Iowa State University - Uganda Program Staff

Meet our Uganda Associates - the people who are making the vision a reality!

GIDEON NADIOPE
National Director, ISU-Uganda Programs
Gideon Nadiope

Gideon has been in charge of the livestock component of the CSRL program in Kamuli since July 2009 to August 2014. Thereafter he was appointed as the Interim Team Leader for Iowa State University Uganda Program (ISU–UP) in Kamuli starting September 2014. During July 2015 he was appointed in the positions of Field Operations Manager/Livestock Specialist and thereafter during October 2016 his role changed to National Director, ISU-UP. As National Director, ISU-UP he is charged with coordinating all field operations including programs in livestock, nutrition education, Service Learning and school gardens, youth entrepreneurship, agronomic programming, construction of the Agricultural Training Center, and borehole planning and drilling, among others. He is also charged with oversight of finance, administration, guest services for ISU-UP, Representing ISU-UP and its activities to outside entities and Facilitating program growth. Gideon joined the CSRL Kamuli team in 2009 from the private sector; having worked in various capacities including working as Independent Veterinary Officer, Executive Officer for Farm Network, Program Officer for Multi Sectoral Rural Development Program (MSRDP) of Busoga Diocese, and Veterinary Assistant for Jinja District veterinary services. Gideon is a Veterinarian and holds a Master of Science degree in Livestock Development, Planning and Management.

CAROLINE NAMBAFU
Community Nutritionist

Caroline graduated from Kyambogo University with a Bachelor’s degree in Food Processing Technology. In 2015, she completed her Masters of Science degree in Public Health Nutrition from Makerere University.   She has worked on various nutrition programs in Uganda as a research assistant and study coordinator. Working in the community is her passion because she loves to see positive change in maternal and child health.  She sees her work with ISU-UP as an opportunity for her to utilize her vast knowledge, skills and capabilities in the field of community nutrition in dealing with nutrition and health issues affecting mothers and children.

 

 

 

 

 

DENNIS LUTWAMA
Service Learning & School Garden Projects Officer

Dennis LutwamaDennis joined CSRL in 2010 April as a research assistant working on a grain amaranth research project in Kamuli district.  In 2011, his role changed to administrative officer for CSRL and a research assistant on tomato project in Kamuli. In 2013 he was appointed to work as project specialist in charge of school gardens (service learning). Presently, he serves as the Service Learning School Garden Specialist in charge of planning for school gardens, making work plans, budgets and marketing the produce from the school gardens. He liaises with other key stakeholders like the local government to implement joint projects and planning meetings. He is charged with the task of establishing school gardens as outdoor learning laboratories and demonstrations with a purpose of stimulating interest within the young generation in school and communities to appreciate the role of agriculture in fostering rural development and food security.  The school gardens also motivate the young people to pursue agriculture as a business and a sustainable means of livelihood.

 

 

MOUREEN MBEIZA
Agronomy & Land Use Officer

Moureen MbeizaMoureen graduated in January, 2014, from Makerere University with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Land use and Management. She is a former Service Learner (2012) and successfully completed a service learning program internship at Iowa State University between September and November 2013. She served as a student leader during 2013 and 2014 service learning programs and remained volunteering with Iowa State University - Uganda Program as the Agronomist, Land use and Management- Coordinator until January 2015. Thereafter, she was appointed to serve as Agronomy and Land Use Specialist charged with the responsibility of identifying and disseminating innovations to improve crop yields, assist farmers to understand their farm’s crop production system in order to determine the best ways to plan, plant, control pests, harvest crops, and cultivate land to optimize productivity.

 

LUKWATA MARTIN ROY KAGOYE
Youth Entrepreneurship Specialist
Lukwata Martin Roy Kagoye

Martin graduated from Makerere University in January 2014 with honors in Agribusiness Management. Prior to joining the organization as a volunteer, Martin was part of the CSRL Service learning team as an intern in 2012. He returned as a student leader in June 2013 where he was also involved with the newly initiated Youth Entrepreneurship project at Namasagali College. He completed a 2-month internship at Iowa State University in November 2014 where he studied United States agricultural systems and business practices. Martin worked as a volunteer with the organization from 2013 until June 2015, involved with youth entrepreneurship. He was appointed in July 2015 to his current position and works with young people between 16 and 35 years. He is currently implementing poultry projects and crop input microfinance for the youth. He has helped grow the youth entrepreneurship project (YEP) from targeting only in-school youth to extending impact to out-of-school youth both as individuals and in groups through rural enterprise input loans and extension in crops and livestock production. Through the YEP he has put emphasis on encouraging innovation by in-school youth through starting up agricultural entrepreneurship clubs.

