Meet Our Team

Our staff members play a central role in the organisation’s success. Their expertise enables us to respond to the evolving challenges in the market by promoting adaptive programming based on lessons learned from our interventions and market intelligence.
Executive Director

Patrick Oketa

DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS

Joseph Lutwama

CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER

Lydia A. Muhangi

DIRECTOR - DEAL FLOW FACILITY

Norah Koigi Ngare

Jackie Kitiibwa
DIGITAL ECONOMY LEAD

Jackie Kitiibwa

Agriculture and MSME Finance Lead

Geoffrey Okidi

Anthea Paelo
INTERVENTION MANAGER, BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT

Anthea Paelo, Ph.D.

Carolyne Ariokot
INTERVENTION MANAGER, MSME FINANCE

Carolyne Ariokot

Mercy Atiang
INVESTMENT OFFICER - DEAL FLOW FACILITY

Mercy Atiang

Portfolio Relationship Manager - Deal Flow Facility

Brenda Amony

Financial CONTROLLER

Sophie Namulema

COMMUNICATIONS LEAD

Brenda Banura

OPERATIONS MANAGER

Monica Sanyu

ACCOUNTANT

Angella Owach

Martin Agaya
I.T. SPECIALIST

Martin Agaya

Evelyn Nakato
PROGRAM ASSISTANT

Evelyn Nakato

Adam Makume
DRIVER

Adam Makume

Executive Director

Patrick Oketa

Patrick Oketa is FSD Uganda’s Executive Director. He is a seasoned banker, economist, and finance professional with experience in debt investing, private equity, development banking and advisory.He has over 20 years of experience working to deploy capital to businesses which have the potential to positively change the livelihoods of Uganda’s most vulnerable communities.

Patrick most recently worked as Managing Director at Aval Capital.  His experience includes roles with Development Banks such as: the African Development Bank, East African Development Bank, and the Uganda Development Bank. He has also in the past worked for Actis, Acumen and Pearl Capital as Director and partner.

Patrick is passionate about financial inclusion and impact investing. He is an ardent advocate for the increase in the role of the financial sector as a contributor to the national GDP of Uganda with a belief that this could exponentially improve the livelihood of millions of Ugandans which fits in well with FSD Uganda’s vision and mission.

He holds a Bachelors’ Degree in Economics, Masters in Banking and Finance and an MBA.

DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS

Joseph Lutwama

Joseph Sanjula Lutwama is the Director of Programs at FSD Uganda. Mr. Lutwama is a Financial Markets and Business Strategy Expert with a strong background in economics and research. Prior to joining FSD Uganda, he served as the Director of Research and Market Development at the Uganda Capital Markets Authority. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts in Economics and Planning from Makerere University. He has over 10 years of experience managing and implementing research and consultancy assignments focused on economic, business and financial sector development.

CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER

Lydia A. Muhangi

Lydia Awour Muhangi is the Chief Operations Officer for FSD Uganda. She is responsible for all administrative, operational, and contractual aspects of the company with oversight of finance, procurement, and project delivery across the organisation, program operations, and administration, talent management, and human resources. She is also responsible for ensuring that FSDU’s governance functions run smoothly, with appropriate communication between the board and management

Lydia is a seasoned accountant with over 12 years of experience in accounting and audit. She joined FSD Uganda from Sanlam General Insurance Uganda Limited, where she served as Chief Finance Officer and Head of IT for over four years. Prior to that, she worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers for eight years.

She is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants Uganda (ICPAU). She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Actuarial Science from Makerere University, a certificate in Managerial Finance from London School of Economics, and a certificate in Senior Leadership Development from Stellenbosch University. She is currently pursuing an Executive MBA at Strathmore University.

Outside of work, she volunteers as a career mentor with Career Path Uganda and serves on the Finance committee at her local church.

DIRECTOR - DEAL FLOW FACILITY

Norah Koigi Ngare

Norah Koigi Ngare is the Director – Deal Flow Facility (DFF). Ms. Ngare is tasked with operationalising the DFF and enhancing the Facility’s engagement with market actors. She is an investment professional with 15 years’ experience in impact asset management, corporate finance, investment advisory, and treasury management in East, West and Southern Africa.

Her sectoral expertise cuts across agriculture, finance, education, health, water and sanitation, and also includes rural livelihoods, eco-tourism, and conservation financing. Prior to joining FSD Uganda, she worked as a Senior Investment Officer at Finance in Motion.

She holds a Postgraduate Honors degree in Financial Analysis and Portfolio Management from the University of Cape Town, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Actuarial Science from the University of Nairobi and has recently completed a Master of Science in Development Finance from the Strathmore University Business School, Nairobi, Kenya.

Jackie Kitiibwa

DIGITAL ECONOMY LEAD

Jackie Kitiibwa

Jackie Kitiibwa is the Digital Economy Lead at FSD Uganda, working with regulators, policymakers and industry associations to formulate and enhance policies, laws, regulations and processes that enable and support inclusive financial services.

