• 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).

    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

    Rodney Schuster

    Risk Manager

    Mr. Schuster was one of the co-founders (1997) and Executive Director of the Uganda Microfinance Limited (UML), one of the largest MFIs in East Africa before it was sold to Equity Bank of Kenya. At the time of the sale, Mr. Schuster joined Equity Bank’s headquarters in Nairobi where he served as the Director of Group Expansion, charged with developing and implementing the strategic plan for the bank‟s expansion to new countries. In 2010, he left the bank and started preparations to form a regulated microfinance institution in the DR Congo which launched in 2014. Since then, he has served as a technical advisor to several MFIs and small business lenders throughout Africa on assignments with various institutions such as USAID, PACT International, UNDP, and the International Network of Alternative Financial Institutions (INAFI). Mr. Schuster holds a Masters degree in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University and a Bachelors of Arts in Geography from the University of California at Berkeley both in the USA.

  • 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

    Mary Florence Acheng

    Credit Officer

    Suzan Aguti

    Operations Support Officer

    Maurine Ainembabazi

    Receptionist

    Mandera Akatwijuka

    Collections Officer

    Suzan Aketch

    Applications and Training Officer

    Amos Alivule

    Collections Officer

    Mary Gorret Alinda

    Accounts Assistant

    Patience Asiimwe

    Senior Collections Officer

    Jackie Ateng

    Accounting Officer

    Agatha Atusasire

    Applications and Training Officer

    Vivian Babirye

    Office Administrator

    Denis Balidawa

    Senior Collections Officer

    Vincent Barigye

    Office Assistant

    Bashir Bigirwa

    Credit Officer

    Franz Biije

    Branch Operations Coordinator

    Patra Busingye

    Senior 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

    Senior Administrative Officer

    Zeridah Kalijja

    Equipment Coordinator

    Nancy Kalube Oola

    Collections Officer

    Herbert Kalule

    Salesforce Developer

    Peter Kamodani

    Field Intelligence Officer

    Evon Kanyerere

    Applications and Training Officer

    Financial Controller

    Achilles Kasangaki

    Field Officer

    Alex Kasekende

    Office Assistant

    Anthonny Katumwesigye

    Field Technician

    Charles Kavuma

    Credit Officer

    Juliet Kekitinwa

    Credit Officer

    Catherine Kemigisha

    Customer Experience Officer

    Helen Kemigisha

    Office Assistant

     

    Elizabeth Kifuko

    Senior Credit Officer

    Lenus Kiirya

    Acting Satellite Supervisor

    Raymond Kiiza

    Senior Collections Coordinator

    Lawrance Kiswiriri

    Collections Officer

    Ibra Kitandwe

    Collections Officer

    Christine Kobusinge

    Acting Collections Coordinator

    Sharon Makara

    Applications And Training Officer

    Jimmy Matovu

    Collections Officer

    Jamiruh Matte

    Junior Data Quality Analyst

     

    Florence Mbabazi

    Applications and Training Officer

    Simon Peter Mbaziira

    Acting Collections coordinator

    Tutu Moses

    IT Lead

    Aggrey Mugabi

    Field Officer

    Abdul Karim Mugerwa

    Team leader Credit

    Gerald Mugume

    Field Technician

    Hillay Muhwezi

    Credit Officer

    Adams Mukaire

    Field Officer

    Shamid Mukalu

    Team Leader Credit

    Gilbert Mumbere Asingya

    Accounting Officer

    Gilbert Murungi

    Field Intelligence Officer

    Ronald Mutebi

    Collections Officer

    Aisha Nabulya

    Credit Officer

    Mariet Nafula

    Senior Customer Experience Officer

    Immaculate Nakiyingi

    Satellite Supervisor

     

    Rebecca Namudosi

    Senior Credit Officer

    Ruth Namugabwe

    Collections Officer

    Solome Namuli

    Senior Customer Experience Officer

     

    Gratian Nareebah

    Senior Business Development Coordinator

    Juliet Nandugwa

    Accounting Officer

    Denis Nangulu

    Credit Officer

    Phionah Nassaka

    Credit Officer

    Moses Ngoge

    Credit Officer

    Barnabas Nkwasibwe

    Senior Collections Officer

     

    Robert Nsadha

    Security Officer

    Pius Nyakatura

    Team Leader Field Technicians

    Jaspher Ocen

    Security Guard

    Isaac Paul Odeke

    Team Leader - Credit

     

    Bede Odoi

    Credit Officer

    Joseph Odoi

    Satellite Supervisor

    Alexander Odongo

    Collections Officer

    Calvin Oker

    Field Intelligence Officer

    Emmanuel Oketa

    Senior Data Quality Analyst

    Lazarus Okol

    Security Guard

    Steven Olupot

    Security Guard

    Isaac Oming

    Collections Officer

    Dennis Omondo

    Collections Coordinator

    Geofrey Onen

    Team Leader Credit

    Justin Onyait

    Security Guard

    Wilberforce Osuro

    Senior Collections Officer

    Julius Ouke

    Security Guard

    Peter Owor

    Branch Operations Coordinator

    Oyo Yowasi

    Credit Officer

    King Solomon

    Field Intelligence Officer

    Rafiq Suleman

    Financial Analyst

    Albert Ssemakalu

    Applications and Training Officer

    Stuart Sunday

    Collections Officer

    Thomas Tamukedde

    Recruitment Supervisor

    Junior Twesigye

    Customer Experience Officer

    Evaristo Twesigyemukama

    Collections Coordinator

    Kenneth Twinamatsiko

    Acting Credit Coordinator

    Michael Wabwire

    Credit Officer

    Ronald Walugembe

    Collections Officer

    Brian Wataka

    Collections Officer

    Mansur Wembabazi

    Senior Credit Coordinator

    Bosco Yambye

    Applications and Training Coordinator

    Emmanuel Yetware

    Branch Operations Coordinator

    Ismail Zikusoka

    Branch Operations Coordinator

    Wesonga Nicholas

    Collections Officer

    Mbusa Richard

    Credit Officer

    Wakhasa Jane

    Customer Experience Officer

    Turinawe Martin

    Collections officer

    Ochelem James

    Credit Officer

    Kabuye Ronald

    Credit Officer

    Ddumba Julius

    Credit Officer

    Isaac Taremwa

    Field Officer

    Namirimu Justine

    Field Officer

    Bugingo David Martin

    Field Officer

    Nakitto Grace Peninah

    Field Officer

    Nyesiga Penelope

    Field Officer

    Oyaro Moses

    Field Officer

    Oumo Misak

    Field Officer

    Babirye Gorretti

    Field Officer

    Muhindo Brandy

    Field Officer

    Muhindo Brandy

    Field Officer

    Adusa John Paul

    Field Officer

    Arinitwe Banabas

    Field Officer

    Halera Richard

    Field Officer

    Kadowe Nicholus

    Field Officer

    David Muyomba

    Field Officer

    Weere Julius

    Field Officer

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