Prof. Ezra Suruma is a Senior Presidential Advisor on Finance and Economic Planning. From 2005 to February 2009, he served as a Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development. Prior to his government and private sector work, Dr. Suruma worked as a professor of Economics and Management at Makerere University and at Florida A&M University. In 1987, he joined the bank of Uganda, the country’s Central Bank, as the Director of research, serving in that capacity unit 1990. From 1990 until 1993, he served as the Deputy Governor of the Bank of Uganda. In 1993 he left the Bank of Uganda and joined Uganda Commercial Bank (UCB) as the Chairman and Management Director, serving in that capacity until 1996.
Edward Gaamuwa is a founder member of ACLAIM Africa Ltd and was its first chairman. Until December 2012, Executive Director and team leader in charge of Organizational Development, Research and Evaluation at Aclaim Africa Ltd. A career HR professional, He previously worked as a Human Resource Director of an international NGO.
Edward is a certified facilitator and a trained coach; He has made significant HR input to many organizations, his work experience has taken him to several countries including Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Malawi, DRC, South Sudan, Ghana, Nigeria, Ethiopia and USA. Edward chairs and / or sits on a number of Boards.
Daniel Lukwago is a Policy Analyst. He has reviewed and analysed Uganda’s economic and development policies (especially macro and fiscal policies) from pro-poor perspective. He has produced and peer reviewed over 15 papers on key public policy issues on development, poverty, governance, macroeconomic and fiscal policies. He has also done research assignments with the World Bank in Washington D.C and NGOs in Uganda and is committed to working to improve human development through research and advocacy to ensure that public policies are pro-poor.
Florence Nyalulu Begumana is a gender expert and also possesses skills in accounting and M&E and Resource mobilization. Florence has worked as a Programme Manager at TOCBANGH (Tororo Community Based Nursing Homes); Programme Officer Advocacy and Training with Uganda Fisheries and Fish Conservation Association (UFFCA); Training officer – Credit at NAWOU (National Association of Women Organizations of Uganda), among other positions. Between 2002-2008, she was instrumental in the development of Beach Management Units on all Lakes of Uganda and through collaboration was a lead Trainer for Uganda on the Lake Victoria Fisheries Programmes with Kenya and Tanzania and contributed to and participated in the harmonization processes for National Fisheries Policies for East African Countries (Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania) that share Lake Victoria.
Walter Akwat is a Communications Specialist, with vast experience in Development Communications and Advocacy. He is currently managing Advocacy functions in a Dutch-government funded Consortium comprising of Save the Children International and ZOA. He has also worked in the Civil Society, where he remains a committed advocate of pro-poor policies and development. Between 2004 and 2007, he was a Sub Editor with The New Vision, one of the leading media houses in Uganda, before joining the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) as a National Information Officer from 2007 to 2011. He is also a serving Board Member at St. Peter’s College Tororo, a school owned by the Government of Uganda but founded by the Mill Hill Catholic Fathers.
Christopher Iga is an accomplished Auditor and Senior Partner with M/S Central Accountants and Associates. He previously served as chief accountant at Mitchell Cotts (U) Ltd, Uganda Industrial Machinery Ltd, Uganda Company (Trading) Ltd, East Africa Tea Estates etc. Between 1998 and 2001, Mr. Iga was appointed Resident District Commissioner (RDC) – Masaka and Bushenyi Districts by H.E the President of Uganda and elected Mayor of Kampala City for 2 consecutive terms (1989-1998). He also served as a Director and Board Member, M/S Stanbic Bank Uganda Ltd (1992-1997) and Chairperson, Urban Authorities Association of Uganda. In 1993 he was elected 1st Vice President, International Union of Local Authorities at the Hague, Netherlands; Member, United Nations Committee on Poverty Eradication (1997-1999) and Chairperson, Commonwealth Local Government Forum, London, UK (1995-1998).
Mrs. Stella Obel Negesa is a Development Practitioner with vast expertise in development work. She is an Activist for human rights and democratic governance, advocating and promoting pro poor policies and gender aspects. She has worked and served in key positions with reputable Government Institutions and organizations respectively such as; Tororo District Local Government (TDLG), Friends for Uganda Association for Medical Aid and Development (as Executive Director), Audit Control and Expertise (ACE) as Supervisor, Tororo Civil Society Network- TOCINET as Coordinator, ZOA Uganda Refugee Care (International Humanitarian Agency) as Coordinator - Organizational Capacity Enhancement (OCE) Project. Current she doubles as the Coordinator Tororo Anti-Corruption Coalition and Regional Manager – Bukedi Region for Social Accountability and Community Monitoring (SACM) Intervention Project.