Dr Ian Clarke
Dr Ian ClarkeChairman, Clarke Group
An Irish-Ugandan physician, entrepreneur, philanthropist & politician, Dr. Clarke arrived as a missionary doctor in Uganda & went on to establish the International Medical Group, the largest private healthcare provider in Uganda. He is the owner and Executive Chairman of Clarke Group, Ltd. which has interests in education, hospitality and agribusiness. He has had extensive experience in establishing indigenous start-up businesses and growing them to a corporate level.

During April 2011-April 2016, Dr. Clarke served as the Mayor of Makindye Division, one of the five administrative units of Kampala. He is the Founding Chairman of Uganda Healthcare Federation, Director at East Africa Healthcare Federation, & Director at Africa Healthcare Federation. He is also a Board member at the Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU). Dr. Clarke writes a weekly column in the New Vision, the National Newspaper of Uganda, and has authored 3 books.

Presenters & Panelists

Dr Earnest Abaho
Dr Earnest AbahoHead of Department of Entrepreneurship, Makerere University Business School (MUBS)
Dr Abaho is a Senior Lecturer, Entrepreneurship Researcher, Business Development Expert, Project & Strategic Management Consultant. He is the Head of Department of Entrepreneurship, Makerere University Business School (MUBS) and contributes regularly on entrepreneurship matters, both in Uganda and globally.
Teaching Areas: Entrepreneurship, Small Business Management, Project management

Research Interests: International Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurial Behaviors, Project value analysis, Intellectual Properties in Entrepreneurship, Education in Entrepreneurship, Business Incubation.

Consultancies: Business development Services, Business Incubation development, Business Plans and feasibility studies, Business restructuring, Project Monitoring and evaluation, Management development, Leadership and Governance, Business strategy. Educational review and development.

Philippa Makobore
Philippa MakoboreDepartment Head of the Instrumentation Division at UIRI
Philippa Makobore is the Department Head of the Instrumentation Division at the Uganda Industrial Research Institute. She received a BSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alberta, Canada in 2008 and a Professional Certificate in Embedded Systems Engineering from the University of California, Irvine in 2016. Her core expertise is the design of electronic applications and embedded systems for low resource settings.
Her team has designed award winning medical devices that include a Diagnostic tool for Pneumonia and an Automated Infusion set. In 2016 the division secured a 1st place Innovation Award from the Patient Safety Movement Foundation, California, USA and in 2017 the 2nd place Innovation Prize for Africa for the design of the Automated infusion set. In addition to medical device development, UIRI has partnered with University of Pisa, Italy and five other partners on the UBORA project to design a Euro-African Open Biomedical Engineering e-Platform for the co-creation of open source medical devices. The UBORA project is funded by a European Union Horizon 2020 grant.

She is a member of the African Biomedical Engineering Consortium (ABEC), IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) and the Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Society (CMBES).

Jamie MacAlister
Jamie MacAlisterDirector, School of Business & Applied Technology at International Health Sciences University in Kampala, Uganda
Jamie is currently Director, School of Business & Applied Technology at International Health Sciences University in Kampala, Uganda, where he is involved in setting up a new business faculty for the university. He is also a Professor of Practice at Hult International Business School, London, where he has been teaching courses in Global Strategy, Leadership, Coaching and Consultancy.
He specialises in Strategic Risk Taking and has recently published through Bloomsbury, London, a business book entitled: “Risky Strategy: Understanding Risk to Improve Strategic Decisions” based on Ashridge research on how leaders work with risk. He is currently working with Hult colleagues to extend this research to family businesses in different national cultures.

His move to Uganda, research and publishing activities have been recognised by Hult in a recent article:

He is also an experienced executive coach, facilitator, strategist, and commercial manager, having previously been Commercial Director at Ashridge Executive Education. As a management consultant for 20 years, he has frequently worked with business leaders and senior teams to facilitate strategic decision making.

He has founded and run three small businesses, all still operating, and has previous professional experience with PricewaterhouseCoopers and Procter & Gamble.

