Current Council Members

2018-2022
Mrs. Lorna Magara
Chairperson

Mrs. Lorna Magara is a Ugandan educationist who is currently the Principal of Vine International Christian Academy, a leading private school in Uganda. She has been actively engaged in the sphere of education for over 20 years. As a human capital development and management expert with experience spanning over 30 years, she has served on several Governing Bodies of Education organizations within and outside Uganda. Her philosophy is that education is a transformational process that is a key determinant in forming the character and quality of society. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education from Makerere University and a Master of Arts Degree in Organizational Leadership and Management from Uganda Christian University

Rt. Hon. Dan Fred Kidega
Vice Chairperson

Hon. Dan Fred Kidega is a Ugandan politician and business leader currently serving as the Chairman of Atiak Sugar Corporation. He joined politics in the 1990s, rising to the ranks of Chairman of the National Youth Council, National Youth MP, East African Legislative Assembly MP. Hon. Kidega is also a member of NEC, the highest organ of the NRM Party. He studied business administration at Uganda Christian University and later went to Lund University in Sweden where he completed a Diploma and Master of Arts in International Trade.

Professor Barnabas Nawangwe
Vice Chancellor

Arch. Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe is a Ugandan academic, architect and public administrator. He became the Vice-Chancellor of Makerere University in 2017 having previously served as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor in charge of finance and administration, head of Architecture Department and Dean of Faculty of Technology. He’s the current chair of the Boards of the Centre for Tobacco Control in Africa (CTCA) and the Resilient Africa Network (RAN). Prof. Nawangwe holds a PhD in Architecture from the Kyiv National University of Construction and Architecture (KNUCA). 

Prof. Henry Alinaitwe
Prof. Eng. Henry Mwanaki Alinaitwe
Ag. Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance & Administration)

Prof. Alinaitwe has served at senior management level in the University and as Principal in the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT) since August 2013, a position he assumed rising from the ranks as Deputy Principal, Dean School of the Built Environment, Associate Dean of the then Faculty of Technology. He has been in Senate for more than 10 years. He has previously served as Chairman and member of the University Contracts Committee and he has chaired a number of various university committees.

Prof. Alinaitwe is a widely published, well-read professor in Civil and Construction Engineering with his research interests in the areas of areas of structures, construction materials, and construction project management. He is currently working on the project of redesigning the Main Administration Building at Makerere University.  He is a registered and practicing Engineer. He is a Fellow of Uganda Institution of Professional Engineers, Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK), and a Fellow of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Umar Kakumba
First Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs)

Dr. Kakumba is an Associate Professor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor in charge of academic affairs at Makerere University. He is also the former Dean of the School of Business and Management Sciences, College of Business and Management Sciences (CoBAMS). He has served as a Member of the University’s Senate and initiated programmes such Pan-African Capacity Building Programme and the Cambridge-Africa Partnership for Research Excellence (CAPREx) project. Umar holds a PhD in Public Affairs from the University of Pretoria, a Master of Public Administration & Management and a Diploma in Business Administration from Makerere University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences also from Makerere University). 

Mr. Kiryowa Kiwanuka
Chair of Appointments Board Committee

Hon. Kiryowa Kiwanuka is a Ugandan lawyer currently serving as the Attorney General of the Republic of Uganda. Mr. Kiwanuka is the co-founder and was a partner at K & K Advocates, one of the leading law firms in Uganda. He’s on the board of directors of the Petroleum Authority of Uganda. As a sports enthusiast, he also serves as the current Chairman of Express Football Club, a premier league soccer club in Uganda was he is also a past president of the Uganda Gold Union. Mr Kiwanuka studied Law at Makerere, Law Development Centre, and the University of Dundee in Scotland. 

Mr. Bruce Balaba Kabaasa
Chair of FPAIC

Bruce Kabaasa is a Ugandan civil society leader and public policy expert. He’s the founder and Executive Director of the University Forum on Governance (UNIFOG), a policy think-tank based at Makerere University. He also manages the Gender Equality Project (GEP) funded by the Democratic Governance Facility. Mr. Kabaasa obtained a Bachelor of Social Science and a Master of Ethics and Public Management from Makerere University. He has published widely on politics and social security.

Dr. Fredrick Edward Kitoogo

Chair of the ICT Committee

Dr. Kitoogo is an IT governance and management expert who is currently serving as the Principal of Uganda Institute of Information and Communications Technology (UICT). He has held key leadership roles with leading public agencies, such as, National Information Technology Authority, Uganda Revenue Authority and the Uganda Judiciary. His research works have been widely published in several international Journals. He also lectures and supervises students pursuing post-graduate studies. Dr. Kitoogo holds of a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Makerere University. 

