Co-Founder & CEO enjuba
Aaron Kirunda is a co-founder and CEO of enjuba. Born during the war and growing up in abject poverty, he was lucky to have an education as many of his childhood friends dropped out of school - a trend that has continued to date keeping many families in poverty. This experience fuels his passion to transform Uganda's education system. To-date enjuba has been able reach and impact 1.5m children in 1,500 schools and trained over 10,000 teachers. Aaron hopes that I hope we shall be able to create a world of responsible citizens, authentic leaders and credible change agents. Aaron is a graduate of the London School Economics and a fellow of MIT’s Global Start-up Workshops, LSE’s Programme for African Leadership and Acumen. He was recently named as one of the 40 people under 40 making a difference in Uganda and is also a recipient of the Digital Innovation and Inclusion Award.
Co-Founder Mighty Squirrel
Henry is a co-founder of enjuba going back to 2006 when it started as a clothing company. Henry has stayed closely involved with enjuba over the years while it transformed from a clothing business to micro-finance to what it is today- a nonprofit organization entirely focused on improving education in Uganda. Back home, Henry co-founded a craft brewery in Boston called Mighty Squirrel in 2013. Mighty Squirrel’s taproom has become a multi-generational community gathering place with more than 16,000 monthly visitors. Henry was previously a Product Manager at a medical device company in San Diego called Alphatec where he developed spinal implant systems to help people with spine injuries regain their active lifestyle. In Boston Henry is currently on the board of SquashBusters, which provides athletic, academic, and leadership opportunities to low income youth. Henry lives in Waltham, Massachusetts with his wife and three-year-old son.
Twesigye Jackson Kaguri
Jackson founded Nyaka in 2001 in response to the devastating effects of AIDS in his hometown. The organization, provides free education to children who have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS. In addition to two schools, it also operates a library, desire farm and nutrition program, medical clinic, clean water system, and a support program for the grandmothers who care for up to 14 children at a time.
Since founding the project, Jackson has also become an author. In “A School for My Village” he shares how he came to build the first school and the struggles he faced during the first few years. Jackson has been named a Heifer International Hero, recognized in Time Magazine’s ‘Power of One’ Series, and spoken to the UN about his work. When not visiting the schools in Uganda or working at his office in Okemos, MI, Kaguri travels the country to speak with students and supporters about the organization.
Co-Founder National Debate Council
Gasta Kakaire Co-founded the National Debate Council Uganda (NDC) the country’s first and biggest Speech and Debate organisation in 2009. He continues to serve as the Executive Director. Through Debate he has mentored thousands of young people transforming them into confident and collaborative young leaders. As co-founder of Uganda Spelling Bee, and with background training in English language teaching, Gasta laid the much needed foundation for Spelling Bee training for both teachers and pupils. He is also board chairman of Fine Media Ltd a media and promotions company in Kampala. Gasta is a graduate of Education and MA Makerere University with over 7 years of teaching experience at King’s College Budo one of Uganda’s oldest and leading high school. He is currently an Election Officer at the Electoral Commission Uganda and a father of 2 daughters and 2 sons.