Ugandan Diaspora Boston Business Expo Highlights In Pictures – Burlington Marriott July 6th 2013

Posted July 9, 2013 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Business Expo ~ 42,162 views


Ugandans in Boston were on July 6th treated to a rare Business Exposition at the Burlington Marriott. The two day event that kicked off with a business expo from 10am to 5pm and later went into a fully paid happy hour networking session that allowed attendees to compare notes. The evening saw the attendees treated to a 3 course sumptuous dinner, a fashion show and Entertainment led by Uganda’s Multi award winning cross-over artist George Timothy Lubega a.k.a Exodus – Who is a brand Ambassador for the Irene Gleeson Foundation.

Among dignitaries were business leaders from Uganda, the East African Federation, the Boston business community, Ugandans from New York and special representatives from Washington and Money-gram International. Special guest appearances including Prof. Maggie Kigozi Patron Ugandan Diaspora Network and Angel Jones CEO – Home Coming Revolution Africa, Hon Susan Nakawuki Uganda’s Representative at the East African Legislative Assembly, the Chair-person Post Bank Uganda Mrs. Grace Bakunda, Amb. Adonia Ayebale who moves to London to head the new African Commonwealth division, the President of UNAA Mr. Francis Ssenoga and a host of other business leaders

Topics of discussion ranged from the Opportunities and areas of Investment in Uganda to newly opened Post Bank Diaspora Banking, AAR – Diaspora Medical Insurance, Fast tracking the East African Federation, Real Estate in Boston, Loan Management Schemes and how to navigate landmines in the financial/housing markets plus a lively Q&A session.

For the first of its kind the event was dubbed a tremendous success by all attendees many of who pledged to attend next year. The Boston expo is a business idea meant to bring  our people together while providing opportunities both at home and abroad on how to better ourselves, build synergies and share business opportunities.

Because it was the end of a very difficult financial year in Uganda and a newly read budget was yet to be implemented several government departments expressed regret due to budget cuts in travel but promised to attend the expo next year. A fashion show featuring designs by Uganda American new kid on the block and Bentley College grad – Joe Malaika Mutebi showcased his new summer collection.

Boston boasts of the largest concentration of Ugandans in North America. The Boston Business Expo was sponsored by Post Bank Uganda, Ethiopian Airlines, Daily Monitor and some Boston based businesses! The 2 day expo ended on Sunday with a networking BBQ at Arsenal Park and was organised by Ronnie Mayanja of the Ugandan Diaspora Network!

Below are some highlights in pictures of what transpired at the Burlington Marriott July 6th 2013
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    Maggie Kigozi

    Excellent event Ronnie. I thank Hon Nakawuki for sharing on the EAC updates. Angel – she almost convinced everyone to go back home and build Uganda but she did stress that it is not easy and one should plan well and go home when you are ready. Ronnie please load her video for readers of Diaspora News to share. Post Bank shared opportunities for managing your money in Ug – their Diaspora Account. Madame Chairperson – thank you for attending in person. As Ugandan Women we are proud that Uganda’s bank is led by a woman. AAR shared Health Insurance back home. We were also able to learn from locals on taxation, housing and business.
    Let us meet again next year. We are in Uganda Dec 30th. Join us for a fun evening. See you all at UNAA in Dallas.


      Thanks Prof. Maggie,

      First for having taken the time out of your busy schedule to travel to Boston on your birthday in what was a difficult year for you — we are eternally grateful. Your presence at the expo made a huge difference and we are so proud to have you as our Patron. Again thank you for your inspirational leadership!!

      Looking forward to seeing you again at our 3rd annual Diaspora Social Networking Gala!

    Samuel Senfuma

    What a wonderful way to share each other’s knowledge and experience as Ugandans. Please let us work harder for a better Uganda. Looking forward to the December 30th meeting in Kampala.

    Batenga Nakisozi

    Like they say “Gakyali Mabaga” Ronnie and your team a job well done!! I truly enjoyed myself and found this event very beneficial and well worth every single penny I paid. Looking forward to December 30th.


    Excellent event Ronnie! Job well done! Beautiful people, beautiful event!

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