuulwa, PhD
Dr. Abdul Busuulwa has close to 20 years of experience in social development work including capacity building for organisations, human rights advocacy for persons with disabilities, and project management. Between April 2017 and December 2020 he was the Executive Director of CBR Africa Network, an NGO that facilitates information sharing on disability, community-based rehabilitation and inclusive development within Africa and across the world. He is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Community and Disability Studies, Faculty of Special Needs and Rehabilitation, Kyambogo University. Dr. Busuulwa is a holder of a PhD in Accessible ICTs for Persons with Visual Disabilities of the University of Twente – Netherlands, a Masters of Management Studies of Uganda Management Institute, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Community Based Rehabilitation of the Institute of Teacher Education Kyambogo, and a Bachelors of Arts with Mass Communication of Makerere University. He has served on several government and organisational boards and commissions, including CIPESA, Sense International – Uganda (2019 to date), National Population Council (2015 to date), Labour Advisory Board (2011 – 2014), the Peer Review Mechanism Commission for Uganda (2005–2008) and Mukono District Local Government Tender Board (2002–2006). Further, he has lectured at Uganda Management Institute, and served as the Programme Manager of the East Africa Centre for Disability Law and Policy, Programme Development Manager with Action on Disability and Development (ADD International) – Uganda Programme, Capacity Building Officer at the National Union of Disabled Persons of Uganda and a Development Worker with the Uganda National Association of the Blind.
Ayeta Anne Wangusa
Ayeta Wangusa is a communications expert with 20 years’ experience in media and communication advisory practice with three development organisations in Tanzania and in the print media in Uganda. She is co-founder and Executive Director of Culture and Development East Africa (CDEA), a creative think tank in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and a member of the expert facility of 2005 UNESCO Convention on the governance of culture, which includes policies and measures for the digital environment. She holds a BA (Hons) in Literature and Sociology, a Masters degree in Literature from Makerere University, and a Masters degree in New Media, Governance and Democracy from the University of Leicester, UK. She is currently undertaking PhD study in Media and Communication Research hosted at CAMEo – Research Institute for Cultural and Media Economies at the University of Leicester, UK.
Marjorie Kyomuhendo, PhD – Board Chair
Dr. Marjorie Kyomuhendo is a distinguished academician and researcher. She is a Lecturer of Communication Studies at Makerere University and has over 18 years of experience in strategic communication, training, research, project management and strategy development – with government departments, the private sector and development organisations. Dr. Kyomuhendo currently serves on the governing board of the African Centre for Media Excellence and the Uganda AIDS Commission Message Clearing Committee. She is also a member of the African Society for Social and Behaviour Change, the Public Relations Association of Uganda, the International Association for Media and Communication Research, and the East African Communication Association. She holds a PhD in Communication from Makerere University and a Master of Philosophy in Media Studies from the University of Oslo. She was a Commonwealth Professional Fellow (2017) and has attended several communication training programmes from John Hopkins University, Ohio University, Stellenbosch University, and the University of Leicester.
Moses Odokonyero has over a decade’s experience cutting across newspaper and radio journalism, public communications, media development and media project management. He has worked as a News Editor at Mega FM and a Correspondent for The Daily Monitor. He also worked as a Public Information Officer for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and Communications Specialist with the Danish Refugee Council, among others. In addition, he has consulted for numerous local and international agencies, including the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), BBC World Service Trust and the Institute of War and Peace Reporting (IWPR). Mr. Odokonyero was for many years head of the Northern Uganda Media Club (NUMEC). He is a graduate of Makerere University.
Wairaga Wakabi, PhD
Dr. Wakabi Wairagala 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.
Wanjiru Mburu, PhD
Dr. Wanjiru Mburu is a human-computer interaction for development (HCI4D) researcher passionate about designing technology that solves African problems in ways that closely resemble African cultures, peoples, resources, knowledge and ways of life. She has over 10 years of experience in user experience (UX) from all over Africa, including in Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania and Uganda. Intent on promoting Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) in and from Africa, Wanjiru has been part of the technical committee that organized HCI conference in Africa (AFRICHI) in 2016, 2019 and 2020. She is currently working for Microsoft, where she is exploring the design of technologies that cater to the needs of Africans. She holds a PhD and Masters degree from the Department of Computer Science, University of Cape Town.