Jamie has an MA Engineering from Cambridge University and MBA (Honours) from Wharton Business School. He is also an Ashridge-accredited and experienced executive coach, and is also accredited for various psychometric tools: Hogan, MBTI, Korn Ferry Profilor and AIMS 360

Michael Niyitegeka
Michael NiyitegekaICDL Africa Country Manager for Uganda
Michael Niyitegeka is an ICDL Africa Country Manager for Uganda. Michael is the Consultant Program Director (Applied ICT) at International Health Sciences University. He is passionate and practices Leadership Development, and Business Technology Strategy. He holds an MBA from MsM/ESAMI Business School and is a Franklin Covey Certified Facilitator.
He possesses 17 years of working experience in both the private and public sectors. Michael worked with Makerere University for 12 years in varied capacities as a researcher, trainer and head of Corporate Relations. He also worked with coffee exporting firm managing supply side operations in western Uganda. He has extensive consulting experience with government, private, regional and international institutions.

Michael is an Adjunct Lecturer with the ESAMI Business School. He is Chair of the Board of Advisors AIESEC Uganda, & Board Member Uganda Youth Forum. Michael was a member of the ICT Technical Working Group of the Presidential Investor Round Table. He is a member of several technology innovation review panels both locally and internationally. He is a Rotarian and is passionate about mentoring the next generation of technology business leaders.

Dennis Aguma
Dennis AgumaFounder, NASE
Dennis is a seasoned Entrepreneurship Facilitator and Business Incubation Manager with hands-on experience of setting up and running from scratch, business incubation centers and enterprise programmes for Universities in the UK and Uganda.

Dennis is an alumnus of Makerere University Business School, Kampala and also has a BSc. Business Management (1st Class) from Kingston University, London, and an MBA from Surrey Business School (Distinction).

He worked briefly with the Auditor General’s Office in Uganda before moving to London where he accumulated over 9 years’ extensive experience in the Administration and Management of Pension Scheme Projects with major FTSE 100 companies in London including Capita, Mercer and Friends Life before joining Kingston University where he was the Business Incubation Manager of ‘Kingston Nest’ – the Enterprise Hub of Kingston University, London.

He is heavily embedded in London’s entrepreneurship ecosystem, particularly in higher education institutions. As well as entrepreneurship facilitation, Dennis is a passionate about Innovation & Business Strategy.

Leo Henghes
Leo Henghes Team Leader UniTED
On graduating from Oxford with a degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, Leo Henghes moved to Makerere University’s Nsibirwa Hall to start UniTED. Since then, he’s been featured as Young Person of the Month on Opportunity Desk and has become a YouthActionNet Global Fellow.

The central ideas of UniTED are to accelerate the development of social ventures, create peer-to-peer international partnerships, and develop vital skills of future global leaders.

Key successes of UniTED include: building a network of hundreds of social ventures and thousands of students around Uganda; organising 22 Ugandan students on exchanges to the University of Oxford; and incubating award-winning social start-ups.

You can apply for UniTED’s incubation of your ideas and social ventures at

Evelyn Namara
Evelyn NamaraFounder, !nnovate Uganda
Evelyn joined the Internet Society in 2017 as the Policy Outreach Fellow, She works with the global policy team on policy work related to access and human rights. She also partly works on supporting the Internet Society’s communications campaign as well as focusing on special initiatives.

Evelyn is founder of !nnovate Uganda, a technology start-up focusing at developing technology innovations for sustainable development with a bias on the agricultural sector. Their flagship product the M-Voucher system was a 2016 World Summit Award (WSA) Winner in the category of fighting poverty, hunger and disease. The M-Voucher system also won the Uganda Communications Commission’s ACIA award (2017) in the ICT for Development category. Recently, M-voucher was a winner in the agricultural category at the inaugural Women in Africa summit held in Marrakesh, Morocco.

Evelyn is an Anita Borg ABIE Change Agent Award winner – 2012; recognized for her role in empowering women and girls in technology. She also sits on the Change Agent ABIE Award selection committee as the current chair of the committee.

Evelyn is passionate about the power of the Internet to change lives, technology for development, innovation as well as women in technology.

John Birungi Babirukamu
John Birungi BabirukamuDigital Communications Manager, MTN Uganda.
John Birungi Babirukamu is a digital professional whose ultimate goal is to seamlessly integrate digital into the Ugandan traditional business models. Digital media has proved an integral part of how businesses communicate & his drive is to keep at the bleeding edge of this medium.

With 12 years’ experience in web & mobile development, ICT Business development, Systems Analysis & design, as well as 7 years’ experience in digital media, John’s knowledge and insight into this market grows deeper each day.

