Deo Arinaitwe RugyendoDeo Arinaitwe Rugyendo


Kampala, Uganda

Occupational Information


Occupation: Journalist and serial entrepreneur

Occupational Position: Founder/Director of several online publications and projects

Professional History


Deo Arinaitwe Rugyendo is Founder and Director of Innovate Uganda, which he started in 2017.  It is a profiling and documentation site for works and discoveries by Ugandan scientists, technologists and innovators. Innovate Uganda is dedicated to documenting every innovation story, project and invention out of Uganda, with the sole purpose of exposing Ugandan scientists and innovators’ work to the world for improved media exposure and potential funders. The ultimate aim is a platform, repository and database for the critical mass of Ugandan innovators, their stories and projects.  The underlying goal for starting the site is to ultimately accelerate Uganda’s journey to First World status by showcasing those innovations sprouting across the country that have the potential for scientifically transforming the country.

Deo has also started up e2 Young Engineers Uganda, which is a Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) project run by the African School of Innovations, Science and Technology (ASIST) in partnership with e2 Young Engineers Israel. The STEM project targets children aged by equipping them with practical skills in STEM with the aim of nurturing the next generation of Ugandan scientists, innovators, entrepreneurs and inventors. It also uses problem-based learning skills to shape children’s thinking around science, technology and innovations - skills highly-needed for the transformation of Africa.

Deo also started the African School of Entrepreneurship & Social Transformation (ASSET). It aims to teach practical skills to Ugandan youth to enable them to find jobs quickly or create their own jobs. It will teach them job skills, leadership and life skills and award a diploma after 18 months.

Prior to this, Deo worked as a journalist with the Daily Monitor and then went on to start up Red Pepper Publications.  He is also a Crans Montana Forum New Leader.

Qualifications


BA - Makerere University, Kampala
Post Graduate Diploma in Mass Communication - University of Leicester, UK
MSc Marketing - Salford University/Robert Kennedy College, Zurich, Switzerland

Programs


2012 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow

Featured News

Norman Smit
11 June 2019

2016 Tutu Fellow Peter Biar Ajak had his day in court today in Juba, South Sudan, after being detained for almost a year.  He was arrested on 28 July 2018, allegedly for treason.  However, the treason charges were thrown out by a court in April.

In court today, he was sentenced to two years for allegedly disturbing the peace and violence for giving interviews to foreign media that were critical of the government.  His lawyer is contesting the sentence as freedom of speech is constitutionally protected in South Sudan. His term was backdated to the day he was detained, so he still faces a year in prison for his peace activism.

Charles Sidambe
24 May 2019

The latest film by 2008 Fellow, Hopewell Chin'ono, State of Mind is being received well.  Hopewell is an award-winning Zimbabwean international journalist and film maker.  His film, which deals with mental health, is being extremely well received by audiences and critics alike.  It was nominated for Best Documentary at the Heart of England Film Festival and will be screened at the film festival in June. The film was also selected for the 2019 Festival International du Film Pan-Africain de Cannes, in France, which ran from April 18th to 22nd, 2019.  It was also nominated for an award and screening at the African Film Festival in Dallas.

Mo Osman
20 May 2019

To Peter, Sean, Jacob, Jackie, Jessica, Charles, Lord Hacking, Ronnie, Karen, Allen, and the rest of the faculty:

You called upon us to embark on a journey into the realm of human possibilities. In this short yet intense adventure, we stopped at many stations. We traversed the rich and complex jungles of leadership, negotiating between the charismatic and the inspirational, and wondered whether something “straight” would come out of the “crooked timber of humanity”. We encountered, with thoughts raised high, the wicked problems of how to effect change at the continent, pondered over “Africa’s critical choices”, and explored opportunities to use trade to bring prosperity to our continent.

Jackie Chimhanzi
13 May 2019

The first workshop of the 2019 Archbishop Tutu Leadership Programme was held at the Mont Fleur Conference Centre from the 27th April to the 4th of May, 2019. The 23 Fellowship candidates came from some 250 nominees of outstanding excellence from over 30 African countries, and represented 11 different African countries - Nigeria, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Gabon, Mali, South Africa, the Gambia, Tanzania, Ghana and Madagascar.

It was a memorable time of learning, introspection, forging deep relationships with peers and lots of laughter!

A Selection of Tutu Leadership Fellows


About AFLI

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The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) is unique among leadership initiatives in that it focuses on building the capacity and capability of visionary and strategic leadership across the continent. Developing exceptional leaders representing all spheres of society, the Institute’s flagship programme is the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship. Offering a multifaceted learning experience and run in partnership with Oxford University, it is awarded annually to 20-25 carefully chosen candidates, nominated from across Africa. Alumni of the African Leadership Institute form a dynamic network of Fellows passionately committed to the continent’s transformation, bridging the divide between nations and ensuring that Africa is set centre-stage in global affairs.

AFLI Workplace

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AFLI uses Workplace by Facebook as its networking and collaboration platform for the Tutu Leadership Fellowship.  It allows Fellows to network, discuss issues, develop position papers, plan events, and coordinate with each other ahead of meetings when travelling to other countries. It also provides a space for programme associates to collaborate on their requirements for the Tutu Leadership programme.

Workplace is a software app that functions across desktop and mobile using familiar features like groups, chat, and video calls, and is used by more than 30,000 organisations around the world. It uses an interface familiar to anyone who has used Facebook, but adjusted for the workplace. We have provided answers to FAQs on how to log in, how Workplace can be used, and answers to possible technical questions users may have.  Fellows can log into Workplace by clicking on the the logo.

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