Dr Emilly Maractho appointed new board chair of the African Centre for Media Excellence

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The African Centre for Media Excellence (ACME) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Emilly Maractho as the new Chair of its Board of Directors with effect from 4 May 2024. She has been a member of the board since 2021.

Dr Maractho, who holds a doctorate in cultural and media studies, brings a distinguished record of scholarship and media development expertise to this role. Among other academic positions, she is Associate Professor of Media and Development at the Uganda Christian University’s School of Journalism, Media and Communication.

ACME’s Executive Director, Dr George Lugalambi, said: “We are delighted to welcome Dr Maractho as the new Chair of our Board. Her extensive experience in media development, coupled with her distinguished academic career, makes her ideally suited to lead ACME in the years to come.”

Dr Maractho’s dedication to media development is evidenced by her active participation on industry boards and in journalist capacity building initiatives. She serves on the boards of National Media Group Uganda (as Chair of the Editorial Committee) and the Uganda Media Women’s Association (as Vice Chairperson). ACME’s board and staff have full confidence that under her leadership, the organisation will continue to make significant strides in promoting media excellence and advancing high-quality journalism across Africa.

Late last year, Ms Diana Angwech and Ms Barbara Among were appointed to ACME’s board. Ms Angwech is a lawyer and former Vice-President of the Uganda Law Society. Ms Among, a former journalist, is a corporate communications professional and ACME subscriber since it was founded in 2009.

Other members of ACME’s Board of Directors are: Mr Robby Muhumuza, communications and management consultant; Mr Paul Busharizi, media consultant; Dr Arthur Bainomugisha, Executive Director, Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE); Dr Wairagala Wakabi, Executive Director, Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA); and Mr Tabu Butagira, Managing Editor, Nation Media Group Uganda.

Dr Maractho is ACME’s third Board Chair, succeeding Ms Susan Nsibirwa and the founding Board Chair, Prof. Monica Chibita.

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