Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba, Chairman Board of Directors

Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba, PhDVenansius Baryamureeba, 52, is the Board Chairman. He is a distinguished educator, researcher, mentor, innovator, business man and consultant.

He is Professor of Computer Science and holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science, M.Sc. in Computer Science, M.Sc. (Mathematics)-Coursework, Post Graduate Diploma in Analysing Linear Programming Models and B.Sc. (Mathematics) (Hons) among other qualifications. He was a Presidential Candidate in the February 18, 2016 Presidential Election of the Republic of Uganda. He served as Founding (1st) Vice Chancellor of Uganda Technology And Management University (UTAMU) (2012 –2015); 14th Vice Chancellor of Makerere University (2009—2012); Dean of Makerere University Faculty of Computing and IT (2005—2009) and Director Makerere University Institute of Computer Science (2001—2005).

He is the Chancellor of Ibanda University. He also serves as the Chairperson of: Board of Directors of Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU); Board of Directors, UTAMURIC- an umbrella Research and Innovation non-profit organisation that promotes research, innovation, business incubation and startups in Africa; ICT Consults Ltd; and Busitema University Appointments Board among others.

He served as Chairperson of: Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Innovation Council; Inter-University Council of East Africa; Board of Trustees of Uganda Technology and Management University; Uganda Technology and Management University Senate; Makerere University Senate; Makerere University Management; Makerere University Business School Council; St. Augustine International University Council; Uganda Business and Technical Examinations Board; Uganda Vice Chancellors Forum; Research and Education Network of Uganda among others. Download CV

Prof. Charles Kwesiga, Director

Professor Charles Kwesiga

Professor Charles Kwesiga is the Executive Director of Uganda Industrial Research Institute (UIRI). An Industrial Engineer by profession, Charles Kwesiga has significant experience as a corporate manager, management consultant, educator, and entrepreneur.

As Executive Director he oversees the Institute’s activities that include: technology transfer; technology diffusion; process and product development; business incubation; contract engineering services and applied R&D.

Highly regarded by his peers and other professionals, Professor Kwesiga’s other extra-curricular activities include the following:

  • President of WAITRO (World Association of Industrial and Technological Research Organisations), an association of 160 member institutions from 70 countries. Focus of the association is to create synergies between its members in their work as Research and Technological Organisations, President from Jan 2015 to Dec 2016
  • Pioneered the building of Uganda Petroleum Institute, Kigumba (UPIK), as Chairman of a Special Task Force (March 2009 – Nov 2016)
  • Senior Presidential Advisor (on retainer) for Scientific Innovations, Uganda Government.
  • Member of Board of Control of the Senior Command and Staff College Kimaka (SCSC) of Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF). Prof Kwesiga is also a member of the teaching staff.
  • Member and Vice Chairman of the Board for National Enterprises Corporation (NEC), a business arm of UPDF.
  • Chairman, Board of Governors, Ntare School.

Under Prof Kwesiga leadership UIRI was voted a Centre of Excellence in R&D for the East African Community (EAC). Read more..>

Dr. Johnson Mwebaze, Director

Dr. Johnson MwebazeDr. Johnson Mwebaze, 42, is a mathematician and computer programmer based in Uganda, where he is a Director at ICT Consults Ltd, a premier African ICT consulting firm.  He is currently a World Bank Consultant in the Social Protection Sector, where his key role is designing and developing Management Information Systems. 

Johnson has experience in designing, developing and integrating Mobile Applications with Embedded systems for field data collection and monitoring and has a strong background in designing and implementing solutions for large-scale technical projects – including supervising engineers and software developers and taking charge of responsibility for budgets, contracts and procurement.  Johnson has proven experience with M&E methods and approaches for data collection (quantitative, qualitative and participatory); data processing; data analysis and reporting using Python, STATA, Excel & R. Download CV

Dr Fred Paul Mark Jjunju, Director and Secretary

Dr Fred Paul Mark Jjunju Dr Fred Paul Mark Jjunju is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of UTAMURIC. He is a Ugandan Scientist with over 10 years of experience in science and technology innovations. He received a B. Information Technology degree from Makerere University, in 2009, M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in 2010 as discovery scholar. In 2011, he was appointed as a Research Assistant with the Centre for Analytical Instrumentation, Purdue University, West Lafayette, USA. He received a PhD. degree in electrical and electronic engineering from the University of Liverpool, U.K., in 2017. In 2018 he was admitted as fellow to the UK higher Education Academy. He is currently a lecturer and a Research Fellow of the UK RI EPSRC funded project CASMS (Context Aware network architectures for Sending Multiple Senses), at the University of Liverpool. He is the current CEO of UTAMURIC LTD Uganda. His research interests include the interdisciplinary aspects of the IoT design, optimization, AI algorithms, and data fusion to enable inexpensive analytical platforms for a variety of industrial, environmental, and biomedical applications. He is also an active member; of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the American Chemical Society, and the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and the IEEE. Download CV

Responsibilities of the Board of Directors

The responsibilities of the Board of Directors shall be:

  • To provide strategic direction; 

  • To identify and monitor key risk and key performance areas; 

  • To identify and monitor non-financial aspects; 

  • To review major plans of action; 

  • To mobilise financial resources for the organization;
  • To review and guide annual budget and business plans;
  • To oversee major capital expenditures, acquisitions and divestiture;
  • To ensure the integrity of the organization's accounting and financial 
reporting systems;
  • To record facts and assumptions which lead it to conclude that the 
business will be a going concern in the next financial year and 
if not state what steps it is taking;

  • To provide for the safe custody of the Seal;
  • To undertake any other duties and take all necessary decisions in good faith and conductive to the fulfillment of the objectives of the organisation.

Powers of the Board of Directors

The powers of the Board of Directors shall be:

  • To appoint the Chief Executive Officer and other staff;
  • To approve the budget proposals and the final accounts;
  • Receive gifts, donations, grants or other moneys and make disbursements as may be required, on behalf of the organization;
  • To cause proper books of account to be kept;
  • To represent the institution in all legal suits by and against the institution;
  • To approve plans, strategies, policies, and statutes of the organization;
  • To appoint by powers of attorney any company, firm or person or body of persons, whether nominated directly or indirectly by the directors, to be the attorney or attorneys of the organization for such purposes and with such powers, authorises and discretions not exceeding those vested in or exercisable by the directors;
  • To exercise any other powers as provided for in the companies Act and its regulations and other laws.