Meet the Team: Kampala, Spring 2017

Welcome to our new cohort of Challenges Worldwide International Citizen Service volunteers, or more formally our new team of “Business Support Associates“.  Over the following 3 months, they will be learning professional consulting with Challenges Worldwide and using their new skillset to give support to SME’s across Kampala, the capital of Uganda.

Let’s take a few minutes to meet team Kampala:

 Jacob Williams

Age: 22 years old

From: Oxford, UK

Work Counterpart: Sam

Work Enterprise: Crystal Technologies

What were you doing before placement? Working in tourism and sales in Oxford.

What qualifications/ experience do you have? I completed a consulting project at university and have a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics.

Tell us a fun fact about you: I became famous at university for founding a controversial magazine.

 

Edith Brenda Akello

Age: 25 years old

From: Kisasi, Uganda

Work Counterpart: Ore

Work Enterprise: Bio-Electric

What were you doing before placement? I was working for a company and looking for other job opportunities.

What qualifications/ experience do you have? I have a BA in Social Sciences. I have experience working with community-based organisations and data collection.

 Tell us a fun fact about you: I am very outgoing, I love dancing, singing and I am so talkative.

 

Buyungo Richard

Age: 22 years old

From: Makindye, Kampala

Work Counterpart: Ellie

Work Enterprise: National Organic Agriculture Movement of Uganda, NOGAMU

What were you doing before placement? I was dealing in second-hand clothes and electronics.

What qualifications/ experience do you have? I have a diploma in Fisheries Management and Technologies. I have had training in leadership and I have business experience in retail.

Tell us a fun fact about you: I tell a lot of jokes and I like laughing.

 

Aiden Curran

 Age: 22 years old

 From: Hertfordshire, UK

 Work Counterpart: Tamali

 Work Enterprise: Cooling Solutions

 What were you doing before placement? I was working in a pub in my hometown.

 What qualifications/ experience do you have? I hold a degree in Business and have a variety of work experience in hospitality and with a builder’s merchant.

 Tell us a fun fact about you: I can recite almost everything about Formula One from the last 20 years.

 

Fyza Bashir

 Age: 19 years old

 From: London, UK

 Work Counterpart: Sandra

 Work Enterprise: Code Clinic

 What were you doing before placement? I was at school last year. I’m currently on my gap year and was working at Gap before starting with Challenges.

 What qualifications/ experience do you have? I have A Levels in Mandarin, Economics and Maths. I have work experience with Oxfam and in retail.

 Tell us a fun fact about you: I am a black belt martial arts assistant instructor.

 

Alexander O’Riordan

 Age: 19 years old

 From: Nottingham, UK

 Work Counterpart: Joy

 Work Enterprise: Aregagro

 What qualifications/ experience do you have? Studying and working. I have 3 A levels and experience in shop work.

 Tell us a fun fact about you: I like to cook. 

 

Ellie James

 Age: 25 years old

From: Bristol, UK

Work Counterpart: Richard

Work Enterprise: National Organic Agriculture Movement of Uganda, NOGAMU

What were you doing before placement? For the past three years, I have been working in the PR team of a marketing agency in Bristol. I was lucky enough to be granted a sabbatical by my company, so I will be returning after placement.

What qualifications/ experience do you have? I graduated from the University of Exeter with an English Literature degree in 2013. I have been working in marketing since then.

Tell us a fun fact about you: My party trick is singing in the style of Kermit the frog.

 

Nicole Sparkes

 Age: 24 years old

From: London, UK

Work Counterpart: Brian

Work Enterprise: Kampala Diplomatic

What were you doing before placement? Working part-time

What qualifications/ experience do you have? I’ve studied International Development and volunteered on a development project in a rural secondary school in Kakamega, Kenya.

 Tell us a fun fact about you: I love travelling and Uganda is my third African country I’ve been to in the last six months.

 

Abola Sam

 Age: 25 years old

 From: Gulu, Uganda

 Work Counterpart: Jacob

 Work Enterprise: Crystal Technologies

 What were you doing before placement? Working with Sinfa-Uganda Gulu branch as an agent.

 What qualifications/ experience do you have? I completed a Bachelors degree in Business Administration Finance option.

