Meet Our Team

ALEXIS CHAVEZ

FOUNDER, PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD

Living throughout Africa since 2009, Alexis has worked on an extensive list of programs from humanitarian aid to wildlife rescue. In the past she has provided strategies for development, implementation, marketing and evaluation of multiple humanitarian aid/conservation projects in East & South Africa as well as Indonesia. She realized through this work that turning the dreams of others into a reality was her true passion and her experience of working with people at all levels of society gave her the idea for Einstein Rising. Alexis holds a Bachelors of Science from The New School in NYC.  Her personal passion is wildlife rescue and volunteering with conservation groups in Seattle and Uganda.

JOHN MARK MUWANGALA

BOARD MEMBER. EAST AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT ADVISOR

With eight years of experience in banking, sales and development finance, John Mark has focused on acquisition, appraisal, credit risk analysis, and portfolio management for small to medium enterprises. His development strategies for local companies have helped to increase profits, and impact alongside marketing, development financing. He’s a vital asset to the development of Einstein Rising, alongside being a great mentor for our entrepreneurs.

John Mark lives in Kampala, Uganda with his wife and children. He and his wife are the managing directors of their own consultancy company, Ichuli Consulting.

ABDULHAMEED KATEREGGA

BOARD OF DIRECTORS, VICE PRESIDENT. CENTRAL/EAST AFRICA SPECIALIST

Hameed was born and raised in Central Uganda. After graduating from Makerere University with a degree in Veterinary Medicine, he dedicated himself to protecting wildlife and habitats. His expertise is in eco-friendly community initiatives, animal production, economic conservation and wildlife medicine. Hameed’s vision for human health, environment and the economy made him a strong influence at Einstein Rising. Throughout his life, he has seen ambitious African entrepreneurs’ dreams crumble due to insufficient support. He saw an opportunity to change that with ER. His favorite motto is “The same sun that melts the wax hardens the clay”.

MANSOOR NSUBUGA

OUTREACH COORDINATOR

Mansoor is a Veterinary Medicine student at Makerere University, Kampala. He has experience in doing outreach work related to conservation and entrepreneurial empowerment. He has so much passion for humanitarian and conservation work especially in the field of wildlife/animal welfare.  He loves soccer, traveling and cultural art.

HALIMA KATEREGGA

COUNTRY DIRECTOR

Halima was born in Jinja Uganda. She has ventured into a variety of businesses since her childhood. She has a degree in Business Administration from Kampala International University and has dedicated her life to mentoring upcoming entrepreneurs. She believes in creating a better Africa. Her experience in the business sector as well as her passion to be part of the solution to social problems makes her the ideal candidate to offer direct support to Einstein Rising entrepreneurs. She believes, “Chase the vision, not the money; the money will end up following you”.

BRIAN MANGENI

FINANCIAL GROWTH ADVISOR

Brian is the founder and director for Accounts Plus Uganda, the fastest growing business support services company in the country. He is a certified CPA and has earned a Bachelor’s degree in actuarial science from Makerere University in Kampala. His life goal is to be the best in everything he does.  He is applying that belief to his work with ER’s entrepreneurs.  He teaches the core tools of financial management and supervises them as they grow their companies and apply their financial literacy skills.

PETER MCBRIDE

ACCOUNTING

Peter is a graduate of University of Delaware. He has a diverse background in non-profit financial management and the direct-trade coffee industry, making him the perfect candidate to manage our diverse financial needs. Currently, Peter works as an Employment Consultant, a Seattle-based organization that serves adults with disabilities. Peter is an avid runner and pizza connoisseur.

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