Anne Marea Griffin – Board Chairperson
Anne-Marea Griffin is an international development executive who has dedicated most of her professional life to African affairs, philanthropy and program management. After receiving her B.A. degree from Harvard University, attending Yale Graduate School and receiving a M.A. from Northwestern University she traveled to Africa where she has lived for the last fifteen years. While in Uganda, she founded and managed AHEAD, where she continues to serve as Board Chair and Senior Adviser.
Her early career began within the foreign policy arena in Washington D.C., beginning in the field of advocacy as Deputy Director of Transafrica, later moving to Capitol Hill, where she joined the ranks of professional consultants at the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Africa. Since then her senior level consultancy work has involved partnerships with major philanthropic institutions such as the Ford Foundation, ELMA Philanthropies and the MasterCard Foundation.
Most of her work has focused on leadership development, skills and self-esteem building for youth and a wide range of projects that build capacity for higher education institutions in Africa. She has demonstrated solid expertise in the area of grant-making and donor development with work over the last two years coordinating the Community Grants Program at the U.S. Consulate, Cape Town. Her skills include strategic planning, program management and development, evaluation, fundraising and proposal writing and other fields of organizational development. She is a part-time student at the University of Bath, expecting to receive her doctorate in Business Administration, focusing on International Higher Education Management in May 2015.
Dr. Florence Nakayiwa-Mayega – Board Member
Florence Nakayiwa is the Director of the Planning and Development Department at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. As Director of Planning, she is charged with the responsibility of preparing corporate plans; setting budget priorities and assessing the budget proposals for their coherence with strategic goals of the university; and ensuring information flow is synthesized for effective decision-making. Previously, Florence served as coordinator of the Innovations at Makerere Committee, a capacity-building programme for decentralization that aims to link research and teaching to community development. She was a Fellow of the University Leadership Programme at the University of Oldenburg, Germany and also a fellow to the International Visitors Leadership Programme organized by the United States Department of State.
Daniel Ohonde – Board Member
Daniel Ohonde is currently the CEO East Africa at Real People Group. Prior to his appointment, he has served at various management levels at African Development Bank including as Chief Operations Officer at the AfDB Operations Committee Secretariat and as Chief Program Officer for Zambia. He also served as Regional Manager (West and Central Africa) for African Management Services Company (AMSCO). He is a visionary leader with demonstrated expertise and experience in strategy development and execution across a number of industry sectors (in financial services, microfinance, social enterprise development, consulting, project management, logistics and operations, oil & gas and manufacturing).
Dr. Aaron Mushengyezi – Board Member
Dr. Mushengyezi graduated with a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut in the USA and is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Literature at Makerere University. He is a specialist in children’s literature and child literacy and has published widely in that area. Aaron is an alumnus of the Ford Foundation Scholarship Program that was managed by AHEAD.
Linda Lumbasi – Board Secretary
Linda is an Outreach and Fundraising Consultant at AHEAD. She is also the Editor of ANIE News, a quarterly newsletter for the African Network for Internationalization of Education. Prior to that, she has served as Program Consultant on AHEAD-Ford Foundation Leadership Impact Project and as Programme Officer for Research at ANIE where she managed the Mobilizing Regional Capacities Initiative project funded by AAU and DfID, and coordinated research projects for young scholars from seven African countries. She has a wealth of experience in program management, concept development, strategic planning, financial management and project documentation. Her experience on higher education issues has informed her presentations at various local, continental and international conferences. Previously, she has worked as Senior Editor for Ben and Company Limited in Dar es Salaam Tanzania. She holds a Masters degree in Higher Education Studies (specialized on internationalization) from Makerere University, Uganda and a Bachelor of Education degree from Moi University, Kenya. She also holds certificates in Human Resource Management and Public Administration Management among others.