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James Otai

Co-Founder, Business Development and Operations Lead

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James is a founding member of Imagine Her. Before joining Imagine Her, James worked with organizations like Educate! Uganda, where he rose from a program officer role to a regional officer working with more than 180 secondary schools in eastern Uganda and trained students to start and run social enterprises while still at school and teachers on student-centered learning and mentorship. He also trained and participated in curriculum design and managed human resources. Prior to that, he also worked with Bridge International Academies as a Ugandan research assistant where he conducted research for the establishment of Bridge Academies in Uganda to provide affordable pre-primary and primary education to low-income urban and rural Ugandans. Before joining Imagine Her full-time, James also worked with ChildFund Uganda/Partners for Children Worldwide (PfCW) where he worked with vulnerable children and households in the areas of basic education, youth livelihoods and empowerment, child sponsorship, micro-enterprise development, and VSLA management.

Based on his experience James took a full-time role at Imagine Her in 2022 working as a Business Development and Operations Lead where he manages human resources and systems development and spearheads the organization’s sustainability programming, business development, and corporate fundraising. James holds a MSc. in Environmental & Business Management from Bangor University UK, a Postgraduate Diploma in Project Planning and Management of Uganda Management Institute (UMI), and a Bachelor of Social Work and Social Administration from Makerere University. James is also an alumnus of the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission and Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) East Africa Regional Centre