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

Charles Sidambe
28 January 2020

2011 Fellow and Chief Advisor at Rio Tinto, Jaqueline Musiitwa, has been appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director on the Board of the International Rescue Committee (IRC). The IRC responds to the world's most severe humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and regain control of their future.

Norman Smit
03 January 2020

The detention of 2016 Tutu Fellow, Peter Biar Ajak, has ended.  His wife Nyathon Hoth Mai confirmed in a Facebook post that he had been released. His release came several days after his pardon was first announced by South Sudan's President, Salva Kiir. 

The peace advocate was detained without trial by the South Sudan National Security Service on 28 July and held for almost a year.  When he was finally brought to trial on unsubstantiated charges, he was sentenced to two years imprisonment.  President Kiir issued a decree of pardon on 01 January to 30 people, most for minor offenses.  Kiir's list also included two critics of his regime - Peter, and Keribino Agok Wol.  Both were detained in 2018. 

Norman Smit
11 December 2019

2010 Tutu Fellow Edwin Macharia has been elected by Dalberg's equity partners to serve a three-year term beginning on 1 January 2020 as their Global Managing Partner.  He will be the fourth Global Managing Partner since Dalberg’s founding in 2001.  Dalberg Advisors is a leading global consulting firm and social impact group specializing in inclusive and sustainable business, policy, and investment strategy. Edwin succeeds Yana Kakar who was elected in 2013 and re-elected in 2016, serving the maximum of two terms.

Edwin has been with Dalberg for a little more than a decade, during which time he has served in a range of leadership roles.

Charles Sidambe
09 December 2019

2008 Fellow and policy expert, Eunice Ajambo, has been appointed by the United Nations as the Development Coordination Officer/Economist(Namibia) effective January 2020.

Since March 2015, Eunice has been the Economic Affairs Officer with the Macroeconomics and Governance Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where she coordinated cooperation and analysis on public-private partnerships.

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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.

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