John has previously worked with Imaginet (R) Ltd, Datacare (U) Ltd, Kin Group/NBSTV & MetropolitanRepublic during which he has handled brands like NSSF, New Times Rwanda, RwandAir, UNBS, USAid, Trademark East Africa, SMS Media, MTN Uganda, Vivo Energy Uganda, Sheraton Hotel Kampala, Eskom (U) Ltd & Stanbic Bank Uganda.

John is passionate about Digital Strategy, Innovation & Analysis and enjoys Swimming & playing monopoly.

Ariho Kamara
Ariho KamaraGroup CEO, Nomad Advertising Limited
Ariho Kamara is the Group CEO of Nomad Advertising Limited a regional marketing and communications agency he co-founded in 2011. He is a brand consultant and a leader in Business, Church and in the community. He holds a B.Com Marketing Degree from MUK, an MBA and MA Digital Media from London Metropolitan University. He lives in Kampala and is married with two daughters.
Nathan Tumuhamye
Nathan TumuhamyeDirector, Eastern Africa Resilience Innovation Lab
Nathan Tumuhamye is a research fellow at Makerere University School of Public Health and Director Eastern Africa Resilience Innovation Lab, Makerere University School of Public Health. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Community Psychology (First Class Honours) and a Master’s Degree in Health Services Research of Makerere University.

He has passion in supporting developing countries to design, pilot and scale high impact innovations that address the most pressing challenges. Nathan has over 8 years’ experience in quality evaluation, research and innovation management that involve multi-country implementation. Nathan has experience in supporting startups to scale with the recent management of a portfolio of over 100 innovations at Eastern Africa Resilience Innovation Lab out of which 14 have successfully been initiated as startups. Nathan Worked at Reproductive Health Uganda for 3 years Managing 4 SRHR related projects. While at RHU, Nathan was at the centre of coordinating political, cultural, religious, social and donor support for integrated SRHR family planning interventions, strengthening institutional and technical capacities of health systems and increasing healthy lifestyle choices related to sexual and reproductive health for young people and vulnerable groups. He worked with UNFPA and RHU in partnership with government health workers to strengthen the approach of improving access to sexual and reproductive health services, especially to the marginalized and hard-to-reach.

Nathan’s research interests are in the area of Resilience Innovations, Human centered design, cost effective analysis resilience Innovations, Resilience and Innovation Methodologies. He is currently managing 40 innovation projects that are incubated at the Eastern Africa Resilience Innovation Lab (EARILab) based at Makerere University School of Public Health. The EARILab brings together 5 Universities from 4 countries (Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and DRC) and the RILab is part of the Resilient Africa Network, a network that brings together 20 African Universities from 16 African countries with an aim of strengthening resilience of African communities through University led Innovations. The Network is funded by USAID

Godfrey Agaba
Godfrey AgabaGroup MD, Cargoplus Ltd
After 14 years of senior management roles in the UK (both public & private sectors, ranging from Corporate Finance to product development), Godfrey decided to move on and in 2013 founded Cargoplus Ltd, a logistics company (international freight forwarding, warehousing, transportation & retail) operating both in the UK & Uganda. Through Cargoplus Uganda, Godfrey has created Gclan, a retails brand for genuine UK products (furniture & appliances as well as beauty products)

Godfrey sees huge growth potential in Uganda’s logistics industry and is investing in people and technology to make Cargoplus the best at what we do.

Arinaitwe Rugyendo
Arinaitwe RugyendoEditorial Director, Red Pepper Newspaper
Rugyendo is a Media Entrepreneur and one of the most respected young businessmen in Kampala. He’s one of the Founders and Directors of The Red Pepper, although has a number of other enterprises

B.A (Sociology & Political Science – MaK)
PGD (Journalism – University of Leicester, London)
Msc. Marketing ( Salford & Robert Kennedy College, Zurich – Geneva)

African School of Innovations, Science & Technology Ltd (ASIST) / e2 Young Engineers Uganda

Board Chairman:
Uganda Premier League- Uganda’s elite football league

Fellow: Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Programme (African Leadership Institute- Oxford & Stellenbosch).

Crans Montana Forum (Geneva)

Alternative Education, Journalism, Leadership, Globalization, Regional Integration, Young Entrepreneurship, Social Media Marketing, Pan Africanism & Charity.