Board of Directors

Captain Abhay Agarwal (Rtd)

President of the Board
Chairman of Service and Computer Industries Ltd aka NCR(U).
Mr. Agarwal has been in Uganda for over 24 years and is a specialist entrepreneur both on international and national level in the IT industry, coupled by a number of other business ventures he manages. His experience and exceptional managerial abilities and concepts have led SCI(U) Ltd / NCR to be the leading IT Company in Uganda. As of 16 October 2013, he has been appointed as Honorary Consul of the Republic of the Philippines in Kampala.

Ms. Meg Hilbert Jaquay

Vice-President of the Board
Ms. Jaquay has functioned as a Senior Professional Project Manager in various capacities since 1987. Possessing a Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering from Boston University and a Masters in Business Administration from San Jose State University, she began her career in the Silicon Valley. Her international career includes work in Asia, Europe, and now Africa.  In Uganda, she uses her passion as a “foodie” and an efficiency expert to bring new products and product lines to the Jakana Foods family of products.  Her goal is to internationalize the flavors that Ugandan farmers have to offer. Ms. Jaquay currently serves as the Vice President of the AmCham Uganda Board.

Vinnie Payne

Chairman, ICT Subcommittee
Mr. Vinnie Payne is an Internet technology entrepreneur who relocated to Africa several years ago. His focus is bringing modern and innovative solutions and technology to Uganda.  He is a board member of the Rotary Club of Kololo and has served in various positions at the Club and District level, such as District Webmaster for Rotary District 9211. He acts as Secretary on the steering committee of the Overseas Security Advisory Council. He is currently the Director of Client Relations and Business Development for Sombha Solutions Store. Before moving to Africa, Vinnie was the Asset Manager and Executive Technical Support for Time Warner Corporate in Manhattan. He has also served in the US Navy on a nuclear submarine, performed at Carnegie Hall and climbed to the peak of Mt Kilimanjaro.

Robert Jjagwe

Treasury & Trade Solutions, Citibank Uganda
Mr Jjagwe has been with Citibank since 1999. He was appointed the Senior Country Operations Officer for Citibank Uganda in January 2007. In 2011 became the Senior Country Operations Officer for Citibank N.A Kuwait.  In 2013, Robert was appointed to head the Treasury & Trade Solutions business for Citibank Uganda Ltd. His experience, product and leadership skills have been instrumental as Citi Uganda continues to expand its country footprint and deliver high standards of service to its customers. He also serves as an executive director on the Citibank Uganda Board of Directors. Robert holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and is a member of the Association of Chartered Accountants, UK. Robert is a Ugandan living in Uganda and married with two children (boy and a girl). 

Michelle Conrey

Chairman, Subcommittee of Events
Michelle Conrey joined the AmCham board in May, 2016 and is a seasoned business professional with over 15 years of experience in Finance, Strategy and Business Development. She is currently the Managing Director for Impact Africa Capital Partners, a firm founded to make positive health, social, economic or environmental impact in East Africa through for-profit investments in debt, private equity and other private investment vehicles. From 2011 – 2015, Michelle led global mergers and acquisitions at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company. During her tenure Michelle was responsible for executing transactions totaling in excess of $10 Billion. Previous roles included leading Oncology Portfolio and Asset Strategy for Bristol Myers Squibb (2008-2011), heading up Corporate Development for a privately held biotech, NexGenix Pharmaceuticals (2006-2008), biotech Management Consulting related to corporate finance, M&A and business development (2003-2006), and leading investor relations for publicly traded biotech company, Adherex Technologies (2001-2003). Michelle holds a bachelor of Science in Biology from Canada’s Carleton University, and her Masters in Business Administration from Duke University’s Global Executive Program. Michelle also has completed the Canadian Securities Course with honors.

Mike Davis

Chairman,  Subcommittee of Membership and Finance
Mr. Davis is the Chief Operating Officer and Director of Veritas Investments Ltd.  Through this role, he is also an executive member of multiple organizations that Veritas has invested within. Mr. Davis has a Master of Arts in Global Finance and Economic Integration from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, as well as an International Master of Business Administration from Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. Mr. Davis has resided in Kampala, Uganda for three years.  He operates businesses in Uganda, Kenya, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as well as in Dubai, UAE.  Previous to residing in Uganda, Mr. Davis operated and advised businesses throughout West Asia and the Middle East, including the UAE, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Yemen, and Pakistan. “My goal as a Board Member for AmCham is to establish an infrastructure that will allow an ecosystem of American and American-related businesses to interact and develop mutually beneficial relationships.”

