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.