Ms. Mercy Kainobwisho is the current Registrar General of Uganda Registration Services Bureau. She successfully served as the Director, Intellectual Property, a position she has held since February 2017 until she was appointed into the role starting December 22nd, 2020.
At URSB, Kainobwisho has risen through the ranks having joined as Manager, Directorate of Intellectual Property November 2011 to October 2014. She went on to become Director, Business Registration, in the Directorate of Business Registration, holding the position from October 2014 to February 2017.
Prior to joining URSB, she served as State Attorney, at the Department of the Registrar General at the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs from November 2005 to 2011.
Kainobwisho joined the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs from Shonubi Musoke & Co Advocates where she was a Legal Assistant for a year from October 2004 to October 2005.
Ms. Mercy K. Kainobwisho is a qualified, competent and experienced female Advocate of the High Court of Uganda with 15 years experience specializing in Intellectual Property Law, Business Law, Project Management, Oil and Gas law, Leadership and General Management.
She holds a Master of Laws in Intellectual Property (LLM), University of Turin, Italy, Master of Business Administration (MBA), Makerere University, Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Law Development Center (LDC), Kampala and Bachelor of Laws Degree (LLB), Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda and several post graduate certificates in Leadership, Oil and Gas among others.
Research and publications
Kainobwisho has more than 20 research articles and publications under her name in local and international journals , professional publications and Rotary Newsletters.
Amongst many other present and former memberships to various professional committees, she is the sitting Vice Chairperson of the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) Coordination Committee. She is also a member of the Human Capital Committee, at the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) where she is also the Chairperson, Selection Committee of the Director General.
In Uganda, she has also been a member of the Multi-sectoral Committee of the National Intellectual Property Policy as well as a Member of the National Expert Group for Technology Transfer and Utilization of Intellectual Property She serves on the Justice Law and Order (JLOS) Technical Committee, and the Publicity Committee; Chairperson URSB Geographical Indications Implementation Committee, Chairperson, Uganda Registration Services Bureau and Uganda Printing and Publishing Corporation MoU Committee, Chairperson, Committee on harmonization of One Stop Center overlapping projects in Uganda.
Kainobwisho previously served as member of the National Technical implementation coordination committee for the East African Common (EAC) Markets Protocol; Chairperson of the URSB Contracts Committee , Chairperson , Contract Manager, Electronic Document Management System (EDMS), Program Manager, Taxpayer Register Expansion Program (TREP), a joint project with Uganda Registration Services Bureau, Uganda Revenue Authority, Kampala Capital City Authority and the Ministry of Local Government; Member of the World Bank -Ease of Doing Business Conference, Technical committee.
Awards and recognitions
In 2019, Kainobwisho was named among the Best 40 influential Women in Africa by the African Diversity and Inclusion Center – a non-profit that aims to make increased diversity and inclusion on the African continent. In 2017 she was voted the best corporate Lawyer in government/public service in Uganda, She was also named as the Best under 40 years influential ladies in Uganda by the New Vision in 2018. She has received several recognitions in Rotary for her outstanding leadership. Kainobwisho has also won awards of being the smartest employee at URSB.
Ms. Kainobwisho is a member of the Uganda Law Society, East African Law Society, Uganda Women Lawyers Association (FIDA-Uganda), Toastmasters International and Rotary International – Bukoto Club where she currently serves as the President.
Kainobwisho is passionate about mentoring young people into leadership among other things.
Alex Anganya is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA-U) and a professional auditor with thorough knowledge, strong skills and experience in Internal Auditing, Financial and Treasury Management, and Risk Management with good Leadership skills. This was achieved with over a decade of his balanced internal audit career in both Private and Public Sector Organizations.
Alex was appointed Senior Internal auditor/ Head of internal audit at URSB and grew to become the Director Internal Audit a position he holds to date. He was elected Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Africa Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) which brings together 20 member states, Uganda Inclusive with headquarters based in Harare Zimbabwe. He served in this capacity for 4 years. He was also elected the chairperson of the JLOS audit committee, a subcommittee of the JLOS Budget working group, a position he holds to date.
Since assuming the role of Director Internal Audit, Alex has registered tremendous achievements in the areas of Good Governance, Transparency and Accountability which has led to improvement in revenue collection and service delivery generally and as a result, the Bureau is today being rated as one of the best professionally run public sector entity.
Alex holds a Masters degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Commerce Hons. degree (both obtained from Makerere University). He is also a member of the institute of internal auditors- (IIA Global) and also a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Uganda (ICPAU). He holds Certificate in Security Management from Industrial Security Services-Jinja, Certificate of attendance in Para – Legal Trainer from Uganda Human Rights Activists, Trained in Procurement Management by World Shelter Programme International. He has also trained on Harmonized Approach to Cash Transfers by UNICEF among others.
