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Aga Sekalala Jr. on Cross-Generational Family Businesses

This episode features Aga Sekalala Jr., a Ugandan entrepreneur, investor, business executive and innovator.  Aga is the founder, former CEO and executive chairman of Radio Simba, one of Uganda’s most popular radio stations.  He is also the Executive Director of Ugachick, a major poultry operation in Uganda, a former Board Chair of KCB Bank and a former Board member of the Uganda Investment Authority and the Uganda Export Promotion Board. Aga is  currently the Vice Chairman of the Uganda Manufacturers Association and Chairman of the Poultry Producers of Uganda.

Aga speaks about his experience in managing one of the most successful cross-generational businesses in Uganda — from the role stewardship, mentorship and family principles have played in the business to the importance of financial readiness.

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Nshuti Lucy Mbabazi on Cashless Economies as a Tool for Financial Inclusion

Nshuti Lucy Mbabazi is the Lead for Africa Advocacy & Partnerships at the United Nations Better than Cash Alliance, tasked with ensuring that digital payments reach and work for every African. Nshuti holds several advisory roles with a number of organizations such as  Girl Effect, Girls in ICT Rwanda, Leo Africa Institute, BBOXX Rwanda and RICTA Rwanda. Nshuti previously worked with Rwanda Development Board, Visa Inc. and Ecobank Group. 

On this episode, Nshuti breaks down the misconceptions around cashless economies and explains how cashless economies can facilitate financial inclusion. Nshuti also speaks about the policies that African stakeholders in government and the private sector can adopt to ensure innovation and inclusion in the digital payments sector.

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Benjamin Rukwengye on Mentorship

My latest guest is Benjamin Rukwengye, a thought leader in the education and professional development space in Uganda and the founder and CEO of Boundless Minds, a mentorship social enterprise focusing on soft-skilling as a pathway to accelerate school-to-work transition for students.  He is the founding chairman of 40 Days Over 40 Smiles Foundation, a leading local philanthropy movement, a Tony Elumelu Entrepreneur, a KAS Youth4Policy Fellow, a Young and Emerging Leaders Project Fellow and has been named by Uganda’s New Vision as one of Uganda’s Top 40 under 40. 

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Juliana Kagwa on Marketing in the Digital Age

Viewpoints with Brenda is back for its second season, with episodes to be released bi-monthly starting today, 8 April 2022. To kick off the season, I speak to Juliana Kagwa, one of the most dynamic business development executives in East Africa.

Juliana Kagwa is the Director of Corporate Relations at Uganda Breweries Limited, a subsidiary of Diageo in Uganda. She has had quite the career, having risen through the ranks at  Diageo, from a graduate trainee to her current role in management. Juliana has over 15 years’ experience in marketing, strategy and innovation in the fast moving consumer goods (FMCG)  sector. More recently, Juliana has taken on the Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs function at Uganda Breweries Limited.

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Emuron Alemu on Navigating the Advertising Industry in Sub-Saharan Africa

Our final episode for our first season features Emuron Alemu, one of the most recognizable faces in advertising in Sub-Saharan Africa. Emuron is a multiple award-winning advertising creative who has created campaigns across a range of categories and disciplines. Presently, Emuron is the Chief Creative Officer at Betika. com and has won several Loeries, African Cristals Awards, MSK awards and Cannes Lions.

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Isaac Fokuo Jr. on Post-Pandemic Investment Prospects for Africa

This podcast features Isaac Kwaku Fokuo Jr., a leading Ghanaian adviser to governments, investors, and leading multinational companies on navigating and expanding in emerging growth markets. Isaac is the Founder and Principal of Botho Emerging Markets Group, an investment and strategy advisory firm with offices in Nairobi, Dubai, and Chicago and the co-founder of the Amahoro Coalition, an initiative convening private sector firms in Africa to accelerate the economic inclusion of refugees. With two decades of experience working in 20 markets across North America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, Isaac has an extensive and successful track record in investment facilitation, strategy consulting, and policy advisory across sectors including Finance, Technology, Healthcare, Education and more. Isaac is also an angel investor to start-ups based in Africa and the Middle East. Isaac is a 2014 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Fellow, a Trustee of Hanover College, advisor to the China Africa Tech Initiative, and serves on several boards.

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Flora Katusiime on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

There is an undeniable gender gap in the workplace. Research shows that women in particular are underrepresented at every level, and women of colour are the most underrepresented group of all, lagging behind white men, men of colour and white women. Women are also less likely to be hired into entry-level jobs than men, and as employees move up the corporate ladder, the disparity increases with fewer women being promoted to high level roles, compared to every 100 men. The solution to this gender gap seems simple: commitment to gender diversity and inclusion and intentional actions on the part of organizations to enlist women in the workforce, at all levels.

This podcast features Flora Katusiime, a New York based global communications and diversity and inclusion strategist.  Flora has a global and diverse background working with several organizations in the private sector and with non-profits to create equitable and inclusive spaces. Flora has had considerable success in shaping policies and initiatives that drive engagement and advance organizational transformation to ensure that those with varied cultural backgrounds are more easily noticed, recognized, appreciated, and promoted.

