Meet our Board of Directors

Okwonga Charles (UG)

Charles is a land mine survivor, due to the 20 years of war in Northern Uganda, he was hit by the land mine at the age of 8 years losing all his lower limbs, He witnessed the bad side of the war, growing up in the orphanage with a lot of challenges stigma of being a victim of the war, mobility challenges, discrimination, but the game-changer was sports and education which paved way for him, build his self-esteem, confidence, and socialization.

His passion for sports gave him the opportunity to become the ambassador for Blazesports America in Uganda, an active wheelchair Basketball player for Uganda National Team, two times national wheelchair racing bronze medalist. He survived land mine at the age of 8 years leading to double amputation on the lower limbs, He is a graduate of business administration, a trained coach for adaptive games (Sitting Volleyball and Wheelchair Basketball

Amy Gillespie (USA)

Amy is a graduate of MPH specialized in Global Health Leadership from New York University. She also earned her MSW from Simmons College, where she took her first and second trip to Uganda in 2017 to work with local NGOs around issues related to access to toilets inclusive education HIV/AIDS, and gender equality. Amy has several years of experience working as a social worker in various settings such as hospitals and homeless shelters. Her experiences motivated her to support children and youth with disabilities in Uganda to enjoy inclusive adaptive sports and physical literacy both in schools and the community.

Babu Manya (Uk)

Babu holds a Master of Science degree in Global Health and Development from University College London. He has worked and lived in Africa, Asia, USA, and Europe. He currently works for an international non-profit organization with a presence in over 25 countries, leading on talent acquisition, global partnerships, and brand awareness in new markets using high-level diplomacy and negotiation skills. He is adept at managing and building relationships and solving complex problems in different cultural settings and with limited resources.

Babu is passionate about diversity and inclusion and loves to support the most marginalized and socially excluded persons around the globe to lead a dignified life. Having grown up in Uganda, he is passionate about ASA’s work and is dedicated to seeing people with disabilities included in everyday activities. He proactively supports all efforts involving practices and policies designed to identify and remove barriers that limit individuals’ abilities to have full participation in society, the same as people without disabilities.

Nyero Joshep (Netherlands)

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He is the founder of Nyero Foundation, he is a sports enthusiast. He holds an International Master of Science Degree in Finance and Accounting from Rotterdam Business School in the Netherlands. Previously, he had graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Quantitative Economics from Gulu University in Northern Uganda.

Having been born, raised, educated in Northern Uganda during and after the war insurgency, he has an infinite passion for the community and fully committed to the rehabilitation of the region through Education and Sports.

Growing up, he played for all youth ranks of the region. Being a natural leader, he had the opportunity to Captain Gulu District team, Northern Regional Team at all different age categories not forgetting Gulu University Football Team.

In addition to that, he played for many local teams in Gulu District which includes Gulu United Football Club, Super Eagles, Pece United, and North Shield, etc. He has a short stint with a professional Belgian Jupiter Pro League team called Waasland Beveren. Apparently, he plays for SV Heinenoord in the Netherlands. All benefits from football are directed to the running of this foundation.