Speaker’s Profiles


Hon. Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga – Speaker of the Ugandan Parliament.

She is the first female to be elected Speaker in the history of Parliament in Uganda. She is also the current Member of Parliament (MP) for the Kamuli District Women’s Constituency, Busoga sub-region, a position she has served in since 1989.

Employment record: 

  • Speaker, Parliament of Uganda
  • Dep. Speaker, Parliament of Uganda (2001 – 2006)
  • Minister for Parliamentary Affairs (1999 – 2000)
  • Minister of State for Communication & Aviation (1998 – 1999)
  • Minister of State for Regional Co-operation (Africa & the Middle East)(1996 – 1998)
  • Sec. Gen., EA Women Parliamentarians Association (1996)
  • Chairperson of Council, Mbarara Univ. of Science and Technology (1993 – 1996)
  • MP, Kamuli District (1989 – 1996)
  • Private Practice (1984 – 1988)

Hon. Maria Kiwanuka – Finance Minister of Uganda

Maria is an Economist and business woman. She has been the Managing Director of Radio One and Radio Two (Akaboozi).

She also served as a non-Executive Director on the Board of Directors of Aga Khan Foundation (East Africa), The Nabagereka Development Trust, Nkumba University, Uganda Development Bank and Stanbic Bank Uganda Limited.

She graduated with a Bachelors degree in Commerce (BCom) from Makerere University in 1977 and holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from London Business School. Beginning around 1980, she worked for more than ten years with the World Bank, as an Economist and Financial Analyst for the East Asian and Southern African regions. She later left the World Bank and went into private business.

Maria Kiwanuka is married to Mohan Kiwanuka, the Managing Director of Oscar Industries Limited.

Elly Karuhanga, L.L.B  – President Tullow Oil Uganda

Elly serves as Legal Counsel of Uganda of IBI Corp. Mr. Karuhanga is involved in certain corporate activities, such as expected joint ventures undertaken by IBI in Uganda and in anticipated exploration and mining license acquisitions.

He serves as Managing Partner of Kampala Associated Advocates, Uganda’s leading law firm.

He served as President of Tullow Oil Uganda (Tullow Uganda), a subsidiary of Tullow Oil plc; two terms as a Member of Parliament; … Senior State Attorney in the Ministry of Justice; Advocate of the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court of Uganda; United Nations General Assembly Delegate from Uganda; Delegate to the World Trade Organization; Honorary consul of the Republic of the Seychelles; and Advisor to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, among other significant business and political achievements.

Throughout his career, Mr. Karuhanga has played a significant role in the advancement of the Ugandan Judicial system. He serves as the Chairman of the CADRE (The Centre for Alternative Dispute Resolution and Arbitration).

He has been Independent Director of IBI Corp. since December 20, 2007. Mr. Karuhanga serves as Director of Bankom Uganda Ltd and Canmin Gold Ltd.

He has been a Director of Development Finance Company of Uganda Ltd. since May 2005. He serves as a Director of Tullow Uganda and as Chairman of the Presidential and Foreign Affairs Committee.

Lord Sheikh Mohamed – House of Lords (UK)

Born in Kenya and brought up in Uganda. His parents originated from the sub-continent of India. Mohamed attended Government schools in Mbale (Uganda) where he attained the Cambridge Higher School Certificate.

On arrival in the United Kingdom, he started his insurance career by joining the Sun Alliance Insurance Company in London. He attended the City of London College and Holborn College where he completed the Associateship of The Chartered Insurance Institute and subsequently passed the Fellowship of The Chartered Insurance Institute. Later he also attained the Financial Planning Certificate.

Lord Sheikh is now the Chairman and Director of Iqra Ethical plc (Islamic and ethical insurances & financial services) and Macmillan Sheikh plc (Conventional insurances & financial services) which have offices in Westminster, London. In addition, he is the Chairman of two property companies.

Zain Latif – Principal, TLG Capital

a former Executive Director at Goldman Sachs in the New Markets division focusing on Sub-Saharan Africa across all products. Zain joined Goldman Sachs from Merrill Lynch where he was involved in originating and executing a number of groundbreaking emerging market transactions in Africa. Prior to Merrill Lynch, Zain spear-headed the special situations African effort at HSBC which culminated in the inaugural debt/equity hybrid structure for First Monument City Bank in Nigeria. Zain has a Masters degree in Finance from Cass Business School, City University.

TLG Capital is a private equity firm that provides growth capital to businesses in Frontier Markets, particularly those in sub-Saharan Africa that are benefitting from the rise of the middle class. Since inception in September 2009, the firm has completed deals across sub-Saharan Africa, the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. Notable investments include WHO pre-approved pharmaceutical plant Quality Chemicals Industries Ltd in Uganda, healthcare facilities in West Africa and an investment into Iroko Financial Products; a leading African Fixed Income boutique in London which has executed over $1.3bn of debt financing since 2005.

Hon. Ronald Kibuule – State Minister for Youth and Children Affairs in the Ugandan Cabinet.

He  is also the Member of Parliament for Mukono North County. Kibuule, at 27, is currently the youngest Minister in the Ugandan Cabinet. He has a bachelors degree in social works and social administration.

He is the Presidential Advisor on NRM matters. He has been an aide to the current Prime Minister (then security minister) Amama Mbabazi. He has been the Councilor for Kasenge Parish at Nama-sub-county a position he held since 2006 up to 2011.

