PROFILE: Grace B. Muliisa, Managing Director, Ecobank Uganda Limited

Grace B. Muliisa, Managing Director, Ecobank Uganda Limited.

Grace B. Muliisa, is a Ugandan Banker and Corporate executive, who was appointed the Managing Director of Ecobank Uganda Limited in August last year. She was the Head Personal and Business Banking at Stanbic Bank Uganda prior to her appointment. 

Grace is an earnest professional with over 20 years experience in the Banking Sector, across Africa and Asia.  From 2017 until 2019, she was posted to Standard Chartered Singapore, on assignment by Standard Chartered Plc. 

At Ecobank, she comes with extensive diverse banking experience that spans over 20 years acquired both within Africa and beyond. She is a seasoned leader with a track record of championing change, driving strategy, and building a high-performance culture.

Ms. Grace took over from Ms. Annette Wabunoha Kihuguru (FUIB Hons.), who after 30+ years of a distinguished banking career of which the last 8 have been in service at Ecobank Uganda- first as the Executive Director and most recently as Acting Managing Director, has gone into retirement.

Muliisa graduated from Makerere University with a Bachelor’s Degree of Arts in Social Sciences in 1998. Later, she was awarded her second degree, a Combined Chartered Banker MBA  by Bangor Business School, in Bangor, Wales, in the United Kingdom. She has also completed several courses in leadership and Management with INSEAD Business School in Singapore.

Grace brings a wealth of experience in Retail and Commercial Banking, Credit and Operational Risk Management, Business Banking and Digital transformation among others.

Furthermore, Grace on behalf of Ecobank launched the Zero Malaria Business Leadership Initiative. According to the Ministry of Health in Uganda, malaria accounts for 30-50 percent of outpatient visits at health facilities, 15-20 percent of all hospital admissions, and up to 20percent of all hospital deaths.

Private sector companies have a particularly important role to play as stakeholders in an economy that is deeply affected by malaria. But more importantly, the private sector can leverage its corporate social responsibility and marketing resources to support the malaria fight, she said. 

There is scope for win-win results here through innovation and public-private partnerships that both boost companies’ visibility and brand awareness and serve to reduce the grave malaria burden inflicted on our communities, she continued. 

The Zero Malaria Business Leadership Initiative aims at mobilizing private sector participation for malaria control and elimination. The initiative is being implemented under the framework of Malaria-Free Uganda and the National Malaria Control Division of the Ministry of Health.

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