John Ddumba Ssentamu

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John Ddumba Ssentamu
Born1953 (age 65–66)
Masaka, Uganda
ResidenceMakerere, Kampala
Alma materMakerere University
(Bachelor of Arts in Economics)
(Doctor of Philosophy in Economics)
University of Waterloo
(Master of Arts in Economics)
OccupationEconomist, academic, banker, academic administrator
Years active1979 – present
Known forLeadership Skills, Academics
Home townMasaka
TitleFormer Vice-Chancellor, Makerere University & Professor of Economics

John Ddumba Ssentamu (born in 1953) is a Ugandan economist, academic and banker. Currently he is a Professor of Economics and former Vice-Chancellor (2012-2017) at Makerere University, Uganda's oldest university, founded in 1922.[1] He also serves as chairman of the board of Centenary Bank, the second-largest indigenous commercial bank in the country.


He was born in 1953, in Masaka District, Buddu County, Central Uganda.[2]


Professor Ddumba Ssentamu attended St. Mary's College Kisubi for his 0-Level and A-Level classes (S1-S6). He then entered Makerere University in 1974, to study Economics, graduating with the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Economics (BA.Econ.), in 1977. He then left Makerere to pursue further studies in Canada.

He obtained the degree of Master of Arts in Economics (MA.Econ.), from the University of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada in 1979. He then returned to Makerere to pursue his doctorate degree, graduating with the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), also in Economics.[3][4]

Professional career[edit]

For over 35 years, he has served as lecturer, senior lecturer, associate professor and professor at Makerere University. At the time of his appointment to his current post, he was the Principal of the College of Business and Management Science at Makerere University. He is reported to have about 30 publications to his name. He has served as chairman of the board at Centenary Bank for over 10 years. During that period, the bank has grown from a small microfinance institution into the second-largest indigenous commercial bank in Uganda. Over the years, Professor Ddumba Ssentamu has served as an external examiner, part-time lecturer or external vetter for staff promotions at one of the following institutions:

He has also served as a consultant for various United Nations agencies including UNDP, FAO, WHO, WFP, and others like USAID and the Swedish Government.[5]

Personal details[edit]

Professor John Ddumba Ssentamu is married. He is of the Roman Catholic faith.

Succession table as Vice-Chancellor of Makerere University[edit]

Preceded by
Venansius Baryamureeba
2009 – 2012
Vice Chancellor of Makerere University
2012 – 2017
Succeeded by
Barnabas Nawangwe

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Tuhereze, Elias (15 September 2017). "Professor Ddumba Is Makerere Vice Chancellor". Makerere University. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  2. ^ Kagolo, Francis (13 September 2012). "We Shall Rebuild Makerere – Professor Ddumba". New Vision. Retrieved 30 July 2014.
  3. ^ Talemwa, Moses (12 July 2009). "Professor Ddumba: Modern Professor". The Observer. Retrieved 30 July 2014.
  4. ^ Campus, News (2012). "Profile of Professor John Ddumba, Makerere university Vice Chancellor". CampusTimesUg.Com. Retrieved 30 July 2014.
  5. ^ Kagolo, Francis (28 August 2012). "Professor Ddumba Is New Makerere Vice Chancellor". New Vision. Archived from the original on 10 August 2014. Retrieved 30 July 2014.

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