Jennifer Semakula-Musisi is a lawyer, advocate of the High Court of Uganda and seasoned administrator with a strong legal, administrative and leadership background. She trained at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda as well as numerous other institutions including The George Washington University, Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School.
Jennifer earlier worked for Makerere University as a Legal Adviser and was then appointed Commissioner Legal Services, and subsequently Commissioner Legal Services and Board Affairs in Uganda Revenue Authority. Jennifer has strong leadership and management skills and a vast experience in the public and private sector. Jennifer was at the forefront of the Institutional Reforms and Restructuring Programme at URA that have made it a benchmark National Revenue Administration in Africa and beyond. She played a key role in identifying personnel and building their leadership capacity. Many of these have now taken up key leadership positions in Uganda and beyond.
In URA, Jennifer was involved in Policy formulation, legislating amendments and policy implementation at the Executive and Board levels as well as Financial Planning and Management. Her role as Commissioner Legal Services and Board Affairs involved working closely with the Commissioner General and the Senior Management Team, the Board of Directors and various stakeholders including Government Ministries, Tax Appeals Tribunal and personnel at the Uganda Judicial System.
Jennifer also worked with senior managers from the various countries forming the East African Community. This exposed her to the cross-cultural leadership dynamics.
Whilst working with Uganda Revenue Authority Jennifer worked to transform and build the URA Legal Firm into a highly successful and professional Department that has successfully defended URA both at national and international levels. She was also involved in enhancing taxpayer compliance and proposing revenue related policies and practices.
In 2011, Jennifer was appointed by H.E. the President of the Republic of Uganda as the first Executive Director of the Kampala Capital City Authority and has been at the head of the transformation of the City Administration from a Local Government to a Corporate Entity under the Central Government.