Board of Directors

Mr. Fred OmachMr. Jachan Omach is a focused leader. He holds a B.A (Hon) in Economics and Social Administration from Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda.  Additionally, he has attended a number of courses/trainings in International Law, Corporate Governance, Banking and Finance, Treasury and management, Small Industry Financing, Advanced Leadership.  Prior to that he served as the Minister of State for Finance (General Duties) from 6th June 2003 to 30th June 2016. He has 25 years all round experience in senior managerial positions in financial institutions. He served on various committees in the Pan African and Uganda Parliament. He served as a Director on the Board of Centenary Bank formerly known as Centenary Rural Development Bank. He worked with Uganda Commercial Bank and Ministry of Public Service in the Government of Uganda.  It is on this note and great pleasure that he brings all this wealth of experience in management, policy and leadership to chair the UDN Board of Directors and stear UDN advocacy work for the poor and marginalized people to participate in influencing poverty-focused policies, demand for their rights and monitor service delivery to ensure prudent, accountable and transparent resource generation and utilization in Uganda.

Edward GaamuwaEdward Gaamuwa is a founder member of ACLAIM Africa Ltd and was its first chairman. Until December 2012, Executive Director and team leader in charge of Organizational Development, Research and Evaluation at Aclaim Africa Ltd. A career HR professional, He previously worked as a Human Resource Director of an international NGO.

Edward is a certified facilitator and a trained coach; He has made significant HR input to many organizations, his work experience has taken him to several countries including Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Malawi, DRC, South Sudan, Ghana, Nigeria, Ethiopia and USA. Edward chairs and / or sits on a number of Boards.

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Prof. Ezra Suruma is a Senior Presidential Advisor on Finance and Economic Planning. From 2005 to February 2009, he served as a Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development. Prior to his government and private sector work, Dr. Suruma worked as a professor of Economics and Management at Makerere University and at Florida A&M University. In 1987, he joined the bank of Uganda, the country’s Central Bank, as the Director of research, serving in that capacity unit 1990. From 1990 until 1993, he served as the Deputy Governor of the Bank of Uganda. In 1993 he left the Bank of Uganda and joined Uganda Commercial Bank (UCB) as the Chairman and Management Director, serving in that capacity until 1996.

MUBIRU CHRISTINEMs. Christine Mubiru is a retired civil servant who has worked as principal policy analyst  and finance consultant in Ministry of Health - Uganda. Ms. Chrisitne Mubiru hails with a Msc. from University of Strathclyde from 1991 – 1992, a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.) Makerere University, a Professional chartered and certified accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in U.K.  She has a wealth of experience in carrying out consultances in the fields of; financial analysis, policy analysis, performance management, costing, M&E, health systems, auditing, accounting, gender analysis to name a few. It with this great honour and passion that she joins UDN's  advocacy work whose objective is to enhance the capacity of citizens and civic organizations to influence public debt and development frameworks at local, national and international levels

WalterAkwatWalter Akwat is a Communications Specialist, with vast experience in Development Communications and Advocacy. He is currently managing Advocacy functions in a Dutch-government funded Consortium comprising of Save the Children International and ZOA. He has also worked in the Civil Society, where he remains a committed advocate of pro-poor policies and development. Between 2004 and 2007, he was a Sub Editor with The New Vision, one of the leading media houses in Uganda, before joining the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) as a National Information Officer from 2007 to 2011. He is also a serving Board Member at St. Peter’s College Tororo, a school owned by the Government of Uganda but founded by the Mill Hill Catholic Fathers.

Chrostopher R.M Iga Christopher Iga is an accomplished Auditor and Senior Partner with M/S Central Accountants and Associates. He previously served as chief accountant at Mitchell Cotts (U) Ltd, Uganda Industrial Machinery Ltd, Uganda Company (Trading) Ltd, East Africa Tea Estates etc. Between 1998 and 2001, Mr. Iga was appointed Resident District Commissioner (RDC) – Masaka and Bushenyi Districts by H.E the President of Uganda and elected Mayor of Kampala City for 2 consecutive terms (1989-1998). He also served as a Director and Board Member, M/S Stanbic Bank Uganda Ltd (1992-1997) and Chairperson, Urban Authorities Association of Uganda. In 1993 he was elected 1st Vice President, International Union of Local Authorities at the Hague, Netherlands; Member, United Nations Committee on Poverty Eradication (1997-1999) and Chairperson, Commonwealth Local Government Forum, London, UK (1995-1998).

Ms. Stella Obel Mrs. Stella Obel Negesa is a Development Practitioner with vast expertise in development work. She is an Activist for human rights and democratic governance, advocating and promoting pro poor policies and gender aspects. She has worked and served in key positions with reputable Government Institutions and organizations respectively such as; Tororo District Local Government (TDLG), Friends for Uganda Association for Medical Aid and Development (as Executive Director), Audit Control and Expertise (ACE) as Supervisor, Tororo Civil Society Network- TOCINET as Coordinator, ZOA Uganda Refugee Care (International Humanitarian Agency) as Coordinator - Organizational Capacity Enhancement (OCE) Project. Current she doubles as the Coordinator Tororo Anti-Corruption Coalition and Regional Manager – Bukedi Region for Social Accountability and Community Monitoring (SACM) Intervention Project.