Umar Kabanda , Uganda
Umar founded Kalube Consults Ltd as a consultancy to showcase the best of African intellect and talent and to track the progress made towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals across the continent. The main aim is to create an Africa based hub, which includes knowledge of on the ground realities, to assist with international development efforts. Kalube Consults Ltd currently has 139 PhD and Masters degree holders representing 36 African countries. These 139 Associate Consultants are given in-depth weekly mentorship and training from industry experts in order to further supplement their knowledge and support them to apply their skills to the workplace in an efficient and sustainable way. By equipping these highly qualified young people with practical consultancy skills, Kalube Consults Ltd will develop a diverse pool of talent that can be hired on a consultancy basis by a variety of international organisations operating in the African context. These consultants will use their local knowledge, academic expertise and professional skills to provide support to companies and non-governmental organisations on a needs basis. In the future, Kalube Consults Ltd hopes to have a pool of 10,000 consultants from across the continent and 500 highly skilled mentors to offer support and share best practice with the associates.