 Tell us a fun fact about you: I like music and touring places of interest.

 

Okot Stephen Omara

Age: 24 years old

From: Kitgum, Uganda

Work Counterpart: Richard

Work Enterprise: Miracle Motors

What were you doing before placement? I have been working as an accountant at a Primary Teachers College (PTC) as an accountant.

What qualifications/ experience do you have? I hold a Bachelors degree in accounting and finance of Kyambogo University.

Tell us a fun fact about you: I am happy to listen to any genre of music!

 

Rhyan Terri Sutton

 Age: 24 years old

 From: Hull, UK

 Work Counterpart: Harriet

 Work Enterprise: Bexter

 What were you doing before placement? I worked in a Bingo Hall.

 What qualifications/ experience do you have? I have a BA in TV and Film set design.

 Tell us a fun fact about you: I like rock climbing. Hopefully, I can do more climbing when I get back home.

 

Abbo Joyce

Age: 22 years old

Work Counterpart: Xander

Work Enterprise: Aregagro

What were you doing before placement? I was helping my Dad with his office work.

What qualifications/ experience do you have? I have a Bachelor’s degree in Tourism.

Tell us a fun fact: I love singing, dancing, partying and generally have fun with friends.

 

Akullo Harriet Conny

Age: 25 years old

From: Lira District, Uganda

Work Counterpart: Rhyan

Work Enterprise: Bexter

What qualifications/ experience do you have? I have a Bachelors degree in Human Resource Management.

What were you doing before placement? Volunteering with Lango Youth development network in Lira.

 

Max Railton

Age: 22 years old

From: Wiltshire

 Work counterpart: Lynna

 Work enterprise: Bio Fresh

What qualifications/ experience do you have? A BA degree with Hons in Ancient History from the University of Bristol.

What were you doing before placement? I worked in Zimbabwe then upon my return to the UK I worked for a property company.

Tell us a fun fact about you: I am a wildlife enthusiast and love David Attenborough.

 

Amongin Sandra Lilian

Age: 22 years old

From: Najeva, Uganda

Work counterpart: Faiza

Work enterprises: Code Clinic

What qualifications/ experience do you have? Bachelors in Social Science, Economy Major and Social Administration. I have experience in sales and marketing.

What were you doing before placement? I had a part-time job with a company while looking for better job opportunities.

Tell us a fun fact about you: Eating comes first! I’m outgoing and like hanging out with friends.

 

Festo Chris Dufitumukiza

Age: 25 years old

From: Kampala, Uganda

Work counterpart: Jess

Work enterprises: We Farm

What qualifications/ experience do you have? I have worked as an Agronomist for one year on Danziger farm and I was engaged in various farm activities such as pest and disease management, soil treatment, cutting and harvesting flowers for export.

What were you doing before placement? I was unemployed.

Tell us a fun fact about you: I can dance to any type of music.

 

Lynna Abaho

Age: 23 years old

From: Uganda

Work counterpart: Max

Work enterprise: Bio Fresh 

What qualifications/ experience do you have? I have a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication (Journalism Major).

What were you doing before placement? I was unemployed.

Tell us a fun fact about you: I love to listen to music.

Read Lynna and Tara’s first blog – “The first week on placement – business training”

 

Ore Aderbigbe

Age: 22 years old

From: London, UK

Work Counterpart: Brenda

Work Enterprises: Bio Electricity

What Qualifications/ Experience Do You Have? I a BA Degree with Hons and I am S.I.A. Trained.

What Were You Doing Before Placement? Working.

Tell Us A Fun Fact About You: I represented my school in athletics, 200m and relay.

 

Richard Reading

Age: 19 years old

From: Norwich, UK

Work Counterpart: Omara

Work Enterprises: Miracle Motors

What Qualifications/ Experience Do You Have? A-Levels in Geography, Business Studies, Psychology, General Studies.

What Were You Doing Before Placement? Working at the Co-Op full time and as a football/ rugby coach.

Tell Us A Fun Fact About You: I carry around a James Milner match attax card in my wallet everywhere I go.

