Board of Directors - AfriChild Center Makerere

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Ms Margaret Kakande
Mrs. Kakande is the head of the budget monitoring and accountability unit in the Ministry of Finance, Planning, and Economic Development. She holds an MD in Development Economics from the University of East Anglia in the UK; a Bachelor of Statistics from Makerere University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Feminist Development Economics from the Institute of Social Studies in the Netherlands. Kakande has lectured at Makerere University and served the government as a Social Infrastructure Economist and Social Policy Advisor. Her strengths pivot on poverty analysis; monitoring and evaluation; national budget processing and mainstreaming gender and equity issues into development projects.

Dr Lynn Atuyambe
Prof. Atuyambe is an associate professor at Makerere University School of Public Health. He holds a Ph.D. in Public Health Sciences from Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden; an MD in Public Health, and a Bachelor of Arts. Dr. Atuyambe is the managing facilitator for an international course entitled Public Health in Complex Emergencies run annually by the School of Public Health together with International Rescue Committee, World Education Inc. USA. He is a trainer in qualitative research methods, data collection techniques, and analysis.

Ms Stella Ayo-Odongo
Stella Ayo-Odongo is the Director for Pathfinding Countries, Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children. Stella is a motivated leader and development practitioner with over 20 years of progressive experience in strategic leadership, development management, and program operations. She has extensive knowledge and experience advocating for vulnerable groups such as the children, youth, and the elderly. Stella is a visionary pan-African leader as demonstrated in the founding of national and regional level movements for social justice such as the African Wide Movement for the Children, Civil Society Organizations for Peace in Northern Uganda (CSOPNU), and the Uganda Parliamentary Forum for Children (UPFC), all of which have made significant contributions to voicing issues of the affected.

Ms Emily Gakiza
Gakiza is a senior legal counsel with Capital Law Partners and Advocates. She holds a Masters in Business Administration; Post-Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice and Bachelor of Laws. Her specialties are as a corporate lawyer with broad experience in banking and finance, business strategy, contracts and commercial transactions, and negotiations of contracts, among others.Gakiza also has experience in governance and regulatory compliance for both corporate firms and NGOs. She has been at the senior management level for over 14 years and gained an appreciation for business, risk, operations, management, and strategy.

Ms Judy Kamanyi
Kamanyi currently works as an independent consultant. She holds an MD in Peace and Justice Studies. She is a social development, gender equality, and governance specialist. Under her forte are 40 years of work experience in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors.

Dr Cleophus Mugenyi
Dr. Cleophus Mugenyi is the Commissioner of Teacher Education Standards at the Ministry of Education and Sports. He holds a Ph.D. in Education Policy and Institutional Management from the University of Manchester. His passion is in improving the quality of education provision in Uganda.