Dr. Justine J. Namaalwa – Project Coordinator

Department of Environmental management

School of Forestry, Environmental and Geographical Sciences

College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Makerere University

P.O Box 7062, Kampala

Tel:      +256 772 962877 (cell phone)

Email: namaalwa@caes.mak.ac.ug;

Alternative Email: namaalwa.justine@gmail.com

Dr. Justine Namaalwa holds  a PhD in Forest Economics (Norwegian University of Life Sciences); MSc. in Management of Natural Resources and Sustainable Agriculture (Agricultural University of Norway); and a BSc. Forestry (Makerere University). At Makerere University, she undertook assignments in Teaching and Supervision of graduate and undergraduate students, Research and Knowledge Transfer. She has supervised and mentored 20 Graduates and up to 48 Undergraduate Students. She have over the years participated in interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary research where she participated in proposal development, fieldwork activities, reporting and facilitating stakeholder platforms. She has published over 25 peer-reviewed articles and 4 book chapters. She has also been trained through the Higher Education Resources Services (HERS) Leadership Academy and, Financial Management for leaders.

Currently she is the Head, Department of Environmental Management, School of Forestry, Environmental and Geographical Sciences. She is currently coordinating a capacity building collaborative (Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia and TU-Dresden Germany) Wood Cluster Project funded by DAAD and BMF involving students at Masters and PhD level. In the past, she served as the Alternate Coordinator of two regionalized academic programmes that were hosted at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences with one field Semester 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 Academic roles, she has held different administrative roles in Makerere 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, she served in other different capacities including but not limited; (i) Chair Person Board of Advisors- Environnemental 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.

Jolly Okumu-Project Manager


Jolly Okumu is the Project Manager (Full Time) for The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University.

As the manager, she is responsible for the following tasks at the Program:

  • Report to the Program Coordinator and be responsible for the day to day operational management of the Program.
  • Coordinate the recruitment and admission of the MCF Scholars.
  • Supervise the M&E/MIS Coordinator, Internships and Entrepreneurship Coordinator, Psychosocial & Support Services officer, Finance & Admin officer, the Project Communications officer and the Admin Secretary.
  • Coordinate with the Foundation in building the Scholars Network and Scholars Identity.

Paneah Asiimwe Baguma – Finance Manager


Paneah Asiimwe Baguma is the Project Finance Manager (Part Time) at The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University. He is responsible for the following tasks;

  • To Support the Project Manager in the financial management of the program, in accordance with the University Finance Manual and The MasterCard Foundation’s financial regulations.
  • Efficient project implementation and financial monitoring;
  • To ensure timely accountability and financial reporting.
  • To produce quarterly financial reports to The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program.

Tito Okumu-Monitoring – Evaluation and Learning Coordinator


Tito O. Okumu, is the Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Coordinator (Full Time) at The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University. He is an Educational Technologist who has managed online learning at Makerere University for over 10 years. He has a wide range of experience over the years, having worked with various government of Uganda ministries, Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) and Makerere University. He has conducted organized, co-ordinated and monitored periodic briefs and resources for several organizations. He possesses excellent verbal and written skills for maintaining forward and backward linkages in organizations. He is a team player, self-driven with capacity to make positive use of resources available in the organization.

John Osuna – Internship and Entrepreneurship Coordinator


John Osuna is the Entrepreneurship and Internship Coordinator (Part Time) under The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University. He also serves as the Unit Administrator of the Gender Mainstreaming Directorate (GMD) at Makerere University. John has 8 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.

Contact Details:
Makerere University
Senate Building, Level 4, Room 404
PO Box 7062, Kampala.
Tel: +256 772507315
Email: josuna@acadreg.mak.ac.ug

Bernard Buteera Butare – Communcation and Web Officer


Bernard Buteera Butare is the Project Communication & Web officer (Full Time) at The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University. He is an educationist and communication specialist, having  started his career as a Secondary School teacher, where he taught English language and Literature in English in a number of secondary schools in Uganda. Thereafter he enrolled for journalism and communication course at Makerere University, which had been his childhood dream career. Upon graduation, he joined New Vision, Uganda’s leading daily as a freelance journalist, as well as wrote columns for other Newspapers. As a print media major, he specialized in writing and editing magazines for different organizations and institutions. He then enrolled for an MSc in Development Management at the prestigious London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). 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).

Diane Nabikolo – Support Services Officer


 Ms. Diane Nabikolo, previously a mentor on the Program joined the Psychosocial and Support team as the Support services Officer in charge of scholar’s welfare, academic and career counseling, and Alumni engagement.
She holds a Master’s in Agribusiness Management and a Bachelor of Agriculture both from Makerere University. Her passion lies in fostering academic excellence and growing youth by nurturing self-leadership through one on one coaching.

Harriet Tiko-Psychosocial and Support Services Officer


Harriet Tiko is the Psychosocial and Support Services officer (Full Time) at The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University.

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.

Sharon Nabukalu – Finance and Administration Officer


Sharon Nabukalu is the Finance and Adminstration 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 NGOs 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 (BCOM Acc) from Makerere University Business School and a certified Public Accountant (CPA) by the Institute of Certified Public Accountants (Uganda).

Harriet Nakiryowa-Administrative Secretary


Harriet Nakiryowa is the Project Administrative Secretary (Full Time) for The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • She offers office management to the Program.
  • Performs secretarial duties which include data entry, correspondence and responds to routine office  telephone inquiries.
  • Provide  administrative support in the selection, recruitment and capacity building.
  • Ensure proper documentation and archiving of program documents and any other assignment given by the Project Coordinator.