YouLead Secretariat

YouLead Secretariat is made up of a team of dedicated young professionals - youth organizing and leadership specialists with various skills and talents. They offer their time and skills all year through to work toward advancement of YouLead’s short and long term ambitions.

YouLead Secretariat team

Ruth Asiimwe
Head of Secretariat & Partnerships and Fundraising Lead
Uganda

Ruth is a feminist, Author and a values driven leader with 15 years of experience at a senior level within the Eastern and Southern African region. She has extensive experience in leading teams, managing partnerships, developing fundraising and investment plans and securing significant investment from corporate, government and trusts & foundations.
As the Head for YouLead Regional Secretariat, she brings her 15 years experience in advocacy, rights-based programming, external representation, delivering ambitious initiatives and managing complex change. She draws her expertise in designing, resourcing, reviewing/restructuring and managing a variety of youth participation initiatives on the continent and directly managing large-scale youth engagement programmes and development partners including DFID, UNICEF, UNFPA, USAID, SIDA, GEF, Ford Foundation and Amplify Change amongst Others.
She was previously Head of Restless Development in Zambia and Executive Director at Uganda Youth Network: Leading advocacy, capacity building and youth-led innovations across the countries, and played a central role in laying the foundations for both organizations strategic plans. Ruth has also worked as Technical Director for Youth Line Forum, M&E advisor for VSO Zambia, Senior Manager for Komo Learning centers, M&E Coordinator for Kawempe Home Care and private sector companies like MTN and DHL Uganda. She serves on the board for three youth organization’s in Uganda and provides mentorship to 5 Young Executive Directors in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia and Malawi.

Kazeneza Huguette
Deputy Head of Secretariat & Regional Coordinator
Burundi

Kazeneza Huguette is a passionate Peacebuilder and a youth advocate with a background in International Relations and Peace Studies. She is a believer in mediation processes and an alumna of the first International Young Women Mediation forum. She holds a BA in Philosophy (2010-2012) and a BA in Theology (2012-2015) from the Pontificia Università della Gregorianna (Rome/Italy). She has a MA in International Relations and Peace Studies from Hekima University College (Nairobi/Italy). She speaks fluently Kirundi, French, English and Italian, and basic Swahili. Before joining YouLead, she has worked as a research assistant for the Central Africa Project (Cameroun, Chad, DRC, Burundi and Central Africa Republic) at International Crisis Group. She has also worked as an assistant editor for a blog called CIHA Blog (Critical Investigations into Humanitarianism in Africa blog) and thought Introduction to the Holy Scriptures at Ecole Propédeutique Des Peres Xavériens de Bujumbura. She believes that the future and the wellbeing of the African Continent lies in the hands of the African youth. In her free time, she enjoys watching movies and spending time with friends and having a good laugh with them. She also likes cooking.

Beatrice Marandu
Regional Coordinator and Partnerships Support
Tanzania

Beatrice is a Regional Coordinator at East Africa Youth Leadership development program, abbreviated as YouLead Program. She holds a degree in Law obtained from Tumaini University Makumira in Arusha, Tanzania. She is passionate about youth development, transparent governance and capacity building.
Before devoting her full attention to the YouLead program, Beatrice served as a legal intern at IRM Law firm in 2019 and Law Access Firm in 2018. Beatrice has been involved in multiple programs over the past two years, in and outside MS Training Center for Development Cooperation(MSTCDC), including hosting for TEDx Majengo in Arusha Tanzania, an independently organised event and Coordinating Meru-off road Bike tours. Lastly, she has Co- facilitated in the first ever COMESA Youth Leaders Bootcamp, hosted at MS TCDC.
Beatrice is constantly seeking an opportunity to develop public speaking skills and platforms to interact with like minded youths that are working to foster inter-regional socio-economic integration through policy dialogue, innovation and youth active engagement in civic activities.

