Board of Directors 2019

Mike Davis

President of the Board
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.”

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.

Kenneth Semafumu

Resident Member
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).

 

Dr. Mark Henry Rubarenzya

Resident Member
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).R

Kevin Henry Wava

Credit Consultant (Stanbic Bank Uganda)
Kevin has various qualifications which include; Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Financial Management / Major: Finance & Accounting; minor in Computers Science. From Andrews University and Certificates in Investment Banking & Finance; Principles of Stock Exchange Investment; Project Planning & Management Activities, Database Management Using SQL 2005 – Certified Pricer. He is also a CFA candidate. Henry has over 20+ years of experience in Credit Risk, 4 years of which were spent at SunTrust Bank executing credit risk function, mortgage banking & several areas, i.e. capital markets and advisory transactions across various sectors. Prior to joining Stanbic bank Uganda, he had spent the last 8 years focusing on Credit Risk analytics.

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). 

Simon Kaheru

Coca-Cola
@skaheru (on Twitter) is an enthusiastic Ugandan who describes himself as a Professional Communicator. On an ordinary day, Simon is Public Affairs and Communications Director at Coca-Cola Beverages Africa in Uganda, representing Century and Rwenzori Bottling Companies and the Plastic Recycling Industries initiative to rid Uganda of plastic waste. A Journalist by training and conviction, over the last twenty five years, Simon has worked at various levels in the mainstream media in Uganda, reported for global media, served the Government of Uganda in an Executive office, and worked in busy corporate bodies within Uganda, regionally and globally. He has served on the Board of the Uganda Broadcasting Corporation as Director and Chairperson; is a Director of the ICT Association of Uganda, and Founding Chairperson of the Board; founded and serves on the Board of Land Rover Uganda, a club of Land Rover owners and enthusiasts; and is a Member of Backyard Gardeners Uganda. Simon is fun-loving, extroverted, and constantly plugged into as many gadgets as possible all inked to the internet and its various possibilities – and the only part of his life that he finds more important than the internet and his country Uganda, is his family.

Haruna Nyanzi Lule

Sombha Solutions Store
Mr Haruna is the founder and CEO of Sombha Solutions Store a Ugandan owned and operated internet and ICT provider licensed by UCC to provide voice and data services country wide. He is a Network Engineer by profession. He has over thirteen (13) years of experience in ISP/IT, managing core MPLS operations, access, at service provider level. He designed and implemented first international private leased line (IPLC) from Entebbe to Brindisi for MONUSCO” He has planned and designed delivery of 2.5 transmission capacity from Malaba to Kampala for Uganda Telecom. For the past 5 years he has grown Sombha from a startup to a fully structured and process oriented company delivering high standards of service to its customers. 

Sandra Kekirunga

HR Manager, Veritas Investments
Ms. Kekirunga is the HR Manager at Veritas Investments LTD resultantly working with various other organisations with which the company is affiliated. Ms. Kekirunga holds a Bachelors and Master of Arts in French and English Literature from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland as well as having attended the Sorbonne University in Paris, France where she undertook courses in Audiovisual Creation, Translation, Literary Criticism, Culture and Comparative literature. She worked with UN Women in Rwanda and later with CNN in Nairobi, producing CNN’s African Voices profiling some of the continent’s most influential and inspiring figures and African Start-Up discovering and showcasing some of the continents up and coming innovative businesses. She has resided in Kampala for 5 years and worked as operations manager for Park Hospitality LTD. She operates several businesses within the city as well as being a founder and director of IHATO an ecommerce platform whose aim is to bridge the gap between local artisans and foreign consumers. 

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.

 

Emmanuel Lukeera

Administrative Assistant, AmCham Uganda
Emmanuel earned experience as an intern with Diamond Trust Bank as well as Amani Partners in Uganda. He is a recent graduate of B.Sc. in Quantitative Economics from Makerere University, Uganda’s leading University. Emmanuel is also passionate about textile business something he has been actively involved in since 2015. He is a member of the Rotaract Club of Kampala City, a Rotary Club partner. Emmanuel’s AmCham journey began as a volunteer in November 2017 until January 2019 when he was promoted to an Administrative Assistant at the Chamber.

Seth Miller

Seth Miller is U.S. Embassy Kampala’s Economic and Commercial Officer. He is responsible for advocating for and supporting U.S. business interests in Uganda and promoting bilateral trade. Mr. Miller has a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Maryland and a Masters in International Relations and Economic Development from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Mr. Miller has worked for the State Department since 2011, and has served in Uganda since July 2016. Prior to joining the Department Mr. Miller was an international development worker specializing on economic growth and food security programs in Central Asia and East Africa. He worked for the International Rescue Committee in Uganda from 2007 – 2008.