AFT Board Profiles

amosAmos Zikusooka

Chairman of the Board

Mr. Amos Zikusooka is the Chairman of the Board of Agency for Transformation. Amos holds a Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) degree in media and communication from the university of Oslo in Norway and the first ever, first class bachelors degree in Mass communication from Makerere University, Kampala. Amos is a strategic communication specialist with state-of-the-art expertise in designing and implementing strategic communication interventions for agriculture, health, education, and other development programs in Sub-Saharan Africa. Over the last 15 years, he has developed and implemented more than 50 communication strategies, provided technical support to the Johns Hopkins country offices in Uganda, Zambia and Ethiopia and provided short term consultancy services to the African Union, Save the Children Sweden, the European Union, Bank of Uganda, UNICEF, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and Sports and the USAID Aids Capacity Enhancement Project.

Clare AkamanziClare Akamanzi

Member of the Board

Clare Akamanzi is a Member of AfT Board. She is currently a Mason Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School, pursuing  MPA. Prior to this, she was the Chief Operating Officer of the Rwanda Development Board, which is in charge of coordinating the country’s economic development through investment promotion,  export development, privatization  and PPP negotiations, among others. During her tenure,  RDB registered investments grew 4 times, while exports grew 2.5 times.  She was the technical coordinator of Rwanda’s business climate which saw the country move from 158th  to 32nd easiest place to do business globally.  She was also appointed by Rwanda’s Cabinet to coordinate the National Customer Care Strategy and “ Noza Serivisi”  campaign to improve service delivery, in line with  the transition to a service based economy.  Clare led Rwanda’s negotiating technical team that negotiated  a Bilateral Investment Treaty with the United States, which was signed by President Kagame and President Bush. Her 11-year public service  includes commercial diplomacy and trade negotiations in Geneva and London.  She’s a Young Global Leader with the World Economic Forum and was listed by Forbes as one of top 20  women driving Africa’s economic development.

Lina Iyok

Member of the Board

Lina is a Master in Public Administration (MPA) degree holder, an Edward S. Mason Fellow from theHarvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government. She is interested in and has over 13 years of experience in Economic Development focusing on private sector development through promoting SME growth, access to credit, economic competitiveness and improving investment climate in developing countries. Her MPA degree and private sector background is a valuable resource in the development field. Prior to studying at Harvard, Lina worked for the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank),the premier trade and export development finance institution in Africa. At Afreximbank, Lina managed a diverse portfolio of clients across Africa focusing on Structured Trade Finance, Syndications, Export development finance, while ensuring that these firms were not only competitive, but also operated in competitive economies. Before joining Afreximbank, Lina held several positions with the Wholesale Banking department at Standard Chartered Bank, Cameroon.Lina holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Economics from University of Leicester, UK and a Masters in International Business from University of London (Birkbeck College).

danDan Kajungu

Member of the Board

Mr. Dan Kajungu is the Member of the Board of Agency for Transformation. Dan is a Biostatistician and Public Health evaluation & research expert, with 10 years of work experience in public health and health systems research. He graduated from Makerere University with a bachelor’s degree in statistics and later obtained Masters’ degrees in Biostatistics (Epidemiology) and Applied Statistics (Data mining) from the University of Hasselt, Belgium. He is currently working on his PhD in Public Health at Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium. He has expertise in various evaluation research methodologies like randomised clinical trials and cluster surveys, amongst other quantitative methodologies. He has been part of a Data Safety and Monitoring Board for Malaria clinical trials in Uganda. Dan has coordinated and managed research project in Uganda and other SSA countries and accumulated skills in research coordination, study designs and implementation, data quality assurance. He has led groups involved in statistical analysis of large relational databases, training and supervising data collection and management, baseline surveys, evaluation research, and M&E systems. He has practical experience in synthesis and dissemination of information in various forums for policy development. He has lectured statistics at universities in Uganda and Tanzania. Dan has acquired international experience in Africa and Europe. He is currently the President of the International Biometric Society – Group Uganda. Dan enjoys playing golf and spending time with his two kids and wife.

