• Leadership

    Co-Founder & CEO

    Michael has lived full time in Uganda for more than 7 years. He began his career as a journalist and first fell in love with Uganda and motorcycle taxis during internships at Uganda's Daily Monitor newspaper and Independent magazine. Michael holds a BA from Stanford and an MPhil from Oxford. Michael is a Fulbright and Marshall Scholar, Echoing Green Global Fellow and proud alumnus of the Unreasonable Institute and Global Social Benefit Incubator (GSBI).

    Acting Chief Operations Officer

    John has more than 7 years Management experience in East Africa, where he has launched and developed multiple businesses to profitability and beyond. He has a number of experiences in rapidly scaling operations and a background in Vehicle rental and leasing operations in his native UK and across sub-saharan Africa.

    Operations Manager

    Paul is an alumnus of the prestigious Educate! youth leadership development organization (which also has Colorado ties) and he is studying industrial engineering at Kyambogo University here in Kampala. While still a high school student, he won a nation-wide business plan competition and has helped set up several small scale businesses–including selling fertilizer on credit–near his home village of Hoima.

    Head of Finance

    Matija is a Deloitte management consultant alumnus with a strong finance background, including as a CFA Charterholder, client training executive, and economic analyst. Matija holds a Bachelors of Business Administration with High Distinction from University of Toronto.

    Head of Business Intelligence

    Lucy joined Tugende in 2015 and founded the Data and Systems department. She has 10 years experience on big data analytics built undertaking roles as researcher, data consultant, operational analyst, theoretical scientist (published in a number of environmental science journals) and project manager in the defence, logistics, communications, tourism, environment and finance sectors. Lucy holds a 1st Class Masters of Physics, awarded with Honours, from the University of Southampton.

    Sylvia Kushemererwa

    Human Resource Manager

    Sylvia holds a Masters of Science in Human Resource Management and a Bachelors of science in Education. She is a family person and a proud mother of four. She enjoys working with people, cuisines, watching movies playing Golf and Chess. She is proficient in all HR functions including Administration, basic Finance and Procurement

  • Board of Directors

    Director & Advisor

    Andrew is a noted Ugandan journalist, TED fellow and founder/owner of The Independent magazine (Uganda). He was the first investor in Tugende, a current board member and has provided extensive mentorship, connections and help navigating Uganda’s bureaucracy.

    Co-Founder & Advisor

    Formerly a journalist and Aga Khan media fellow in Uganda, Matt is now a law student in Toronto. Though not back in Uganda as often as he would like, Matt still plays an active role in advising on Tugende’s strategy and promoting the brand in North America.

    Director & Advisor

    Aaron helps with the company’s fundraising efforts in the U.S. along with providing guidance in ongoing strategic and operational activities. He has a background as a successful social entrepreneur as a co-founder of Khunu along with experience leading some of the pioneering work at the Clinton Foundation to significantly reduce the price and expand the global access of HIV/AIDS medicines.

    David Issroff

    Director & Advisor

    David Issroff is principal of City Hall Capital, LLC, a New York based boutique investment firm with deep experience investing in multiple asset classes globally. Together with his wife Lisa, David founded the Issroff Family Foundation, whose mission is to provide support for youth in Southern & Eastern Africa, Israel, and New York City. David serves on the boards of various private portfolio investment companies and several non-profit organizations, including Echoing Green, the US Advisory Council of the African Leadership Academy, and Tugende.

