Maria Kiwanuka, the former Finance Minister has been appointed Airtel Uganda Mobile Commerce Board Chair. The appointment was announced by Airtel Money Africa’s Group CEO Vimal Ambat, as part of changes that have also seen AMCUL’s CEO Aritho Kinyua Japheth and Big Drum Advisory Services’ Team Leader, John Muhaise Bikalemesa, join the AMCUL Board.
Maria Kiwanuka, an accomplished development and finance expert, was Uganda’s Minister of Finance, Planning, and Economic Development between 2011 and 2015. In addition, she has over 15 years of working experience at the World Bank as an economist and a financial analyst globally. She has also served at the Global Green Growth Institute.
While announcing Maria Kiwanuka’s appointment as Board Chair, Airtel Money Africa Group CEO, Vimal Ambat said, “AMCUL is pleased to appoint and fully leverage the expertise, experience, and leadership of Hon. Maria Kiwanuka as Board Chair. Her skills and capabilities will be important as we steer AMCUL in its next phase of growth and our aim to deepen financial inclusion in the country. We are confident that her skills, together with the other members, will enrich the AMCUL Board as it efficiently sets and implements the organisation’s direction and strategy.’’
Accepting the appointment, Kiwanuka said, “I am humbled by the confidence that the shareholders of AMCUL have demonstrated in me, and the responsibility they have placed before me. I wish to assure our stakeholders that I will offer my best abilities to lead the transformation of this business to deliver value for the shareholders and Uganda, our beloved country.”