Dr. Sarah N. Ssali
Chair of the Quality Assurance and Gender Mainstreaming Committee

Dr. Sarah Ssali is a Ugandan social scientist, researcher, academic and academic administrator.  She is an Associate Professor and Dean of the School of Gender and Women Studies at Makerere University. She is the Director, ARUA Centre of Excellence in Identities and one of the team leaders of the Gender Equality Project (GEP). She is also a Chair of the Gender Equity Working Group (Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine), a member of the Senate of the Uganda Institute of Bankers, and Expert Scientific Group of the IMPALA Lung Health Consortium (Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine). She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences (Political Science and Public Administration) and a Master of Arts in Gender Studies from Makerere University, and a PhD in International Health Studies from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, Scotland. 

Dr. Helen Nambalirwa Nkabala
Chair of the Students Affairs Committee

Dr. Helen Nambalirwa Nkabala is a Ugandan academic currently working at the Department of Religion and Peace Studies as a senior lecturer. She is the Inaugural Director of the Rotary Peace Center in Africa situated at Makerere University. Helen has extensively trained UNMISS staff in conflict transformation as well Social Cohesion. She has also trained the Uganda Police Force on a number of conflict transformation and peace building courses. In addition to holding an AHP Fellowship, she also coordinated research projects for the Mellon Foundation, UN-Women, MasterCard Foundation, United States Institute of Peace (USIP) among others. She holds a PhD (Stavanger/Makerere), M.Phil. Theology (Bergen), Master of Arts in Peace and Reconciliation Studies (Coventry), PGDE/ME in Educational Technologies (University of Cape Town) and BA (Makerere). 

Eng. Dr. Steven Paul Kagoda
Chair of the Estates and Works Committee

Eng. Steven Paul Kagoda holds a BSc (Eng) from Makerere, an MSc, and a PhD from the Loughborough University of Technology. He lectured at Makerere from 1974 to 1988 during which period he rose to the rank of Assoc. Prof and was head of department. He joined the Civil Service in 1988 as a commissioner and later served in the Ministry of Tourism Trade and Industry and the Ministry of Internal Affairs as a Permanent Secretary. Eng. Kagoda represented the government in peace negotiations with the LRA and played key roles in setting up NIRA and issuance of National Identity Cards. He was awarded the Golden Jubilee Independence medal and the Uganda Police Centenary Exemplary Service medal.

Ms Jolly Uzamukunda Karabaaya
Chair, Staff Welfare Committee

Jolly Uzamukunda Karabaaya is an educationist and administrator. She is the Commissioner for Higher Education and Training at the Ministry of Education and Sports where she previously served as a Principal Education Officer. 

Dr. Winston Tumps Ireeta
Chair of the Legal, Rules, and Privileges Committee

Prof. Winston Tumps Ireeta is a Ugandan physicist and academic based at Makerere University where he has been teaching and researching for the past two decades. He’s the current Head of the Department of Physics at the university. Prof. Ireeta is a Board Member of the African Materials Research Society in addition to providing external examination services at many African universities. He holds a Ph.D. and an MSc. in Physics from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and Norwegian University of Science and Technology respectively. His B.Sc. (Physics and Mathematics) was attained from Makerere University in 2001. He is also a Board Member of Makerere Holdings Company. 

Hon. Thomas Tayebwa
Council Appointee

Hon. Thomas Bangirana Tayebwa is a Ugandan lawyer and politician and businessman who is currently serving as the Government Chief Whip. He has been a Member of Parliament for Ruhinda North County in Mitooma District since 2011. Hon. Tayebwa is also an entrepreneur with interests in communications and media, culture and heritage, transport, and manufacturing. He received a bachelor of social science and a law degree from Makerere University; and an MBA from ESAMI. 

Dr. Fredrick Tanga Odoi
Representative of Convocation

Dr.Fredrick Tanga Odoi is a Ugandan academic and political administrator currently working as the Chairman of the Electoral Commission of the National Resistance Movement (NRM), the leading political party in Uganda . He taught at Makerere University for 25 years, rising from Tutorial Assistant to Lecturer between 1989-2015. While at Makerere, Dr. Tanga-Odoi was also the chairperson Makerere University Academic Staff Association (MUASA) for 8 years between 2006 -2014. He is the current Chairperson of the Makerere University Convocation, an alumni association of students and current staff of the university. Dr. Tanga is a holder of BA (Educ) Hons (MAK), M.A in Econ. History (MAK) and PhD in Political History (University of Pretoria- South Africa).

Prof. Norbert Frank Mwine
Senate Representative

Prof. Frank Norbert Mwiine is a veterinarian, an academic and Dean, School of Biosecurity, Biotechnical & Laboratory Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity (COVAB), Makerere University.  Prof. Mwiine is currently the chairperson of the Governing Council Public Health Nurses’ College, Kyambogo. Before joining Makerere University in 2005, he worked as a Veterinary Officer for 5 years. He is the president of Global Foot-and-Mouth Disease Research Alliance (GFRA) a worldwide association of animal research organizations that are involved in combating Foot-and-Mouth Disease. He has published widely in virology, an area of his specialization. He holds a Ph.D, Masters of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, and a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine from Makerere University.