Jackie is a financial sector specialist with over 17 years experience in payments and market infrastructure. She was the Programme Manager, Payment Systems and Financial Inclusion at the Macroeconomic and Financial Management Institute of Eastern and Southern Africa (MEFMI), developing and implementing capacity-building programmes in 14 countries. Prior to that, she was Head of the Central Securities Depository (CSD) at the Bank of Uganda (BOU).

Through her work, Jackie has supported countries in the region to formulate, develop and implement financial services’ policies, standards and technologies. She has also participated in regional payment systems harmonisation initiatives including the review and implementation of regional legal frameworks, oversight benchmarks and technical specifications

Jackie holds a Master’s Degree in Economics and Financial Economics from the University of Nottingham, UK and a Bachelor of Statistics from Makerere University Kampala, Uganda.

Agriculture and MSME Finance Lead

Geoffrey Okidi

Geoffrey Okidi is the Agriculture and MSME Finance Lead at Financial Sector Deepening Uganda. He is responsible for thought leadership and strategy for MSME development and Digital Finance with emphasis on the agricultural, trade and light manufacturing sectors. He is further charged with portfolio management, managing results and learning as well as business risk and resource management.

Geoffrey is an Agricultural Economist with 15+ years of international development work experience spanning the agribusiness, MSMEs, financial services and INGO sectors. His technical expertise is in agricultural value chain development and financing, project planning and management, public-private partnerships development and resource mobilization. Prior to joining FSD Uganda, Geoffrey served at the Agricultural Business Initiative (aBi) for seven years in various capacities, with his last assignment being Ag. Chief Operating Officer at aBi Development Ltd. Previously, he served as Business Development Specialist at World Vision Uganda, Grants Administrator at USAID LEAD Project and Agricultural Loan Officer at Centenary Bank.

He holds a First-Class Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture (Economics major) and a Master of Business Administration degree, both obtained from Makerere University. He also holds a First-Class Postgraduate Diploma in Project Planning and Management from the Uganda Management Institute and a Diploma from Galilee International Management Institute focusing on SME growth through Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Anthea Paelo

INTERVENTION MANAGER, BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT

Anthea Paelo, Ph.D.

Anthea Paelo, Ph.D. is the Intervention Manager, Business Environment at Financial Sector Deepening Uganda. She is an economist with expertise in competition and economic regulation in East and Southern Africa. Prior to joining FSD Uganda, Anthea worked as an economist at the Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development (CCRED) in Johannesburg during which time she undertook a number of microeconomic studies on various sectors in a number of countries including Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. She has also written a number of research papers and peer-reviewed material.

She has a Doctorate in Economics from the University of Johannesburg. Her topic considers how the competitive dynamics of the mobile financial services sector in Kenya and Uganda affect initiatives to bring about financial inclusion.

Carolyne Ariokot

INTERVENTION MANAGER, MSME FINANCE

Carolyne Ariokot

Carolyne Ariokot is FSD Uganda’s Intervention Manager MSME Finance; she works with partners in public and private sectors and with development actors to improve the penetration and relevance of financial services for underserved markets. Carolyne has over 10 years’ experience working in the financial sector specializing in strategy execution, operational excellence, quality assurance, project management, risk and compliance management.

She previously worked with KCB Bank Uganda as a projects manager overseeing core banking system re-implementation, new products, system infrastructure and channels development. A certified PRINCE2 practitioner, Carolyne also holds a master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) and a bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences.

Mercy Atiang

INVESTMENT OFFICER - DEAL FLOW FACILITY

Mercy Atiang

Mercy Atiang is the Investment Officer for the Deal Flow Facility (DFF), being implemented by FSD Uganda in collaboration with the Capital Markets Authority of Uganda, funded by the European Union.

She has a wealth of experience in deal execution, investment banking, investment analysis, and enterprise development, and has worked with over 2,000 early and growth stage enterprises across sub–Saharan Africa seeking capital. Over her career, she has carved a niche in needs assessment and gap analysis, creating tailored curricula, and designing bespoke tools and templates used for investment readiness. Prior to her role at DFF, Mercy worked as a Senior Associate at Intellecap Advisory Services since 2017.

Portfolio Relationship Manager - Deal Flow Facility

Brenda Amony

Brenda Amony is a Portfolio Relationship Manager with the Deal Flow Facility (DFF). Brenda has over 12 years working experience in the financial services sector and carries with her a wealth of experience in business and strategy development, stakeholder management, financial risk analysis and project management.

Prior to her role at DFF, Brenda worked as a project manager with DENMAR Consulting Limited; and previously as a Senior Relationship Manger in the Corporate and Investment Banking Department with Citibank – Uganda.

Financial CONTROLLER

Sophie Namulema

Sophie Namulema is the Financial Controller at FSD Uganda. She is charged with executing the financial strategy of FSD Uganda. As part of her role, Sophie is responsible for developing and implementing FSDU’s overall financial control and performance framework and ensuring that both internal and external governance rules and requirements are complied with. She is also accountable for FSD Uganda’s management and financial reporting to all stakeholders in line with FSD’s strategic plans and the relevant regulatory framework.

