James Saaka, the Outgoing Executive Director, National Information Technology Authority ((NITA-U James) this Monday morning handed over office to Dr, Hatwib Mugasa, the incoming Executive Director.
This follows the appointment of Dr. Mugasa by The Minister of ICT and National Guidance, Hon. Judith Nabakooba in July.
Mr. Saaka’s authorized 10-year tenure will officially expire on 19 August 2020.
Speaking at the handover, Saaka urged the team at NITA-U to further the Digitization journey.
“It has been an honor for me to have been at the forefront of the Digital Revolution. I am thankful that President Museveni, the ICT Ministers I have had the joy to serve under and the NITA Board, who have given me a platform to serve my country. A lot more needs to be done and I am confident that Dr. Mugasa will further the digital revolution.’’
Dr. Mugasa said Government remains committed to delivering online Services.
“I am pleased to take on such a vital role in transforming service delivery in the country. We shall continue working tirelessly to ensure all Government services are online’’.
Present to witness the Handover was the NITA-U Board led by the Chairman Mr. Johnson R, Musinguzi.
Dr. Hatwib will take forward a number of initiatives that will transform service delivery in the country.
NITA-U has among others, embarked on integration of Government systems and services with the aim of easing data sharing, reducing ICT costs and in turn improve public service delivery.
Who is Dr Mugasa?
Dr. Mugasa has over 15 years of professional experience in the field of Information Technology with special focus in Systems Development, Telecommunication and Innovational Research.
He holds a Doctorate in Computational Analysis and Modeling, an interdisciplinary degree in computational mathematics, data science and statistics.
He also holds two Master of Science degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science.
He has been working as a Researcher and Teaching Assistant at the Data Mining and Research Lab at Louisiana Tech University in the USA.
His research interests and affiliated publications have been related to development, implementation, and evaluation of computational models and tools in Biomedical Informatics, Machine Learning and Cyber Security.
Prior to that, he worked at MTN Uganda’s IT Department as a Senior System Support Analyst and Manager Mobile Money Systems, Software Developer at the Faculty of Computing and IT, Makerere University, and Sales Administrator at Premier Packaging Uganda Limited.