Maria Kiwanuka

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Maria Kiwanuka
Born (1955-05-12) 12 May 1955 (age 59)
Kampala, Uganda
Residence Kololo, Kampala, Uganda
Nationality Ugandan
Ethnicity Muganda
Citizenship Uganda
Education Bachelor of Commerce
Makerere University
Master of Business Administration
London Business School.
Occupation Economist, Politician, Businesswoman
Years active 1984 — present
Known for Entrepreneurship, Honesty
Home town Kampala
Title Uganda Minister of Finance
Religion Anglican
Spouse(s) Mohan Kiwanuka

Maria Kiwanuka is a Ugandan economist, businesswoman and politician. She is the current Minister of Finance in the Ugandan Cabinet. She was appointed to that position on 27 May 2011.[1]


On account of being a cabinet minister she is an ex-officio member of the Ugandan Parliament. Prior to her current position, she was the Managing Director of Radio One and Radio Two, in Uganda, in which her family owns majority shareholding. She also served as a non-Executive board member on the Board of Directors of the Aga Khan Foundation (East Africa), the Nabagereka Development Trust, Nkumba University, Uganda Development Bank and Stanbic Bank Uganda Limited.[2]


She was born in Kampala, the capital of Uganda on 12 May 1955.[3]


Maria Kiwanuka attended Gayaza High School, a prestigious all-girls boarding high school, located about 26 kilometres (16 mi), by road, northeast of Kampala, graduating in 1973. In 1974 she entered Makerere University, Uganda's oldest institution of higher education. She graduated in 1977 with the degree of Bachelor of Commerce (BCom). She later pursued further education at the London Business School in the United Kingdom, graduating with the degree of Master of Business Administration (MBA).[4]

Work experience[edit]

Beginning around 1980, she worked for more than ten years with the World Bank, as an Economist and Financial Analyst for the East Asian and Southern African regions. Specifically she covered projects in Burma, Malawi, Swaziland and Uganda. After she left the World Bank, she returned to her native Uganda and went into private business. Together with members of her family, she founded businesses in the areas of broadcasting, publishing, real estate and economic consulting. She has served as a financial adviser to the Nabagereka of Buganda since the early 2000s.[5]

Personal details[edit]

Maria Kiwanuka is married to Mohan Kiwanuka, the Managing Director of Oscar Industries Limited. In 2007, four years prior to Maria Kiwanuka's being appointed Finance Minister, her husband was listed as one of the wealthiest people in Uganda.[6][7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Newvision, Reporter (27 May 2011). "Comprehensive List of New Cabinet Appointments And Dropped Ministers". New Vision via Facebook. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  2. ^ BusinessWeek, . (2013). "Executive Profile: Maria Kiwanuka BCom, MBA". BusinessWeek.Com. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Uganda Parliament, . "Profile At Uganda Parliament Website". Parliament of Uganda. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  4. ^ Mutenza, W (30 September 2011). "The East Africa’s 10 Most Powerful Women". ThePromota.Co.Uk. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  5. ^ Kalinaki, Daniel (30 May 2012). "The Life And Mindset of A Finance Minister". AfricaReview.Com. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  6. ^ Michael Kanaabi, and Ssebidde Kiryowa (2008). "The Deepest Pockets". New Vision Mobile. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  7. ^ Akumu, Patience (1 January 2013). "Celebrating The Men Behind Successful Women". Retrieved 16 July 2014. 

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