Tara Tahseen

Age: 19 years old

From: London, UK

Work Counterpart: Tinah

Work Enterprises: Pure Products

What Qualifications/ Experience Do You Have? A-Levels: Math, Physics, and Chemistry. Studying Physics at University

What Were You Doing Before Placement? Started University, I was working in tutoring sciences at her old school.

Tell Us A Fun Fact About You: In my spare time, I like to decipher codes and puzzles.

Read Tara and Lynna’s first blog – “The first week on placement – business training”

 

Christine (Tinah) Kobusimgye

Age: 23 years old

From: Bushenti, Uganda

Work Counterpart: Tara

Work Enterprises: Pure Products

What Qualifications/ Experience Do You Have? I have a BA in Business Studies.

What Were You Doing Before Placement? Unemployed.

Tell Us A Fun Fact About You: I love dancing.

 

Yeko Brian

Age: 25 years old

From: Kapchorwa, Uganda

Work Counterpart: Nicole

Work Enterprises: Kampala Diplomatic

What Qualifications/ Experience Do You Have? Bachelor degree of arts in Social Sciences. Previous experience in management.

What Were You Doing Before Placement? I was working part time in a property management an financial institution.

Tell Us A Fun Fact About You: I am very friendly and fun.

 

Jess Eastwood

Age: 22 years old

From: Surrey, UK

Work Counterpart: Chris

Work Enterprises: We Farm

What Qualifications/ Experience Do You Have? I have a degree in Economics and experience of a working environment.

What Were You Doing Before Placement? Graduated last summer and since then have been working at Weybridge Health Club as a Receptionist.

Tell Us A Fun Fact About You: My main sport for the last 7 years is rowing. And I’m a European Universities champion.

 

Asemo Tamali

Age: 23 years old

From: Soroti, Uganda

Work counterpart: Aiden

Work enterprise: Cooling Solutions

What qualifications/ experience do you have? Bachelor of Planning & Community Development. I have experience in sales and distribution.

What were you doing before placement? I was operating a shop.

Tell us a fun fact about you: I’m easy going.

 

Patricia Acayo

From: Kampala, UGANDA

What experience and/ or qualifications do you have? I have a Bachelors degree in Business Administration.

What were you doing before placement? I was studying at university.

Who are your working counterparts? Anna, Mathew and Chris

Tell us a fun fact about you: I love music and dancing. I generally like having fun with whatever I do. (Whether work or anything else).

 

Ssekajoolo Mathew

 From: Mityana, Uganda

What experience or qualifications do you have? I have a Bachelors degree of Social Work and Social Administration from Makerere University; a Leadership certificate from Yali Regional Leadership Center East Africa; Certificate in Basic Health Economics from World Bank Group; a Postgraduate Certificate in Project Planning and Management and a certificate in Administrative Law from the Law Development Center.

What were you doing before placement?  

Since 2015 I have been working with ENR Africa Associates a research consultancy organisation as a part-time research assistant.

Who are your counterparts?

Anna, Chris and Patricia

Tell us a fun fact about you?

I can concentrate on what I am doing in any environment, including in noisy rooms.

 

Christopher O’Neill

From: Little bit Irish (was living in Belfast before placement), born in Australia and I’ve lived in New Zealand too.

What experience and/ or qualifications do you have? I have a BA Business Studies.

Before placement what were you doing? I was working in a small team in a local bank in Belfast.

Who are your working counterparts? Anna, Chris, Mathew and Patricia.

Tell us a fun fact about you: I have run with the bulls in Pamplona, eaten a full 24-inch pizza on my own, legally eligible for 4 different passports and I am very proficient at climbing!

 

Anna Eaton

From: London, UK

What experience and/ or qualifications do you have? I have a degree in English Literature and Sociology. I have worked in politics, campaigns and communications for the last few years.

Before placement what were you doing? I started up and was running a small campaigns and communications consultancy with a friend.

Who are your working counterparts? Anna, Chris, Mathew and Patricia.

Tell us a fun fact about you: I love yoga and my New Year’s resolution for 2017 is to be able to do a yoga handstand by the summer.

 

Thank you Team Kampala, good luck with your work to support these exciting enterprises! 

Tomorrow we take a trip south to Zambia to meet Team Lusaka