Grace Abaho
YouLead Media and Communications Coordinator
Uganda

Grace Abaho is a father, writer, and human rights activist. He is the current YouLead Media, marketing and Communications Lead with over 6 years of communications experience spanning human rights, education, advocacy, and social innovations. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Procurement and Logistics management but has since grad school transitioned into a writer, writing on his personal website and as a ghost writer for so many reputable organizations and people, in East Africa and beyond.
Before YouLead, Grace championed and run the “Team Hillary Clinton Uganda” presidential coalition in 2016, where he led a team of 5 people and got featured on ‘VOA interview”. In 2019, he also served as the Marketing manager for EatWell Limited, a dealership of Saladmaster. In 2017, Grace served as assistant sponsorship and communications Coordinator SOS Children’s Village, Uganda. He worked with the Parliament of the Republic of Uganda as Junior Clerk to Parliament, as the Lead rapporteur for the first Youth Boot Parliamentary debate in 2016. He worked as a beta team member for C. JoyBell. C on her book, “The Conversation of the Dragons” in 2016. He is a voracious reader; in his free time, he reads articles/novels /plays on international politics, Philosophy, Parenting, Life and Religion. He also an avid lover of movies and series, both political and otherwise.

Franklin Mireri
Regional Partnerships & Fundraising Coordinator.
Kenya

Franklin is an outstanding public speaker and gospel music producer who grew up in the ultimate East African experience; attending elementary school in Kenya, High School in Uganda, and frequently visiting his paternal relatives in Tarime, Tanzania. He later proceeded to Ukraine on a Kenyan Government Scholarship to pursue Telecommunication Engineering, before returning in 2012 to study International Relations at the United States International University – Nairobi. He is fluent in Russian, English and Swahili, while commanding an intermediate knowledge of Japanese, Luganda and Luo languages.
While at USIU, Franklin was awarded the Kenyan University Students’ top debating honor for two years in a row, and actively participated in EAC- Youth Ambassadors Platform activities during the tenure of Youth Ambassadors Effie Omondi and Robi Chacha. He also interned at Amnesty International Kenya in the Human Rights Education department, representing the Country in Amnesty International’s International Committee Meeting (ICM) in Dublin Ireland, 2015. Franklin’s passion for music is boundless, having directed and organized the team that recorded the YouLead song, and is also a music producer who has composed tens of choral gospel songs, and performed both regionally and internationally.

Rachael Tuhimbise
Regional Coordinator Leadership Development Uganda

Rachael is a determined and passionate individual interested in developing and implementing relevant and sustainable policies to address social and economic inequalities in Africa within the global context. Over the last nine years, Rachael has gathered diverse working experience in multi- cultural settings across sub-Saharan Africa in the areas of International Social Development, Audit and Administration, Leadership Development, Project Planning, Implementation and Coordination. During these experiences, her attention was drawn to the fact that the issues facing Africans are not isolated to one country but rather cut across the continent. The desire to make a more meaningful contribution to solving these problems led her to pursue a Masters in International Affairs at the University of Ghana, Accra. As part of the program, she wrote a thesis on the “Challenges and Prospects in implementing the Adedeji, 2007 and Kagame, 2017 Reports on African Union Reforms”. Her interest in an International Affairs career is rooted in humanitarian concerns that were nurtured in her during the five years she spent on various international mission fields across the African continent. Her interest and knowledge of this area have provided her the opportunity to work with YouLead on program development, documentation, implementation, coordination and reporting which allow her the latitude to be on the ground while at the same time influencing social and economic policies for Africa.

Elibariki Sumari
YouLead Information Technology and Webmaster Tanzania

Elibariki Sumari, Computer Science Professional ellysumy@gmail.com/ sumarie@mstcdc.or.tz - +255757666886 Engaged, creative computer science professional with 10+ years’ experience. Seeking to leverage exemplary leadership skills, analytical skills, and coding skills as a project manager for Camera and Sec System. Inquisitive, energetic computer science specialist skilled in leadership, with a strong foundation in math, logic, and cross-platform coding. Seeking to leverage solid skills in collaboration, communication, and development as a programmer for MSTCDC/Global Platforms/AADK
2010-2014. Dublin Institute of Technology – Ireland Graduated BSc in Computer Science Favorite area of study: AI Programming and Relational Database Management Systems RDBMS. Favorite class is Machine Learning for Better Data Management. Extracurricular project: Build the working security camera by object detection and image recognition by using Java and OpenCV library.
2020-2021. Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology – Tanzania
Persuing Mobile and Embeded systems deeping into Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Inteligency (AI).
Impacted strongly in the following skills: SQL, Java, JavaScript, C#, C++, Python, PHP, Ruby on Rails. Exceptionally skilled at all aspects of SQL. Skilled in Illustrator, Mongo-DB. Strong leadership, communication, and collaboration skills. Skilled in critical thinking, logic, and high math.


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