Our Leadership

Meet the Shared Action Africa Board of Directors

Christine Katabarwa Suubi

Christine K. Suubi is founder and Executive Director of HOPEIN, a development and training consulting firm. She has extensive experience in development, particularly in rural financing and community based financial services. Christine is a trainer of trainers, with over 20 years’ experience in providing training in business development/entrepreneurship Skills (BDS), Village Savings and Loan association (VSLA) methodology and financial literacy education. Christine a master’s degree in Social Sector Planning and Management (SSPM) majoring in Designing, Evaluation and Review of Public Policies, Projects and Programmes and a bachelor’s degree in development Strategies and Financial management from Makerere University.

Dr. Josephine Mazzi Namayanja

Dr. Josephine Mazzi Namayanja is an Assistant Professor of Management Science and Information Systems in the College of Management at University of Massachusetts, Boston. She has also worked on research in healthcare where she has proposed methods that can be utilized in disease management and patient care. She is currently working on various research-related projects to enhance technological advancements in healthcare, cyber security and economic growth and development in developing countries. She received her Ph.D in Information Systems at University of Maryland, Baltimore County in May 2015 where she also received her M.S in Information Systems in May 2010. She received her B.S in Information Technology from Makerere University Kampala in Uganda in May 2007.

Florence Ssempebwa Makada

Florence Sempebwa Makada is the Managing Director of MOTORCARE Uganda Ltd, a subsidiary of KJAER GROUP. Florence has worked for Motorcare for than 25 years in various leadership capacity, including Finance and Business Planning Manager, Deputy Finance Manager, Human Resource Development Manager. She has substantial experience in strategic management, Finance, Human Resources, business planning and management. Florence is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) of UK-FCCA. She holds an Executive MBA from the University of Stellenbosch Business School in South Africa, and a Bsc. with First Class Honors in Applied Accounting from Oxford Brookes University-UK.

Joan Kabayambi

Joan Kabayambi is an independent consultant with over 18 years of experience in strategic planning, program management and organization development with both public and private organisations. She is also a health anthropologist with extensive experience in the design and execution of operational research agriculture, women empowerment, governance, health, education, economic empowerment, water and sanitation and makes recommendations for action. Joan is currently pursuing a PhD in Development studies with special focus on maternal disabilities (obstetric fistula), at Mbarara University of Science and Technology. She holds a Masters in Public Health leadership MPHL and a Post Masters Fellowship from Makerere University-College of Health Sciences’ School of Public Health. She holds a Post Graduate Diplomas in Project Planning Management, Research Methods, Monitoring and Evaluation, and Human Resource Management

Lawrence Ssentongo

Lawrence works as the Senior Manager for ENERGY4IMPACT where he helps to accelerate access to clean energy in Africa. He also has over 15 years’ professional experience in MSME banking, microfinance and management of development finance projects in sub-Saharan Africa. He worked as Resident Advisor for the ‘Rural Financial Enhancement Program aka “A Rural Challenge Fund”, implemented on behalf of the Agribusiness Initiative Trust in Uganda. He has also worked in various capacities in the banking sector including Head of Business MSME for GT Bank (formerly Fina Bank) and Credit Risk Manager as well as Head of Corporate Credit Equity Bank Uganda. Lawrence has worked in several countries including Uganda, Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, Southern Sudan, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Zambia, Rwanda. He holds a Master of Arts Degree in Development Studies from Uganda Martyrs University Nkozi, and a BA in Social Sciences from Makerere University Kampala, Uganda.


Pamela Tuniza represents young refugee women on the board of directors for Shared Action Africa.  She also serves as a youth representative and mobilizer on the leadership committee of the Refugee Women’s Collective. She is a member of Nakivale Sewing Centre, a partner of Shared Action Africa that provides technical training to young girls in fashion design and garment making. Pamela arrived as a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2018, and was resettled in Nakivale Refugee Settlement. In addition, Pamela is a peer educator for fellow young girls on issues related to reproductive health, economic empowerment, life skills, reproductive health, gender-based violence and conflict resolution. Pamela’s vision is to set up a tailoring workshop where she will train her fellow young women in tailoring and other craft skills to earn a living as well as participate in leadership within the Refugee Council in the settlements.    


Julie Akach is the Chairperson of the Refugee Women Collective, that bring together over 20 refugee women groups, that was launched with the support of Shared Action Africa in Nakivale and Oruchinga Refugee Settlements. Julie is a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo that settled in 2016. She is a farmer and business woman and that has provided timeless support to her fellow refugee women as they integrated and settlement in Nakivale Refugee Settlement. Julie has played a key role in leading and mobilizing refugee women, particularly refugee women farmer to form the Refugee Women’s Collective in Nakivale and Oruchinga Refugee Settlements. Among others, the latter organization lobbies and advocates on behalf of refugee women and girls in the two settlements in Uganda. She also acts as a champion for SHRH by mobilizing fellow women and girls to participate in community health education campaigns to promote the utilization of Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) in the refugee settlements.