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Professional Fellows - Spring 2024 Cohort

Meet our Spring 2024 Cohort of Professional Fellows! This group of 11 accomplished disability rights leaders from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Ethiopia. Ten Fellows will embark on an intensive five-week Fellowship Program between May and June 2024 in the US, while one Fellow will participate virtually in the Fellowship Program.

Learn more about our Fellows, their follow-on projects, and Fellowship experiences.

  • Caroline Kanana Makena

    An African woman with long, black hair is wearing dark-rimmed glasses and a navy-blue dress.

    Head of Partnerships and Fundraising, Link 4 Change

  • Vera Robi Machera

    An African woman with black hair is wearing black earrings and a colorful black-brown flower print blouse as she poses for a photo against a blue background.

    Program Officer, Women Challenged to Challenge (WCC)

  • Ombati Elizabeth Nyabiage

    An African woman with short, dreaded hair is wearing a yellow and red scarf, a black top, and a flower print skirt. She is sitting on the sofa with large potted plants behind her.

    Program Assistant, Kenya Network of Women and Girls with Disabilities

  • Josephine Namirimu

    An African woman with short hair is wearing an African print blouse, taking a selfie while sitting in the office.

    Communications and Advocacy Officer, Cheshire Services Uganda

  • Denis Ouma

    An African man with a beard is wearing a white shirt and black trousers. He is sitting in a wheelchair in a lounge area.

    Chief Executive Officer, Embellish Consults Limited

  • Erick Elizeus Mukiza 

    An African man with short hair and stubble is wearing a white shirt, a black suit, and a dark purple tie.

    Executive Director, ESS Creative and Legal Foundation, and Permanent Court Certified Mediator

  • Clara Peter Maliwa

    An African woman with strawberry blond hair is wearing dark-rimmed glasses and a dark turquoise blouse. She poses sideways with her hands crossed, looking at the camera with a smile.

    Project Officer, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Lead, Young & Alive Initiative 

  • Eva Ephrem Chuwa  

    An African woman with short hair is wearing glasses and a navy-blue top, with her hands crossed.

    Special Needs Education Teacher,  Al Muntazir Special Education Needs

  • Shadrack Thomson Manyogote

    An African man with short black hair and facial hair. He is wearing a blue shirt and smiling.

    Director, Child in Protection and Disabilities Foundation

  • Moses Serwadda

    An African man with short black hair wearing a white jacket and smiling at the camera

    Program Manager, Uganda Federation for the Hard of Hearing (UFHOH)