Newton Achenya
Project Officer – Human Rights

Newton works as our Project Officer in the Apac District in Northern Uganda and is responsible for implementing and coordinating various project activities. He holds a BSc in Business Economics from Uganda Martyrs University. He has interned at Stanbic bank and originally started out as a volunteer with African prisons project. Newton is passionate about humanitarian work.


Hilder Achiro

Hilder joined the APP in January 2016 as a librarian. She is responsible for the overall direction, coordination, implementation, execution, control and reporting of all library related technical services in support of educative programmes in prisons. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Library and Information Sciences from Makerere University.


Brenda Ambani

Brenda is a tutor with the University of London programme, tutoring students in prisons in Kenya. She is an associate member of the Insurance Institute of Kenya and the Institute of Legal Executives London (ILEX). She holds an LLB Degree from the University of London International Programmes. Previously, she dealt with corporate law in the insurance sector for 12 years and moved on to pursue her career in international law.  


Imam Arouna

Imam joined APP as a volunteer tutor in May 2017 taking on the following units: Commercial Law and Public Law. He holds a bachelors in Law from the University of Northumbria and a Masters degree in International Business Law from Newcastle University. Prior to joining APP, Imam was an active volunteer for other charities such as Citizen Advice Bureau and British Heart Foundation. 


Helen Asachi

Helen is working with APP Kenya as the House Keeper. Helen is hardworking, humble and a very social person who values cleanliness, organisation and integrity. As they say cleanliness is next to Godliness, Helen is a God fearing lady.


Dr. Florence Banoba
Health Manager

Dr Banoba Florence is a Medical Doctor with postgraduate training in Medical law from University of London. She has a multi-disciplinary skill set including health management, research, medical ethics and health advocacy. She is responsible for initiating, coordinating, planning and management of the activities under the APP Healthcare Programme.


Keavy Biyinzika

Keavy holds a bachelor’s degree in Law from Uganda Christian University Mukono. She joined APP in 2014 and is currently an administrator responsible for organising  and coordinating office operations and procedures to ensure organisational effectiveness and efficiency. She provides support to all programmes and performs human resource duties. Keavy is passionate about working towards bringing hope and dignity to men and women in prison.


Matteo Cassini
Secondment Development Manager

Matteo is a History graduate from the University of Bologna and manages APP’s Secondment and Masters Programmes. He is responsible for planning and running learning journeys for African prison officers to come to the UK and gain important exposure experiences in British prisons and universities. Matteo is passionate about empowering others to bring constructive change in their communities.


Michelle Charles
Communications Manager

Michelle recently joined the APP team (August 2017) as Communications Manager. She has a BA Honours in Marketing Management and Statistics and is also an active Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Member. Michelle's role focuses on supporting APP to communicate their vision, mission and values globally with consistency, passion and professionalism. 


Bright Evans
Finance Manager

Bright Evans joined African Prisons Project in January 2016 as a Finance Manager. He is responsible for ensuring that the organisation’s resources are properly managed. He is a Certified Public Accountant of Uganda (CPA). He has over 7 years’ experience in Finance and Accounting.

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Sarah Gough
Interim Chief Operations Officer

Sarah is an experienced charity finance and operations director. She joined the team in January 2017 as Interim Chief Operations Officer to help create structures to enable APP to grow to the next phase. 


Caroline Gumbi
Administrative Assistant

Caroline Gumbi joined APP inJuly 2017 where she worked as a procurement intern for six months. Carol was then absorbed as an Administrative Assistant and is now responsible for checking stock to determine the inventory level, placing and purchasing orders, verifying receipts and delivery of office supplies. 


Bashir Gwandaye
Project Officer – Human Rights

Bashir Gwandaye joined APP in March 2013 as the Administrator, Gulu Regional Office in Northern Uganda. In 2016, Gwandaye joined the Human Rights project in Oyam district. Before joining APP, Bashir worked with The Resource Alliance Africa as an Administrative Assistant and holds a bachelor’s degree in social sciences from Makerere University.


Elizabeth Heighway
On Purpose Placement

Lizzie has joined APP for six months from On Purpose, a training scheme helping people develop leadership skills for working in not-for-profit organisations. Prior to joining On Purpose, Lizzie worked for various UK charities in project support and policy roles, and she has also lead teams of volunteers overseas in Sierra Leone, India and Thailand. Lizzie will be working on APP's plans to open a law firm based in prisons for it's students/graduates to practise law, and supporting work setting up monitoring and evaluation systems for APP's current programmes. 

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Benita Hussain
Fundraising Administrator

Benita joined APP in September 2016 to support with all areas of fundraising, with a particular focus on supporter engagement, events and day-to-day fundraising administration. She has extensive experience of working for charities in a variety of roles and has a passion to serve and advocate for the most vulnerable in society, both through her work and her involvement with other charitable organisations and her church. 

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Kirat Kalyan
Secondment Manager

Kirat joined APP in August 2017 and is responsible for the design, delivery and management of all aspects of the secondment programme with particular focus on developing and training capable prison governors to train others in UK and East Africa. Before joining APP, Kirat worked in HMP Brixton as the Peer Mentoring Lead in Mental Health with Certitude. Kirat is passionate about coaching and mentoring, mental health and learning and development within the criminal justice context. Kirat holds an MSc in Criminal Justice Policy from the London School of Economics. 


Benjamin Kamugisha
Administrative Assistant

Benjamin is one of the beneficiaries of the University of London Long Distance Programme, which is sponsored by APP at Luzira Maximum Prison where he enrolled for his bachelors in Law before being released in April 2016. Upon his release, he was offered the position of Administrative Assistant. He also holds a diploma in Entrepreneurship and a diploma in Common Law.