Sophie is a chartered accountant with over 7 years’ experience in accounting, audit, capital markets and accounting advisory. Prior to joining FSD Uganda, Sophie worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers Kenya and Uganda.

She is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). She holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University, UK, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Statistics from Makerere University.

 

COMMUNICATIONS LEAD

Brenda Banura

Brenda is a journalist by profession who started her career in the Daily Monitor newsroom, before pursuing development communications with components of advocacy.

She has served as a writer, editor and offered communications, advocacy, and public relations expertise to various projects under reputable organisations.  These include the GIZ Promotion of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Programme (PREEEP) alongside the GIZ Employment and Skills for Development (E4D) Uganda initiative, the USAID Literacy Achievement and Retention Activity (LARA), USAID Strengthening Partnerships, Results and Innovations in Nutrition Globally (SPRING) project and The International Community of Women Living with HIV Eastern Africa (ICWEA).

She has Master’s Degree in International Relations and Diplomatic Studies, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication from Makerere University.

OPERATIONS MANAGER

Monica Sanyu

Monica Sanyu has over twenty (20) years of experience that cuts across finance, telecoms and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG). She spent six years of her career as Head of Human Resource (HR) at Ecobank Uganda, and six as Head of HR at Finance Trust Bank. She has had additional HR leadership roles at Warid Telecom Uganda and Uganda Telecom Limited that spanned six years, and prior to this held a foundational HR role at Century Bottling Uganda.

Monica holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Human Resource Management from Oxford Brookes University and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences from Makerere University. As our Operations Manager she brings a wealth of experience in Human Resource Management, Operations and Administration to the team.”

She is a qualified Balanced Scorecard Professional (BSP) awarded by the Balanced Scorecard Institute in conjunction with the George Washington University College of Professional Studies.

ACCOUNTANT

Angella Owach

Angella Atim Owach is FSD Uganda’s Accountant. She is responsible for accounting and financial reporting, management of financial risk and compliance, financial system operations and financial administrative support to the Operations Department. Angella has over six years’ experience in accounting, physical and financial verifications, financial systems migrations, financial management and reporting, budgeting, payments processing, reconciliations, audit, and Ugandan tax management.

Before joining FSDU, Angella worked with KPMG-Uganda as a Senior Advisor on various Audit and Advisory assignments. Angella has also worked as a Finance Officer with Watoto Ministries overseeing the Accounts Payable function for three companies and with Centenary Bank in the Business Growth and Development Department.

Angella holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Management from Uganda Martyrs University Nkozi and she is a member of both ACCA and ICPAU. She also holds professional certifications for trainings in Digital Money.

Martin Agaya

I.T. SPECIALIST

Martin Agaya

Martin is FSD Uganda’s I.T. Specialist bringing over six years’ experience managing and supporting Information Technology Services for a variety of organizations to the team. He plays a central role in securing the integrity of the team’s technical and operational processes, risk management protocol and knowledge management strategy.

His technical expertise cuts across infrastructure, knowledge management, networking and operating system software. Prior to joining FSD Uganda Martin worked with Joetrix Infotech Limited as a User and Systems Support Engineer. He served in the same capacity at Empire Microsystems, through FSD Africa, as a Web and Applications Developer at Microcare Solutions and at M:lab East Africa where he tested mobile-based applications. Martin holds a bachelors’ degree in Computer Science.

Evelyn Nakato

PROGRAM ASSISTANT

Evelyn Nakato

As Program Assistant, she is responsible for providing support to the Executive Management team, the larger Program team, and the Operations function.

Before joining FSD Uganda, Evelyn worked at Roke Telkom, a leading internet service provider, as HR Administrator responsible for HR, administration, operations, fleet management and general procurements. Evelyn has also worked as Administration Officer with Makerere University, School of Medicine where she supported the day to day running of the Dean’s office. She has years of experience in customer experience and customer care from her roles as Contact Center Executive with Orange Uganda Limited and Billing Officer with Umeme Ltd.

Evelyn has a Master of Arts in Public Administration and Management, Post Graduate Diplomas in Human Resource Management and Monitoring and Evaluation, and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences. She also holds professional certifications for trainings in Digital Money, Making Financial Markets work for the Poor, Results Measurement for Private Sector Development, Customer Care and Public Relations, and Project Management.

In her free time, she enjoys travelling and making new friends. She is a born-again Christian.

Adam Makume

DRIVER

Adam Makume

Adam Makume is a professional driver with over 10 years of experience. He has skills in defensive driving and advanced knowledge of the Uganda Road Traffic and Safety Act.

He complements his role with capabilities in asset management, fleet and logistics management, vehicle servicing and repair, security as well as health and safety. Over the span of his career, Adam has supported development and public sector actors to implement programs within and outside Kampala.

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