Josephine Mukumbya is the Group Chief Executive Officer of the Agricultural Business Initiative (aBi), a social enterprise founded by the Governments of Uganda and Denmark to promote Private Sector Agribusiness Development to enhance wealth creation in Uganda. In this interview with HCMA, she shares her experiences as a leader and an employee. She also offers insight into how businesses can survive post-COVID-19.

HCMA: Briefly tell us about yourself.

Josephine: Currently, I lead the team at aBi to promote private sector investment in Agribusinesses through Grant support for interventions designed to address specific constraints identified in six priority agri-value chains. aBi also promotes access to agricultural financing, through the use of varied financial instruments and inclusive strategies to the sustainable development of agribusinesses in Uganda. My experience cuts across financial Portfolio Management, Business Planning, Risk Management,
Capacity Development, Coaching and working cross-culturally. Before joining aBi, I worked in five financial institutions and one International Development Agency in varied roles as an Executive Director, Chief Credit Officer, Chief Risk Officer and Senior Private Sector Development Advisor.

I am a member of the Board of Directors at Housing Finance Bank, the premier mortgage financier in Uganda. I also chair the Female Future Association Alumni Board, an entity established to mentor and coach young women into leadership positions. My varied roles provide me with opportunities to coach and mentor upcoming female executives across several sectors.

I hold a Master’s degree in Banking and Finance for Development from the Fondazione Giordano Dell ‘Amore in Italy. The International Coach Federation has credentialed me as an Associate Certified Coach, and I am a member of the International Coach Federation body.