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Susan Kigula
APP Ambassador

Susan Kigula entered Luzira Women’s Prison 16 years ago at the age of 21, she was released in 2016. Through APP’s Leadership Programme, Susan was given the opportunity to study law. Subsequently, she became the first female inmate to study and graduate with a Diploma in Common Law followed by an LLB from the University Of London (UoL). Currently, she works as an ambassador for APP through engaging in community work and attending international conferences to give inspiring talks.



Susan Kilui
HR & Admin manager 

Susan Kilui completed a BSc in Human Resource Management at Moi University; kicked off her career as HR and Admin Assistant Volunteer with SHIWASAP, volunteered as a counsellor for those addicted to drugs, HIV/AIDs victims at Tumaini Africa. She was later employed by the Action Aid International Regional office under HR and Operations then joined CARE International as HR Officer. Her career drive is being part of a solution to human problems and this brings satisfaction to her heart. She has a passion working with those who are vulnerable in the society and joining APP was a dream come true! 


Alexander McLean
Director General

In 2004 Alexander McLean, an 18 year old UK citizen volunteering in a hospital in Kampala, visited and treated a group of prisoners in Luzira Upper Prison Uganda. Struck by the living conditions of the prisoners, he bought materials and supervised the renovation of the prison infirmary. Alexander returned to the UK, but continued to work for his new cause both there and in Uganda. He created the charity first as a student society at Nottingham University, and then in 2007 it became a registered charity.


Richard Montgomery
Business Development

Richard joined APP in June 2017, after working in various commercial roles in the oil industry. He looks after business development which includes fundraising, communications and programme integration. He is also a trustee of a grant making charity, so has some experience of giving money away as well as asking for it!



Sumaya Mutesi

Sumaya joined APP in May 2016. Up until now, she has been very supportive towards the wellbeing of volunteers and interns who are residing at the APP house in Uganda. Previously, before joining the organisation, she worked in the fashion industry as a designer. 


John Muthuri
Legal Aid Manager

With a background in Law, John is passionate about championing the rights of the vulnerable persons in the society. He has previously worked with minorities and marginalised people; including refugees. His areas of interest include advocacy, research and legal reforms. Muthuri is responsible for delivering the charity’s strategic legal aid initiatives around our Drop-in-Legal Advice clinics in Kenya.


Dennis Mwangi
Finance Officer

Dennis is an Economics and Mathematics graduate from Kenyatta University. He is responsible for ensuring Proper accountability and management of the organisation resources in Kenya. Previously, he worked at Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) as an accounts assistant.


Hamisi Mzari
Legal Aid Officer

Hamisi holds many years of experience in administration and finance having worked in the banking industry before joining APP in 2014. He is passionate about reforms in the criminal justice system and access to justice especially among vulnerable groups in the society. In his current role as a Legal Aid Officer, Hamisi works to ensure the delivey of our justice changemakers strategy.


Maria Nakiguli
Office Assistant

Maria maintains supplies by checking stocks to determine inventory levels, anticipating requirements, placing and purchasing orders, verifying receipts ,stocking items, and delivering supplies to work. She also forwards information by receiving and distributing communications, collecting and mailing correspondence by copying information.


Grace Nanyanzi

Grace joined APP during October 2015. Before this time, she worked as a hairdresser, and is strongly passionate about business. She is a mother of one son, and because of this she is inspired to work harder because she wants to see her son have the best in life. 


Ritah Nanyonga
Life Skills Manager

Ritah joined APP in January 2015 and is working as the Life skills Lead. She is responsible for initiating, coordinating, planning and management of activities under African Prisons Project Life skills Programme in Uganda. Ritah is very enthusiastic about charitable work.


Caroline Njambi Njanja
Legal Aid Officer

Ms. Caroline Njambi Njanja joined APP in March 2016 and works as our Legal Aid Officer. She is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya holding a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from the Catholic University of Eastern African and postgraduate diploma from the Kenya School of Law. Caroline has experience in commercial, insurance and criminal litigation having previously worked at CIC Insurance Group Limited and J.K Kibicho & Co. Advocates. 


Grace Njeri

Grace joined APP in February 2016 and currently teaches International Human Rights Protection, Company Law, and Law of Trusts. She holds a Law Masters degree in Human Rights as well as a Diploma in Business Management. Grace has an extensive background in Human Rights and International Development related issues with over 8 years of experience working within law firms assisting victims of Human Rights violations.



Peter Ouko
APP Ambassador

Peter Ouko was released from Kamiti Prison in Nairobi where he has spent the past 18 years of his life. He was APP's first student to gain a Diploma in Law, he initiated an anti-crime advocacy group 'Crime Si Poa' (Crime Is Not Cool), and now currently works for APP as an ambassador.

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Geordene Ritarita
Communications and Admin

Upon completing her BSc in Product Design & MSc in International Marketing from the University of Sussex, Geordene was swiftly accepted to join APP as the Communications & Marketing Intern in October 2016. Her main duties fall under assisting Michelle through updating APP's social media networks. Additionally, she provides support to a number of colleagues and areas such as admin and fundraising. 


Karen Saidi

Karen Saidi Joined APP in April 2016 as Tutor for the LLB (Hons) University of London International Programme degree currently being pursued by students of APP in Uganda. Karen is an LLB (Hons) graduate from University of London herself. She completed the degree in 2014 and is currently pursuing an MSC in Oil and Gas Management. She has 2yrs teaching experience with respect to the UOL program.



Peter Tibigambwa
Country Director, Uganda

Peter joined African Prisons Project in February 2013 and is our Country Director at the Kampala (Uganda) Office. He has many years’ experience working as a multi-disciplinary professional including programme planning, design and management, monitoring and evaluation, IT training and staff capacity building. He supports Brenda by running the key operations in Uganda including time in the field working directly with prisons and prison officers.