12 May 1955 |
|Residence||Kololo, Kampala, Uganda|
|Education||Bachelor of Commerce
Master of Business Administration
London Business School.
|Occupation||Economist, Politician, Businesswoman|
|Years active||1984 — present|
|Known for||Entrepreneurship, Honesty|
|Title||Uganda Minister of Finance|
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.
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).
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.
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.
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