Due to his strong links with the Chinese government, many Chinese investors who to date have constructed factories on the Kampala- Jinja road, especially in Mukono district- Mbalala industrial area.

 

 

Hon. Christine Amongin Aporu – Minister of State for Teso Affairs

Provide Political leadership, and oversee the implementation of the Teso Development Programme.

Starting her career as a teacher and tutor, Christine Aporu is a dedicated leader in conflict-resolution and advocating for refugees and internally displaced people. Christine served 10 years as a Ugandan Member of Parliament, representing Kumi District, and an additional 5 years as Minister of State for Disaster Preparedness. Christine was a member of the Uganda Women’s Parliamentary Association, Teso Initiatives for Peace, AMANI Peace Forum and the Common Wealth Parliamentarian Association. In her capacity as the current Demobilization Resettlement Team Officer with the Uganda Amnesty Commission, Christine has worked on peace building efforts between the Teso and Karamojan people within Uganda and is currently serving as a peace negotiator for the on-going Government of Uganda and Lord’s Resistance Army/Movement peace talks on the side of the government.

 

Sam Engola – State Minister for Housing

Sam Engola is also the Member of Parliament for Erute County South, Lira District.

 

Mr. Rino Solberg – CEO, Better Globe Group

After 5 years of technical education, he started his first company when he was 21 years old and has been building and running his own companies ever since.

His business experience varies much. As a young man he invented and got patents in 12 countries on a grinding machine for gate and globe valves (UNISLIP) and was building a manufacturing company for this product, with daughter companies in USA, Japan and Germany, and with agents in 25 countries. Today, approximately 70-80% of all nuclear power plants in the whole world have his machines. He sold UNISLIP after running it successfully for 13 years, and started a training and publishing company.   

 

He is also well known in Norway and international for giving more then 800 seminars/training courses to over 120.000 people in the area of Sales, Motivation, Communication, Leadership, ISO 9000 and Total Quality Management. He is an author of 9 Books and the field of personal development and many CD programs for business training purposes. He has also, as a consultant, helped approx. 80 companies in Norway (and 100 in Uganda and Kenya) implementing the ISO 9000 quality system standard in their companies. He pioneered this development in Uganda.  


Presently he is running a group of companies called “The Better Globe Group”, with goals to help Africa eradication poverty through business based principles, working in these areas:

Tree Planting, massive tree planting in East Africa.

Microfinance for Agriculture, helping poor farmers makes sustainable lives.

Education, building schools through Child Africa and helping East African children by an international school sponsoring program.



He and his wife Julie are heading several companies in Uganda and Kenya including:

  • Better Globe Forestry Ltd. (Tree planting-100,000 ha)  www.betterglobeforestry.com 
  • Also publishing MITI, “The Tree Business Magazine for Africa”
  • Total Quality Management Ltd. (TQM Consultancy) www.betterglobegroup.com
  • Equator Line Centre Ltd.    (Unique Tourist Park-Uganda)     
  • www.equatorcity.com
  • Web Biz Africa Ltd. (The biggest web portal for Africa) www.webbizafrica.com
  • Child Africa, (NGO) (Building schools in Uganda/Kenya) www.childafrica.org
  • CA Media Ltd. (“BINGWA” a free Children’s Magazine) www.bingwa.org


Hon. Christine Amongin Aporu – Minister of State for Teso Affairs

Provide Political leadership, and oversee the implementation of the Teso Development Programme.

 

Areas of Expertise

refugee issues, post conflict reconstruction, internally displaced persons issues

 

Starting her career as a teacher and tutor, Christine Aporu is a dedicated leader in conflict-resolution and advocating for refugees and internally displaced. Christine served 10 years as a Ugandan Member of Parliament, representing Kumi District, and an additional 5 years as Minister of State for Disaster Preparedness. Christine was a member of the Uganda Women’s Parliamentary Association, Teso Initiatives for Peace, AMANI Peace Forum and the Common Wealth Parliamentarian Association. In her capacity as the current Demobilization Resettlement Team Officer with the Uganda Amnesty Commission, Christine has worked on peace building efforts between the Teso and Karamojan people within Uganda and is currently serving as a peace negotiator for the on-going Government of Uganda and Lord’s Resistance Army/Movement peace talks on the side of the government.

Maj. Gen. Benon Biraaro – Founder and CEO LIFT-UGANDA PROJECT

“The purpose of founding LIFT-UGANDA PROJECT is to get out of poverty and claim a position among the most developed countries in the world, in a relatively short period of time.” Says Maj. Gen. Benon Biraaro.
 
Maj. Gen. Benon Biraaro has been chief of Strategic Planning and Management Unit of African Union in Addis Ababa Ethiopia. Before that posting, he had the honor of founding the first ever Senior Command and Staff College for the Ugandan Military at Kimaka in Jinja.

He has also served as Assistant Chief of Staff of the UPDF, Chief of Operations and Training, Commander 2nd Infantry Division, Director Training e.t.c
 
He has attended military courses in Nigeria, Egypt, United States and United Kingdom.
He holds BA (Hon) degree in Political Science and Public Administration, and MSC degree in Strategic Studies from Cranfield University in United Kingdom.

 

 

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