Mr. George Opee
Staff Representative with Disability

Mr. George William Opee is an accountant currently working at Makerere University. He is also a disability rights activist representing persons with disability at the University Council. Mr. Opee is also currently serving as the Chairperson of the NRM Disability League in Makerere University. He has been a treasurer of Katakwi District Cross Disability Union (KDCDU). Mr. Opee graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from Makerere University after a Diploma in Business Studies from the then National College of Business studies (NCBS), Nakawa, Kampala.s Disability Union (KDCDU). Mr. Opee graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from Makerere University after a Diploma in Business Studies from the then National College of Business studies (NCBS), Nakawa, Kampala.

Ms Doreen Nyanjura
Representative of Kampala City Council Authority

Her Worship, Hon. Doreen Nyanjura is a Ugandan politician who is currently serving as the Deputy Mayor of Kampala City. She’s also the Local Council 5 (LCV) Woman Councilor, representing Makerere University at Kampala Capital City Authority. Hon. Nyanjura also served as the Vice-President of the Makerere University Student Guild. She is a member of the Forum for Democratic Change, one of Uganda’s largest political parties. She graduated with a Bachelor of Tourism and an MA in Public Policy degrees from Makerere University. 

Mr. John Chris Ninsiima
Representative of NUDIPU

Mr. Ninsiima John Chris is a disability rights advocate currently acting as the CEO National Union of Disabled People of Uganda (NUDIPU). He is a long time educationist who taught at, and administered secondary schools for over 20 years. Before joining NUDIPU as a Director of Programmes, Mr Ninsiima previously worked at Action on Disability and Development (ADD) International, a UK International charity as a senior programme manager. He obtained a degree in Bachelor of Arts with Education degree of Makerere University, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Community Based Rehabilitation of Kyambogo University, a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resources Management and a Master degree in Management Studies both of Uganda Management Institute 

Ms. Ruth Eyoku Iteu

Senior Administrative Staff Representative

Ruth Eyoku Iteu is a Ugandan public administrator and civil servant. She joined the Academic Registrar’s Office as a Records clerk on the 28th June 1996 and has moved through the ranks to become one of the senior administrators (Senior Assistant Registrar ICT) of the department in the ICT unit (She has also acted as the Deputy Registrar ICT in the Academic Registrar’s department for over 8 years). Mrs. Iteu obtained a bachelor’s degree in Library and Information Sciences from Makerere University, a Postgraduate Diploma in Information Systems from Uganda Management Institute (UMI), and a Master of Science in Information Systems from Ndejje University. She has been a member of the Makerere University Staff Tribunal as a Female representative for the Senior Administrative Staff for 8 years, then she joined Council. She represents Makerere Senior administrative staff at the University Council.

Mr. Jackson Byamukama
Support Staff Representative

Mr.  Jackson Byamukama is a librarian currently working at the Makerere University Library. He has been a member of the University Senate (2017-2019) and is the current Vice-Chairperson of the National Union of Educational Institutions (NUEI). Jackson holds a diploma in business studies and he represents the support staff of Makerere University at the University Council. 

Mr. William Ndoleriire
Representative Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development

Mr. William Ndoleriire is a Ugandan public servant currently working at the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development as the team lead of the Social Services Unit. He is a Policy Analyst and oversees the preparation of the Sector Budget Framework papers, budget estimates and analysis of budget performance, appraises monitoring and evaluation of projects, coordinates the design and execution of the country programmes and prepares the development budget release. Mr. Ndoleriire holds a Masters in Economic Policy Management (MUK), a Post Graduate Diploma in Education (MUK) and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics (MUK). 

Ms. Shamim Nambassa

87th Guild President, Student Representative

Noella Awal Juach
Student Representative and Vice Guild President

Noella Awal is a 3rd-year student of community psychology at Makerere University who was appointed as the 86th Guild President in May 2021. She is the Guild Representative Councilor (GRC) for the School of Psychology. In addition to once serving as the international students’ representative at the School of Psychology, College of Humanities and Social Sciences Noella was also the Vice-President of Makerere University South Sudanese Students Association (MUSSSA).

Yusuf Kiranda
Secretary to Council

Mr. Yusuf Kiranda is a public administrator currently serving as the Secretary of Makerere University. Before joining Makerere, he was a Co-Director at the Centre for Development Alternatives (CDA). Previously, Yusuf worked at the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung as a Programme Manager. Yusuf holds a graduate degree in Development Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and an undergraduate degree in Education from Makerere University where he was also the Guild President.