The UK prime minister's trade envoy to Uganda, DRC and Rwanda
He became a Member of the House of Lords back in July 2010 and is the first Gujarati to represent the Conservative Party in the House of Lords. He was born on 14 June 1953, in Busolwe and brought up in Tororo, Uganda.
Diplomatic Representative at Aga Khan Development Network
Mr Mawji is a former Partner at Ernst & Young (EY), where he held a number of senior leadership positions.
Mr Mawji graduated in Economics from the London School of Economics and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Over the past 30 years, he has advised on several international projects, mergers and acquisitions.
The past Chairman of the London Chamber of Commerce
Subhash Vithaldas Thakrar is a professional chartered accountant. Subhash was the managing partner of Blackstone Franks LLP when in 2013 he negotiated a merger with CBW, another well-established firm of Chartered Accountants in London.
COO, ThePromota Africa Ltd | Chairman, Uganda Convention - UK
Willy Mutenza is a successful entrepreneur, ethnic marketing consultant and community activist who turned his hobbies into a successful business. Willy has lived and worked in London for the last 29 years. He graduated from the University of West London in 2000 with a BA in Digital Arts and Multimedia Computing.
Founder and Managing Director of the award winning ThePromota africa Ltd: A multi-cultural marketing agency that specialises in Financial companies offering not to mention financial services like money transfer to the ethnic community targeting the ethnic audience in the UK, Nordic countries and Germany. To date he has has the privilege to serve the top Fintech companies including: Western Union, MoneyGram, WorldRemit, Lebara, Pockit, Brussels airlines, as the only exclusive contract/consultancy.
Principal Assistant Secretary to the First Lady
Irene is an Under Secretary and Senior Private Secretary to the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports
She has served Government for the last 27 years. She worked with the Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control for 14 years prior to her current role.
She is passionate about leadership development and has undertaken several leadership courses including a Master of Arts in Organisational Leadership and Management from UCU and a Master of Arts in Public Adminstration and Management from Makerere University
She is an alumnus of the Haggai Advanced Leadership Institute in Hawaii, the Destiny Leadership school, Development Associates International, Institute for National Transformation and SALT among others.
She currently serves as the Haggai Institue Vice President in Uganda. She also serves on the Apostolic team of INUKA Africa a ministry committed to raising transformational leaders on the Afrucan Continent.
She serves on the following Boards: Development Associates International, Uganda Youth Forum and Vision for Africa
High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland
Nimisha Jayant Madhvani is a Ugandan diplomat, formerly Uganda's Ambassador to the Nordic countries she was accredited to Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.
Prior to that, she served as Uganda's Ambassador to United Arab Emirates, and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
Before that, she was Uganda's ambassador to France, Spain, Portugal and UNESCO, based in Paris.
She was born in Uganda in 1959 to Meena Madhvani and Jayant Madhvani, both Ugandan citizens of Indian descent. Jayant was the firstborn of the five sons of Mulji Prabhudas Madhvani (1894–1958), the industrialist, entrepreneur who founded the Madhvani Group of Companies in 1930.
Nimisha grew up at the family estate in Kakira, about an hour and one half's drive east of the capital, Kampala. When dictator Idi Amin expelled Ugandan Asians in 1972, she located to the United Kingdom with her family, as a 13-year-old teenager.
Director, SACOMA Foods and Global Innovation
Perez is an award-winning business leader and scientist, global Women Inventor and Innovator and visionary and innovative business leader in the international food industry, who has initiated and managed groundbreaking projects, such as the IFE Innovation and the award winning SACOMA sweet potato initiative. She has been involved in collaborative scenario planning as well as social research on consumer-driven innovation, food retail models along with other disruptive manufacturing innovations in global food production with a focus on immune building, gut health, women’s health, men’s health, baby health, healthy aging and longevity and quality of life.
