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airtel's management team in Uganda is drawn from the brightest talent at leading telecommunications and service companies.

Somasekhar VG - Managing Director

VG Somasekhar is Managing Director of Airtel Uganda since September 2017.  Previously he worked as Director - Special Projects, Airtel Africa. He also worked as the Managing Director for Airtel Uganda from December 2010 to February 2014 where he successful led the Airtel-Warid merger in 2013.  He thereafter joined the Africa HQ office as the Executive Operations Director & SBU Head – Leader markets; and served in this role until July 2015.

Strong points on Soma, he led the Airtel - Warid merger, the 1st telecom merger in Uganda & the most successful one across Africa.

Soma has three decades of professional experience in Office automation and Telecom industries. Prior to joining Peepul Capital Advisors, he was with Airtel Africa for five years. Initially as Managing Director Airtel Uganda and later as Executive Operations Director - Leader Markets for Airtel Africa.

Previously he led the greenfield startup of the first mobile telephony network in the state of Kerala as Chief Operating Officer - Escotel Mobile Communications. He then joined Reliance Communications as Hub CEO South. He began his career in Modi Xerox, in the eleven year tenure he held various responsibilities across many geographies in India.

His career highlights include running telecoms as business with end to end P&L responsibility. Rich experience of emerging markets across India, Africa and exposure to Middle East. Has managed business cycles of Start-Up, Scale-Up, Transformation and M&A.

Somasekhar holds a graduate degree in Commerce from University of Madras. Executive Education Program from Harvard Business School and Thunderbird University - Arizona.

Deepak Bhatia - Chief Commercial Officer

MBA from Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi and a B.E. (Hons) Electrical & Electronics Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani.

Prior to joining Airtel Uganda, he worked with Du- Emirates Integrated Communications Ltd where he worked as the Vice President. Healso worked with a number of international organisations including PepsiCo where he worked as General Manager, Sales and Vodafone India Ltd where his last assignment was Vice President – Sales & Marketing Operations.

Joined Airtel Uganda on 29th August 2016.

Dennis Abigaba Kakonge - Legal and Regulatory Director

Post Graduate Diploma/Bar – LDC. Bachelors of Laws

Prior to joining Airtel, he worked as Senior Legal & Regulatory Manager – MTN Uganda, Legal Associate - Byenkya, Kihika & Co Advocates.

Joined Airtel Uganda on 1st Nov 2009.

Phanindra Nichanametla - Finance Director

Graduate Cost & work Accountants from The institute of Cost & Works Accountants of India. Chartered Accountant from Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

Prior to joining Airtel, he worked with Raffles Corporate Consultants – Singapore as Financial controller from March 2006 to November 2009.

He joined Airtel in 2000 and served in different capacities as Head BPA – Airtel Andhra Pradesh Circle, Head FR and Head Revenue Management – Airtel Andhra Pradesh Circle, Chief Controller’s office responsible for tracking Opex, Capex and Pricing initiative, Regional Controller – Airtel Africa Francophone, Ag Finance Director – DRC.

Joined Airtel Uganda on 1st August 2014.

Flavia Ntambi Lwanga - Human Resources Director

Graduate in Master of Organizational Psychology (MUK) and B.A( Hons) Social Sciences (MUK).

Prior to joining Airtel, she worked as Head Human Resources- Stanbic Bank Uganda. Human Resources Operations Manager- Stanbic Uganda.

Human Resources Manager- Uganda Breweries Ltd, Administrator- Uganda Flowers Exporters Association, Sales Representative-Multi-choice Uganda Limited.

Joined Airtel Uganda on 24th September 2012.

Indrajeet Kumar Singh - Marketing Director

MBA from ICFAI Business School, Mumbai and a Bachelor of Commerce from Pune University.

Prior to joining Airtel Uganda, he was the Marketing Director for Airtel Rwanda.

He started his career in the telecommunication industry as a Management trainee in Marketing for M&G Circle with Bharti Airtel in 2004.

He has been associated with bharti Airtel India in 5 circles in different roles with Marketing and Sales. Last assignment in india was with MPCG circle where he was Deputy general manager for data and vas. He then moved to Essar Telecom Kenya as the Country Head of Usage & Revenue/Vas from where he then joined Airtel Kenya Opco as country Usage & Retention.

Joined Airtel Uganda on 5th September 2016.

Ali Balunywa - Sales & Distribution Director

Master's in Public Administration & Management. Bachelors' Degree in Mass Communication.

Prior to joining Airtel, he worked as Head of -Trade British American Tobacco – Uganda, Sales Manager - East African Breweries Limited, Account Manager - East African Breweries Limited, Direct Sales Executive - Multi-Choice (U) Limited, Public Relations Intern - Bank of Uganda.

Before his appointment as Sales and Distribution Director, he worked with Zain and Airtel as Zonal Sales Manager and Zonal Business Manager between September 2009 and October 2013.

Joined Airtel Uganda as Sales and Distribution Director on 16th March 2015.

Rajesh Agrawal - Network Director

Certified Six Sigma Black Belt. Diploma in Management. AMIE in Electronics and Telecommunications. Diploma in Instrumentation Engineering with Gold Medal.

Prior to joining Airtel, he worked as Head Switch – ADIL (now Vodafone), Sr. Engineer, Telecom R&D and Integration Instrumentation Ltd, Kota.

He joined Airtel on 1st August 2001 and served in different capacities;- Head Switching Operations, BTSOL, Rajasthan 2001-2003, Head STP, BTSOL All India- 2003-2004, Head Switch, BTSOL– North India- 2005-2006, Head Network Services , Mobility Airtel, India – 2006-2009 and Chief Technology Officer - Airtel Seychelles- 2009-2011.

Joined Airtel Uganda on 1st October 2011 as Networks Director.

James Museba - IT Director

Master of Business Administration. BSc Computer Science and Mathematics.

Prior to joining Airtel Uganda, he served as Group Chief Information Officer Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, Group Chief Information Officer – Anglophone -Bharti Airtel Africa BV, Director IT and VP Enterprise Business- Airtel Zambia,Director – IT - Celtel Zambia Plc, Group IT Director and Banking Operations -Interfin Merchant Bank Group of Zimbabwe, Head IT –Banc ABC (Formerly FMB of Zimbabwe), Systems Developer to System Analyst - Delta/Alpha Systems – Zimbabwe.

Joined Airtel Uganda on 5th January 2015.

Michael Opwonya - Supply Chain Director

MBA Eastern and Southern African Management Institute. Bachelor of Statistics (Hons). CIPS UK.

Prior to joining Airtel, he worked as a graduate Trainee at National Council of Science and Technology- Ministry of Finance Uganda

He then joined Celtel Uganda as Financial Analyst, Procrement Officer, Administrative Officer, Operations Logistics Manager, Projects Transition Manager, Contracts and Logistics Manager, Planning Reports and Compliance Manager and Procurement Manager.

Joined Airtel Uganda on 3rd May 2003.

Hawa Ndagire Kajumba - Enterprise Business Director

Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Marketing and a Bsc, Biological Science.

Prior to joining Airtel Uganda, Hawa was the Head Corporate Sales at Africell. She has had several roles such as Corporate Marketing Manager at the Orange Uganda , Head Prestigious Banking at Bank of Africa.

Joined Airtel Uganda on 1st July 2015.