Ash Community Speaker Series: A Conversation about Innovation Under Difficult Circumstances with Jennifer Musisi


Friday, February 15, 2019, 12:00pm to 1:00pm


Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mount Auburn St., Floor 2, Suite 200N

Join us for a conversation with Jennifer Musisi, Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative City Leader in Residence, Former Executive Director of Kampala, Uganda. Jorrit de Jong, Lecturer in Public Policy and Management, HKS, will moderate. 

Jennifer MusisiAs the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative City Leader in Residence Jennifer Musisi plays a key role in advising on the design of Bloomberg Harvard programming, with a particular emphasis on programming for cities outside of the United States. She serves as a resource for faculty, students, staff, and participating mayors and other city leaders, and will share insight and information on innovations, solutions, and approaches to common problems across cities. 

Jennifer is a transformational leader with three decades of experience in turning around government institutions and systems in challenging settings. Most recently, she was appointed by the president of Uganda to serve as the first executive director of Kampala, the capital city of Uganda (a role comparable to mayor, chief executive or city manager). In this capacity, she earned a global reputation for strong urban governance, organizational leadership, innovation, and building service delivery systems in institutions grappling with crippling corruption, limited financing and systemic dysfunction. She also entered partnerships and mobilized significant funding to advance the city. Jennifer previously served as commissioner of legal services and board affairs at the Uganda Revenue Authority and as legal advisor to Makerere University.

She started her career as a state attorney in the Directorate of Public Prosecutions in the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs in Uganda. She also worked as Uganda’s ambassador for UN Sustainable Development Goal 11, focusing on making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. She has been a speaker, trainer, and mentor on leadership, institutional reformation, transformational urban development, corruption, youth empowerment, poverty alleviation, innovative and appropriate solutions, and climate change. She has won numerous awards and accolades in recognition of her accomplishments. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honors) and Master of Public Administration & Management from Makerere University in Kampala, and a Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre, also in Kampala. She also received an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy in Humanities from United Graduate College and Seminary International.

The Ash Community Speaker Series features discussions with students, faculty, fellows, and alumni whose research or other academic work is supported by the Ash Center. The series is a forum to discuss new ideas, innovative work, and ongoing projects that are related to the Ash Center's mission to make the world a better place by advancing excellence and innovation in governance and public policy through research, education, and public discussion.