Caroline is a result oriented and competent Advocate of the High Court of Uganda and all Courts subordinate with 9 years’ experience spanning across corporate secretarial, commercial law and corporate and finance management. She also has experience in administration and human resource management having carried out roles that required such skills.
Caroline holds an Honors degree in Law from Makerere University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice. She is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) UK, Uganda Law Society (ULS), East African Law Society (EALS).
Previously, Caroline worked with Diamond Trust Bank for 4 years as Company Secretary, Head Legal and Head of the Debt Recovery Unit having worked as Company Secretary of National Bank of Commerce prior to joining Diamond Trust Bank. Caroline also served as Associate Partner and Administrator with Muwema and Mugerwa Advocates for 4 years.
Mr. Byamukama is a professionally trained & practicing seasoned human resource management and administrator. His career spans over 17 years having served both in Government Institutions as well as private organizations often serving at senior levels of management. He has accumulated an appropriate mix of conceptual, people management, administrative, human and technical skills and possessing a mature judgment.
Geoffrey is a highly honest, committed, experienced, diligent, innovative and self-driven person who is a team builder and team player, capable of delivering results under strict deadlines. He cherishes time management, effectiveness, flexibility and integrity. A holder of a Master’s degree in Management Studies (MMS) HR Option from Uganda Management Institute (2007), a Post graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management from Uganda Management Institute (2003). He also possess a Bachelor of Arts (Education) degree (2001) from Makerere University – Kampala, holds a diploma in Education (1999). He has also attended and achieved several certificates in both human Resource management and Administration.
Geoffrey established and pioneered the operationalization of the Human Resource and Administration and functionalized Human Resources office at Uganda Registration Services Bureau since January, 2012 Portal. He also helped recruit and expanded staff of Uganda Registration Services Bureau to 315 staff and supervised the reviewed URSB Organogram in 2013, and 2016 from which saw the number of positions move from 126 to 332.
He was also among the pioneer staff the at operationalization of URSB when it became a semi- autonomous agency of government from being a department at the Ministry of Justice & Constitutional Affairs. He has since seen staff numbers grow from 12 in 2001 to over 300 presently.
Geoffrey was a committee member during the decentralization of services for URSB that saw the necessitated the set-up of Regional Offices where he directly managed the training programs and capacity building workshops to ensure that the offices operate in a fully functional ways.
Mr. Kwesiga Arthur holds a Master of Information Technology and a Bachelors of Computer Science Degree both from Makerere University. He also holds certificates/diplomas in Management Information Systems, Networks Security, Geographic Information Systems and industry technologies like Cisco, Microsoft and Sun Solaris. Arthur is a Prince 2 Certified Practitioner in Project Management and has obtained high level skills and certification in Quality Management Systems.
He has a wealth of expertise in designing, strategic planning and management of Information technology systems (Information Resource Management), with particular focus on how ICTs can be effectively integrated into and be of benefit to organizations in order to optimize the delivery of government programs and services.
He has been active in developing end to end digital work processes of URSB by providing opportunities for efficient procedures and services that engage the public directly and effectively while providing opportunities for process improvements and innovation so as make government services simpler, faster and easier to use. This has led to the development of initiatives enabled by interoperable information, systems and processes that make it less costly and easier to share information, improve information quality, reduce unnecessary duplication and reduce the impact of structural changes in government.
Over the last 14 years including 8+ years at a senior level, Arthur has been involved in Public Sector reforms, IT Strategy, e-government, ICT Management Consulting, Project Management, Change Management, Enterprise Architecture, Process Innovation, Business Process management and Business Strategy. He has practical experience in planning, designing, implementing, testing and maintenance of the ICT Infrastructure with particular focus on high availability systems and Computer Network Security.
Arthur has previously worked as Deputy Director ICT Services at Makerere University and as Manager ICT in National Drug Authority. Arthur has also lectured in Makerere University Faculty of Computing and IT courses related to Computer Systems and Enterprise Network Management. He is currently a part-time Consultant for Ministry of Public Service Civil Service College on Process Innovation, Process Improvements and Public Service Reform.
He strategically and cost effectively utilizes technology in alignment with corporate goals with consistent improvement in delivery times and service while reducing cost. He has excelled in strategic planning, building high performance teams, project management and implementation of best practice methodologies and continuous improvement programs.
Vincent is an advocate of Courts of Judicature of Uganda with over 15 years’ experience in commercial law practice specifically Business registration and Intellectual Property.
