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LIKE MARGARETTE MEADE ONCE QUIPPED, WE ARE A SMALL GROUP OF FEW INDIVIDUALS ON A MISSION TO CHANGE THE WORLD. NEVER DOUBT THAT!

ADVISORY BOARD

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Maureen Agena

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

Maureen Agena is a Sr. Communications Specialist at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE). Previously, she worked at the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM). Agena has consulted for UNFPA, CTA, and the World Bank. She holds a BA in I.T, an MSc in Information Systems, and an MA in Development Communication. She also is the founder of Tune Communications. Agena is involved with Okere City because of her passion for building community resilience.

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TIMOTHY MASEMBE

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

Timothy Masembe is a Thought leader in Sustainable Finance; currently working with United Nations Federal Credit Union (UNFCU). He previously held leadership roles in Digital Financial Inclusion Ecosystems and Value chains programing at Barclays Bank, Stanbic Bank, Equity Bank, Bank of Africa and Centenary Bank. He studied Master of Laws in International Trade Law from the University of Leeds as a Commonwealth Scholar. Timothy brings his passion for Sustainable Finance, Impact Investment and integrating environmental, social, and governance (ESG) initiatives in Okere City.

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EDWARD KIRULUTA

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

Edward Kiruluta is head of the Research Informatics Systems Engineering Team at Celgene. Prior to joining Celgene, Edward was the Founder and CTO at Fabric Genomics, Vice-President of Development at Symyx Technologies, Team Leader at Merck Research Labs, DoubleTwist, 4D Inc, and MacSys. He studied Electrical Engineering at Memorial University in Canada. Edward's interest in Okere City stems from a deep desire to create sustainable and prosperous communities in E/Africa.

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CHRIS OKIDI

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

Christopher Okidi is a lawyer and political economist. Okidi obtained law and development studies degrees from Uganda Christian and Gulu Universities respectively. He also obtained an international relations postgraduate degree from Makerere University. Previusly, he worked on transitional justice projects at the Refuge Law Project of Makerere University. He was also the national leader of Uganda Young Democrats, a youth wing of the Democratic Party, Uganda’s oldest political party. Okidi’s interest in Okere City stems from his research interests around alternative governance and development models for Africa in general and afrofuturism in particular.

OUR staff

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OJOK OKELLO

founder & CEO

Ojok is a development practitioner and community organizer. He studied rural development at Makerere University and international development from the prestigious London School of Economics and Makerere University. He has worked with Konrad Adenauer Stiftung as a Programme Manager and Makerere University as a Senior Assistant Secretary.  He holds fellowships from President Barack Obama’s Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) and LSE’s Programme for African Leadership (PfAL). He is also an Ashoka Visionary Fellow. Ojok bears the vision of the Okere City project and provides the overarching strategic direction and management of the organization

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Ogwal Austino

COMMUNITY MOBILISER

Austino is a passionate community mobiliser.

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Tonny Obong

PRogramme manager

Obong is a social worker. He studied social works and administration at Makerere University.

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Milton ochen

Community engagement officer

Milton is a local community leader. He manages our community liaison personnel. 

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AKER MOSES

PROJECT OFFICER (OKERE VILLAGE BANK)

Mr. Moses Aker is our local mobiliser and credit officer. He oversees the credit disbursement and field operations of Okere Village Bank.  

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OKELLO BOSCO

MEDICAL OFFICER

Okello is an enrolled nurse. In addition to working as our chief medical expert, he also manages the day to day operations of Okere Community Health Centre.

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ARACH LUCY

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

Lucy is a business administrator by training and community worker by passion and practice. She obtained a diploma in business administration from Makerere University Business School (MUBS) and is currently pursuing a bachelor of commerce degree at Lira University. Lucy oversees the day-to-day financial operations and project activities of Okere City.

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DENIS ogwang

DEPUTY HEADTEACHER

Ogwang obtained his primary school teaching education certificate from Kotido Teachers’ Training College. He is the Deputy Headteacher of Okere Community School.

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KONSTATINE WITTKE

Programme OfFICER

Mr. Konstatine Wittke is a German national currently working with us as a programme officer. He joined the team in Sept 2021 to support in conducting community organizing activities, events and training, digital communication and resource mobilization. 

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CHRISTINE ADONGO

HEADTEACHER

Adongo obtained her primary school teaching education diploma from Kyambogo University. She is the Headmistress of Okere Community School.