Our Team

Meet our people working to help women and girls drive positive social change and lead their communities to become active stewards of a more sustainable earth

EVELYN NASSUNA

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer

Evelyn has worked for Shared Action Africa since its inauguration in 2014. Prior to working with SAA, she worked for Lutheran World Relief (LWR) for over 13 years in two capacities, including East Africa Regional Representative and Country Director for Uganda. Prior to joining LWR, she worked for Catholic Relief Services (CRS) as the Global Solidarity, Advocacy and Justice Manager for the Uganda Country Program. Before joining CRS Uganda, she worked as Program Manager for Law and Advocacy for Women in Uganda (LAW-U), a nonprofit advocating for women’s rights in Uganda. Prior to joining international development, Evelyn practiced law with Kisaakye and Company Advocates in Uganda. Evelyn volunteers with several international and local organizations in the US and Uganda. She is a member of Rotary International and serves on the Board of Directors for The Africa House – Sacramento and The Interfaith Council of Greater Sacramento in California USA.

Evelyn holds a Master of Laws degree from Georgetown University School of Law in Washington, DC and a Bachelor of Laws and Development Studies from the University of Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania. She is an alum of the Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program and Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa Fellowship Program at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington DC, USA.

PRISCILLA NAMBAJJWE

Co-founder and Finance & Operation Director

Priscilla is a cofounder of Shared Action Africa in 2016, and manages the Shared Action Fund, a social enterprise started by Shared Action Africa with the aim of providing affordable gender sensitive loans to support the economic development of rural and refugee women youths. Before joining SAA, she worked as Finance Officer for Motorcare Uganda Ltd, a private company, where she managed the company’s credit and recovery program for five years. Prior to joining Motorcare, she worked for a local women’s nonprofit in Uganda as an accountant for three years. Priscilla is also a founder member of FINE SACCO, a savings and credit cooperative society in Uganda that he helped manage for two years.
Priscilla holds a master’s degree in Finance and Accounting from Makerere University and Bachelor’s degree in Statistics from the same university.

SYLVIA NALUBEGA

Programs Director

Sylvia joined Shared Action Africa as Programs Director for Shared Action Africa in 2020. Prior to joining SAA, Sylvia worked as Programs Manager for Action for Rural Women’s Empowerment (ARUWE) Uganda for over 12 years. At ARUWE, she oversaw the development and implementation of the organizations’ programs related to women’s economic empowerment, land rights, youth skilling, ART projects, HIV prevention and Sexual Reproductive Health. Sylvia is experienced in building and working with inclusive grassroots women and youth movements for human rights awareness and advocacy for better social service delivery. Sylvia has published two novels that address social issues and continues to use her writing skills to amplify human rights issues for women and youth using online platforms. Sylvia is part of the World March for Women Africa and Copyright, an online network for writers.
Sylvia holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation from the Uganda Management Institute, a Bachelor’s degree in Community Psychology from Makerere University Kampala, Diploma in Sexual Reproductive Health Rights from Lund University Sweden, a Certificate in Leadership from Harvest Institute Kampala and a Certificate in Human Rights and Social Justice from the University of Bagamoyo, Tanzania.

CHRISTOPHER KAYONGO

Sexual and Reproductive Health Officer

Christopher SAA in 2020 from Population Services International Uganda (PSI) where he supported public health facilities and private clinics in the implementation and execution of program quality related activities in family planning as well as managing the supply chain of family planning commodities. Before joining PSI, he was a consultant in biochemistry, pediatrics, and ophthalmology at Mountains of the Moon University in Uganda. Prior to that he was the District Project Coordinator for Medicin Sans Frontier (MSF) and was responsible for supervising the technical team and community structures. Christopher started his career as a clinical nurse at Mubende Regional Referral Hospital providing sexual and reproductive health services and emergency care treatment to patients with emergency medical conditions.
Christopher holds a bachelor’s degree in Nursing Science from Bishop Stuart University, Mbarara in Uganda and he is pursuing a masters’ degree in Public Health from the same University.

ELIAZER OKUTIA

Livelihoods Specialist

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.    

 

SANDRA TIISA

Technology Expert

Sandra is a technology expert at Shared Action Africa. She supports the organization with expertise in implementation, monitoring and maintenance of IT systems specifically focusing on computer networks, databases and system administration function. Before joining SAA, she was an assistant lecturer at Kyambogo University providing mentorship to students and to ensure efficient delivery of teaching programmes in accordance with the university’s strategy and procedures. She also carried out assessments and evaluations of examinations work and provided academic and consultative support to students. Prior to joining Kyambogo University, she worked as a telecommunications engineer at Uganda Communications Commission (UCC).
Sandra holds a bachelor’s degree in Telecommunication Engineering from Kyambogo University, Uganda.

CHRIS AUSTRIA

Photography, Videography and Social Media consultant

Chris Austria joined Shared Action Africa as a photography, videography and social media consultant. Previously, he was working with Chris Austria productions for 2 years in San Francisco, CA as CEO directing operations of photography and video production, cinematography and video editing for companies and nonprofit organizations. He also worked for Wildlife for Sustainable Development (WSD) in Ethiopia for 2 years. Before joining WSD, he worked with Wildlife Companions Sanctuary in California as a keeper of big cat animals including tigers and lions and other primate animals. During this time, he gave educational presentations about endangered species and did fundraising for the sanctuary.
He has certificates in Cinematography & Video editing and Digital Media Production from Bay Area Video Coalition, San Francisco, CA and Pyramid, San Francisco, CA respectively.

JOAN BIRUNGI

Data Clerk

Joan Birungi joined Shared Action Africa as a Data Clerk in January 2021. She previously worked with PMI, Vector link as a data entry clerk on a project implemented to protect against malaria through deployment of insecticide-treated mosquito nets (ITNs) and indoor residual spraying in our 8 districts of Uganda. Prior to joining PMI Vector link, she served as a quality control operator on the National ID project under Ministry of internal affairs with the main role of performing citizen verification using the client information system and quality of cards produced. Preceding that, she interned as data clerk in the Reproductive Health Division of the Ministry of internal Affairs.

Joan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Makerere University of Kampala Uganda.  

 

AGNES AKULLU

Assistant Livelihoods Officer Clerk

Agness Akullu joined Shared Action Africa as an Assistant Livelihoods Officer in 2021. Prior to joining SAA, she worked with Heifer International as a community Agro input entrepreneur (CAE) where she trained farmers on good agronomic practices (GAP) and also helped farmers form and register Saving and Credit Co-operatives (SACCOs). Prior to joining Heifer International, she worked with AVSI Foundation as a community based trainer providing technical support to Village Savings and Loans Association (VSLA) Groups. Before joining Heifer International, she worked with THETA as a community based trainer overseeing the establishment of VSLAs among the vulnerable communities in Northern Uganda. She also worked for Caritas Lira as a farmer field school facilitator as a Trainer on income generating activities (IGAs), Farming as a Business (FAAB) and access to finance.

Agness holds a Diploma in Crop production and Management. 

 

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