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.
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.
Wanjiru Mburu – Board Member
Wanjiru Mburu is a human-computer interaction for development (HCI4D) researcher who is passionate about designing technology interventions to bridge the healthcare digital divide in developing countries. She believes that mobile technologies hold promise for improving population health, but unless they are developed and tested with the users, the ultimate impact will be limited. Between 2014 and 2017 she worked for the organisation Medic Mobile, where she managed m-health projects across Africa. She also has experience working with the telecoms sector. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Computer Science, University of Cape Town. Her research focuses on exploring how Information and Communication Technologies can support low-income mothers of hospitalised preterm infants. She has a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Cape Town that focused on the design of technologies for marginalised communities.
Abdul Busuulwa – PhD – Board Member
Dr. Abdul Busuulwa is the Executive Director of CBR Africa Network (CAN), a non-governmental organisation that facilitates information sharing on disability, community-based rehabilitation and inclusive development within Africa and across the world. He holds a Bachelors of Arts with Mass Communication, a Post-Grad Diploma in Community Based Rehabilitation, a Masters of Management Studies, and a PhD in Accessible ICTs for Persons with Visual Disabilities. He 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. He has also done consultancies at local and international levels in research, training and strategic planning. He is also a member of the National Population Council of Uganda and a Board member at Sense International – Uganda. Previously he was a Programme Manager at East Africa Centre for Disability Law and Policy and a Project Officer with National Union of Disabled Persons of Uganda and Uganda National Association of the Blind
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).
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.
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. 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.
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.