Vincent holds a Master of Laws in Intellectual Property from African University, Zimbabwe, a Bachelor of Laws Degree (with Honors) from Makerere University, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre, a Diploma in Contemporary Public Administration and Management from Galilee International Management Institute (Israel) and certificates in Oil and Gas, Taxation, Leadership and various aspects of Intellectual Property.
Vincent is a member of the Uganda Law Society, the East African Law Society, the Uganda Golf Club and Rotary International.
Mr. Francis Kaggwa is the Director Finance and Administration a position he has held from July 2015.
Mr. Francis Kaggwa comes on board with vast experience in Finance and related matters; He has worked as a Manager and Accountant in Insurance Regulatory Authority, as an Internal Auditor, Senior Loans Officer and Loans Officer in Centenary Bank. He also worked in World Vision MEDNET as a Finance Officer.
Francis holds ACCA and CPA certificates, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Makerere University.
Freda Bwiizi Nayebare Otafiire has invaluable experience of 10 years in project planning, public financial management, strategy development and evaluation of project cost and risk. She has used project management experience to formulate medium term strategic frameworks to achieve desirable performance, drafted revenue growth strategies and carried out business process solutions that facilitate service improvements during her working experience.
Freda holds a Master of Science in Administrative studies majoring in Innovation and Technology from Boston University – Boston Massachusetts, a Bachelor’s degree in Development Studies from Makerere University, certificates in Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation from Setym Montreal – Canada.
She currently works as Ag. Director Planning and Research at Uganda Registration Services Bureau, previously she worked as Manager Planning and Senior Planner, at URSB, Commercial Attaché to Washington DC in the Ugandan Embassy and Operations Manager for a private company Arua Mercantile.
She is a member of Project management Institute PA USA and a patron for non- profit – cardinal life of purpose.
Mr. Ntale Mustapher is the Director Insolvency and Receivership at Uganda Registration Services Bureau. He is a key person in insolvency reforms within URSB and Uganda as a whole, the most recent project being revival of Uganda Telecom Limited (UTL). He has represented Uganda at both national and international conferences, including the International Association of Insolvency Regulators (IAIR) and United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Working Group V meetings.
Mr. Ntale holds a Master of Laws (LLM) degree from the University of Cambridge (UK), a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from Makerere University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice from Law Development Centre. He received the Chief Justice’s Prize (2007), the Attorney General’s Prize (2009) and the Commonwealth Shared Cambridge Scholarship (2009/10) for outstanding academic performance.
Prior to joining URSB, Mr. Ntale worked with Newmark Advocates, Kasimbazi, Kamanzi & Co. Advocates and taught law at Islamic University in Uganda. He had also done consultancy work for USAID, Oxfam, and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). He is an Advocate, a member of Uganda Law Society and East Africa Law Society.
Agaba Gilbert is the Director Intellectual Property at Uganda Registration Services Bureau where he currently manages the team that administers intellectual property laws in Uganda.
Agaba is passionate about intellectual property and has participated in various intellectual property initiatives nationally and internationally including chairing the expert committee that negotiated text for the Arusha Protocol for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants, was a member of the steering committee for the formulation of the National Intellectual Property Policy, is a member of the National Expert Group on the use of patent information in appropriating technology, and represents Uganda at various meetings of the World Intellectual Property Organisation where he is immediate past Vice Chair of the Paris Union Executive Committee.
Agaba is also a Registrar of intellectual property rights and in this role he examines and registers trademarks, patents, industrial designs, and copyright. He has audited Collective Management Organisations, he also adjudicates in contentious matters in prosecution of intellectual property rights, and is responsible for ensuring the quality of the intellectual property rights granted.
Agaba is an avid promoter of intellectual property as a tool for development and participates in various sensitization and awareness building activities nationally and internationally to promote intellectual property.
Robert is the Director Business Registration. He is an advocate of the High Court of Uganda with over 10 years solid experience in Business and Company registrations.
Prior to his appointment as Director of Business Registration, he served as a State Attorney from 2008, before becoming a Senior Registration Officer in 2012. He was promoted to the Manager Business Registration where he served from 2015 to 2020.
Robert possesses vast experience in Company Law and is a member of a host committees like the Doing Business Committee, the URSB Legal Reform Committee as well as the Competitiveness & Enterprise Development Project (CEDP) Contracts Committee.
Robert holds an Honors Degree in Law from Uganda Christian University, a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from Law Development Centre, Kampala, a Master of Laws in Oil and Gas and a couple of professional training certificates in leadership, project management, public procurement and procurement for World Bank projects.
Robert has walked the business reform journey at Uganda Registration Services Bureau since 2011 to date and has overseen a number of reforms aimed at ease of doing business in Uganda.