David Tumwebaze ErimonsiChairman
Tumwebaze David is a social worker. He worked at the ministry of internal affairs for a period of 2 years. He is currently one of the directors of Erimox Uganda limited, a company that deals in money transfers and related services. Tumwebaze David holds a bachelor s degree in social work and social administration from Kyambogo University where he also served as a student leader (students’ guild representative). He is a trained credit officer with Pride Uganda microfinance and is passionate to work with low income groups to grow himself while helping others to grow. He has helped to mobilize and form various saving groups including: D-savers, a group aimed at saving to invest for the future. He demonstrates unrelenting commitment and interest in community development and has actively participated in the initiation and planning of the HOMES cooperative society.
Apio Stella MarisVice Chair
Apio Stella Maris is a lawyer by training who has worked in various organizations as a legal administrator. She is an ambitious, hardworking individual who strives to complete whatever she undertakes. Her presence in the management of HOMES Cooperative Society enriches the society with legal credentials needed in the industry.
Mr. Emmanuel Ediau is a project management specialist with over 15 years experience in project design, planning, implementation and monitoring & evaluation. Up to 2012 while at Uganda Institute of Information & Communications Technology (UICT), he worked as International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD) Projects Coordinator where he coordinated ICT in Vocational Education and ICT Maintenance Facility for Rural Uganda projects and supported the capacity development component of IICD Country Programme covering 16 projects with over ninety (90) project centres around the Country in health, agriculture, education, local government and other livelihood sectors. He previously served as Coordinator, Private Sector Training at Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) in Uganda; as Senior Lecturer at Uganda Institute of Information & Communications Technology specializing in Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Operations Management and as Adjunct Faculty at Sikkim Manipal University off-shore campus in Kampala, Uganda and at International School of Business & Technology (ISBAT). He has over 12 years experience in business management including marketing, finance, human resource and operation management having previously worked with Colgate Palmolive (U) Ltd and Beta Healthcare (U) Ltd. He also has over ten years experience management consulting and delivering business development services working with Enterprise Uganda, and has supported over 50 small and medium enterprises to develop strategic plans, business plans and annual budgets, setting sales goals and objectives, review business processes and policies, prepare annual budgets, develop book-keeping, accounting, human resource, operations, sales and marketing systems. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce of Makerere University, Master of Business Administration degree from Uganda Martyrs University and a post graduate diploma in project management of Uganda Management Institute. He is currently undertaking a certified public accountancy course at Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Uganda (ICPA-U) completing professional level 3.
Christopher Rwahwire KasangakiTreasurer
Chris Rwahwire Kasangaki is a microfinance and community economic development specialist with over 30 years of field experience in savings and credit cooperatives, microfinance and community economic development. He is also an IT expert and product designer, and has been instrumental in informing the HOMES cooperative society initiation process. He previously served as an adjunct professor of Information Technology Management at the Virtual University of Uganda and of Micro-finance and Community Economic Development at the Uganda Martyrs University, Nkozi. He has long years of hands-on experience as a development worker in rural Uganda, having worked with Hoima Catholic Diocese as regional development coordinator; he also served as a Director in the Wildlife Clubs of Uganda, as National Secretary in The Uganda Kolping Society; Board Member at Support Organization for Micro-Enterprise Development (SOMED) and several other non-profit development organizations. Among other things he is also a bio-intensive/organic farming instructor. In the Information Technology field he is an Open Source Software and Linux evangelist/guru as well as ICT for development (ICT4D) specialist and a partner in the IT consultancy MIS4D. He formerly worked for four years as a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) consultant for the International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD) in The Hague, Netherlands, covering their operations in 17 districts and 65 project centers in Uganda. He has founded BIRUNGI Agro Investment Foundation a modified farmers' collective that is to organize resource-poor homesteads to become better informed, empowered and self-supporting through better management and transformation of household production into viable enterprises. He continues to sell open software and Linux administration services and run a number of private business activities in low-cost housing promotion and entrepreneurship development.
Ayoo Evelyn OmaraCommittee Member
Ms. Ayoo Evelyn Omara is an Accountant, currently working with Standard Signs (Uganda) Ltd where she has served for the last 6 years. She also oversees accounts function in the sister companies including Africa Road Furniture Ltd and Engineering Management & Innovation Institute (EMI). Evelyn is experienced in setting-up book-keeping and accounting systems, preparing financial statements and reports using both manual and computer-based systems. She is also knowledgeable in tax and compliance matters. She previously worked as an Intern with Barclays Bank Uganda Ltd. operations department. Ms. Ayoo Evelyn Omara holds a Bsc (Computer science and statistics) from Uganda Martyrs University Nkozi; a postgraduate Diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation of Uganda Management Institute and is a CPA student at Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Uganda (ICPA-U).
Karuhanga GeoffreyCommittee Member
Mr. Geoffrey Karuhanga is a resident of Kito Trading Centre in Kirinya Ward – Kira Municipality, Wakiso District. He holds a Diploma in Electrical Engineering from Dons College – Makerere, Kampala. Since 1997, Karuhanga worked with Uganda Electricity Board; later joined Uganda Electicity Distribution Company Ltd in 2001 and Umeme from 2003 – 2005. He curently works as an independ technician doing domestic electrical installation works. Mr. Karuhanga is an active community development worker. He is currently the Chairperson of Kito-Kirinya Residents Association which started in 2006 and has grown over the years, having current membership of 20 members. He is also the Vice Chairperson of Kwebisaho Group Limited, an association which started in 2009 and is growing with current membership of 15 members. Kwebisaho Group is a multi-purpose savings and credit association. He brings lots of experience in housing and energy to HOMES Cooperative which is vital to move the cooperative forward.
Joan AumaCommittee Member
Ms. Joan Auma is an Administrator, currently working with East African Signage Equipment Supplies, a sister company to Standard Signs (U) Ltd. She has experience in sales, customer relations and records management attained over the years initially working at Standard Signs (U) Ltd. She also has experience in bookkeeping, petty cash management and data entry using both manual and computer-based systems. Ms. Joan Auma holds a Diploma in Business Administration majoring in banking and finance from YMCA Comprehensive Institute in Kampala.
Geoffrey Omara AdigiCommittee Member
Hon. Geoffrey Omara is the proprietor and Executive Director of several companies including: Standard Signs (U) Ltd, Africa Road Furniture Ltd and Engineering Management & Innovation Institute. He is a former member of parliament for Erute North – Lira District in Northern Uganda. He was publicity secretary in parliamentary forum on climate change and served in various parliamentary committees in the 9th parliament including Science & Technology and Information & Communications Technology committee. During the same period, he also served as Vice Chairperson of the parliamentary forum on road safety. He previosly served as lead instructor in the Directorate of Industrial Training, Ministry of Education – Uganda under the GTZ supported project. Hon. Omara is a civil engineer with over 20 years experience in innovative product design, building construction & maintenance and signage consultancy. He offers signage consultancy to many sign making organizations and outdoor advertising agencies in East and Central Africa. He was the first to introduce large format solvent digital printing in Uganda, which revolutionalised the industry. He is a mentor and coach who has supported several entrepreneurs start and succeed in business expecially in the sign making industry. Hon. Omara founded O.C.K. Savings and Credit Cooperative based in Lira District. O.C.K. now serves over one thousands members and growing. He has contributed immensely in the initiation and planning of the cooperative and is instrumental in guiding operations, playing the role of the Patron.