As the Uganda British Alumni Association celebrates its sixth anniversary on June 1, at the residence of the British High Commissioner, there will be a number of achievers who will be recognised. Below are some of the alumni, who have been nominated for the awards. Two people will be chosen from eac
Prof. Joy Kwesiga
Her name went into the record books of Uganda in 2005, when she became the first woman vice-chancellor (Kabale University). Originally, had a humble beginning as the secretary to the vice-chancellor, Makerere University.
From the time she enrolled for a Bachelors degree at Makerere University in 1964, she had never left the place until the calling to Kabale University.
On completion of her first degree, she was retained as a teaching assistant and later became a personal secretary to four successive vice-chancellors. She was also a lecturer, head of department, faculty dean and head of the Gender Mainstreaming Division, giving her a 40-year experience at Makerere.
Kwesiga, 64, is a senior research scholar, Fulbright Fellowship, which she attained at the University of Winsconsin and a recipient of a Ford Foundation Individual Fellowship that allowed her to complete her Ph.D.
Prof. Fredrick Kayanja
The highest recognition for the vice-chancellor of Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST), came from the French Government in 2004. It was the Palmes Academique Award, the highest academic award for the French Government since 1808.
Kayanja, saw off MUST with a mere admission of only 54 medical students in 1999 and has supervised over 50 Masters and over 25 PhD students in his career. He has attended several universities, including the prestigious Harvard Medical School.
Dr. William Kalema
The chairman of UMACIS Consulting is on the board of directors of almost every big company.
In 2004, his selection on Tony Blairâ€™s Commission for Africa team was a source of pride for Uganda. After his Aâ€™ Level at Kingâ€™s College Budo, Kalema joined Cambridge (Emmanuel College), where he pursued Chemical Engineering and obtained Bachelors and Masters degrees.
His first job was at the Zambia Copper Mines before proceeding for a Ph.D in Chemical Engineering from California Institute of Technology.
Retired Justice Sam Wambuzi
He has served in the legal profession under different governments from the time Uganda was still a protectorate till his retirement. During the Obote I regime, he was a High Court judge. He took over from Benedicto Kiwanuka as Chief Justice after Idi Amin murdered the latter. But under the cover of Presidency of Court of Appeal for Eastern Africa, he left the country. He had a brief stint as a judge of the Court of Appeal in Kenya. In 1979, he returned as Chief Justice, but was sacked a year later by the Obote II regime. When Uganda was calm, Wambuzi returned to the Court of Appeal as Chief Justice. During his reign, he managed to expand the judiciary and improve its structures.
Dr. Martin Aliker
The gate to working life opened for Dr. Martin Aliker in 1959 as a part-time lecturer at Makerere Universityâ€™s Department of Surgery, before going into private practice. Since then, he has kept adding accolades to his name. He is a member to boards of many companies. Between 1993 and 1996, Aliker was the Presidentâ€™s advisor on special duties before becoming the Minister for International Co-operation and later, Parliamentary Affairs.
Before becoming Gulu University chancellor, Aliker was chancellor Nkumba University.
Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile
The governor Bank of Uganda
is a renowned economist and former secretary to the treasury. With an experience of eight years as the finance permanent secretary, his appointment as governor Bank of Uganda did not face much scrutiny by Parliament in 2000.
Japheth Katto, CEO, Capital Markets Authority, Prof. David M. Serwadda, the director Makerere University Institute of Public Health, Prof. Nelson Sewankambo, the dean Faculty of Medicine, Prof. Florence Mirembe, a gynaecologist, Prof. D J Bakibinga, deputy-vice chancellor Makerere University, Hon. Pherry Kabanda, Woman MP Budaka, Prof. J. Senteza Kajubi, vice-chancellor, Nkumba University and Miria Matembe, former Woman MP for Mbarara district.
Who will win the Uganda British Alumni award?