Ms. Ntamu Diana (MBA in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management and a B.A in Education-Makerere University). Diana is the Director of the Entrepreneurship Centre at Makerere University Business School, Kampala Uganda and a faculty at the Entrepreneurship Department in the Business School. The Centre fosters entrepreneurship in the country through its various activities including training, provision of business information and research. As the Director of the Entrepreneurship Centre, she is responsible for formulation of the strategic plan and its implementation. She has led teams on research in the Centre and she is the Secretary of the GEM research team in Uganda which is the flagship of the Centre research. She has in the past done research on family business, roadside markets and currently doing research on women entrepreneurship, transgenerational transfer of family business, entrepreneurship and climate change. She has presented various papers out of this work at both local and international conferences.

Dr. Kidega Tonny (Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine degree-Makerere University). Tonny currently the Managing Director at Gulu Uganda Country Dairy, a limited liability company currently improving the dairy landscape in Northern Uganda, brings in a lot of experience to MCF having worked previously with a host of credible organizations including Partners Worldwide Inc., Heifer International and Budongo Conservation Field Station. 

Mrs. Christine Delport. Delport is a founder member and Chief Executive Officer of Greater Rustenburg Community Foundation (GRCF), in North West Province, South Africa. She has been involved with the GRCF since its inception, now 11 years ago and at the time, the first Community Foundation in South Africa. Personally, she has set up a permanent fund for Tolerance and Peace Building within the GRCF and under her leadership successfully mobilized especially individual giving amongst individuals in the greater Rustenburg community.

Delport’s expertise include extensive experience and training in the business environment. With Social Work as background, she has been working in the field of Social Development for the past 25 years in South Africa, including the North West, Kwa Zulu Natal and former Matabiele Land, Alexandria, Gauteng, Botswana and Nambia. Christine participated actively in the first Demoractic Elections of South Africa during 1994, where she was involved in Operation Access, an initiative to ensure free and fair campaigning opportunities for all participating political parties prior to the elections –an initiative that has been acknowledged as one of the most successful initiatives within the IEC, by both the South African community as well as the International community.

Christine was one of the founder members of an International network called Community Foundations for Peace and served on the executive committee of that organization, together with colleagues from Northern Ireland, Macedonia and the Balkans, Sir Lanka, Nepal, Israel and the United States of America. She is an upstanding citizen of Rustenburg, North West Province in South Africa, and awarded one of only 10 Excellent Citizenships awards for outstanding community involvement during the period 1904 -2004. She is also an activist for the development and emergence of community foundations on the continent of Africa as well in developing countries around the globe. She is one of the founder members of the Southern Africa Community Foundation Association (SACOFA) where she has served as the Secretariat until 2010.Christine has served on various international task teams, such as the World Bank’s Anchor for Community Driven development and the Aspen Institute’s initiative which promotes rural development. Her involvement in a program, Peace, Principle and Participation, collaborating with the Netherlands Institute for Southern Africa, raised the awareness for a more just Corporate Social Investment/ Responsibility by especially the extractive industries- ensuring the development of more sustainable communities during and after the exit the these industries – an open conversation which is continuing especially in the platinum region of the North West Province.

Since 1985 -1994 –she served on most of the former Boarder Liaison Committees between the former Bophuthatswana and the RSA, mediating relationships between Farmers of the RSA and the Tribal Authorities of Bophuthtswana. Christine is also trained as an International Peace Negotiator -1995- 1997, and has done work in countries where there is still active war and post war situations.

She was a founder member and has served on the Executive committee of the African Grantmakers Association –established in june 2009 in Ghana and has been elected to a working committee in the Office of the Presidency working on a strategy and model with relation to the Anti Poverty Strategy for SA, and is also a founder member and current member of the Community Grantmakers Leadership Cooperative –an initiative of the Synergos Institute.

