Mastercard Foundation Alumni Network
The Alumni Network is the culmination of our vision to mobilize the alumni from our programs — which include the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), Ashoka, the Youth Think Tank (YTT), the Scholars Program, the Anzisha Prize, and Youth Forward — to be a force for change.
To learn more about the Alumni Network, click here to complete the Mastercard Foundation Alumni Interest form.
To learn more about the Uganda Alumni Network email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet the Leadership Committee
Frank Kutensa is a highly accomplished professional with a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, where he graduated with distinction. His academic excellence and dedication to public health earned him the prestigious Public Health Leadership and Civic Engagement award as an outstanding student in the class of 2022.
Frank also holds a bachelor’s degree in Community Psychology from Makerere University. As an alumnus of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program, he received support for his education throughout his A’Level, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degrees.
Currently, Frank serves as the Strategy and Engagement Lead at Pepal NGO, leveraging his expertise and passion to drive impactful initiatives. With a strong background in public health and community psychology, Frank is committed to making a positive difference in the lives of individuals and communities.
Peace Pimer is an accomplished leader and social change advocate. She is the founder and Executive Director of Nile Girls Forum, a platform dedicated to empowering girls and women. Her outstanding contributions have earned her recognition, including being named among the 40 under 40 Elite and Inspirational Ugandans for 2019|2020.
With a passion for sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), Peace is a certified SRHR Trainer from the University of Erasmus, Rotterdam, and Makerere University School of Public Health. She is also an alumnus of the Digital Opportunity Trust, further expanding her skills and knowledge.
As a USAID/GUIDE Fellow and member of Generation Democracy by the International Republican Institute, Peace actively engages in shaping policies and programs to advance democracy and youth empowerment. She serves as an advisory board member of Green Deal and as the board chairperson of EduChild Foundation, organizations committed to environmental sustainability and education for children. Peace’s dedication to human rights advocacy extends to her role as a youth delegate for the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights consultation on hate speech, peace, and security in the East and Horn of Africa.
Jovia Nazziwa is a dedicated advocate for equity and inclusion, with a focus on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and gender equality. She is an alumna of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at BRAC Uganda (MFABU) and has actively volunteered with MFABU for seven years in various capacities. Currently, she serves as the Chairperson of the Board of Directors.
As a professional midwife and the Co-founder of Cure Medical Services, Jovia is committed to providing quality and affordable healthcare services to the people of Wakiso and School-based Health Services. Her passion for girls’ education and menstrual health management (MHM) has driven her to co-found Building of Africa Well Able (AWA), an organization that has reached approximately two million girls in rural Eastern and Central Uganda, delivering training on making reusable menstrual products (RUMPs).
Jovia’s ultimate goal is to create a world where women and girls have equal opportunities in all sectors of life. She empowers them to stay in school and equips them with leadership and financial literacy skills. Her unwavering dedication to promoting equity and inclusion is evident in her work and contributions to society.
Bruno Namisi is a seasoned Business Management practitioner with a remarkable 12 years of experience in the field. Throughout his career, he has made significant contributions to reputable organizations in both the private and public sectors. In his role as the Partnerships and Resource Mobilization Chairman at YALI RLC Uganda chapter from 2021 to 2023, Bruno has demonstrated his strong advocacy for youth-related issues. He actively works towards creating opportunities and addressing challenges faced by the youth.
With a deep understanding of finance and a strategic mindset, Bruno brings valuable expertise to his role as Finance Lead. He is dedicated to ensuring sound financial management and maximizing resources for the benefit of the organization.
Bruno’s passion for supporting youth and driving positive change is evident in his professional endeavors. He remains committed to leveraging his skills and experience to contribute to the advancement of youth-related initiatives and the overall development of the community.
Doreen Mbabazize is a dedicated professional in the field of agriculture with a focus on soil science. She holds an MSc. in Soil Science from Egerton University, Kenya, sponsored by the Mastercard Foundation through RUFORUM. She also obtained a BSc. in Agricultural Land Use & Management from Makerere University.
Currently, Doreen is volunteering at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Uganda, contributing to the Aflasafe project. Her work involves addressing challenges related to aflatoxin contamination in crops.
As a representative for Soil Science at RUFORUM from 2019 to 2021, Doreen has actively contributed to the advancement of her field. She has gained valuable experience and knowledge through her involvement with RUFORUM.
With a passion for agriculture and a strong background in soil science, Doreen is committed to effective communication and knowledge dissemination. In her role as Communications Lead, she aims to amplify the impact of the organization and engage stakeholders through clear and strategic communication.
Jacob Okidi is a highly skilled professional with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and over four years of experience in the field of ICT. Currently, he serves as the regional IT Field Support at BRAC Uganda, where he leverages his expertise to ensure smooth IT operations.
Coming from the FAWE Uganda chapter, Jacob has a strong background in technology and is passionate about using data to drive decision-making and monitor project performance. As the M&E Lead, he is dedicated to implementing effective monitoring and evaluation strategies to track progress and optimize outcomes.
With his proficiency in computer science and his practical experience in IT support, Jacob brings valuable insights and technical expertise to his role. He strives to harness the power of data and technology to enhance organizational effectiveness and drive positive change.