13559000_804104959724568_634518634905802003_oJustine Mpagi is the CERESAV Executive Director.  She has a master’s degree in Social Sector Planning and Management and a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Social Administration from Makerere University.  Prior to her work with CERESAV, she worked as a Regional Program Manager for National Forum of People Living with HIV/AIDS Network in Uganda, a USAID funded partnership project strengthening HIV/AIDS prevention, TB response, and health and human rights protection in eastern Uganda.  She also worked as Head of Policy, Advocacy, and Research for United Nations Human Settlement (UN-HABITANT) to encourage the development of pro-poor policies and achievement of water and sanitation sector goals.  She has also served as a National Senior Gender Trainer through the Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development in partnership with World Vision Uganda, promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment programs.




12189646_1646764605603361_3510834012946848684_nLinneti Kirungi is the CERESAV Administrator.  She has a bachelor’s degree in social sciences from Makerere University where she acquired professional skills in conflict management, counseling and administration management.  She also has a certificate in advanced counselling from Makerere College of Public Health, a certificate in Psychology of Religion from Makerere College of Humanities and Social Sciences and a certificate in Computer Applications from Makerere School of Women and Gender Studies.  Before joining CERESAV, she worked with Reproductive Health Uganda as a social work volunteer and a peer educator for safe-motherhood project in Hoima and MA-PLAY (Making a Positive Living to the Youth.)






Hanifa Nakiryowa is the CERESAV President.  She is currently a H. J. Heinz fellow in the Master of International Development program at University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA.)  Her work focuses on addressing gender-related challenges facing women and children in institutionally oppressive societies.  Prior to joining GSPIA, Hanifa completed a master’s degree in Economics at the University of Nairobi under the Collaborative Master’s Program sponsored by the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC).




Ernest Kayanja

Ernest Kayanja is the CERESAV Media and Public Relations Coordinator.  He is a professional journalist working for the best Luganda radio station in Uganda called Radio Simba. He has a diploma in media studies from the Uganda Institute of Business and Media Studies with vast experience in the media sector.  He has worked with Ceresav from 2015 after meeting with one of the survivors Hanifa Nakiryowa during his journalistic work whose experience encouraged him to join the fight against violence.  He is a member of the Human Rights Network for Journalists (HRNJ) an organization that advocates for media rights in Uganda.







Dr. James Lutaaya is the CERESAV Legal Services Coordinator.







_dsc4132-xlDr. Angie Vredeveld is the CERESAV International Partnerships Coordinator.  She is a clinical psychologist and founder of Immigration Psychology Services, Inc. She has worked extensively with trauma survivors and has traveled as a psychologist to South Africa, Rwanda, and Uganda.  She began working with acid attack survivors in 2014, after meeting an acid attack survivor in Uganda whom she later helped get to the US for a series of reconstructive plastic surgeries.  Dr. Vredeveld obtained her BA from Miami University and PsyD from Indiana State University.