Monica Nankoma
Uganda Country Director

Monica is responsible for the management of all of ADI’s activities in Uganda, including the recruitment of students, monitoring students’ academic performance, and overseeing counseling and medical services as well as supervising the staff and ADI’s offices in Kampala. Monica is the liaison between the Ugandan and New York offices of ADI. She works closely with the Executive Director in New York to ensure the implementation of ADI’s goals, policies and programs.

Monica has a degree in Business Studies and Marketing Management from Cyprus Institute of Management – B.V.I. Before joining ADI, Monica served as the Director of Life in Africa and worked on the Invisible Children bracelets campaign. Prior to that, Monica held corporate positions at Weigh Tec International and Danitrax Uganda Ltd.



Stephen Magezi
CFO and Deputy Director

Stephen manages ADI-Uganda’s finances and is responsible for accounting and distributing regular financial reports to the Executive Director and Board of Directors in New York. He serves as a role model and mentor for ADI students, working one-on-one with students to plan for academic and career achievement.

Stephen holds a degree in Business Studies from Makerere University Business School. He has held previous positions at international hospitality, media and insurance companies. Steve has a long history of volunteer activities with youth and high school students, providing training and coordination of mentoring programs.



Brendah Akello
Social Worker

Brendah Akello is our Uganda team's full-time Social Worker and Student Counselor. Brendah provides both group and individual counseling for ADI students. She is responsible for assessing the psychological needs of each student and providing the attention and response necessary to help the students heal and succeed.

Before joining ADI, Brendah worked with children suffering from trauma at Action Against Hunger International and Empower-a-Child. She holds a degree in Social Work from Kyambogo University.


Gilbert Matsiko
Operations Manager

Gilbert is responsible for the management of ADI’s student programming and logistics. He works closely with the Country Director to execute ADI’s mission and to promote exceptional education and leadership development.

Before joining ADI, Gilbert worked in community development at the New Hope Children Centre, Invisible Children, and Life in Africa. He also served as a peer educator at the Treasure Life Centre for the Youth. Gilbert holds a degree in Human Resources Management from Kampala International University.


Zarina Abdulghani
Office Assistant & Workshop Matron

Zarina is responsible for general administrative work in our Uganda office. In addition, Zarina acts as "dorm mother" during our biannual leadership workshops, supervising our female students to ensure they are safe, fed, on schedule, and complying with the workshop rules.


Micheal Kamanyire
Receptionist & Workshop Patron

Micheal is responsible for the general security, maintenance, and upkeep of our Uganda office. Micheal also acts as "dorm father” during our biannual leadership workshops, supervising our male students to ensure they are safe, fed, on schedule, and complying with the workshop rules.