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 OF ADVISORS
Maureen Agena is a freelance communication specialist who worked at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), and the World Bank. She holds a BA in IT, 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.
UNCFCU Global sustainability programme 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.
Mary Otuko is the UK Programmes Manager at FORWARD leading in the planning and delivery of multiple projects under our Communities and Youth & Schools Programmes. She is part of FORWARD’s Senior Management Team directly managing staff as well as our work relationship with partner organizations, other service agencies, and FGM-affected communities nationally. Mary has an MSc in Population and Development from the London School of Economics. Mary is also a Committee member and Projects Lead for the Lango Association UK (LAUK).
INFORMATICS SYSTEMS ENGINEER AT CELGENE
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.
Jacqueline is an accomplished, versatile, and results-driven professional with a proven track record in developing innovative products, improving customer experience, and advising on regulatory challenges with good working knowledge of GDPR, DPA 2018, AML, and related regulations. She is a complaint manager at Landmark Information Group in the UK. She worked as a compliance strategist at Bloomberg, EDF Trading, and Thomas Reuters. Jacqueline studied law at Staffordshire and London Metropolitan Universities.
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
As our administrator and program manager. Vincent Okello supports our core program operations. Vincent holds a diploma in education from Kyambogo University and brings with him a wealth of experience in school headship and administration. His extensive background includes holding senior positions in school management in Kampala before joining our team.
Obong is a social worker. He studied social works and administration at Makerere University.
Community engagement officer
Milton is a local community leader. He manages our community liaison personnel.
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.
CO-FOUNDER AND CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER (COO)
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.
Evelyn Akullo is one of the project officers who facilitate the operations of our educational projects. She is a teacher by profession. She received her Diploma in Teacher Education from Kyambogo University in Kampala, Uganda.
Ogwang obtained his primary school teaching education certificate from Kotido Teachers’ Training College. He is the Deputy Headteacher of Okere Community School.
EARly childhood development expert
Harriet is a trained early childhood development expert. She is the manager for our HCD Centre.
Adongo obtained her primary school teaching education diploma from Kyambogo University. She is the Headmistress of Okere Community School.