Jennifer Musisi

Jennifer Musisi

City Leader in Residence, Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative
Jennifer Musisi

As the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative City Leader in Residence Jennifer Musisi plays a key role in contributing practitioner perspectives in the Bloomberg Harvard program, 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 shares insight and information on innovations, solutions, and approaches to common problems across cities.She is also the protagonist in a number of new case studies.

Jennifer is a transformational leader with three decades of experience in turning around government institutions and systems in challenging settings. Most recently She served 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 forged partnerships and mobilized funding to advance the city. Jennifer previously served as Commissioner For Legal Service and Board Affairs and was part of the team that implemented the transformation of Uganda Revenue Authority. She began her career as a state attorney in the in the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs in Uganda and moved on to work as the in house counsel for Makerere University. She was appointed Ugandas ambassador for UN Sustainable Development Goal 11, focusing on making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. She is a speaker, trainer, and mentor on leadership, institutional reform, urban development, corruption, youth empowerment, poverty alleviation , innovation and climate change. She has won numerous awards , accolades and an honorary doctorate of Philosophy in Humanities in recognition of her accomplishments.

Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honors) and Masters of Public Administration & Management from Makerere University and Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre.

Jennifer is an Advocate and Commissioner for Oaths, Council Member Cities that Work, Senior Advisor International Growth Centre, Member Newsweek Momentum Awards Committee, Visitor of Practice Blavatnik School of Government and a Commissioner, International Development Infrastructure Commission DFID.