Management team

Hon. David Pulkol
Executive Director

Hon. Pulkol is a founding member of AFLI. He has deep-running experience as a public servant, academic, social researcher and development professional. He began his career as a lecturer at Makerere University, then went on to become a Member of Parliament, and later Cabinet Minister in different social sector portfolios. He is a two-time Head of External Security Organisation (ESO) in Uganda. Hon. Pulkol has also served as Deputy Regional Director for UNICEF, in-charge of 23 countries in East and Southern Africa. He is a specialist in Applied Research, legislative practice, policy analysis, development programming, advocacy and democratic governance

Dr. Gerald Werikhe
Head of Civic Engagement and Research

Dr. Werikhe Gerald Wanzala is the Head of Civic Engagement and Research. He holds a Ph.D. in Logistics Engineering and Management, and Master of Management Science (Corporate Management) from Dalian Maritime University, China.Gerald has strong skills in applied research for regional development, as well as teaching and mentoring students at higher educational levels.He is also extensively exposed in the fields of policy analysis and development; public policy research and governance; professional training and workshop facilitation; stakeholder coordination and community mobilisation.Gerald was part of the pioneer team that implemented the first Parliamentary Scorecard project in 2007.

Mrs. Deborah Mwesigwa Mugerwa
Head of Quality Assurance and Compliance

Mrs Deborah Mwesigwa Mugerwa is the Head of Quality Assurance and Partnerships. She holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the Uganda Management Institute. She has rich experience as an administrator gained from the Uganda Revenue Authority, where she held senior management positions from 1992 up to May 2014, when she voluntarily retired from the civil service. Mrs. Mugerwa has taken a leadership role in community service and development advocacy, particularly in the areas of agriculture, financial empowerment, HIV/Aids, clean drinking water, affordable electricity, as well as youth and women’s empowerment.

Mr. Robert Muwema Kintu
Head of Data Processing and Information Technology

Mr. Robert Muwema Kintu is the Head of ICT and Data Processing. He is a pioneer member of the AFLI team, and holds two Masters Degrees – A Master of Business Administration from University of Dundee, Scotland, and an MSc (International Marketing) from University of Strathclyde, Glasgow U.K. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Business Administration at SMC University, Switzerland.A businessman in his own right, Robert is the brains behind the technical features of the Parliamentary Performance Scorecard. He has been involved in the planning and design of the research and data analysis models, as well as defining the key components of the entire project. He has been intensely involved in a wide range of business consultancies, investment and start-up acceleration, particularly in the areas of business development, ICT and marketing.

Ms. Susan Anibaya
Head of Youth and University Engagements

Ms. Susan Anibaya is the Head of Youth and University Engagement. She holds two Masters Degrees – one in Development Evaluation and Management from University of Antwerp, Belgium, and the other in Public Administration and Management from Uganda Christian University, Mukono. Before joining AFLI in January, 2008, she taught at her alma mater, where she had worked since August, 2006.Susan has also served as a community mobilization volunteer at the Nakapiripirit District Local Government, where she played an active role organizing and mobilizing women’s groups to participate in development activities.She has also been extensively involved in social research consultancy, particularly in health, gender and the environment.

Mr. Cyrus Mwelwa
Head of Communications and Media Relations

Cyrus Mwelwa is the Communication and Media Advisor. He is an accomplished corporate communication professional, journalist and business administrator, with academic qualifications in Strategic Management (MBA), Communication (MSc) and Marketing (Executive Diploma). He has rich professional experience at senior management level in the public and private sectors – locally and internationally. A Kenyan, Cyrus has held decision-making roles in a variety of sectors in his country, ranging from the media to manufacturing, education and insurance. Before joining AFLI, Cyrus worked for New York-based American International Group (AIG), where he was the Head of Communication and Corporate Services. He has also been involved in management consulting under the Nairobi-based Ecosafe Consultants

Mrs. Catherine Nyaburu
Head of Finance and Administration

Catherine Nyaburu is the Project Accountant. A Chartered Certified Accountant and a Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA-UK), she holds a Diploma in Accountancy from the International Institute of Media Studies, Kampala, and has more than 15 years of experience in accounting, financial management, audit and administration. Catherine has been involved in consultancy for clients in a wide range of sectors in East Africa. She also has a firm background in service for private organisations and donor-funded agencies, among them UN Women, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Irish Aid, Oxfam, European Commission and United Nations Development Program (UNDP). Before joining AFLI, Catherine was the Finance and Administration Officer at the Institute for Social Administration (IST), Uganda