YVETTE NIKUZE
Livestock Extension Specialist
Yvette Nikuze

Yvette graduated from Busoga University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Health and Production. She did her internship with VEDCO and her dissertation was on the Assessment of the Contribution of Goats Rearing to the Livelihoods of Small Holder Farmers in VEDCO-Kamuli District, Sustainable Rural Livelihood Project of CSRL. She served as a private practitioner among small scale dairy, pigs, goats and poultry farmers’ in Jinja and Buikwe districts of Uganda prior to joining the ISU-Uganda Program as a Livestock Extension Specialist in September 2015. Her major role is to integrate livestock production, health, and market access, training and technical support activities with other ISU-Uganda programs.

 

 

 

THOMAS BUYINZA
Post-Harvest Technology

Thomas received his Bachelor of Science from Makerere University in 2016 and was a service learner in 2014 during which time he worked on a number of community projects.   Prior to being hired by ISU-UP in January 2018, he gained relevant experience working for Coca Cola in Kampala and a district farmers’ association.  As Post-Harvest Technology Specialist, he is responsible for overseeing grain storage and safety, implementing strategies and working with smallholder farmers to reduce postharvest losses, identifying water issues in the community and developing plans to address them, and collaborating with community water committees to ensure the functionality and safety of the boreholes and in the implementation of sanitation and health activities related to water.

 
 
 
SHILLAH KWIKIIRIZA
Community Innovations

Shillah became part of ISU-UP as a service learner in 2015 where she was an intern working at Namasagali Staff’s Children Primary School. Thereafter, she served as a students’ leader from June to August, 2016 supervising support staff at the ISU-UP guest house and shopping for food and house supplies for the students at both the guest house and in the field houses. From August 2016 to January 2017 served as a volunteer responsible for agronomy trainings at the NECs, seed distribution, supervision and monitoring of crops grown by those given seed and data collection. Shillah completed a 2-month internship Iowa State University in fall 2017 where she learned about agricultural production, especially high value vegetable crops, and saw the different types of direct-to-consumer and wholesale agricultural markets in Iowa. She also had an opportunity to visit a local shop featuring crafts made by different groups of women around the world. In January 2018 she was hired full-time with ISU-UP and is responsible for the crafts project and sanitary towels project at Namasagali and Nakanyonyi primary schools, for marketing the items, and for income distribution among the members after the sale of the products. In addition, she works with girls in the youth entrepreneurship program at Naluwoli Secondary School in school gardening. She graduated in 2017 earning a Bachelors’ of Science in Agriculture from Makerere University.

ESTHER ASIMO
Education Programs

Esther joined ISU-UP as a service learner in 2016 working on irrigation as her bi-national team project. In 2017, she came back as a student leader working with service learning students in Naluwoli primary school. She then graduated in January 2018 from Makerere University with a major in agricultural engineering and came back to Kamuli to work as a student leader for the semester long program. Esther is responsible for planning, coordinating, implementing and accomplishing activities for all participants of educational programs.  She supervises ISU students residing at the Training Center for attending education including semester-long programs, service learning, study abroad and internships.  She also works closely with the facilities manager to insure and maintain a safe and secure work environment for all staff and guests.

 

 

 

BEATRICE NDYESINGA
Monitoring and Evaluation Assistant

Beatrice assists with the collection and recording of data to facilitate monitoring and evaluation of field programs delivered under ISU-UP.  She conducts routine field monitoring of project interventions and leads in the design of data collection tools to track programs progress.  She reviews systematic data collection to assess the project outcomes and provide actionable recommendations to improve the program. Beatrice graduated with a Diploma in Business Studies from Uganda College of Commerce, Parkwach. Thereafter she enrolled for a weekend study program Diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation due to be completed in 2019 at Markland Institute of Business Management.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JOHNSON ABAHO
Fleet Manager and Security Specialist

Johnson joined the CSRL program during 2007 as a driver for the Associate Director Field Operations. In 2014, he was taken on as the ISU-UP Fleet Manager and Security Specialist. He is responsible for safely transporting all ISU-UP staff and ISU faculty, staff, students, and guests, as appropriate, to their respective destinations, serving new ISU staff and guests as “cultural attaché,” maintaining the fleet of vehicles in good working condition, and securing ISU-UP facilities through the supervision and guidance of the ISU-UP Security Officer and contracted security services.  Prior to joining the CSRL he worked for National Water and Sewerage Corporation, and Security Group Uganda Limited.