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David F.K. Mpanga on “The Politics of Common Sense”

Our latest podcast features David F.K. Mpanga, the Deputy Chairman at Bowmans, a top tier Africa-wide law firm, and co-founder of top tier law firm, A.F. Mpanga Advocates (now Bowmans Uganda) on his book, The Politics of Common Sense. David is a barrister of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple and an advocate of the courts of Uganda with almost three decades of experience. David is also the Minister for Special Duties in the Buganda Government, an institution headed by the Kabaka of the Kingdom of Buganda.

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Paul Lwiindi on Why Africa’s Extractives Sector Requires a Multi-Sectoral Approach

Africa holds a huge proportion of the world’s natural resources. The African Development Bank estimates that 30% of the world’s mineral reserves, 8% of the world’s natural gas reserves, 12% of global oil reserves are found on the continent. It is therefore not entirely shocking that extractives are a major source of revenue for many African countries and that demand for these natural resources remains untamed. According to the United Nations Environment Program, the amount of minerals, fossil fuels, and biomass consumed globally per year could triple between today and 2050. 

This episode features Paul Lwiindi, an industry expert from Zambia in the extractives sector with a career spanning over 20 years. Paul has held senior roles in Glencore’s Africa operations, national roles in the UK’s Network Rail Infrastructure Limited and a pan-European role at Coca Cola Great Britain & Northern Ireland among others. Paul’s particular focus in the roles he has had is on operations and transformation and change.

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Angelo Izama on the History and Social Impact of Oil Exploration in Uganda

In this episode, Brenda chats with Angelo Izama, a Ugandan journalist, writer, analyst and frequent contributor on current affairs for local and international publications and broadcasters, on the history and social impact of oil exploration in Uganda.

Angelo discusses the history of oil exploration in Uganda spanning the 1900s to present, the social impact the East African Crude Oil Pipeline is likely to have on the communities on its route, the under-discussed environmental issues, and why he thinks that the Ugandan oil story will not be the stereotypical “oil curse” story.

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Nomsa Nteleko on Embracing Artificial Intelligence in Africa

Africa has a unique opportunity to develop its competitiveness through artificial intelligence (AI) and there is a general sentiment that new digital technologies such as AI should be leveraged to drive large-scale transformation. AI is widely seen as a key to innovation and there are varying levels of confidence in the ability to widely deploy the technology in certain areas of the continent. A few countries on the continent, notably South Africa, Mauritius, Seychelles, Rwanda and Senegal have been noted in as taking different approaches in their efforts to lay the groundwork for innovation in AI.

This episode features Nomsa Nteleko, an award-winning entrepreneur from South Africa with 15 years’ experience in the ICT space. She is the Founder & CEO OS Holdings Ltd, and the Chief Commercial Officer at Amathuba AI. Nomsa’s experience is specifically in business and financial management systems, primarily assisting organizations in automating their business processes from HR, Payroll, Supply Chain and Municipal Standard Chart of Accounts.

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Robert Kabushenga on Transitioning from the C-Suite & his Passion for Coffee

In this episode, Brenda hosts Robert Kabushenga, one of the most prolific C-Suite executives from East Africa. Until his recent retirement from the corporate world, Robert was the chief executive at the Vision Group in Uganda, which, under his stewardship, progressed from a print media house into the media conglomerate that it is today. At present, Robert, a self-described obsessive farmer, is the owner  and administrator of Rugyeyo Farm, a coffee and banana farm located in Central Uganda. 

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Raymond Mujuni on African Media Covering Africa

In this episode, Brenda has a conversation with Raymond Mujuni, a journalist and the Head, Current Affairs at the Nation Media Group in Uganda about the coverage of Africa in the media.

Raymond chats about the stereotypical coverage of Africa in the media globally and what African media can do tell a more balanced African story. Raymond also talks about the democratization of media sources on the continent and how digital technologies are generally transforming the way the news is being reported on the continent. 

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Stone Atwine on Enhancing Financial Inclusion with Digital Financial Services

Fintech is fast proving to be one of the most crucial tools for advancing financial inclusion globally and particularly on the African continent. A lot of the African population remains unbanked, and as a result, in the past few years, there has been a flurry of activity in the fintech space in Africa, to deliver easy-to use, affordable and accessible financial services to the African population using technology.

In this episode, Brenda has a conversation on digital financial services as a means of enhancing financial inclusion on the African continent with Stone Atwine, the Co-Founder of Eversend. Eversend is a neobank and multi-currency wallets platform that provides currency exchange, merchant payments, and other financial services.

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Pamela Birungi on Transforming the African Business Landscape with 5G

In this episode, Brenda speaks to Pamela Birungi, a senior technology executive and the Senior Manager, Technology Strategy and Performance with the Zain Group,  a leading telecommunications group in the Middle East and Africa, about the importance of 5G, 5G in Africa and the positive impact 5G will inevitably have on the African business landscape.

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Is Uganda Ready for First Oil?

Ugandan industry experts Pamela Natamba (Partner and Head, Oil & Gas at PricewaterhouseCoopers Uganda) and Tony Otoa (Chief Executive at Stanbic Business Incubator Ltd) speak to Brenda about Uganda’s readiness for First Oil, in light of the recent signing of some of the agreements for the East African crude oil pipeline.

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