Dr. Justine Namaalwa
Project Coordinator
Tel: +256-414-540184,
Email: info@mcfsp.mak.ac.ug

Justine Namaalwa a PhD holder in Forest Economics from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, currently serving as the Head, Department of Environmental Management, Makerere University. She is charged with planning, overseeing the implementation of the day-to-day academic and non-academic operations of the Department, and linking with the other University structures. Justine has in the past served as the Alternate Coordinator of Two Regionalized Academic programmes that were hosted at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences with one mandatory field Semester (6 weeks) at Makerere University: (i) 2001 to 2010: Norwegian regionalized MSc. Management of Natural Resources and Sustainable Agriculture funded by NORAD, and (ii) 2006 to 2010: Bachelor of Development Studies program. These Programmes involved planning and coordinating the teaching and residential field activities for the International students.  Besides the Academic roles at the University, Justine is assigned with different administrative roles in the University including; Member of the Makerere University Press Editorial Board; Member the Finance Committee for School of Forestry; and, Member of the Makerere University Strategic Planning Committee.  Beyond the University, Justine serves in different capacities including but not limited; (i) Chairperson Board of Advisors- Environmental Management for Livelihood Improvement Bwaise Facility; (ii) Member of Parents Committee for Namilyango College; (iii) Academic representative to the National Technical working group on Natural Capital Accounting; and (iv) Member of the National REDD+ Technical Team.

Ms. Jolly Okumu
Project Manager
Tel: +256 702885318
Email: okumujolly@gmail.com

Jolly Okumu is the Program Manager of Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University. She manages the day to day operations of the Program and has successfully coordinated recruitment of 981 (98%) Scholars.   She has over 10 years of experience in management of Scholarship programs for the youth at Higher Institution of Learning. Prior to her service on the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program in 2013, Jolly worked with the Gender Mainstreaming Directorate at Makerere University where she managed the Female Scholarship Foundation including coordination of selection and recruitment of students for scholarship. She successfully coordinated the Matching Grant Program (funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York) that was able to mobilize funding of USD 1,000,000 for supporting 300 female students from poor background to access University Education. She also coordinated the Ms.JD Global Education Fund Initiative that supported female students in legal education as well as the Makerere University Tuition Waiver initiative for female students. Prior to Joining Makerere University in 2011, Jolly worked with Nsamizi Institute of Social Development as an Assistant Registrar, where she coordinated an affiliated undergraduate Degree Programme (2008-2009). In 2010, she worked with the Uganda Amnesty Commission as a Senior Resettlement Officer, responsible for providing psychosocial, welfare, community reintegration and resettlement support to returnees of war. Jolly holds a Jolly holds a degree of Master of Arts in Gender Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences from Makerere University.

Ms. Harriet Tiko
Project Psychosocial and Support Services Officer
Tel:+256 774529220
Email: hbtiko@gmail.com

Key Roles:

  • Provide psychosocial, mentorship and welfare support services to MCF Scholars.
  • Develop and implement comprehensive suite of academic, emotional support services and capacity building.

Harriet holds Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Martin Luther Christian University, India, a Post graduate Diploma in Project Planning and Management from Uganda Management Institute, a Bachelor of Guidance and Counseling from Kyambogo University, Higher Diploma in Child Counseling from Mild may Uganda and Diploma in Law from the Law Development Centre Kampala, and a number of other trainings in areas of training, child protection and addiction management. Harriet has wide experience in working with young people; as addiction therapist in drug rehabilitation Centre, assessed problematic areas to plan interventions, provided preventive awareness education in schools and therapy for those already using drugs, lectured in Kyambogo University where she provided career counseling and support to her students besides other lecturing roles. As the University Counselor with Uganda Martyrs University, she developed and implemented comprehensive counseling and academic support programs for the university community.

Mr. John Osuna
Project Entrepreneurship and Internship Officer
Tel:+256 772507315

John Osuna is the Transition Officer in charge of Leadership & Entrepreneurship (Part Time) at Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University. He also serves as the Senior Administrator of the Gender Mainstreaming Directorate (GMD) at Makerere University. John has 10 years’ experience in Scholarship Management and general administration and operations. He also has interests in strategic planning, resource mobilization, research and enterprise or organizational development. He holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management from Uganda Management Institute, a Master of Arts in Public Administration and Management and a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts both from Makerere University. He has attended several trainings in Advancement and Resource Mobilization sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and Inyathelo – the South African Institute for Advancement at the Rhodes Business School, Rhodes University, South Africa. John has deep knowledge on scholarship activities particularly on student recruitment and operations.

Mr. Bernard Buteera Butare
Project Communication and Web Officer
Tel:+256 772325028/ 700967475

Bernard Buteera is the Communication & Web Officer at Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University. He is an educationist and communication specialist. He holds an MSc in Development Management from London School of Economics & Political Science, a Bachelor’s degree in journalism and communication from Makerere and a Diploma in English Language & Literature in English from Kyambogo University. He has over 10 years’ experience in Communication and public relations practice. Upon graduation, he joined New Vision; Uganda’s leading daily as a freelance journalist, and wrote columns for other Newspapers. As a print media major, he specialized in writing and editing magazines. Upon completion of his Master’s degree, he joined Lifestyle Care support, a Non- Governmental Organization based in Northampton- UK as the Communications and Child support officer. A long the way he also engaged in research and consultancies with some organizations such as Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO). He has also volunteered with Peace Corps in Norway and in other organizations in and around the country.

