We salute thousands of women that are actively involved in transforming Uganda and the world at large.
As part of global activities to celebrate the International Women’s Day and the Women’s Month of March, HiPipo, for the very first time, released its list of 50 most Influential Women in Uganda today. This list was contained in the first Money Magazine, which went on the market at the end of March.
The Cambridge Dictionary defines influence as “the ability to have an effect on people or events.”
The 50 women featured here are some of those having a positive effect on people and/or events in Uganda.
Picked from both the private and public sector, the women profiled here include seasoned entrepreneurs, reputable board members and senior executives, respected civil servants, successful politicians, steadfast activists, active diplomats, outstanding members of selected royal families and renowned religious leaders. Some are not Ugandan!
To come up with the 50 most influential women, our team looked at over 300 women; weighing the influence/impact of their work on society. In no particular order, here are the 50 most influential women as per our research.
Janet Kataaha Museveni – Minister of Education and Sports.
Born in June 1948, Janet has been Uganda’s First Lady since 1986. She is currently the Cabinet Minister of Education and Sports, one of the most significant ministries in the country. Before this, she served as Minister for Karamoja Region Affairs and represented Ruhaama in parliament.
Janet Museveni is undoubtedly the most powerful woman in Uganda today.
Prof Dr Maggie Kigozi
Agnes Atim Apea – Founder and CEO of Hope Co-ops.
Sylvia Nagginda, Nnabagereka/Queen of Buganda.
Barbara Mulwana: chairperson UMA also executive director Nice House of Plastics.
JULIAN ADYERI OMALLA – DELIGHT UGANDA.
PRUDENCE UKKONIKA: BELLA WINE
ROSEMARY SSENABULYA – ED FEDERATION OF UGANDA EMPLOYERS (FUE).
MARIA KIWANUKA – ECONOMIST, BUSINESSWOMAN
BARBARA OFWONO – VICTORIOUS EDUCATION
Dr Naiga Gudula Basaza: businesswoman
TERESA MBIRE – SERIAL ENTREPRENEUR
MARIAM LUYOMBO – DIRECTOR TAIBAH SCHOOLS
NOERINE KALEEBA – CO-FOUNDER TASO
VERONICAH GLADYS NAMAGEMBE – PRIDE MICROFINANCE LIMITED MD
ANNET MULINDWA NAKAWUNDE – FINANCE TRUST MD
SARAH ARAPTA – CITI BANK MD
Rebecca Kadaga – Speaker of Parliament
Winnie Kiiza – Leader of Opposition
MRS YOGI BIRIGWA: SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS COUNTRY MANAGER FOR UGANDA AND RWANDA.
JENNIFER SEMAKULA MUSISI – KCCA ED
DORIS AKOL – URA COMMISSIONER GENERAL
ALLEN KAGINA – UNRA ED
JOLLY KAGUHANGIRE – UIA ED
DONNA ASIIMWE KUSEMERERWA – NDA ED/SECRETARY TO THE AUTHORITY.
JUSTICE IRENE MULYAGONJA – IGG
JOSEPHINE KASALAMWA WAPAKABULO – CEO UGANDA NATIONAL OIL COMPANY.
CATHERINE BAMUGEMEREIRE – JUSTICE OF THE COURT OF APPEAL
Josephine Okot, Founder Victoria Seeds
Judy Rugasira Kyanda – Knight Frank UG MD.
Alice Karugaba – Nina Interiors
Regina Mukiibi – Uganda Funeral Services MD
JUSTICE JULIA SEBUTINDE – JUDGE
Anne Amelia Kyambadde – Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, and MP
Eng Winnie Byanyima – Diplomat, Politician.
Monica Azuba Ntege – Minister of Transport and Works
Dr Jane Acheng – Minister of Health
Eng Irene Muloni – Minister of Energy and Minerals
Miria Matembe – Politician/ Activist
Justine Kasule Lumumba – NRM Secretary General
Betty Amongi – Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Planning
Betty Nambooze – MP Mukono Municipality
Dr Specioza Kazibwe – First Female Vice President in Africa.
Betty Oyella Bigombe – World Bank.
Sophia Namutebi – Leader Uganda Traditional Healers, Businesswoman.
Best Kemigisa – Tooro Kingdom Queen
Imelda Namutebi – Pastor
Esther Kazinda, aka, Eseza Omuto – Media Personality
Barbara Kaija – Vision Group Editor in Chief
Sheebah Karungi – Musician.
Sarah Nyendwoha Ntiro – First Female Graduate in Uganda
Ambassador Deborah R. Malac – US Ambassador to Uganda
Stephanie Rivoal – France Ambassador to Uganda.
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