Ashanut, our Managing Director is a Lawyer and Development Practitioner with close to twenty years’ experience of supporting interventions that promote human rights, governance, gender equality, and institutional / organizational strengthening in Africa. Ashanut has both a sound understanding of the content of human rights and social justice issues, and the skills to facilitate interventions that lead to growing consciousness, challenge perspectives and enables individuals and organizations that enable organizations/institutions function better. Ashanut has worked with National CSOs, UN Agencies, International development agencies, UN agencies, the World Bank and Government Agencies in Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Burundi, Senegal, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone, Somaliland, South Sudan, and Nigeria.
Teddy Atim Ph.D.
Teddy has experience as a practitioner and researcher working in humanitarian emergencies, post-conflict and development settings. Her work is mainly focused in Uganda and she has also collaborated on research in other conflict affected states in Africa, including Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and Niger. Her research interests include: experiences of armed conflict; post-conflict rebuilding; gender and protection; children and youth; transitional justice; governance, and sustainable development. Teddy also has extensive experience as a practitioner, working with children, women, young people, families, and communities affected by armed conflict. She worked with various national and international organizations to provide humanitarian assistance, including grant making in humanitarian situations, peace building, and recovery. She holds a B.A. in social sciences from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, an M.A. in humanitarian assistance from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, and a Ph.D. in international development from Wageningen University, The Netherlands.
Mr. Omonya is a lawyer and Advocate of the High Court of Uganda with over 10 years of experience in development work. He is currently a partner with ABNO Advocates in Kampala, where he practices law in areas of business acquisitions, Corporate Governance, non-profit sector advisories, Insurance and Banking. Mr Omonya worked with Oxfam in various capacities including Manager Governance and Accountability Thematic Area, Public Policy Coordinator and National Campaigns Officer. He also worked with Action aid in various positions including Women Land Rights, Access to Justice, Women Reception Centre Coordinator. He has advised Oxfam International on a complex mediation between local communities in Western Uganda and New Forest Company facilitated by the Compliance Advisor and Ombudsman (CAO) of the World Bank Group. Mr Omonya also offered strategic institutional and program development advisories and support to national organisations including the Civil Society Budget Advocacy Group (CSBAG) where he helped expand their program spheres in the East African Community region as well as the engagements with International Finance Institutions like the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. Mr Omonya is currently undertaking to shape the institutional progress of a national organisation called Centre for Budget and Tax Policy (CBTP). Mr Omonya is also a member of the Akijul supporting in quality assurances in research and policy analysis. Mr. Omonya’s core areas of interests are in political economy analysis, political risks analysis, international development, fiscal policies, Civil Society Organisations capacity and civic engagements. He is a regular panellist on TVs, radios and public policy platforms.
Ongom Brian (Akijul)
Brian is a lawyer with keen interest in human rights issues and particularly drawn to digital rights. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Law from Makerere University and recently completed the bar course. He got actively involved in advocacy activities with the Clinical Education Program and Public Interest Litigation and Clinic (PILAC) at Makerere University.
Gloria Awor (Akijul)
Gloria is a lawyer passionate about social justice. She holds a bachelors degree in Law from Makerere University, a diploma in legal practice from the Law Development Centre in Uganda, a certificate in Private Equity and Venture Capital. She has considerable experience in Human Rights, Advocacy and Company Regulatory and Compliance. She is passionate about social Justice and Legal research.
Eshban Kwesiga (Akijul)
Eshban has keen interest in cutting edge issues around rights, data and human development