Ms. Harriet Nakiryowa
Project Secretary
Tel:+256 787283643
Email: hnakiryowa@acadreg.mak.ac.ug

Harriet Nakiryowa is the Administrative Secretary for the Scholars Program at Makerere University. She provides office management to the Program. Performs secretarial duties, which include data entry, correspondence, and responds to routine Office telephone inquiries. She also provides administrative support in the selection, recruitment and capacity building. Ensure proper documentation and archiving of program documents and any other assignment given by the Program Coordinator. Harriet is interested in making use of her skills and abilities to achieve the goals of the institution and beyond. She is hardworking, quick at grasping new ideas, honest, time conscious, committed to work and always willing to learn from challenging situations. She greatly cherishes personal integrity, self-discipline and teamwork. Harriet performs secretarial duties; data entry and routine administrative functions for Project. She can work without direct supervision. She has the ability to handle a number of administrative functions independently. Harriet has good typing and Shorthand speeds of 50/120 words per minute respectively, oral and written communication skills and word processing. She has good customer service skills to communicate with clients, Scholars and co-workers. Harriet Nakiryowa holds a Bachelor’s degree in Secretarial Studies, from Makerere University. She holds Secretarial Certificates from Uganda National Examinations Board.

Mr. Besigiroha Kyokwijuka Gad

Besigiriho Kyokwijuka Gad is the Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Management Information Systems Coordinator of Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University. He is charged with the design, coordination and implementation of the Learning/Monitoring and Evaluation of activities across all program areas. This include; process and tools development, data collection and analysis, reporting and learning/reflection processes. Gad has over 12 years’ experience in multi-disciplinary fields in the public and private sector at middle and senior management positions with extensive knowledge and application in project planning, monitoring, evaluation, management and ICT. He holds a Bachelor’s degree of science in Quantitative Economics, a Master of Science in Population and Reproductive Health, a Postgraduate diploma in Computer Science all from Makerere University. He also holds a Postgraduate diploma in Project Planning and Management and a Master of Business Administration both from Uganda Management Institute. He has attended several short-term certificate courses in Planning, Research, Public Health, Financial Management, Information Communications Technology, Monitoring, Evaluation and Management at national and international level. Prior to his appointment as MEL/MIS Coordinator, Gad was the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist for IDB I&II, OPEC, KUWAIT, SAUDI and BADEA projects in Ministry of Education and Sports (2011-2018), Head of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation of Uganda Co-operative Savings and Credit Union Ltd (2008-2010), Regional Monitoring, Evaluation and Data Officer of Hospice Africa Uganda (2006-2008) and Technical Officer (Data Verification and Integration) of National Social Security Fund (2002-2006). A long the way he also engaged in research and consultancies (capacity building) with several organizations such as Uganda Bureau of Statistics, Plan International and Uganda Microfinance Support Center.

Grace Namata Sennoga is the Support Services and Welfare Officer (Full Time) at the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University. She holds a Bachelors of Mass Communication Degree from Makerere University and an MBA International Business from Amity University. Grace started her career journey with Vantage Communications, a Public Relations firm where she participated in design and implementation of Communication and PR strategies for clients which among others included MTN, PSFU and KCC among others. She has served as Trade Promotion Officer in charge of Public Relations at Uganda Export Promotion Board where among other responsibilities was in charge of internal and external communications and supporting export trade facilitation. Grace has also worked with Uganda Bureau of Statistics and National Curriculum Development Centre handling communication and public relations functions. Prior to this assignment Grace worked with BRAC as the Communication Manager for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program, that supported 5000 students to attain quality secondary education. In addition to the communication support functions, Grace supported Scholar enrichment activities like mentorship, give back and institutional networking. Grace brings on board a wealth of experience in program operations, communications and development work specifically in youth empowerment. She is highly motivated by success and progress of young people. Grace is passionate about empowering the marginalized, equity and inclusiveness.

Email: nabukalusharon@gmail.com

Postal Address:

Makerere University, Lincoln House, Block C, Flat C1,

P.O.Box 7062 Kampala

Sharon Nabukalu is the Finance and Administration Officer (Full Time) at Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University. She is responsible for all the financial and administrative operations of the Scholars Program. Sharon has previously Worked with Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) one of the biggest USAID funded projects in Uganda and brings her wealth of experiences working with great teams to Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University. Sharon holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting, from Makerere University Business School and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) by the Institute of Certified Public Accountants (Uganda).

Eva Nansamba Mubiru

Eva Nabasumba Mubiru is the Transition Officer in charge of Academics & Career Guidance (Full time) at the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University. Eva holds a Master of philosophy (M. Phil) in Public Administration from the University of Bergen-Norway, A Bachelor’s Degree in Arts Social Sciences from Makerere University and a First Class Diploma in Human Rights from the Law Development Centre-Kampala, Uganda. Eva has experience in programmes/projects management in different thematic areas including human rights, child protection, capacity development, education and livelihood support and general administration of psychosocial support services in both non-governmental organizations and academia. Under the Fredskorpset Exchange programme supported by the Norwegian government in 2010, Eva successfully established a Child Protection & Response Centre at the ANPPCAN Regional Office in Nairobi-Kenya in addition to spearheading the formation of the Nairobi Child Protection Team at the time Kenya was mapping her Child Protection System. In Uganda, Eva is a pioneer actor in the establishment and transition of the Uganda Child Helpline (Toll free 116) from civil society management to government under the Ministry of Gender, Labour & Social Development steered by the Uganda National Child Protection Working Group. Eva’s current interests lie in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through Agenda 2030, where no one should be left behind; most especially the young people!