Meet the Women CEOs leading their organisations in Uganda

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As we come to the end of the March, the women’s month as it is referred, Business times Uganda celebrates all women in the world.

Gone are the days when few women held seniority positions. Lately, women are running different organisations’ top positions a territory that was mostly dominated by males

In this article we explore different women CEOs and Managing Directors in their respective organisations in no particular order,

Ann Juuko- Stanbic Bank

Anne Juuko is the Chief Executive of Stanbic Bank Uganda. Anne has a wealth of experience in the financial industry with regional and global expertise in banking for over 20 years.

Ms Juuko has been at the Standard Bank Group for eight years since she joined Stanbic Bank Uganda as the head of global markets. In January 2018, she was appointed the head of corporate and investment banking at Standard Bank, Namibia, her most recent role.

Before joining Stanbic Bank Uganda, Ms Juuko led the fixed income, currencies, and commodities division at Citibank Uganda Limited. She later moved to Citibank Kenya as the head of customer sales and derivates marketing. She started her banking career in 2001.

Jennifer Bamuturaki- Uganda Airlines

Jenifer Bamuturaki is the Uganda Airlines Chief Executive Officer, after being appointed on July 5. Prior to her appointment, she had been serving as temporary Ceo for more than a year after the airline suspended and later fired former CEO, Cornwell Muleya over claims of corruption and mismanagement.

Bamutuaki’s appointment was authorised by President Museveni on grounds that she was the best candidate to get the airline up and running. She has her work cut out by turning Uganda Airlines into the best and most trusted national carrier in the region, years after it was reinstated. Her experience that spans 30 years is something to count on.

She has seen and done it all in the airline, hospitality and travel industries, including having a seven-year stint with Air Uganda on top of working as a country manager for the East Africa Airlines.

Sylivia Mulinge-MTN Uganda

MTN Uganda’s new Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Sylvia Mulinge assumed office following the exit of former CEO, Wim Vanhelleputte, who was promoted to a regional executive role responsible for MTN Group’s West African markets.

Ms. Mulinge whose tenure in office commenced on 1st October 2022 becomes the first-ever female CEO at MTN Uganda, bringing with her a track record of executive business experience spanning close to over 20 years, 15 years of which is in the telecom industry, that will see her steer the continued growth and strategic progress of MTN Uganda.

Ms. Mulinge who has been serving as the Chief Consumer Business Officer at Safaricom PLC since 2018, is credited for driving the company’s customer obsession strategy to deliver long-term shareholder growth as well as creating preference for the Safaricom brand.

Since joining Safaricom PLC in 2006, Ms. Mulinge served in various roles including Prepay Product Manager, Head of retail, Head of Safaricom Business – Sales, General Manager, Enterprise Business, and Director, Consumer Business.

Annet Nakawunde Mulindwa- Finance Trust Bank

She is the Finance Trust Bank Uganda Managing Director. She holds a Masters in Business Administration majoring in Finance, a postgraduate diploma in Financial management and an honors degree in BA (Arts).

She has also attended a number of trainings including the Advanced Leadership training in Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania in USA, Coaching Program for Mission, Leadership and Performance By Creative Mether, Oxford, England, Women in leadership by Women’s world banking center for microfinance leadership, New York where she got the Financial Woman’s Association’s Women in Leadership Award for 2008, Balance score card training and Basic banking by Institute of Bankers.

She is passionate about women and youth empowerment, as well as ensuring best practice in banking and microfinance and creating value for customers. She is result oriented and an excellent team player with strong leadership qualities.

Uganda National Oil Company-Prosovia Nabbanja

UNOC CEO, Proscovia Nabbanja, bagged the ‘CEO OF THE YEAR’ award at the African Energy Week in Cape Town, South Africa which took place from October 18th to 21st 2022.

Proscovia has 19 years of experience in oil and gas industry. Formerly served as a Principal Geologist in the Petroleum Exploration & Production Department under the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development. She headed the Technical Division and was at the forefront of reviews of technical proposals especially field development plans and petroleum reservoir reports.

She headed the estimation and reporting of the oil resources and reserves in the country, field operations monitoring and management of petroleum data.

She has sat on a number of inter-ministerial committees and also worked on a number of Donor funded programs such as Oil for Development and USAID. Proscovia holds a BSc (Chemistry, Geology) -MUK, MSC Petroleum Geoscience- Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine, DIC, Dip Petroleum Management and Operations, MBA-Imperial College Business School.

