Who is Amelia Anne Kyambadde? Flash Uganda Media looks at her biography, age, husband, family, tribe, and relationship with the late Serwano Kityaba Kulubya and Mary Kafureka, Marjorie Barya, Wilson Kyambadde, Ishta Kyambadde and Ivan Serwano Kyambadde, Dr Hilderman (Hillary Kiyaga), Twezimbe Development Foundation, the early life and education of the current Senior Presidential Advisor on Industry in Uganda.
Amelia Anne Kyambadde is a Ugandan philanthropist, politician, entrepreneur and advocate for women’s empowerment.
She was the Minister of Trade, Industry, and Cooperatives, as well as the Member of Parliament for Mawokota North County in the 9th and 10th parliaments.
Amelia Kyambadde is the current Senior Presidential Advisor on Industry in the office of the President.
Early life and Education
Amelia Kyambadde was born on June 30, 1955, in Guildford, Surrey, UK before moving to Uganda in 1960 at the age of about five years with her father.
She was born to the late Serwano Kityaba Kulubya who was studying in England as a lawyer and Mary Kafureka who separated before marriage after she was born.
On arriving in Uganda, Amelia’s father was posted as a magistrate in Fort Portal and she had to live with her grandmother, Mrs Serwano Kulubya.
When her father became the Chief registrar of the High court, they moved to Nakasero and he married Marjorie Barya, a Mutooro making her Amelia’s stepmother.
She has a younger sister called Fiona and is a niece of the prominent John Ssenseko Kulubya.
She has been married to Wilson Kyambadde since 1976 and together they have seven children and more grandchildren. Some of their children are Ishta Kyambadde and Ivan Sserwano Kyambadde.
Amelia attended Gayaza Junior School in Wakiso District for her primary education, and later went to Sacred Heart in Gulu for her O’level education. She then went to Aga Khan for her A-level.
After completing her secondary education, Amelia did not want to go to university. By then she was in a relationship with Mr Kyambadde who was proposing marriage.
Her father was against the idea and decided to take her to Nairobi for a Secretarial Training course at New Era Secretarial College.
However, by then, she was pregnant with her first daughter. She came back to Uganda and got married in 1976. She had a wedding in Namirembe and held the reception in Makerere.
Amelia holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration (BBA), from Makerere University, Uganda and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA), from American InterContinental University, United Kingdom.
She enrolled on an Office Management Course and studied the Swedish Language in Arbetsfoermedlingen, Sweden.
She then enrolled for a Higher Diploma in Administration at New College Durham, Durham University, United Kingdom.
Career and Professional Work Experience
In 1978, Amelia Kyambadde worked as a secretary for Kulubya & Company Advocates. In 1979, she joined the Ugandan Civil Service as Secretary to the Minister of Defence.
From 1981 to 1986, she worked in Sweden as a political refugee. From 1986 to 1991, she was H.E. the President of the Republic of Uganda’s Senior Personal Secretary.
From 1991 to 1999, she then acted as H.E. the President of the Republic of Uganda’s Principal Personal Secretary.
From 2000 to 2004, she was Senior Private Secretary (Administration) at the State House of Uganda.
From 2005 to 2010, Amelia became the Principal Private Secretary (Chef de Cabinet) of President Museveni.
She voluntarily left her position as the President’s Parliamentary Private Secretary in 2010 to run for the Mpigi District’s “Mawokota County North” parliamentary seat. She won her parliamentary race in the 2011 national elections in Uganda.
From March 2011 to May 2021, she was the Mawokota County North Member of Parliament in the Mpigi District. She was also appointed on 27 May 2011 as the Trade, Industry, and Cooperatives Minister in the cabinet. Having been named Minister of Justice, Kahinda Otafiire was replaced by her.
From 2010 to 2015, she also worked as the National Resistance Movement Party Chairperson and NRM’s National Treasurer.
From 2013 to 2014, she was the Chairperson of the Council of Trade Ministers (COMESA). And in 2014, she was the World Trade Organization Chairperson of the Least-developed Countries.
From 2014 to 2015, she also chaired the East African Community’s Sectoral Council of Trade Ministers. From 2018 to June 2019, she worked as the African Continental Free Trade Agreement’s (AfCFTA) Chief Negotiator and chair.
From March 2020 to June 2021, she was Chairperson of the National Taskforce on Covid-19’s Trade and Transportation Subcommittee.
Kyambadde was defeated by Dr Hilderman (Hillary Kiyaga) of the National Unity Platform (NUP) party in the presidential and parliamentary elections in 2021. Amelia Kyambadde is the Senior Presidential Advisor since July 2021.
Achievements and Awards
She is a Trade Consultant, Eco-tourism enthusiast and Real Estate Developer. Amelia Kyambadde founded the Twezimbe Development Foundation to improve the lives of Uganda’s vulnerable people.
She serves on the boards of several private companies, including Fresh Handling Ltd, a major exporter of fresh commodities, Hexagon Global Ltd, a trade and real estate apex body, and Ensulo Haven (U) Ltd, an aquaculture and tourism project.
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