One of Uganda’s most celebrated serial entrepreneurs Dr Maggie Kigozi will be one of the speakers at the 7th Ugandan Convention slated for September 16, 2017 in London.
Dr Kigozi, a fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative of the Aspen Institute crossed over to the corporate world in 1994 after quitting the medical profession and was appointed marketing director of Crown Bottlers (Pepsi) Ltd (later Crown Beverages Ltd).
The one-day event is aptly themed “partnering for wealth creation”. It will be held at the Troxy in London on Saturday 16 September 2017. This year’s UCUK is expected to include a strong business-to-business dimension, with a large number of exporters and importers from Uganda, UK and mainland Europe. It’s expected to feature a selected line up of distinguished speakers and panellists from diverse businesses and organisations across East Africa.
The UCUK will collaborate with government institutions like DFID and the Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) to present actual bankable projects, and signpost a range of attractive investment opportunities emerging from national programmes and multinational development plans as well as highlight new opportunities arising from BREXIT and bilateral trade between UK and Uganda.
When not attending to the various roles Dr Kigozi plans on the boards she sits on, she grows food stuff on the family farm, Zuri Model Farm, in Kyasa.
She is an ardent tree planter, having established pine and eucalyptus plantations on her property. It is therefore not surprising that she is a member of the National Forestry Authority Board.
Her newest investment venture is an eco-lodge on an island in Lake Victoria.
She is currently a trustee of the Shell Foundation and chairperson of the Africa Scout Foundation; a director with the Uganda Export Promotion Board and although no longer a practising doctor, she sits on the board of Uganda’s main referral hospital, Mulago.
Dr Kigozi is also a board member of the Uganda Manufacturers Association, where she chairs the marketing committee that hosts the prestigious Uganda International Trade Fair.
Outside boardrooms, she is the president of Business and Professional Women, Uganda.
Dr Kigozi works with many organisations that support women and youth leadership and entrepreneurship. As a member of the Elders Forum of Uganda and the Women’s Situation Room, she works to ensure peace in Uganda and the region.
Growing up, she was an ardent sportswoman and represented Uganda in tennis, table tennis, squash and motorcycle racing in continental tournaments.
A motivational speaker and role model, she focuses on Entrepreneurship and economic empowerment of women and youth and is the Chief Scout of Uganda.