Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of Great Lakes Safaris is comprised of a team of dedicated community leaders and business professionals. Together they evaluate the performance and strategic progress of the company and lead the way in charting the company’s future growth objectives whilst keeping an eye on the horizon.
Meet the Great Lakes Safaris Board of Directors
Dr. Andrew Kasirye
In a career spanning three decades, he has been Chairman of Uganda Wildlife Authority, Director at Gold Trust Bank, MP in the Buganda Kingdom Parliament, the Chairperson, Legal Aid Project of the Uganda Law Society, Advisor at Law Development Center, and a consultant of judicial capacity building in the Judiciary of Southern Sudan.
Andrew Kasirye was the Chair of the Access to Justice Forum at the Commonwealth Law Conference-London, in September of 2005, presented a discussion paper on Legal and Judiciary reform in Africa at the All Africa Conference on Law, Justice, and Development held in Abuja, Nigeria, in February of 2003 and is a founding member of the Pan African Lawyers Union. He has severally been member of litigation teams representing Ugandan President Museveni, TelKom South Africa and a legal advisor to the Government of Uganda on privatization.
Among other things, he is currently Director at UAP Insurance Uganda Limited and Chairperson of Uganda Retirement Benefits Regulatory Authority. Kasirye resides in Uganda with his wife and three sons, you can often find him at Watoto Church where he enjoys playing musical instruments with the church choir. We are proud and honored to have Andrew as Chairman of our Board of Directors.
Mr. Amos Wekesa
Amos Wekesa is the founder and Managing Director of Great Lakes Safaris and Uganda Lodges Ltd. He was born and raised in Eastern Uganda. He has an inspiring and humbling background that reflects the person he is today.
His true passion, apart from his family, is tourism. As an advocate and tourism lobbyist, he wants to share the beauty of his home country with the rest of the world. Amos Wekesa does not only represent Great Lakes Safaris and Uganda Lodges but has also been President of the Uganda Tourism Association, is currently a member of the Uganda Tourism Board of Directors, representing the tour operators, and is frequently being invited as a key note speaker at international and national conferences and events. In 2014 he received the Titans Award in recognition of his efforts in tourism industry development, social responsibility and his strategic vision for the sector.
Candy Wekesa Okoboi
Candy Wekesa Okoboi, has over 15 years’ experience in increasingly responsible roles within legal practice, financial markets and consulting. Before her current station, she was the Senior Legal Advisor-Business Licensing Reform Project at Uganda Investment Climate Program (under the support of the IFC/World Bank Group). Prior to that, she headed the legal and compliance departments of the Uganda Securities Exchange and the Capital Markets Authority.
At a continental level, she has been a member of the Africa Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Country Review Missions for the Republic of Zambia and the United Republic of Tanzania and has accomplished several corporate governance assignments at this level and in Uganda as a member and trainer of the Institute of Corporate Governance of Uganda (ICGU).
Candy’s experience is enhanced by a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from the Makerere University, a post graduate diploma from the Law Development Centre of Uganda and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from University of Edinburgh Management School.
She currently holds the position of Deputy Group Company Secretary of UAP Holdings Limited, a financial services conglomerate with Pan African ambitions. In this position, she is responsible for rendering legal services throughout the group, including the currently established subsidiaries in Nairobi (head office), Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Southern Sudan.
Blessing Nshaho is the Chief Executive Officer of Asset Business Solutions Ltd – the first fully indigenous asset management company in Uganda. He is a dynamic entrepreneur and a well respected finance professional with over 12 years working experience in the fields of assurance, transaction advisory, technology enablement, management advisory and Asset Management.
Blessing spent 10 years working with Ernst & Young, a global big 4 accounting and consulting firm with annual revenues in excess of US$ 24 billion, as an Associate Director for Ernst & Young Global overseeing technology enablement across 140 countries while based in the UK and the US; and as an Executive Director, Performance Improvement Advisory Services for Ernst & Young East Africa.
Blessing was a Co-Executive Producer of Inspire Africa Season One – the first ever reality TV entrepreneurial challenge for youth across Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda in 2011; and is committed to supporting the youth, entrepreneurs and companies to achieve their full potential.
Blessing holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Statistics and is a Certified Computer Programmer. He is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) and was the ACCA National Prize Winner in December 2004 in the Strategic Business Planning and Development Paper. He has made many presentations at professional forums and is well known for his business articles in the national newspapers.
Blessing is a born again Christian; and he loves to travel, listen to music, and spend time with his family.
Amy Wekesa has been a Director at Great Lakes since 2003. Born and raised on the West Coast of the United States, she developed of a love of the outdoors at an early age. After graduating from Western Washington University with a B.A. in Sociology, she came to Uganda in 2001 and first enjoyed the natural beauty of the country as a visitor. She is proud to have a supporting role in the business, while at the same time raising 3 children to have godly values which include stewardship of Uganda’s resources. Family comes first, but Amy is grateful to be a part of providing meaningful employment for a number of people and also to help ensure that clients have the optimal safari experience.
Dr. Jeff Sebuyira Mukasa
Jeff is a capacity building expert with a strong business leadership and financial background. He trained in the UK, and has worked for different multinational organizations in various parts of the world, including Coca Cola SABCO, where he was a Finance Director for the North East Africa Division. He is currently the CEO of Imprint (U) Ltd and a faculty member of Duke University Corporate Education.
He holds a Doctorate in Business Leadership from the University of South Africa; is a Fellow of the Chartered Certified Accountants (UK); and a certified executive coach and user of various psychometric instruments.
Jeff has strong facilitation skills and can draw from a vast experience within the private sector to build both individuals’ and organizational capacity. He seats on several boards and has been instrumental in the development of strategic plans and capacity building interventions for several organisations.
Francis is an Advocate of the High Court of Uganda and all the Courts subordinate thereto and a Partner with M B Gimara Advocates and his primary areas of practice is Commercial and Integration Law. He has done several consultancies and undertaken litigation on behalf of his clients in many forums including the EACJ. He is a member of Uganda Law Society , the East African Law Society and the Pan African Lawyers Union.
Francis is also a Research Fellow with the East African Center for Trade Policy and Law, a consortium of experts working at promoting fair trading polices to enable Africa trade better.