Peter G. Mwesige – Executive Director
A co-founder of ACME, Dr Peter G. Mwesige has worked as the group training editor of the Nation Media Group, East Africa’s biggest multi-media company. He was in charge of newsroom training at the company’s nearly dozen print and electronic media outlets in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda.
A holder of a Ph.D. in mass communications from Indiana University in the United States and a master’s in journalism and mass communication from the American University in Cairo, Dr Mwesige was until November 2007 the head of the Department of Mass Communication at Makerere University, Kampala, where he was also a senior lecturer.
He has previously worked as a reporter, news editor, political editor, and political columnist.
Dr Mwesige was until March 2006 the executive editor of the Nation Media Group’s Kampala-based Monitor Publications Ltd, publishers of the Daily and Sunday Monitor.
Consultancy on journalism, communication, media and politics for DANIDA, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, NORAD, PANOS, Uganda Communications Commission, UNDP, UNESCO, USAID, Westminster Foundation, and the World Bank, among others.
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He was until March 2007 a member of Uganda’s Media Council and the general secretary of the Uganda Newspaper Editors and Proprietors Association (UNEPA). Dr Mwesige served for two years as the first elected president of the National Institute of Journalists of Uganda (NIJU), and was a member of the Governing Council of the East African Media Institute (Uganda Chapter).
Bernard Tabaire – Director of Programmes
He was until October 2008 the managing editor for the weekend editions at the Monitor Publications Ltd, where he had previously worked as Sunday editor, chief sub editor, and special projects writer/editor.
He also directed the journalism internship programme at Monitor Publications Ltd.
Mr Tabaire holds an MS Journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the United States.
He was a 2006/2007 visiting journalist fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University. As part of the fellowship, he published a paper titled The Press and Political Repression in Uganda: Back to the Future?
He has attended a Thomson Reuters Foundation training of trainers course on Fleet Street in London.
Mr Tabaire has taught journalism at Makerere University, and presented several papers on the media and journalism at local and international conferences.
He has consulted on media and communications for UNDP, the Nile Basin Initiative, the Uganda Women Parliamentary Association, Uganda Media Development Foundation, and the World Bank.
Apolo Kakaire – Communications and Advocacy Manager
He has previously worked as a communications specialist with local and international development agencies, including Foundation for Human Rights Initiative, the Civil Society Capacity Building Programme, and the Northern Uganda Reconstruction Programme.
Mr Kakaire holds a Post-Graduate Higher Diploma in Journalism and Media Studies from Rhodes University, South Africa, as well as a BA in Mass Communication from Makerere University. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Rural Development at Makerere.
Rachel Mugarura-Mutana – Programme Manager Online & Training
Ms Rachel Mugarura-Mutana is a dedicated broadcasting and media development professional with a track record in media management, media literacy, administration and planning, as well as training.
She worked as the editor-in-chief of the country’s leading news agency, the Uganda Radio Network, from its inception in 2005 until 2011. A former television anchor and radio news manager, she has also worked at the press office of the American Embassy in Kampala.
Lydia Namubiru – Programme Officer Research, Data Journalism & ICT
Ms Lydia Namubiru is a journalist, writer and researcher. She holds a bachelors degree in library and information science from Makerere University. Earlier in her career she was a columnist for Sunday Vision, and while a reporter for Saturday Vision won the 2009 Population Secretariat/UNFPA award for distinguished reporting on population issues.
In recent years, Ms Namubiru has spent her time in the development and aid sector working as a monitoring and evaluation specialist while also running experiments in ICTs for information services. In 2010 while with Grameen Foundation, she led a pilot project that tested the application of smart phone mobile apps for rural grassroots news collection. With Marie Stopes Uganda in 2012, Ms Namubiru worked on the development and deployment of an SMS platform for routine data collection from a network of more than 200 clinics around Uganda.
At ACME, Ms Namubiru is working on experimental application of ICTs for media purposes, supporting journalists to hone their data journalism skills as well as conducting media research.
Grace Natabaalo – Programme Associate – Website/New Media
Ms Natabaalo holds a bachelors degree in Mass Communication from Makerere University and has had extensive training in online and multimedia journalism and using Internet technology in newsrooms. She is one of Uganda’s more prolific users of social media – she runs the members-only Facebook group page named “Uganda Journalists”, the largest online community of local journalists where media industry issues, and a little gossip, are discussed.
Mr Benjamin Rukwengye was until November 2012 an information officer in the Office of the Prime Minister. He has previously worked at the Uganda Media Centre as a public affairs assistant – events and accreditation. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from Makerere University.