John Kakungulu Walugembe is the Executive Director of the Uganda Small Scale Industries Association (USSIA), a business association bringing together over 4000 value addition small scale enterprises in Uganda. John was recently appointed by the Prime-Minister of the Republic of Uganda as the Chairperson of the Policy, Planning and Research committee of the Reform Task force-Skilling Uganda. He is a ministerial nominee to the Industrial Training Council (ITC) of the Directorate of Industrial Training (DIT) Uganda. He is also the Chairperson Panel of Judges for the Late Prof. James Mulwana Awards for Innovation and Entrepreneurship-organized by the Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU). He is a judge for the ICCO Agri-business Challenge. John is also one of the Judges for the Pakasa Youth Awards organized by the New Vision Group in Uganda.
John is a certified microfinance trainer with the World Bank Institute, the International Labour Organization in Women Entrepreneurship, and a certified Financial Literacy Trainer with GIZ/Bank of Uganda. He has accumulated a wealth of experience and expertise in the industry having worked as the Head of the Consulting Unit/Business Development Services Department at the Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (UNCCI) for seven years prior to his present posting. In this position, he championed the establishment of the Turkey-Uganda Business Council, South Africa-Uganda Business Council, and Iran-Uganda Business council among others.