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Cente Technologies Appoints Another Digital Transformation Gru, Rowena Turinawe

Cente Technologies appoints Rowena Turinawe as Head of ICT Advisory, Strategy, and Research — joining the company from NITA Uganda.

Cente Technologies, a subsidiary of Centenary Group today announced the appointment of Rowena Turinawe as Head of ICT Advisory, Strategy, and Research — joining the company from NITA Uganda where she served as the Business Transformation Manager.

Turinawe joins her former colleagues from NITA Uganda Peter Kahiigi and Steven Kirenga, who were appointed by the company on Feb. 3 and Feb. 25 respectively.


Cente Tech’s CEO, Dr. Grace Ssekakubo said, a critical enabler to achieving the company’s strategy is to hire the best people out there and Rowena is a testament to that. “Rowena will help our clients deliver rapid, visible performance improvements in the short term while strengthening their organizations and positioning them to win in the future,” he remarks.

Mr. Peter Kahiigi, Cente-Tech’s Chief Technology Officer was thrilled to have Turinawe on board. He said, “The experience she brings will be invaluable to Cente Tech and perfectly complements our desire to provide holistic technology solutions and deliver innovation that matters to enable and inspire growth.”

Turinawe’s niche lies in Business & Digital Transformation, Enterprise Architecture Development, Strategic Planning & Implementation, ICT Strategy, ICT Research, IT Service Management, Delivery of Complex Projects, Stakeholder Management, Technical Support Management, Process & policy design as well as Service Delivery.

Turinawe’s mantra is, when digital transformation is done right, it’s like a caterpillar turning into a butterfly, but when done wrong, all you have is a really fast caterpillar, Cente Tech said in a statement.

Over her 10-year career, Turinawe has set up various digital transformation initiatives to succeed and navigated organizational dynamics that often derail transformation. Whilst at NITA Uganda, she managed the team responsible for the Government Systems Integration (dubbed UGHub), a project aimed at integrating all information systems across the public and private sectors. The service is live and now allows citizens to access public and private sector services without having to fill out repeated KYC (know your customer) documents. Over 50 entities have been connected to the integration platform including 23 banks.

At NITA Uganda, Turinawe also provided oversight and support for the establishment of the e-Government enterprise architecture, the development of the NITA Uganda strategic plan, and e-Government capacity building across the government. She was responsible for realigning the way NITA Uganda operates including reengineering internal processes and how technology is used. Whilst there, she implemented the ICT approvals initiative across the government where she led the team that designed, reviewed, and streamlined over 470 requirement specifications for IT systems and equipment. It is reported that owing to this initiative, the government saved over USD$10M (approx. UGX35.5 Billion) that would have been lost through the purchase of non-essential systems or duplicated systems and applications.

Before joining NITA Uganda, Turinawe served as front office service manager for MTN IT shared services where she was in charge of the technical support team supporting 48,000 staff in the 5 MTN countries where it has its operations; Uganda, Rwanda, Swaziland, Zambia, and South Sudan — to ensure quick incident resolution and service request fulfillment. She expertly managed the technical stability of 150 applications across the 5 countries whilst ensuring the co-existence of 25 multi-ethnical international system vendors.

Her work in the ICT space locally and regionally saw her recognized by CIO Africa as one of the ‘Top 35 Most Influential Women in Technology in Africa’. She made on it the list with Vivian Dambya, the Director of Technical Services at NITA Uganda. This is the first time Ugandan Women in Technology had been featured. Prior to her recognition by CIO Africa, she was profiled by Vision Group’s ‘Top 40 under 40’ project for driving transformation in the ICT and technology arena in Uganda.

Notably, Turinawe is also on the Business Processing Outsourcing (BPO) and Innovation Council that was introduced by the Ministry of ICT and National Guidance to formulate strategies for creating jobs for the youth through ICT outsourcing and Innovation and prescribe regulatory frameworks/reforms and projects relevant to the growth of the BPO and Innovation industry.

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