With nearly 20 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, Proscovia Nabbanja was recognized for handling the Government of Uganda’s commercial interests with the utmost professionalism and innovation within the petroleum sector, while ensuring that the country’s resources are exploited in a sustainable and profitable manner.

Leading African energy players, companies and projects were also recognized during the Awards. The UNOC CEO, Proscovia competed alongside the leadership of industry giants like Sonangol Group, Perenco, Sasol Ltd, Nigeria LNG, Siemens, and Britannia to emerge the winner.

Eng. Ziria Tibalwa WaakoElectricity Regulatory Authority


Eng. Waako is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Electricity Regulatory Authority, a position she assumed on 23rd March 2017. Her position involves providing strategic direction to the ERA Secretariat to ensure that the organization effectively delivers on its mandate efficiently.

She possesses over 30 years of work experience in and vast knowledge of Uganda’s Electricity sub-Sector, 15 of which have been at Senior Management Level. She holds a MSc. and BSc. Electrical Engineering, both from Makerere University, and a Master of Business Administration in Leadership from Walden University, USA.

Committed to ensuring a sustainable Electricity Supply in the country, ERA has over the years raised Uganda’s flag in the energy sector for the landmark achievements not only in the great lakes region but at a continental level.

Irene Kaggwa Ssewankambo- UCC


Irene Kaggwa is the Uganda Communications Commission CEO and she boasts of a vast experience in the ICT sector across policy development, research, regulation and implementation in various aspects including Internet development, licensing, universal access, quality of service, numbering resource management as well as promotion of research and innovation. An engineer by profession,

She served as a director for engineering and communication Infrastructure at the Uganda Communications Commission, before she became CEO.

She holds a Master of Science in Communications Systems and Signal Processing from University of Bristol in UK and a Master of Science in Economic Management and Policy from University of Strathclyde in UK. Her bachelor’s degree is in Electrical Engineering from Makerere University. Before this appointment, she was the head of research and development unit as well.

Mercy K. Kainobwisho- URSB


Kainobwisho the Uganda Registration Services Bureau Registrar General. She is a lawyer, business administrator and corporate executive.

Before taking on that role, she had served as the director of intellectual property at URSB. She is well-learned; with a Bachelor of Laws degree from Makerere University, a Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre and was awarded a degree of Master of Laws by the University of Turin, Italy.

She also holds a Master of Business Administration from Makerere University Buiness School. With Kainobwisho at the helm of Ursb, a number of innovations have sprung up. The intellectual property (IP) and an online filing  system were put in place to enable the public file for IP protection remotely over the internet. The tool is used for receiving intellectual property applications for trademarks. 

Patricia Ojangole-UDB


Patricia Ojangole is the Managing Director at Uganda Development Bank Limited. She joined the Bank in August 2011 as the Chief Internal Auditor prior to being appointed Chief Executive Officer in December 2012.

Over the years, she has positioned the Bank to be a trusted partner to the Government of Uganda in achieving its private sector led socio-economic growth aspirations.

She has been instrumental in leading the bank on a consistent growth trajectory and she is specifically credited for rebuilding stakeholder confidence in the Bank that has seen the Bank’s capital from both its shareholders, multilateral and bilateral partners grow, built public confidence in the Bank and making the bank a choice for development finance and long term affordable capital for investment projects in the country.

Diana Atwine-Ministry of Health


Dr. Atwine is the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Uganda. She is charged with technical leadership as well as stewardship of all financial resources at the Ministry.

She is a physician specialist in internal medicine with post-graduate training in ‘Project Planning and Management. She also did ‘Improving the quality of Health Services, from Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health. She has rich experience in International Clinical Trials and bio-ethics, especially in HIV/AIDS.

A Personal Physician to the President of Uganda, Dr Atwine is also the former Director of the Health Monitoring Unit under Statehouse whose role is to ensure a responsive and accountable national healthcare system through access to care.

Dorothy Kisaka-KCCA


Ms Dorothy Kisaka is the Kampala Capital City Authority Executive Director. She is a professional lawyer who graduated from Makerere University in 1987, practiced law with Kiyimba-Kisaka & Company Advocates between 1999 and 2014.

She also has two master degrees from Uganda Martyrs University and York St John University, UK.

Kisaka, before the appointment, has been serving as a Senior Presidential Advisor at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) where she was tasked with coordinating political and non-political actors to implement public  policy.

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