  • The Team

    IT Project Manager

    Suzan Aguti

    Operations Support Officer

    Maurine Ainembabazi

    Receptionist

    Mandera Akatwijuka

    Collections Officer

    Suzan Aketch

    Collections Officer

    Mary Gorret Alinda

    Accounts Assistant

    Amos Alivule

    Collections Officer

    Patience Asiimwe

    Collections Officer

    Jackie Ateng

    Accounting Officer

    Agatha Atusasire

    Customer Experience Officer

    Vivian Babirye

    Office Administrator

    Denis Balidawa

    Collections Officer

    Vincent Barigye

    Cleaner

    Bashir Bigirwa

    Credit Officer

    Franz Biije

    Operations Coordinator

    Steven Matia Bukenya

    Credit Officer

    Patra Busingye

    Operations Support Officer

    Brian Dhabuliwo

    Collections Officer

    Ben Ebange

    Security Guard

    Special Projects Architect

    Nathan Emoyel

    Security Guard

    Alice Gombya

    IT Technician

    Special Projects Architect

    Kelly Gonzaga Kyagaba

    Executive Assistant

    Zeridah Kalijja

    Credit Coordinator

    Nancy Kalube Oola

    Collections Officer

    Herbert Kalule

    Salesforce Developer

    Evon Kanyerere

    Customer Experience Officer

    Amanda Patricia Kaboggoza

    Customer Experience Lead

    Financial Controller

    Alex Kasekende

    Cleaner

    Anthonny Katumwesigye

    Field Technician

    Charles Kavuma

    Credit Officer

    Juliet Kekitinwa

    Credit Officer

    Catherine Kemigisha

    Customer Experience Officer

    Helen Kemigisha

    Cleaner

    Elizabeth Kifuko

    Credit Officer

    Lenus Kiirya

    Senior Credit Officer

    Raymond Kiiza

    Senior Collections Coordinator

    Lawrance Kiswiriri

    Collections Officer

    Ibra Kitandwe

    Collections Officer

    Christine Kobusinge

    Senior Collections Officer

    Sylvia Kwizera Lubowa

    Human Resources Officer

    Sharon Makara

    Collections Officer

    Jimmy Matovu

    Collections Officer

    Jamiruh Matte

    Field Technician

    Florence Mbabazi

    Credit Officer

    Simon Peter Mbaziira

    Collections Officer

    Tutu Moses

    IT Lead

    Abdul Karim Mugerwa

    Credit Officer

    Gerald Mugume

    Field Technician

    Hillay Muhwezi

    Credit Officer

    Shamid Mukalu

    Credit Coordinator

    Gilbert Mumbere Asingya

    Accounting Officer

    Ronald Mutebi

    Collections Officer

    Aisha Nabulya

    Credit Officer

    Mariet Nafula

    Customer Experience Officer

    Immaculate Nakiyingi

    Collections Coordinator

    Rebecca Namudosi

    Credit Officer

    Ruth Namugabwe

    Collections Officer

    Solome Namuli

    Customer Experience Officer

    Juliet Nandugwa

    Finance Intern

    Denis Nangulu

    Credit Officer

    Phionah Nassaka

    Credit Officer

    Moses Ngoge

    Credit Officer

    Barnabas Nkwasibwe

    Collections Officer

    Robert Nsadha

    Security Officer

    Pius Nyakatura

    Senior Technician

    Jaspher Ocen

    Security Guard

    Isaac Paul Odeke

    Senior Credit Officer

    Bede Odoi

    Credit Officer

    Joseph Odoi

    Satellite Supervisor

    Alexander Odongo

    Collections Officer

    Emmanuel Oketa

    Data Quality Analyst

    Lazarus Okol

    Security Guard

    Steven Olupot

    Security Guard

    Isaac Oming

    Collections Officer

    Dennis Omondo

    Collections Coordinator

    Geofrey Onen

    Credit Coordinator

    Justin Onyait

    Security Guard

    Wilberforce Osuro

    Collections Officer

    Julius Ouke

    Security Guard

    Peter Owor

    Operations Coordinator

    Oyo Yowasi

    Credit Officer

    Albert Ssemakalu

    Credit Officer

    Stuart Sunday

    Collections Officer

    Thomas Tamukedde

    Recruitment Supervisor

    IT Consultant

    Nerbert Tumwebaze

    Credit Officer

    Junior Twesigye

    Acting Customer Experience Officer

    Evaristo Twesigyemukama

    Collections Coordinator

    Kenneth Twinamatsiko

    Credit Officer

    Michael Wabwire

    Credit Officer

    Ronald Walugembe

    Collections Officer

    Brian Wataka

    Collections Officer

    Mansur Wembabazi

    Senior Credit Coordinator

    Bosco Yambye

    Collections Coordinator

    Emmanuel Yetware

    Operations Coordinator

    Ismail Zikusoka

    Operations Coordinator

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