Dr Elly Karuhanga Elected New PSFU Chairman

Dr Patrick Bitature, outgoing chairman PSFU hands over to the incoming chairman Hon Dr Elly Karuhanga (R) after the Annual General Meeting held at lugogo
By :
AT Reporter

KAMPALA – Elly Karuhanga is the New Chairman Board Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU). Just like the previous board members, the new group is a composition of senior citizens with a blend of youthful members that will enable them perform to the expectations of public and private sector players.

Mr. Karuhanga was elected the Board Chairman during PSFU’s 23rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) which took place on Thursday 21st November 2019 at UMA Conference Hall Lugogo.

Former Agriculture Minister, Hon. Victoria Ssekitooleko will deputise Mr Karuhanga at the PSFU Board for the next three years.

Dr Patrick Bitature, the out going PSFU Board Chairman joins the new team led by Dr Elly Karuhanga in a photo moment. /Courtesy Photo

Other members on the board include; Mr. Issa Ssekito, Humphrey Nzeyi, Rajesh Chaplot, Civy Tumusiime, Sarah Kagingo, Angella Bageine, Julian Omalla, Gordon Sentiba, Charles Kareeba, Eng. Keneth Kaijuka and Gideon Badagawa as Ex Officio.

In his remarks, the outgoing Board Chairman, Dr Patrick Bitature lauded the PSFU Secretariat for the good work that has been done in the year under review and congratulated the incoming Board, urging them to continue with the ongoing initiatives.

“Although my term of office ends today, it has been a remarkable pleasure to serve you. I’m officially handing over to the very capable Hon Elly Karuhanga. I believe moving forward with our achievements will build stronger and more resilient Uganda,” Dr Bitature said.

On his part, Dr Karuhanga hailed the new team as heralding a new chapter at PSFU.

“PSFU has continued to evolve to respond to the changing landscape in Uganda’s public and private sector. With a good blend of youth and senior citizens, we are positive that the new leadership is well structured to revitalize our focus and direction,” he said.

– About Hon Dr Elly Karuhanga –

Dr Elly Karuhanga 71, a lawyer and senior partner at Kampala Associated Advocates (KAA), is the Founder President and Chairman, Governing Council, Uganda, Centre for Abitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution (CADER) formed in 1998. CADER was established by Parliament under Act 8 of 2000.

He also serves as the chairman of Uganda Chamber of Mines & Petroleum, an organisation that seeks to promote and develop Uganda’s mining and petroleum operations and services since 2008 todate.

Mr Karuhanga serves on various other boards as chairman and member. Among these are dfcu limited, where he serves as Board chairman.

He also chairs British American Tobacco (BAT) board; the biggest cigarette company in Uganda, Minet Uganda, the largest insurance brokers and Rwenzori Water; Uganda’s largest mineral water bottler.

Hon Elly also sits on the Board of Directors at Marasa Holdings Ltd – part of Madhvani Group of companies with interests in the hospitality sector, Canmin Resources Ltd as well as Uganda Breweries Ltd, Uganda’s largest alcohol company.

Mr. Karuhanga as new Board Chairperson at PSFU replaces Dr Patrick Bitature, who had held the position since 2014. Mr. Bitature replaced Hon. Gerald Ssendaula who retired as Chairman of PSFU, a position he had held since 2008 while Hon Ssendaula replaced the Late James Mulwana who was the founder Chairman from 1995-2007.

– PSFU –

Private sector Foundation is Uganda’s umbrella body for the private sector made up of 230 Business Associations, Corporate bodies and the major Public Sector Agencies that support private sector growth. Since its founding in 1995, PSFU has served as a focal point for private sector advocacy as well as capacity building and continues to sustain a positive dialogue with Government on behalf of the private sector.

It’s also Government’s implementation partner for several projects as well as the focal point for the East African Business Council and the COMESA Business council.

As the apex body, PSFU has now expanded and scaled up its reach from merely providing business information, managing projects/grants, training and Business development support, to a diverse private sector think tank and innovation hub with a new stable platform for growth and sustainable development.

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