WHO WE ARE
Arinaitwe Rugyendo: Managing Director & Co Founder
Rugyendo has worked for over 18 years as a journalist and media entrepreneur in Uganda. He has consistently worked to spur young entrepreneurship, leadership and social transformation in the country for which he has won numerous awards.
A Desmond Tutu leadership program Fellow, and a Crans Montana Forum ‘New Leader of Tomorrow,’ Rugyendo has set out on a long journey to nurture Uganda’s next generation of scientists, entrepreneurs and innovators through promotion of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) concepts among school going children in Uganda aged between 4 and 15.
Rugyendo says: Uganda is in the midst of a journey towards a middle income status. No country in the word has reached this stage without emphasis on Science and Technology. For this to happen in Uganda and Africa, we need our young people to see technology and related applied sciences as a future not which they might just benefit from but which they can help create. If today’s children are equipped with the right skills, if they have the right networks, if they have the right attitude, Uganda’s youth unemployment crisis that stands at 83% will go down in two decades from now.We have to make sure we equip every child in Uganda and the region with STEM skills to be relevant in future, a future that is dotted with the digital revolution requiring skills in science and technology.
In 2012, Rugyendo was awarded the prestigious Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellowship of the African Leadership Institute which is jointly run by University of Stellenboch in South Africa and University of Oxford in UK.
In 2013, Rugyendo was awarded another prestigious Fellowship- The Crans Montana Forum, a network of world political, social and business leaders committed to a more balanced and humane world. He picked his award in Geneva in 2015.
Rugyendo is a father and married with 4 children- two boys and two girls, all pioneers on the Young Engineers Kampala programme.
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Contact: (+256) 752-466-778
Maureen is founding partner at e2 Young Engineers Uganda and holds Masters in Business Administration. Maureen is a mother of four beautiful children and an accomplished management consultant. She loves working with children and is very patient with the young and restless lot at e2 Young Engineers Uganda. Her passion is to see children grow into responsible self -help adults.
Maureen says: As a company committed to grooming Uganda’s next generation of scientists and innovators, the concept of STEM is at the core of our operation. We believe that our children need 21st Century skills to be formidable players in the future of Uganda. Our STEM disciplines will be critical to social, economic and environmental progress for future generations. I’m excited to be part of the Young Engineers Kampala Uganda team and to continue to be inspired by the bright minds of our future.
Contact: (+256) 785-552-210
A recent Graduate of Information Technology from Mbarara University of Science and Technology in Uganda, Phyllis is very passionate about Technology, and she is a hardworking individual capable of interacting freely with people and with the ability to accumulate knowledge very fast and disseminate it with her colleagues.
Phyllis is a self-motivated person with the ability to undertake and excel in multiple tasks and dedicated with a strong focus in whatever she does.
Phyllis has worked as a volunteer promoting STEM programs through training Scratch, programming skills like Mobile application development using App Inventor in primary and secondary schools with the aim of inspiring the young generation into Technology and mostly targeting young girls in the country.
Phyllis says: As a lead Instructor at e2 Young Engineers Uganda, I have a grand vision to attract the country’s laid back female species into STEM. I believe that more girls in STEM will mean the entire nation of Uganda transformed. My job is to lead the huge team of instructors to keep the mission and goals of Young Engineers Uganda.
Contact: (+256) 704-605-268
Sheila is a Marketing Manager at e2 Young Engineers Uganda. Sheila is a CIPS (Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply). Sheila is a mother of four and loves working with children. She has previously worked with Dynapham International South Africa as a country coordinator which exposed her to more marketing skills. Sheila is currently passionate about e2 Young Engineers Uganda spreading around the country.
Sheila says: My mission is to see more and more Ugandan children hooked onto the Young Engineers caravan so that we not only create a critical mass of future innovators, we stamp out youth unemployment for good by skilling the young generation, today.
Contact: (+256) 705 894 686
Monica is the Administrative Staff Manager at Young Engineers Uganda and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Makerere University. Monica is a mother of one boy and very experienced in Management.
She loves Children and working around them. She is very passionate about having everything in order and seeing children grow into organized, self-sustaining and accountable Citizens.
Monica says: My focus is to ensure that the Young Engineers dream is rooted in the best practices and ensuring that the franchise delivers to its intended mission. An organized and transparent environment is what we all want our kids to grow in and become responsible innovators of the future.
Contact: (+256) 706 006189
Allen is a graduate of Information Technology from Mbarara University of Science and Technology. Before joining Young Engineers Uganda, Allen volunteered as an instructor in STEM campaigns like Africa Code Week organized by Google for primary school children through Scratch to promote Computer Science to the young generation.
She instructed in the Author AID sponsored Workshop for High school girls and for two years, she organized WomenTechmakers Computer Programming events for girls around Mbarara and at Mbarara University.
Allen is currently an Young Engineers Uganda instructor and very passionate about imparting STEM Knowledge among the young generation.
Allen says: Imparting skills to children at their formative stages is what the country needs to project its future in social transformation. I am committed to nurturing the next drivers of this vision to see that Uganda becomes an industrial hub in 20 years time.
Contact: (+256) 706-103-595 / 778-406-544
Joseph is an instructor at e2 Young Engineers. He is a Graduate from Mbarara University of Science and Technology with a Bachelor degree in Information Technology.
Before joining Young Engineers Uganda, Joseph was volunteering in teaching young people how to use scratch, and STEM in different schools, and encouraging the young generation to get interest in Science and Technology.
Joseph says: The future of Uganda lies in appreciating science and technology in order to realize the country’s Vision 2040 strategy. As an Instructor, my mission is to ensure that the children are nurtured early enough to appreciate STEM concepts in order to become the future drivers of this vision.
Contact: (+256) 773-612-600 / 704-395-330