Uganda Office Staff

Dr Mary Goretti Nakabugo
Country Coordinator – Uwezo Uganda

Goretti started work as Uwezo Uganda Country Coordinator and the country lead for Twaweza in Uganda in December 2012.She holds a PhD in Education (specialising in educational assessment) from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Her major work experience has been in the higher education sector, working as Senior Lecturer of Higher Education Studies at University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa since August 2011. Prior to that, she had worked as Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Media, Makerere University, Uganda; Education Research Fellow to the Irish-African Partnership for Research Capacity Building, based at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, Ireland; and as Visiting Professor to the Centre for the Study of International Cooperation in Education, Hiroshima University, Japan. Goretti is a strong believer in the interdependence of the different levels of education, and in the power of quality education making a difference in people’s lives. She is a member of the International Association of Universities Reference Group on higher education for Education for All. Her research interests are in the areas of assessment for learning, curriculum development, teacher education, and education and international development.

Faridah Nassereka
Program and Administrative Associate – Uwezo Uganda

Faridah has been working with Uwezo Uganda since April 2009, supporting the implementation of key processes by undertaking administrative, logistical, management and programme related support. Faridah ensures efficient delivery of Uwezo programming, liaising with educational institutions and Uwezo district partners on processes, preparing and coalescing reports, and assists in providing technical oversight to researchers and volunteers involved in project implementation. Previous experience includes working for the Ministry of Finance, planning and Economic development, the Uganda Bureau of Statistics and Centre for Basic Research on a number of research and evaluation studies. Faridah holds a Bachelors Degree in Social Work and Social Administration from Makerere University; a Post Graduate Diploma in Project Planning and Management and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Project Planning and Management from the Uganda Management Institute. Faridah is specifically interested in development research aimed at influencing policy and secondly in project planning and management.

Judith Tumusiime
Assistant Program Officer (Communications) – Uwezo Uganda

A member of the Uwezo Uganda team since June 2010, Judith is currently responsible for the effective communication of Uwezo assessment results between citizens and policy makers; raising the profile of Uwezo in Uganda amongst various stakeholders and communicating Uwezo developments to the wider community through media engagements. Previously, Judith worked with Barclays Bank Uganda (2007-2009) and Daily Monitor newspaper where she gained skills in data management, customer care, report writing and critical analysis. Judith is a graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Literature, Linguistics and Communication Skills (Hons) from Makerere University in Uganda. She has particular interest in communication for change to improve the lives of ordinary citizens.

Ismail Sentamu
Assistant Programs Officer (Research) – Uwezo Uganda

Ismail Sentamu first joined Uwezo Uganda in 2009 as a Research Associate for 2009 Annual Uwezo Uganda National Assessment before moving to the Uwezo Uganda Office in 2013 to assume the role of Assistant Programs Officer for Research (APOR). Ismail’s responsibilities include assisting in the planning and organization of the annual assessment, planning and managing partnerships – ensuring Uwezo standards are met and partners are trained in readiness to implement assessments. He develops and manages the databank, monitors the assessment process for quality assurance and conducts occasional research. Ismail assists in the implementation of all Uwezo programming from Test Development through Training, to the publication of reports. Prior to working at Uwezo, Ismail worked with Shoreline services as a Research Team leader and also worked with a number organisations on part time basis on particular research projects. Ismail holds a BA (Social Sciences) degree from Makerere University with a bias in Sociology.

David Mugurusi
Program Assistant – Uwezo Uganda

David joined Uwezo Uganda in June 2013 as a Program Assistant. David’s overall responsibility at Uwezo is to support the programs team to effectively achieve their goals and deliver on the outputs and overall work plan for Uwezo Uganda. Prior to working with Uwezo, David worked as a Program Assistant for Andre Food Consult, the United Nations World Food Programme’s main nutrition implementer. During this time, he was responsible for supporting the Program Manager and the implementing team to deliver on outputs and work plans for Moroto and Napak districts of Karamoja. Prior to his position as a Program Assistant with Andre Food Consult, David also worked as a Field Researcher in Teso sub-region of Uganda. David holds a BSc in Sports and Leisure Management from Kyambogo University (Upper Second Class Honours). He is currently enrolled on Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) programme in Project Planning and Management at the Uganda Management Institute in Kampala.

Martha ChemutaiMartha Chemutai
Assistant Communications Officer

Martha joined Uwezo Uganda in July 2013 as an Assistant Communications Officer.  Her responsibilities include coordinating all communication activities within Uwezo Uganda; engaging with media as well as Uwezo staff, volunteers and coordinators to increase Uwezo’s presence throughout Uganda; and overseeing the design, writing and publication of Uwezo reports. Martha previously worked at Mediage PR, a Public Relations consultancy based in Kampala, where she was responsible for designing strategic communication plans for key accounts, executing Public Relations plans and building media relations to enhance output through close contact with media. As a professional dedicated to ensuring sustainable development, her personal objective is to provide skilled and professional support to Uwezo Uganda. Martha is an alumnus of Uganda Christian University, Mukono, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication with a major in Public Relations. In her spare time, Martha loves to cut up clothes to create something totally new; go shopping for African chunky bangles and necklaces; and enjoys watching sports.