 

JOSHUA MPAULO
Fleet Officer
Joshua Mpaulo

Joshua is a Ugandan born in Eastern Uganda, in Kamuli District. He is married with 3 children. He worked as a temporary driver with ISU-UP during June 2014 and 2015 when Service learning started.  During October 2015 he was contracted to serve as Groundskeeper charged with the responsibility of maintaining a clean, safe, and attractive environment in the ISU-UP compound and annexes. In addition, he provided support in the school gardening, acted as a reliever of the day security guard and logistics activities.  He has recently been promoted to fleet officer whereby he will serve as a project driver for ISU/CSRL/ISU-UP faculty, staff, students, visitors and community members.


KEITH BALANDEMU GABULA
Finance Manager
Keith joined Iowa State University- Uganda Program in 2016 November as the Finance and Administrative Officer. He is in charge of overseeing the Finance and accounting. His main role is to prepare and analyze financial statements, book keeping, prepare budgets and work plans, maintain a data base for the organization's records and information to ensure value for money. Keith joined Iowa State University - Uganda Program after working in various roles with the private sector including Stanbic Bank Uganda Limited as a Financial Service Executive, School Bursar for Savannah Highland College and Uganda Telecom as an intern in the capacity of commercial officer. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration majoring in Finance and Accounting.

 

 

 

 

CHALRES KIGOMA
Facilities Manager

Charles accepted the position of ISU-UP facilities manager for the new training center in July 2017.  His duties include managing service staff, efficient operation of the facility, guest services, and management of the physical property as needed 24/7. Charles experience includes serving as Senior Technician, managing electrical, maintenance, plumbing and photovoltaic systems for the Ministry of Education and Sports and for a World Bank Project with the Ministry of Energy in Uganda, as well as for other Ugandan companies and organizations.  He holds a diploma in electrical engineering. 

 

 

 

 
 

ANTHONY WAFULA
Food Service Chef

After working part-time with the organization for several years, Anthony was appointed Food Service Coordinator/Chef for ISU-UP in January 2017.  His roles include creating menus and budgeting food items for visitors at the guest house. He prepares and serves meals, and determines how food should be presented in a decorative manner. Most importantly, he maintains high standards of food safety throughout the kitchens and serving areas. Additionally, Anthony assists in the procuring food and other essential items needed for the training center and maintaining good storage conditions.  He maintains and monitors inventories.

 

 

 

 

SIMON EGALU
Security Officer
Simon Egalu

Simon is a Ugandan from Soroti District in Eastern region of Uganda. He started working with CSRL in 2011 and currently works with ISU-UP as security officer responsible for security and safety at the training center. As the night shift security officer, he patrols the entire compound premises including the demonstration gardens and gazebo, livestock demonstration unit and pavilion, water tanks and other installations at the training center.  He also supervises the contracted security guards.

 

 

 

 

 

BEAUTRICE NAMULONDO
Housekeeper

Beautrice NamulondoBeatrice is a Ugandan born in Kamuli district. She is a long time widow with two sons and three daughters. She attended school up to the secondary level, which is equivalent to high school. She has been working with CSRL since 2012 as a housekeeper. She is currently responsible for the general cleanliness of the training center offices and guest rooms, and maintains inventory of office and cleaning supplies.  She also assists guest with laundry as needed and ensures that faculty and student houses are properly stocked. 

       

 

 

 

 

DAVID WAISWA
Groundskeeper

David ensures that the Mpirigiti Rural Training Center properties are always clean and the grounds maintained by sweeping, and slashing grass.  He maintains landscape and lawn areas by planting grass, flowers, trimming trees and bushes, and fertilizing flowers and other plants as well as implementing irrigation and fumigation strategies as needed.  David will also provide assistance with the school gardening activities at the training center. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALMANZANI SANDE
Groundskeeper

Sande ensures that the Mpirigiti Rural Training Center properties are always clean and the grounds maintained by sweeping, and slashing grass.  He maintains landscape and lawn areas by planting grass, flowers, trimming trees and bushes, and fertilizing flowers and other plants as well as implementing irrigation and fumigation strategies as needed.  Sande is also responsible for ensuring public washrooms are cleaned and maintained as well as cleaning the water storage tank on a routine basis.