Our Team

Staff

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Marie Mintalucci

Executive Director

Marie is a financial inclusion expert with nearly 15 years of international development experience. She holds a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a Master of International Affairs in Economic and Political Development from Columbia University.

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    Marie has worked for the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Trickle Up, Women's World Banking and The Hunger Project. In January 2020, she launched the WomenSave pilot project to expand financial access to women in western Uganda with goal-based savings plans and mobile money.

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Amon Ariyo

Uganda Country Coordinator

Amon has extensive experience promoting women’s empowerment and girl’s education through his work with Global Partners for Development and the Rukungiri Kanungu Sustainable Development Initiative (RUKASUDI), where he provides strategic leadership and directs the finances.

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    Amon holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He was instrumental in the successful implementation of the WomenSave pilot project.

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Liz Ainembabazi

Savings Officer

Liz is a former Global Partners for Development scholarship recipient, with a degree in Business Administration. This is her first job out of college and she is very excited to promote women’s and girls’ education as a WomenSave Savings Officer.

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    As she says: “What I am happy about is if we go there and we train them on how to save, we can change their lives and [create] better standards of living.”

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Rosemary Aheisibwe

Savings Officer

Rosemary is a former Global Partners for Development scholar with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Computing from Uganda Christian University. She has worked as an accounts handler for three years in a private company called Grin Learn Uganda handling mobile money and M-Pesa.

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    Since her childhood, Rosemary has been passionate about community development and giving back to society. As a WomenSave Savings Officer she is happy to empower local women with financial skills through recruiting, training and following them to meet their set commitment saving plans hence improving their standards of living.

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Odirah Akatuhwera

Savings Officer

Odirah is a former Global Partners for Development scholarship recipient. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Uganda Christian University. She has worked with Kebisoni SACCO as an Intern.

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    As a WomenSave Savings Officer, this is her first job out of college and she is very happy to give back to the community by empowering underserved women with financial literacy hence improving their way of living.

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Olivia Asiimire

Savings Officer

Olivia is an experienced financial trainer having worked for seven years as Accountant Officer with BRAC Bank Uganda. She attained a Bachelor's Degree of Science in Accounting and Finance from Team University and a diploma in accounting and finance from Kyambogo University. 

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    She is committed to and driven by the desire to work with the underprivileged, and she takes pride in advancing financial literacy.

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Shidrah Ayebare

Savings Officer

Shidrah is a former Global Partners for Development scholarship recipient. She holds a Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA) Accounting Option from Uganda Christian University. She has worked with Rukungiri District Employees SACCO (RUDECs) as an Intern and Bayport Financial services as a Sales Agent.

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    What she likes about WomenSave: she is happy to give back to the community through training women in financial literacy, empowering them with skills and tools to develop financially thus improving their standards of living. She is a fan of Manchester United and hanging out is her favorite hobby.

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Sara Henning

Director of Impact, Uplifting Capital

Sara holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Missouri and a J.D. from the UCLA School of Law. She has expertise in developing and managing programs and extensive experience working with international organizations.

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    After working as a litigator, Sara changed career paths, taught at an orphanage in Kenya, trained teens to become peer educators in California and organized a HIV/AIDS Treatment Summit in Los Angeles. Sara next served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in South Africa, where she conducted life skills training for young women, established a legal aid clinic in her rural village, taught classes at a primary school and developed training programs and MEL tools for a NGO supporting people living with HIV/AIDS.

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Shamsa Moumini

Honorary Judge

Shamsa has over 10 years of legal experience in the UK, Comorian, and OHADA law, as well as five years in bank risk and compliance. As head of Legal, Risk, and Compliance at Exim Bank Comoros, she had the fiduciary duty to protect the interest of all stakeholders and gained valuable experience in high-level decision-making.

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    She holds a B.Sc. in European Studies from Aston University, a Common Professional Examination in Law graduate diploma from London Metropolitan University, and a post-graduate Legal Professional Certificate from Westminster University. She is currently in the process of establishing a female empowerment NGO designed to establish a community based circular economic model, helping individuals help each other. She is a fervent believer in the concept that change begins with me.

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Isiah Nuwagaba

Manager, East African Premier Investments

Isiah has a Bachelor's Degree in Commerce (Finance), ACCA Level I, and certificates in short courses such as SME Credit Appraisal. He has vast experience acquired from Equity Bank (U) Limited where he served as a Credit Supervisor and Brand Supervisor, former Uganda Microfinance Limited (MDI) where he served as a field officer and Head of Field...

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    The Hunger Project Uganda where he served as Credit Officer and East African Premier Investments Limited where he is currently serving in the capacity of overseeing credit operations of the whole company. His experience in leading financial institutions in East Africa enabled him to acquire outstanding skills in risk assessment, control, and mitigation, enhancing risk-based business growth, strategic business growth, and management notwithstanding his expertise in finance, accounting, auditing, fraud, and investigations. He wishes to continue contributing to social and economic development at the national and international levels.

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Stephanie Sines

Senior Operations Officer, IFC

Stephanie is a community investment and local sourcing specialist for IFC's Infrastructure and National Resources, Sustainable Infrastructure Advisory Unit in Africa. From 2008 to the present, Stephanie has served as one of IFC's field-based specialists for advisory work across infrastructure and natural resources in Africa.

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    She has led teams working in Cameroon, DRC, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Burkina Faso, and Cote d'Ivoire. She has twenty years of experience working on development initiatives in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Key areas of focus include community investment strategy assessment & development, gender, SME capacity building & financing, and coordination between the private sector, donor, and government stakeholders. Prior to working with IFC, Stephanie worked on US development assistance programs in food aid and education.

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