Perez has been involved in several disruptive manufacturing innovations in global food production. As an indigenous scientist who combines African traditional knowledge with academic research, she has researched healthy aging and personalised nutrition for the silver community in partnership with University of Kent, and Denmark’s Aarhus University; research into pre-biotic with Queensland University, Australia and research on viscosity for gluten free food for people aged 50+.
While her work over the last 25 years has been on promoting the consumption of natural foods and sustainable food production using novel ingredients through food quality, safety, security, authenticity, traceability as well as safe movement and trade of foods across borders she is also an promoter of the possible effects of future foods like plant-based proteins, insect as food and feed, lab-meat and herbs on health and wellbeing as well single origin coffees.
Perez has been involved in Knowledge Transfer partnership and a number of development projects for food Global Food Manufacturers, African governments, embassies and international organizations on trade (Imports/Exports), small enterprise development, agro business, value chain analysis, quality control systems and other initiatives aimed at improving the business climate in the voluntary, private sectors and public sectors.
She is passionate about the innovation of future foods like plant-based proteins, insects and herbs for health and wellbeing.
She is the founder of SACOMA Global Foods Innovation, an award-winning importer, exporter, manufacturer, and distributor with its own retail chain for organic & natural food & drinks in the United Kingdom together with a training college and retail Launchpad for food businesses that want to get into the UK retail market. Goods are imported from countries including Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, India, Australia, Spain, Italy, Bangladesh, Latin America and many more.
Managing Director at EPG
Managing Director for boutique economic consulting firm EPG, specialising in market entry advisory, strategic communications and economic analysis, with offices in the UK, India and Uganda.
He was additionally, until August 2017, UK Director for the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), the premier and industry body in India. He currently sits on the Board of a think tank and is a Board member of fast-growing healthcare business in East Africa. He is also the co-founder of a charity advisory initiative, working with HNWs to help donors give better.
Previously he worked in Economic Consulting at FTI Consulting and Deloitte in London and Abu Dhabi, with a focus on public policy and international arbitration. He was Chairman for a not-for-profit membership organisation with several thousand members for three years.
He studied Economics at Warwick University, where he was awarded the Prize for Excellence, and LMU University of Munich. His dissertation won a prize at an international economics conference at Georgetown University. He has published academic research on behavioural economics and social impact, and contributed to various books, particularly on India. He is a regular commentator on public policy and India across print, TV and online media. He occasionally lectures at King's College London.
Executive Director, Bank of Africa Uganda | Vice Chairman UCUK
Bernard has over 20 years’ experience in Finance, Credit Management, Risk and Forensic Management, Corporate Transformation, Liquidation Management and Strategy Execution. He has worked with Bank of Uganda in several capacities, Centenary Bank as Senior Accountant and with United Bank for Africa (UBA) as the Chief Finance Officer and Strategist.
Programme Manager | Country Director, Gridworks Partners
Eric Olanya is the former Head, Department for International at the British High Commission in Kampala, Uganda responsible for providing support to UK companies interested in doing business in Uganda. He is also the regional infrastructure lead (East Africa) and Oil and Gas lead in Uganda. As section head, he is responsible for UK-Uganda trade development, in particular developing opportunities in the oil and gas sector and leads on strategic partnerships with UK companies in large projects.
Eric holds a Bachelors degree in Engineering, a post graduate diploma in Management and International Trade and is currently studying an MSc in Petroleum Engineering. Over the years he has developed a good understanding of the economic and political climate in Uganda, market trends, and investment opportunities and understands the needs of UK companies in doing business in Uganda
Country Director | Department for Business and Trade British High Commission | Kampala
Louis Arinaitwe is the Country Director – Department for International Trade at the British High Commission in Kampala, Uganda.
CONSUL GENERAL OF THE REPUBLIC OF UGANDA TO THE MIDLANDS
Jaffer Kapasi has an extensive experience as a Managing Director of his own accountancy practice and as a Board level executive in a number of organisations. He is a past Chairman of Asra Midlands Housing Association, Director of Wrekin Housing Group & HM Leicestershire Court Board and Vice Chairman of Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust.