Board Members

Meet the CEWIGO Board Members

Hon. Dr. Miria R. K. Matembe

She is the vision bearer and founder member of the Centre for Women in Governance (CEWIGO). She is a former member of the Pan-African Parliament from Uganda. While on the Pan-African Parliament she was Chairperson of the Committee on Rules, Privileges and Discipline a permanent committee of the Pan-African Parliament. She is a strong proponent for and an advocate of women’s human rights in Uganda. For over two decades beginning in 1989 she was a Member of Uganda’s Parliament. She worked in the Ugandan government as Minister for ethics and integrity from 1998 to 2003. In 1995 she was a member of the Constitutional Commission that created the Ugandan Constitution. In 1990, she was Deputy General of the Pan-African Congress held in Kampala. She is also a former lecturer of law and English at the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Kampala.

Hon. Sarah Kiyingi Kyama

She is a co-founding member of CEWIGO and is currently on the Board. When she went to Parliament in 1996, she first became a vice chairperson on the committee on Foreign Affairs, and by the time the President appointed her as Minister [of state for Internal Affairs in 1999], she had risen to the position of chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs. She became the Minister of State for Internal Affairs from 1999 to 2003. Before then, she was a Member of Parliament for Rakai District.

Jocelyn Ekochu

She is a PhD Candidate, having successfully completed the Coursework Phase of the PhD programme in Management and Administration specialising in Institutional Management and Leadership, at Uganda Management Institute. She also possesses a Masters Degree in Management Studies specialising in Financial Management from Uganda Management Institute, and a Bachelors Degree in Commerce (B.Com) specialising in Accounting, from Makerere University. Currently, Jocelyn works with Carr Stanyer Sims & Co., Certified Public Accountants where she serves as Finance and Administration Manager, and boasts of 12 years of experience in Finance, Administration and Human Resource Management. She is credited for introducing a working Accounting System at CEWIGO when she served the Organisation briefly as Accountant/Administrator.  Jocelyn is a prolific writer and editor, and a member of Uganda Women Writers Association (FEMRITE) where she served as Treasurer for 2 years and Chairperson for 4 years. Her greatest passion is creating a positive change in others, which explains why she is an active Rotarian.

Maude Mugisha

She is a Social Development Specialist with more than 20 years’ professional experience in Eastern and Southern Africa with local, regional and international agencies. She has worked as a national and international consultant in Organisation development, strategic thinking and planning, gender mainstreaming and programme development.  Maude has headed two policy advocacy organizations namely: Action for Development (ACFODE) – a Ugandan local organization, for nine years, and the Eastern African Sub-regional Support Initiative for the Advancement of Women (EASSI) for six years. She has facilitated the operations of advocacy coalitions and networks to advance the concerns of the poor and other marginalized groups both in Uganda and other parts of Africa. She is a founder member and Chairperson of the Uganda Women’s Network (UWONET), Founder and Board member of the Human Rights Network (HURINET) and the Uganda Debt Network (UDN), Chairperson, East African Support Unit for NGOs and the African Forum on Debt and Development (AFRODAD). She has also served as Board Chair of PAMOJA Africa Reflect Network and a Board member of Community Development Resource Network (CDRN) in Uganda. Currently, Maude is a PhD Scholar in Management Administration at the Uganda Management Institute (2012 – 2015) and she holds a Masters Degree in Development Administration and Management from the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom.

Albert G. Mugumya

He has more than ten years of experience in the field of Peace Building & Conflict Transformation. He has worked for the Southern Africa Desk, (Africa Program) of Amnesty International at the International Secretariat headquarters in London, United Kingdom; at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) in Johannesburg, South Africa; at Centre for Conflict Resolution (CECORE) in Kampala, Uganda; and was an Intern at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penn, Cambodia. He is currently the Conflict Prevention and Reconciliation Officer at USAID’s – Supporting Access to Justice, Fostering Equity & Peace (SAFE) Program in Kampala.  He has a Bachelors Degree with Honors in Political Science, History and Philosophy from Makerere University (Uganda) and a Masters Degree in Peace & Conflict Resolution from Lancaster University (UK).

Prof. Maxine Ankrah

She is also one of the founders of the Department of Women and Gender Studies and a former Associate Professor of Social Work, both at Makerere University. Prof. Maxine is the Managing Director of the Ankrah Foundation Limited.

Margaret Akello

She is a Gender specialist at Plan International Uganda