Ana Urrutia-Enciso – Executive Director
Nakalema Shamirah – Head of Programs
Bernard Omoding – Finance & Grants Manager
Crystal Kiseka – M&E Coordinator
Florence Jesca Baine – Accountant
Evelyn Akello – Administrative Officer
Ruth Namagembe – Junior Accountant
Diana Nalunga – Project Manager
Stellah Linda – Junior Project Manager
Agnes Akech – Project Officer
Martin Niola – Environmental Officer
Co-founder and Board Treasurer
Maria is a Public Health professional from University of Copenhagen with a holistic view on health and strong dedication to improve the lives of the most vulnerable. She has conducted research and published in the areas of Family Planning and Menstrual Management and strives in her work to link research to impact-oriented health programmes. Her work experiences with NGO partnerships, research and development assistance in Tanzania, Niger, Uganda, and Benin has provided her strong competencies in project implementation, monitoring & evaluation, trainings, advocacy, programme analysis, youth policy, HIV/AIDS and health insurance for rural populations.
“I have been fascinated by Africa since I was a child. My private life as well as my professional environment including studies is now focused on Africa.” In Uganda and Ghana, Sylvie had insights into the country’s health systems as a midwife, and she has visited other countries on the continent privately. With her Msc studies in Global health, Sylvie currently focuses on the health system of different LMICs. Since a few years ago, Sylvie spends most of her time in Uganda.
Lene has worked with development programming with the UN, CARE, and Rainforest Foundation as researcher, project coordinator, Technical advisor, Program Director and ED. She has worked in the fields of economics, poverty eradication, natural resources management, civil society strengthening, human rights and gender equality.
David has over 19 years of experience in Programme and Organization Development specifically in the areas of Heath Sector Planning, Human Rights and Gender Justice. He is a former Uganda Country Representative for Against Malaria Foundation an International NGO supporting governments in Africa to fight Malaria. He is currently a Founder and Chief Strategist for Butali Consulting and Advisory Services; an international consulting firm providing Programme and Organization Management services. Because of his experience in gender justice and health rights he has learnt over the years to appreciate Menstrual Hygiene Management as he believes this will go a long way in removing gender-based barriers, stereotypes and promote better health outcomes for the girl-child.
Caroline is the Founder/Chief Executive Officer of Spellbound Ltd. with a focus on strategic business management, advisory and training, located in Kampala, Uganda. She has worked in senior management positions in Eastern Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, and Juba, for over 20 years leading teams in Broadcast Media, Events, Promotions, Sales & Marketing, and Advertising industries.
Caroline is a Rotarian and has volunteered on local projects in Uganda. She is also a member of Women on Boards Network Kenya. She sees Menstrual Health Management as one of the key ways to both emancipate and empower the girl child and women as a whole.
Akiko is a highly experienced development professional with a strong background in public health. She has worked with Japan International Cooperation Agency, WHO and UNFPA in Africa, Asia and Middle East. Her work focuses on Women and Children’s Health, Universal Health Coverage, Quality of Hospital Care, and most recently on Covid-19 response. In addition to her managerial experience, Akiko has published in the areas of health policy, reproductive health, gender, pediatric care and child-friendly hospital management. As an advocate in health of the marginalized populations, Akiko brings her experience in health policy, management and research to WoMena.
Eimi’s international career spans over thirty years of progressively senior posts in UNICEF, UNDP and the World Bank Inspection Panel, in field offices and headquarters. Among others, she has been UNICEF Representative in India, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Representative in Bangladesh, UN Assistant Secretary General and Director of Policy Bureau in UNDP, and Chair of the World Bank Inspection Panel. Eimi has worked on a wide range
of development issues including child health, girls education, women’s health and empowerment. Educated in Japan and UK, Eimi holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the LSE in London.
WoMena Board Advisor
Keith has over 20 years’ experience in senior management roles specialising in Process Reengineering, Productivity Improvements and Organizational Development undertaking assignments for a of number of international and Pan African organisations as well the NGO and United Nations sector. Keith has two teen age children and his great passion is talking about rugby, rugby union of course.