The Private Sector Foundation Uganda Chief Executive
Officer, Gideon Badagawa passed on Monday at Mulago National Referral Hospital,
where he had been admitted.
The death of the accomplished business administrator was
announced by the PSFU Board Chairman Elly Karuhanga, who said that the Badagawa’s
wife, Susan Birungi, was also hospitalized.
The cause of death is no yet clear, but Karuhanga says the
deceased’s father in law last week died of COVID-19.
“As you may know, his wife, Mrs. Susan Birungi Badagawa has
also been battling for her life alongside her husband in hospital and only last
week lost her father to COVID-19,” he says a statement.
Badagawa has been CEO,
PSFU for the last 10 years, prided in having grown and stabilized the umbrella organisation
of the private sector business association in Uganda.
Prior to joining PSFU,
he was the Executive Director, Uganda Manufacturers Association as Executive
Director for 2 years.
the Foundation is now one of 230 business
associations, corporate bodies and the major public sector agencies that
supports private sector growth.
Badagawa was born 54 years ago at
Muyiira Village, Nambale Sub-county, Iganga District, to Mr and Ms Isabirye Badagawa,
He went to school at Busoga
College Mwiri and later Makerere College School, before joining Makerere University
in 1988, graduating with a degree in Statistics.
He also attained a master’s degree
in Development Economics from the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus
, The Hague in the
Netherlands, and a post graduate diploma in Environment Management from the
Maastricht School of Management in the Netherlands.
He is married to Susan Badagawa and is a father to
two daughters; Anita and Nina.
Badagawa then thought at the Institute of Statistics
and Applied Economics, ISAE, between 1992 and 2000, before joining the PSFU for
his first stint, working as Senior Policy Analyst. He left PSFU as Director, Policy
Advocacy, in 2008 and joined the Uganda Manufacturers Association as Executive
Director, till 2009.
Prior to his death, he
also served as a member on boards of various private and statutory
organisations, including the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), the
Uganda National Planning Authority (NPA), the Uganda warehouse receipt system
authority (UWRA), and the Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC).
He was also a board
member at the Uganda Energy Credit Capitalization Company Limited.
Badagawa also chaired the Steering Committee for
the Uganda Country Capacity Building programme (UCCBP), whose main goal was to improve the effectiveness and efficiency in the use of
public resources in order to attain the objectives of national development
priorities under the Poverty Eradication Action Plan (PEAP).
His other assignments have included chairing of the
Taskforce that designed the 5-year Uganda National Competitiveness Strategy
2011-2015. He also Chaired the Taskforce that designed the
implementation of the Business, Technical, Vocational education and Training
Badagawa also received several awards by various organisations, including the
Advanced Leadership Merit Award for Private Sector Development by the Institute of Advanced Leadership, and the Pearl
of Africa Lifetime Achievers Awards.
In previous interviews, he described
himself as a lover of God who never left home for work without a prayer. Despite his busy schedule with
different organisations, he also usually found time for physical exercise. Many journalists have described
him as a media-friendly CEO.