African Youth Development Link
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Teopista Kizza

Head of Programs

Teopista Kizza has more than 10 years of experience in designing, implementing, and delivering programs focused on policy analysis, democracy, human rights, gender literacy, and leadership development. At AYDL, Teopista serves as the organization’s technical lead on local governance and youth engagement advising on youth-specific program design and other national youth initiatives. She also advances the youth interests through the technical oversight of the National Youth Manifesto which is a youth policy engagement framework with the government.

Formerly, she worked as a Workshop Team Leader for the Parliamentary Scorecard Project under the Africa Leadership Institute (AFLI).

Teo (as she popularly known) is an Alumnus of the US government exchange program dubbed- the International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP). She is also the Secretary of the CSO Consortium on Prevention and Countering Violent Extremism (CiSCAVE) and an Administrator at Victory Covenant Ministries. Teo is also the National Female Youth Coordinator for the Born Again Faith under the Inter-Religious Council of Uganda (IRCU)’s Youth Interfaith Network. She is also a founder member of Visionary Lady Foundation, a CBO that advances the rights of women and girls. Teo also serves on the Board of Governors (BoG) of St. Noa Mawaggali Senior Secondary School in Bwikwe District; as well as Board of Directors of Youth Line Forum (YLF), Creations Forum Africa (CFA) based in Kasese, and the Center for Climate Accountability and Transportation (CCAT).

Teo received a Bachelors in Mass Communication from Makerere University Kampala, and a Master's in Local Government & Human Rights from Uganda Martyrs University. She also has several certificates in Leadership, Gender mainstreaming, and Strategic Management.

Nashiba Nakabira

Program Officer, Democracy & Governance

Otim Ivan

Program Officer, Coordinator, Youth Coalition on Electoral Democracy

Kibuuka Ivan

Program Officer, Gender & Human Rights

Baluku Derrick

Program Assistant, Socio-Economic Justice & Livelihood

Kimono Rogers

Administrative Officer

Ayesigye Praise

Administrative Intern

Namubiru Phiona

Office Assistant

Nkalubo Micheal

Care Taker

Martin E. Wanzala

Executive Director

Martin brings close to two decades of nonprofit experience, leadership and professional expertise in youth empowerment, strategic planning and organizational development. Since rejoining AYDL after a 4-year absence in 2018, he has spearheaded the development and implementation of the organization’s new strategy and rebranding process, established a mission-driven culture, and adopted data-driven practices and systems for program delivery, monitoring & evaluation, as well as organizational growth.

As Executive Director, Martin provides strategic leadership and oversight on all aspects of AYDL’s operations, with the vision of achieving better empowerment outcomes for all youth every day. Part of his focus is building a ‘culture-first’ establishment that attracts the best talent, fosters an environment where all employees have a sense of belonging and embrace AYDL’s values wholeheartedly. Under his leadership, AYDL has made substantial progress in establishing itself as one of the most prominent youth advocacy organizations, with ambition to extend operations in more territories across the region.

His commitment to youth movements and the empowerment of girls and women began during his time as an undergrad student at Makerere University Kampala, volunteering for a couple of youth organizations targeting marginalized population groups in Uganda. Inspired by the awful circumstances he witnessed firsthand growing up, Martin helped co-lead the formation of AYDL to deliver impactful solutions to youth marginalization in Uganda’s governance and development process. He supported the creation of the Green Light Movement – GLM (a youth social movement purposed to define and chart issue-based non-violent paths to positive change for youth).

Most recently, Martin had the overall responsibility for leadership, strategic planning and organizational development as CEO/Team Leader of Allied Youth Initiative, a youth-led nonprofit he co-founded that empowers young people’s feminist and rights-based leadership for health equity, human rights, gender justice and sustainable livelihood in Uganda and beyond. He also co-chaired the inaugural Steering Committee of RHSC’s Youth Caucus. Currently, he is a member of the Board of Directors of Uganda Muslim Youth Development Forum (UMYDF) – an entity whose mandate is to address the root causes and effects of violent conflict.

Earlier in his career, Martin was part of the Parliamentary Performance Scorecard project team at Africa Leadership Institute (AFLI), where he augmented his skills and knowledge in participatory planning and research, community dissemination, training and facilitation in a variety of roles. He also served as a Program Officer, Communication & Advocacy at Youth Plus Policy Network (YPPN), which empowers and connects youth so they can be active in the communities where they live and work.

He is a past Fellow of Young4Policy and the prestigious WD Young Leaders Program, and a founding member of the Family Planning Budget Advocacy Group (FP BAG).

He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences (Gender & Development major) from Makerere University Kampala, and a Master of Research & Public Policy (in view) from Uganda Martyrs University.

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