Meet the 2016 Speakers
Tracy Kobukindo is a two time award winning short story writer, a nurse, public health specialist and a former runway/Editorial model. She is writing her thesis for the award of a Masters Degree in Public Health. She is Vital Voices Leadership Alumni and a Global Health Corps Fellow.
She founded the regionally acclaimed social entrepreneurial venture, “Bottle Project,” which empowers the youth in her community and country. Tracy’s work on this project received national and regional acclaim just three years after it began. Tracy has worked in health centres in the Mt. Elgon region, Bududa and Manafwa with Spark Microgrants: an organization that catalyses rural communities facing poverty into action using the Community Driven Development model. Her main areas of interest are community health, maternal & child health (reproductive health), education and poverty alleviation. She has designed two research studies in areas of Reproductive health, one focusing on Health seeking behavior amongst adult female refugees in Kyaka II Refugee settlement (Kyegegwa) and the other focused on knowledge, attitudes of repetitive induction of abortions amongst women receiving Post abortion care in Uganda.
She has worked as the national advocacy coordinator for United Nations population fund (UNFPA); where she coordinated reproductive health (RH) projects of diverse stakeholders among them; 3 kingdoms, a coalition against gender violence and government. Christine also worked as the chief executive officer of ka tutandike Uganda, where she had the opportunity of working with the disability fraternity, especially the deaf
Linda Lilian is a seasoned communication specialist, who derives her passion from wanting to cause a positive change through action research and evidence based documentation. As a member of the Uganda Women Writers Association FEMRITE Linda has published poems and short stories such as A Fiftieth at Fifty. She holds a record of being part of the inaugural group of menstrual hygiene management campaigns in Uganda and has conducted practical application of research on Limitations of the Law on Sexual Exposure in the Ugandan Press, as a reference for Uganda’s attempt to have a law on pornography. Her current project focuses on valuating women in leadership using an ethical lens. She has made presentations on Taping into Women’s Leadership Ethos and published two papers; Women Served with Political Dilemmas as Leadership Treats and From Affirmative Action to Formative Action for Women in Political Leadership: The Case of the Uganda Parliament.”
Harold Ayebare is a cyber-security consultant and holds a Masters degree in Computer Science and a number of professional certificates in security, investigations and entrepreneurship.
He formerly worked with Stanbic Bank as the Information Technology Security manager for Uganda from where he resigned to startup BlackHawk security, a leading security consulting firm in Uganda.
After losing his mother to breast cancer, he founded Ayebare Foundation; a non-profit organisation whose core objective is to create cancer awareness and encourage regular cancer screening. His goal is to establish a state of the art modern cancer diagnostics and treatment centre that provides affordable services to the public.
At 11 years of age, Bonita Treasure Murungi Arinaitwe has written two books Friends (2014) and The Brave Prince Michael (2015) published by Palm Publications in Kampala.Both are fiction and have been approved by the National Curriculum Development Centre as readers for upper primary in Uganda.
As Uganda’s youngest award winning author, Arinaitwe says, “I can write non-fiction books if I want, but for now because I am still young I will continue with fiction. The Primary 6 pupil from Aga Khan Primary School in Kampala started writing at the age of four. Arinaitwe says because of her love for writing, she aspires to start a writers club in her school to help other pupils write their own books. She has been an inspiration to other young people as guest speaker at several literary events.
A professional teacher and counsellor with a wide experience in special needs education, Hope Nankunda has worked with parents and children with learning disabilities in Uganda for 10 years.
Hope’s passion in life is to create a Hope Centre where children and persons with disabilities can feel accepted and be taken care of as they rightfully deserve.
Hope is the Executive Director at Health Promotion and Rights Watch Uganda a non-governmental organisation that aims at strengthening the health systems in Uganda, with a strong emphasis on reproductive health education and menstrual hygiene management.
After the war era in Uganda, a teacher then, she was one of the few chosen to undertake training to combat hunger.
She later mobilized people in her community to start growing organic food for their households. Like they say the rest is History! She is now a house hold name and has continued to train and produce organic vegetables, brain boosters, immune boosters, seedlings and many more.
Esther Kalenzi is a Ugandan woman who is passionate about young people and positive social change. She is the team leader at 40 days over 40 smiles Foundation.(40-40) Although she is a journalist by profession, Esther was convicted to do something more for the less privileged in her community in 2012. Consequently, she quit her job to run 40-40 full time. 40-40 revolutionalised the use of social media to do good in Uganda. They have raised over UGX 200 million from Ugandans and supported over 1,000 underprivileged children.
The group has received recognition both locally and internationally for their outstanding contribution to society. Together with her team of volunteers, Esther continues to pursue ways in which to engage Ugandans, especially the youth, to be the change they want to see.
Dorothy Muhumure is an accomplished education planning professional and social worker with over 15 years of experience in planning, implementing and executing social enterprise projects in various parts of Uganda. She majors in the areas of education, gender and adolescent sexual reproductive health rights.
Dorothy is principally motivated about working with young people especially women and girls in addressing bottlenecks to success and devising creative and out of the box ideas to see them reach their full potential.
Through her work Dorothy has overseen the access to education for over 4,000 girls and 1,050 boys in Uganda, vehemently impacting the lives of over 35,000 individuals and community groups in different parts of the pearl of Africa.