Ambassador James Muhangi Mugume
Amb. James Mugume is a result-oriented retired Ugandan Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs and a highly accomplished professional Career Diplomat with long experience in global/regional foreign policy issues and diplomatic negotiations. During his tenure as a Ugandan Diplomat, His Excellency Mugume regularly provided professional advice to the President of Uganda, the Foreign Minister and to both the National and East African Community Parliaments on the development and implementation of key foreign policy issues and strategies.
A Board member of the Uganda Council on Foreign Relations with a close association with the Uganda Chamber of Mines and Petroleum. A strong in-depth understanding and coordination of multi-stakeholders involved in negotiations on Conflict Resolution in regional peace and security Initiatives, shared transboundary resources, regional integration, Climate Change, promotion of African cultures as well as bilateral and multi-lateral trade and investment negotiations.
Amb. Mugume provided leadership in Public Sector Management involving public, private and civil society partnerships towards achieving common goals. He has extensive experience in the allocation and management of large budgets based on strategic planning.
Amb. Mugume has a deep passion for the Arts and culture. He was a sought after actor in Shakespearean plays during his High School days. While at Makerere University, he was the Editor of the University’s Newspaper, ‘The Makererean’.
A graduate of Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda and Harvard Kennedy School of Government in Boston, USA, Ambassador Mugume has served at the Ugandan diplomatic missions in New Delhi, India; at the UN in New York, and Pretoria, South Africa. He is married to Mable with two sons Alex Biko and Nikkolas Soyinka.
Currently, he is a private consultant on Business and foreign policy issues and a farmer with a passion for community-based rural transformation in South Western Uganda.
Mr. Dennis Aguma is a Ugandan-British Entrepreneurship Facilitator and Business Incubation Manager, with hands-on experience of setting up business incubation centers and offering structural support for startups, SMEs and enterprise programmes at Universities in the UK and Africa.
With a BSc. Hons. Business Management (1st Class) from Kingston University, London, an MBA (Distinction) from University of Surrey (UK), Dennis is a Part-time lecturer and is currently doing a PhD at Birmingham City University University (UK) exploring the impact of entrepreneurial education on entrepreneurial effectiveness. Dennis is passionate about the creative industry and entrepreneurism in general, and a firm believer of their power to bring about a fair and equitable society.
Dennis is also the Founder of the Association of Student Enterprises (NASE) - a social enterprise set up in 2015 to inspire and champion skills and youth entrepreneurship in Ugandan Universities - www.nase.co.ug.
Prior to joining academia and the world of entrepreneurship, Mr. Aguma gained over 9 years' corporate background experience, mainly from administering and managing pension scheme projects with FTSE 100 companies in London.
Dennis’ passion for The Arts started during his secondary school days at Mbarara High School where he was the Chairman of the Drama Club, and co-wrote a play that was performed by Mbarara High School at a number of other secondary schools in the region. He then had a short stint acting a number of plays at the National Theatre in Uganda whilst at university, before veering into the world of business and finance.
The impact of the arts and culture on the prosperity, health and wellbeing of individuals, communities and society generally, is impossible to quantify. Arts and culture should be treated as a 'strategic national resource' - the fourth wheel in the economy of any society