Chief Executive Officer
Morrison Rwakakamba is a former Special Presidential Assistant – Research and Information. He has 12 years of experience in private sector development, project development and execution, public policy analysis, and government. Morrison is the founding Chief Executive Officer at Agency for Transformation (AfT), a think and do tank on agriculture and environmental policy. Morrison is also a Special Adviser to the President of the Republic of Uganda, charged with research and information in the Presidency. As HIID Merit Scholar & Mason Fellow in Public Policy Management, Morrison graduated with Masters degree in Public Administration from Harvard University – Harvard Kennedy school of Government.Morrison received his first degree in Education from Makerere University, Kampala in 2003. He later attended the School of political science at Makerere University where he obtained a Master’s Degree in International Relations and Diplomatic Studies (IRDS) in 2006. In 2004, Morrison joined Uganda National Farmers Federation (UNFFE) as a Research Associate and rose through ranks to become a Resident Consultant and Manager for Policy Research and Advocacy in 2007. At UNFFE, Morrison directed research and mobilized farmers’ fraternity to amplify voice and shape favorable agriculture policy. He also chaired a number of International expert committees moderated by the International Federation of Agricultural Producers in Paris, France.
Morrison later took up the position of Chief Executive Officer at Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (UNCCI), where he led initiatives to reform Uganda’s budget architecture in favor of private sector and citizens. At UNCC Morrison helped government to reform critical aspects of doing business environment by helping to create one stop center for business registration services and engagement between businesses and commercial court to accentuate resolution of business disputes through mediation, arbitration and contracts compliance. Morrison was also the first Uganda Country Manager for Twaweza, a citizen-centered initiative, focusing on large-scale change in East Africa. His study on effectiveness of Uganda’s environmental policies was peer reviewed and published by International Journal- The Mountain Research and Development (MRD) Journal in May 2009.
Lydia Muchodo is the Deputy CEO at Agency for Transformation (AfT). She is a development specialist and has worked in the development field throughout her career. At AFT, Lydia deputizes the CEO in administration of AfT affairs and leads team of diverse professionals to develop and execute programs and partnerships of interest to AFT and propels them in a manner that brings results. Lydia’s early career practice was at Kabarole Research and Resource Centre (KRC) and focused mainly on rural development and in particular, agro enterprises and the related aspects of agricultural policy and programs. In 2005, Lydia become KRC’s Deputy Director and took overall responsibility for program development and management. Ever since, Lydia has been at the helm of many innovative programs and playing lead roles in developing program approach, planning and budgeting in the subsequent organizations she has worked for. Lydia has extensive experience working in gender perspectives in agriculture, health and education including conducting expert training. Lydia received her first degree in Social Sciences with a major in Gender and Development from Makerere University, Kampala in 2003. In 2010, she obtained an Msc. in International Development from the University of Birmingham, UK.
Mugabe R Sharp
IT & Communication Officer
Mugabe R Sharp is a Software Engineer and graphics designer by profession. At AFT, He works as an IT Systems Administrator. Sharp has also worked with Love Uganda Safaris and Afrosoft IT Solutions as an IT Manager and Software developer respectively. He received his first degree in Software Engineering from Makerere University, Kampala in 2014 . During his free time you will find Sharp either designing a software or watching a movie.
Bihunirwa Medius is a Research Fellow at Agency for Transportation (AFT). Medius takes lead in farmer institutional arrangements and markets research areas at AFT with the objective of stimulating small producer agency for individual and household transformation. Currently, Medius is based at Kabarole Research and Resource Centre (KRC) where she heads Farmer Enterprise Development Unit (FEDU). Medius holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental management with a 7 years experience of working with rural small holder farmers and their organisations. Medius’ Areas of expertise are small holder farmers’ institutional development, pro poor value chains, gender in value chains, market linkages and entrepreneurship for the poorest of the poor. At KRC she has facilitated the working relationship between Marketing Associations and Micro finance Associations that has greatly improved the incomes of the supported small holder farmers. She is the brain behind KRC’s adoption of the value chain development approach that has stimulated market oriented production and increased seasonal incomes of the supported small holders by over 20%. Medius developed the very poor individual’s project at KRC with a focus on entrepreneurship for the poorest of the poor households and further developed its training manual. This projected has supported 350 poorest of poor households in Rwenzori with a grant of 100 USDs per individual that has produced overwhelming results on livelihood. The results of this project provide lessons on Expanding Social Protection programme for Uganda. Medius is one of the fifteen Global Learning Network members on the Knowledge programme on Small producer Agency in Globalised markets.
Aggrey Atuhaire is a full time Research Associate and Administrator at Agency for Transformation(AFT). He has undertaken research in areas of crop agronomy and integrated pest management systems with a muse to shift from agrochemical use to biological and cultural means of managing agricultural pests; whilst saving farmers from the deeply entrenched sale of fake and adulterated agrochemicals, and in the bigger picture saving the environment from chemical residual pollution. He has knowledge and skills in project and research paper writing. He regularly writes articles about imperative issues that matter to different world sects, through print media and blog sites. Aggrey holds a bachelor of science in agriculture (horticulture) from Makerere University Kampala, a certificate in project planning and management, and another certificate in research management. Aggrey is an independent thinker, open minded and strongly upholds professionalism, integrity and honesty.
L. R. HOCKE
L.R.HOCKE is a Research Fellow at Agency for Transformation. She graduated with a Master of Science degree on Environmental Governance for Sustainable Development from Utrecht University of Netherlands. She comes with a wealth of knowledge on policies and policy development embracing the environmental, social, and economic aspects of development.