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Onesmus Mugyenyi

Member of the Board

Onesmus Mugyenyi is the Board Member of Agency for Transformation. Mugyenyi works as the Deputy Executive Director and Manager for the Trade Policy Governance Programme/ full-time Public Policy Analyst at the Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE). He has undertaken policy research and published in the areas of Environment and Trade. Onesmus has taught both Commercial and International Business Law at Makerere Business School and is an Advocate of the high Court of Uganda. He holds a Master of Law Degree from Makerere University (LLM) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from Law Development Centre.

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Mainza Mugoya

Member of the Board

Mr. Mainza Mugoya is the Member of the Board of Agency for Transformation. He is an agricultural economist by training. He has worked in the private sector with a consulting firm, and in academia as a research assistant. He is currently employed in the NGO sector with the Eastern Africa Farmers’ Federation (EAFF). EAFF is an umbrella farmer organization whose members are national farmer organizations from nine countries in Eastern Africa. Mainza manages the policy desk at the federation, based at the Secretariat in Nairobi, Kenya. His task is to guide all policy and advocacy activities, under a coherent Master plan. The work entails engaging with regional governmental organizations such as the East Africa Community, as well as other regional organizations that have an agriculture-related mandate. His work also entails developing a structured and functioning relationship with national farmer organizations, and strengthening their capacities in the area of policy and advocacy. A family man and committed Christian, Mainza enjoys spending time with his wife and two children.

Robert Mukiza

Member of the Board

Robert is the Ethiopia Country Director for the Global Green Growth Institute where he leads support to Implementation of the Country’s Climate Resilient Green Economy Strategy- the boldest climate initiative/action on the African Continent and probably in the world. Robert also has vast experience in international development and the private sector- specifically in the energy sector. He serves as a Director of Hong Kong-based Acadia Energy that has been involved in closing major electricity and natural gas deals in Africa and Asia. He also was the Head of the United Nations Coordination Unit in Botswana and a Lead Economist for the United Nations in The Maldives Islands. He has also worked for the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development in Geneva.He holds a Master of Sciences Degree in International Finance and Economic Development as well as a Bachelor of Sciences Degree in Quantitative Economics.

KinyuaHenry Kinyua

Member of the Board

Henry Kinyua is the Member of the Board of Agency for Transformation. He is an economic development professional, specializing in value chains analysis & management, organizational development, market linkage development and project management.

He has over ten years of experience in leading private sector and economic development projects and designing input and output market linkage strategies for smallholder producers, traders and private sector businesses. Henry has a vast experience in stakeholder management in coffee and horticulture value chains.

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Member of the Board

Tirome Mpaza is a member of the Board for AFT. He holds a one year candidacy diploma in International Relations from the Norwegian University College of Vestfold. Tirome has a diploma of Financial Trading in GCMS – Global Market Trading Solutions (CEMS Credit Worthy) at the NBMS-BI. He has also completed a Bachelors of Business Administration at the Norwegian Business School of Management and is currently doing a Masters in Industrial Economics.He is a man very actively engaged in issues related to political, social economic and environmental concern particularly on a Euro-African basis.

Tirome Mpaza is a resident in Norway where he is also a family man with  his wife and two children. As a Ugandan, he has a network of various Ugandans living in the city of Oslo and other European cities, as well as being active in various organisations and projects in the city of Oslo.
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Andy Kristian

Member of the Board

Andy is the Founder of Hiinga, spending time between Africa and Charlotte, North Carolina. He graduated from Harvard University with an MPA (Business and Government). At Harvard, he was a Gleitsman Innovation Fellow at the Center For Public Leadership, a Venture Resident of the Harvard Innovation Lab at Harvard Business School, and an Edward Mason Fellow in Public Policy & Management. Andy also graduated from Lancaster Bible College in Pennsylvania, and Makerere University in Uganda. He is an advisor at the MIT Martin Trust Center for Entrepreneurship, and he advises the Government of Rwanda on Trade and Investment. His comments have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The Harvard Gazette, Boston Innovation and The Huffington Post. He’s a frequent speaker on social innovation and economic development at universities including MIT, Stanford, Harvard, Johns Hopkins and Messiah College. He has also spoken at several churches including Menlo Church in San Francisco.
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