People

Abdul Busuulwa, PhD – Board Member

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.


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.


Wanjiru Mburu, PhD – Board Member

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. 


Moses Odokonyero – Board Member

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.


Ayeta Anne Wangusa – Board Member

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.


Alice Aparo – Administrator

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 (UICT) and a Bachelor of Business Computing from Makerere University Business School (MUBS).


Brian Byaruhanga – Technology Officer

Brian is a technology enthusiast and human rights advocate with a background in Web and Application Development, ICT Infrastructure Security and Optimization, Risk Assessment and Management, and Digital Forensics. He is a certified Digital Security and Adult Literacy trainer. Prior to joining CIPESA, Brian worked with the Defenders Protection Initiative (DPI), where he headed the digital security for Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) program and oversaw the Digital Security Alliance – a digital security support ecosystem that works to protect HRDs, activists, and journalists in Uganda. His academic background is in Mechanical Engineering and he has previously worked in the telecommunications, logistics, and media industries. Brian is also a rugby lover, a programmer, and a graphic designer.


Asimwe John Ishabairu – Engagement Officer

Asimwe has over 10 year’s track record as an advocacy specialist in various sectors including parliamentary democracy, governance, accountability, electoral processes, humanitarian and human Rights.  She has been involved in analyzing policy gaps and advocating for the implementation of the Access to Information Act, 2015 in Uganda – specifically, consideration of access to information reports in the Rules of Procedure of Parliament. She has successfully organized a number of multi- stakeholders engagements on different thematic areas under the auspices of USAID, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), the Demogratic Governance Facility (DGF) and Diakonia, among others. Prior to joining CIPESA, she worked at the Africa Freedom of Information Centre (AFIC) as Senior Programme Officer, Advocacy, Research and Governance. She holds qualifications from the Geneva Academy, Switzerland, Uganda Technology and Management University and Nkumba University.


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.


Victor Kapiyo – Senior Researcher

Victor is a lawyer, human rights defender, researcher, and a tech-enthusiast with over eight years experience in the legal sector. His areas of specialization include among others: legal practice, legal compliance, arbitration, human resources, project management, research, monitoring and evaluation, capacity building, strategic planning and public policy. He also has a keen interest in leadership, business, governance, ICTs and social justice. Victor is an alumni of the University of Nairobi School of Law, Strathmore Business School and the Kenya Institute of Management. He is also a member of the Law Society of Kenya, where he served in its criminal justice committee in 2015, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Kenya), the Internet Society (ISOC) and the Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANet) He also serves on the board of Youth Alive Kenya (YAK).


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.


Paul Kimumwe – Senior Program Officer

Paul is a media trainer and researcher with over 15 years’ experience in journalism, media development, and human rights advocacy. His professional interests include media policy and regulation, freedom of expression, and digital rights. He is the author of Media Regulation and Practice in Uganda: A Journalists Handbook, and Djibouti: Media and the Law. He holds a Master’s degree in Communication Studies from the University of Nairobi, Kenya, and a Bachelor’s in Mass Communication from Makerere University, Uganda.


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.


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.


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. She holds a Masters in Digital Media and Society from Uppsala University, Sweden. She is also the President of the Internet Society (ISOC) Uganda.


Juliet Nanfuka – Research and Communications Officer

Juliet Nanfuka holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Rhodes University in South Africa where she specialised in Writing and Digital Media. She has also completed a course on Social Innovation Management with the Amani Institute in Nairobi, Kenya. She is interested in the intersection of society, policy and technology. Her background includes work in the fields of communications strategy, media and market research across East and Southern Africa.


Simone Toussi –  Project Officer

Simone Toussi is CIPESA’s Francophone/Central Africa Project Officer. She holds a BA in Modern Letters and an MA in Strategies with a major in Advertising, both from the University of Yaounde 1 (Cameroon). She also holds an MA in Development Studies with a major in Media and Communication, from Senghor University of Alexandria (Egypt). She has worked in Canada, Eastern Europe, and Africa as a strategic communication’s specialist and consultant, with experience in international organizations, NGOs and the private sector.


Wairagala Wakabi, PhD – Executive Director

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.


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.