Mr. Mwaka Joseph (Bachelor of Science Agriculture-Makerere University; Msc Development Management-Open University United Kingdom). Joseph is currently the assistant National Agribusiness Advisor, International Fertilizer Development Centre (IFDC) –Uganda, an international organization supporting small scale farmers to move from subsistence farming to farming as a business, by strengthening the value chains of various crops. Joseph brings in a lot of experience to MCF having worked previously with World Vision-Southern Sudan.

Prof. Fulufhelo Godfrey Netswera. Prof Fulufhelo Godfrey Netswera is the Senior Director Post Graduate Studies at the University of Johannesburg and also Director of the Turfloop Graduate School of Leadership (TGSL), which is the hybrid a business school and school of postgraduate studies of the University of Limpopo in Polokwane, Limpopo Province in South Africa.

A Professor of Sociology, Prof Netswera holds a Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) in Sociology of Development; a Master’s of Philosophy (MPhil) in Social Science Methods and Economics Honours degrees.

Prof Netswera held various leadership roles in the past including Executive of the Southern Africa Research and Innovation Management Association; Directorship of Research and Management at the University of South Africa; adjudicator on the National Science and Technology Forum and Women In Science Awards; Manager of Research Development Grants at the National Research Foundation and Board membership of the Human Sciences Research Council.

He has in his directorship role of the Turfloop Graduate School of Leadership and established regional research collaborations with Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU) for both staff and student exchanges; participated in the coordination team for the European Union Erasmus Mundus Programme (EU-SAID) for master’s and doctoral scholarships and staff exchanges. He further more led the development for re-accreditation of the MBA by CHE in 2014 and continue to serve on and as a chair of various university committees that include School Board, Faculty Higher Degrees Committees; Faculty Board and University Senate.

Prof Netswera is an editor of the Department of Higher Education accredited peer review journal; has published extensively, graduated many postgraduate students and presented at many national and international conferences.

Mr. James Kihika (Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Management-Makerere University). James currently working with War Child Canada is a key resource for MCF’s environmental projects. He has actively supported MCF’s charcoal briquette producing enterprises (farmers produce efficient charcoal briquettes from postharvest agricultural waste as opposed to the traditional system of deforestation for charcoal production).

Prof. Melanie D Nicolau (BA-University of Pretoria; BA Hons in Geography-University of Pretoria; HED-University of Pretoria; MA Geography-University of Pretoria; PhD Geography-University of South Africa). Melanie is the Associate Professor / Director School of Environmental Science at the University of South Africa, UNISA. She has presented on a number of multi-disciplinary topics at local and international conferences. Her present research focus is establishing a methodology for rural based development in Africa. In addition her research extends to the monitoring of the proposed methodology to establish if it’s able to empower rural communities in contributing to their own achievement of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).  

Mr. Mugisa Rashid. A strong community mobilizer, Rashid represents Budongo and Nyangahya subcounties/communities on MCF’s BOT.

Ms. Byenkya Daisy. Daisy represents Karujubu and Bwijanga subcounties/communities on MCF’s BOT.

Mr. Kasangaki Charles. Charles represents Miirya and Kiryandongo subcounties/communities.

Ms. Kabarole Joyce. Joyce represents Kimengo and Masindi Port subcounties/communities.

Mr. Mugisa Doviko. Doviko represents Pakanyi and Kigumba subcounties/communities on MCF’s BOT.

Mr. Byabasaija Noah. Noah represents Masindi Municipal Council and Mutunda subcounties/communities

Mr. Kirungi Micheal (Bachelor of Agribusiness Management-Makerere University). Micheal is also the Chief Executive Officer of Masindi Community Foundation, MCF. Micheal has developed innovative community empowerment techniques currently employed by MCF as cornerstones for development in Masindi.

His work has won several awards and recognitions such as; the Social Entrepreneurship Award by Makerere University Business School, under the initiative Social Entrepreneurs Transforming Africa, in collaboration with the International Youth Foundation (IYF), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the MasterCard Foundation; among others.

Micheal leads a dynamic secretariat comprised of among others; Social Development and Research Officer, Program Associates, Fund and Account Manager and Receptionists.