Kenneth Semafumu

Chairman, Subcommittee of Lobbying and Advocacy
Mr Semafumu is the owner of KSG I.T. an Enterprise Consulting in Information Technology, with International Partnerships in Renewable energy, Real Estate development, Agricultural Produce supply chain solutions, Quarrying and mining services with a strong wide and varied experience in working with Government and the Private Sector in navigating Regional markets in various disciplines.  He is a certified computer networks engineer from Tampa Tech and with practical training from Tech Skills, Tampa Florida, USA. He is married with 3 lovely children, and a Rotarian from the biggest club in Africa (the Rotary Club of Muyenga). 

 

Ayub Kato

Ayub Kato is the founder and Managing Partner of Smiling Faces International (SFI). He is a prolific, dynamic, motivating and result-driven expert, who kicked off his career as a Security Guard at Sheraton Kampala Hotel Uganda. He is passionate about customer service, service delivery and modern technology tools that improve customer relationships and interactions.
Ayub has Bachelor’s Degree in Catering and Hotel Management from Makerere University, did his Management Internship at Kenya Utalii College and American Hospitality Academy in Hilton Head Island South Caroline USA.Through his great passion for service and hard work over the last 20 years, he was able to attain the position of General Manager with Marriot, Hilton and Intercontinental Hotels in USA. Mr. Kato crossed over to the ICT industry and now manages over 1,000 staff and consultants worldwide and has held Project management positions for different ICT projects in 45 countries. He also has management experience in Information Technology, Contact Center, Managed Network Services, Network Operations Centres (NOC) services and is a Training expert and coach.

Dr. Mark Henry Rubarenzya

Dr. Mark Henry Rubarenzya is the Head of Research and Development at the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) where he is leading the transportation sector in Uganda to realize resilient transport infrastructure and services through research, development and innovation. He is a registered engineer with a PhD in Civil Engineering from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium. His international career includes work across Africa, Australia, and Europe. This has involved holding technical, management, and leadership positions in both public and private sector organisations. His expertise has been employed in the fields of transport infrastructure, water resources, and climate change. He is the Vice President of the Uganda Institution of Professional Engineers, and the Vice Chairman of the Africa Community Access Partnership (AFCAP).

Anne Awori

General Manager, AmCham Uganda Anne Awori is the General Manager of the American Chamber of Commerce in Uganda and is a key representative and advocate for AmCham member firms. She holds a Masters in International Business, an Honors Degree in Tourism both from Makerere University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Project Planning and Management from Uganda Management Institute. Anne is also a seasoned Tourism Consultant and has done several assignments with Simon McArthur and Associates an Australian based Consultancy firm. Hitherto, Anne worked as a Project Officer with The Trade Capacity Enhancement Project (TRACE) one of the Integrated Framework Projects of the WTO Funded through UNDP as Trust Fund Manager. She also worked as a Program Assistant with the Uganda Sustainable Tourism Development Program (UGSTDP) which was funded by the European Union.

Omar Farooq

Economic and Commercial Officer, U.S. Embassy Uganda
Mr Farooq promotes U.S. business interests and increased bilateral trade between the United States and Uganda as the Economic and Commercial Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Kampala, Uganda.  He joined the United States Foreign Service in 2010, with assignments as a political/economic officer in Harare, Zimbabwe (2010-2012) and vice consul in Hyderabad, India (2013-2015).  Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Omar was a Mining Engineer from 2005-2009. Omar has a Bachelor’s in Mining Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.  He is married with one child.

Stella N. Kasansula

Economic and Commercial Assistant, U.S. Embassy Uganda
Stella’s core assignment is to promote and support U.S. trade and investments in Uganda. Stella joined the U.S. Embassy, Kampala in 1998, and worked as a Consular and Commercial Assistant for two years. From 2001, Stella has worked as the Economic and Commercial Assistant. Stella has previously worked as an Administrator with Lions Aid Norway (a Norwegian NGO) and the International Committee of the Red Cross. Stella is a qualified secondary school teacher of Business Education. She taught in secondary schools in Uganda and Lesotho. Stella is married and has two children.