Meet Tugende’s 2015 Fellows

The Tugende 2015 Fellowship Programme offered 3 individuals the unique opportunity to use their skills in support of Uganda’s entrepreneurial boda drivers. Our interns jumped into Kampala life with both feet and made a significant impact on Tugende over this exciting summer, during which we eclipsed 1000 active customers.

Julian Rowlands

Julian with Kirunda Brian, Tugende VIP, receiving his logbook after the successful completion of his agreement with Tugende

Julian Rowlands

Julian graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Rutgers University. After college he spent four years doing data system consulting for hedge funds based in the US and Asia.

Why Tugende?

I was really excited to help Tugende scale its business model in order to improve as many people’s lives as possible. Tugende was also an awesome challenge – I saw the experience of working for a rapidly growing start-up and living in a developing country as a chance to grow tremendously in a short period of time.

Favourite thing about Uganda?

I love Kampala’s spark!  The entire city crackles with energy.  It’s loud, chaotic, fast, and unpredictable, and that makes me feel incredibly alive.

Best achievement at Tugende?

I built a quantitative and qualitative decision-making framework for evaluating prospective areas for geographic expansion and presented it to the CEO. Tugende’s leadership is currently leveraging this framework in finalizing a 4th office location.

What Next?

Julian has returned to America to pursue his MBA at The University Of Chicago Booth School Of Business.

Cissy Zhou

Cissy with a Tugende branded motorcycle

Cissy Zhou

Cissy was born in China and grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah. She graduated magna cum laude from New York University’s Stern School of Business double majoring in Finance and International Business. After university, she spent 5 years on Wall Street working at a $20B investment manager. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts.

Why Tugende?

I saw working with Tugende as an opportunity to make a real impact on people’s lives. Not only did Tugende empower boda boda drivers, Tugende also empowered their wives, their children, and future generations of their family. I was excited by the amount of responsibility I was given to help Tugende improve their financials and operations so the company can change the lives of even more people.

Favourite thing about Uganda?

I love the people! Ugandans are friendly, welcoming, and extremely generous. Don’t be surprised if you meet a new friend and are immediately invited to dine with their family.  

Best achievement at Tugende?

I identified areas for improvement within Tugende’s operations and suggested a three-pronged solution to improve future financial viability for the company. I also valued the economic worth of Tugende to help Senior Management raise future rounds of outside investment.

What Next?

Cissy is now pursuing her Master’s degree in Business Administration at The University Of Chicago Booth School Of Business.

Lucy Oxby

Lucy Oxby

Lucy with Evaristo, Tugende Field Officer, at the Customer Appreciation Party 2015

After graduating with a 1st class MPhys (honours) Lucy worked in tourism in West Africa. It was here she took her first motorcycle taxi, refined a taste for exploration and conceived aspirations to aid development through social entrepreneurship.

Her career to date has been in data and research. She’s developed her analytic skills at the Ministry of Defence, in Environmental Compliance, in her own cake business and at the British Geological Survey. She’s passionate about the power of data to build great strategy that drives operational decisions and business results.

Why Tugende

I liked Tugende’s means to kickstarting financial independence; it’s a simple mechanism to tackle poverty and empower people. I’d like to build a career aimed at developing a more inclusive global marketplace and I sensed this position would open the door to new possibilities.

Favourite thing about Uganda

Uganda really is the Pearl of Africa. In the last few months I’ve been lucky enough to mountain bike in Eastern Uganda, abseil a waterfall, raft the Nile and swim in volcanic crater lakes. Every day here brings a new adventure, friend or encounter.

If I must choose one experience. I’d pick my daily commute where I weave through the jam next to Kamwokya market on the back of a boda and the views stretch across Kampala’s rolling hills rising above the morning mist. Best of all, each morning I know there is another excitingly unpredictable day in store for me at Tugende HQ.

Best Achievement so far?

Pulling off a Customer Appreciation Party for 1,000 of our customers in Kampala!

What Next?

Lucy will be staying at Tugende as Head of Business Analytics and Research.

“I’m very happy to be given the chance to stay at Tugende and have many plans for the next few months surrounding using data analysis to streamline our operations and improve our strategy.”

 

If you’re interested in using your skills to assist Tugende in giving entrepreneurs the opportunity to own the tools they use to make a living please keep an eye on our jobs board for openings, or send your CV and a cover letter explaining why you’re interested in Tugende and what skills you can offer to jobs@tugendedriven.com.

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Julian and Biije Franz, Tugende Field Officer