Rehmah Kasule

Synergos Senior Fellow & Founder, CEDA International

Rehmah Kasule is the founder of CEDA International, specializing in mentoring, leadership and social entrepreneurship. She is a mentor and a certified enterprise development consultant with the International Trade Centre, supporting trade and export development. She spearheaded the design of the National Export Strategy- Gender Dimension, a national initiative that mainstreams women into the export sector. With the vision of “creating a new generation of women leaders”? she empowers girls and women to become economically independent and socially responsible. She runs special income-generating programs for women, youth, people living with HIV/AIDS, and rural communities. Her work was recognized at the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship hosted by President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C., in 2009. She has a wealth of experience and is a renowned motivational speaker on topics such as finding the real you, personal and business branding, strategic planning, marketing, leadership, mentoring and developing competitiveness for business. Rehmah is a role model for women and has been recognized both in her community and internationally for her leadership, innovations for community solutions and enriching of the educational system. Amanda Ellis, the deputy secretary of International Development for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade described Rehmah as “the African lighthouse”? for guiding future generations. Rehmah is also a chartered marketer and a fast-track entrepreneur for running her own marketing agency, Century Marketing, in Uganda for over 14 years, which builds local and international brands.

Rehmah is an ALI/Aspen Leadership Fellow and an alumna of the prestigious Fortune/US State Department Mentoring Program. She is the author of the book From Gomba to the White House: the journey of an African woman entrepreneur which describes her rise from survival to significance. Her weekly newspaper column “Be your Best”? has equipped people with key skills to become the best at whatever they choose to do. Rehmah organizes annual Mentoring Walks, which have brought together over 1,125 girls and women in mentoring partnerships. Her program, the Rising Star Mentoring Program, won the US State Department Innovation Award for women empowerment in 2010 and impacts more than 12,000 girls in secondary schools and universities. She serves on a number of boards and is a member of various national and international associations and networks. Rehmah was a winner of The International Alliance for Women, World of Difference 100 Awards in 2011. She is the first woman to join the Buganda Kingdom Parliament as a Special Representative of the Kabaka- the King of Buganda gave her the prestigious title Owekitibwa