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Samuel Frobisher Owori was scheduled to be the first Ugandan to lead Rotary International, a humanitarian service organisation that unites leaders committed to improving lives and bringing positive, lasting change to communities around the world.

Rotary International President-elect Samuel Frobisher Owori is dead.

Owori was scheduled to be the first Ugandan to lead Rotary International, a humanitarian service organisation that unites leaders committed to improving lives and bringing positive, lasting change to communities around the world. 

His term of office as the 108th president was scheduled to begin on 1 July 2018, after the installation at the Annual Rotary Convention in Toronto-Canada. He died in Dallas, Texas United States of America after undergoing an operation on the leg.

A family member says that after the operation, his blood pressure dropped suddenly and never recuperated. He was aged. 75.

Owori is credited for an instrumental role in growing the number of clubs in Uganda from nine to 89 over the course of 29 years. He has been a member of Rotary since 1978, a commitment spanning close to 40 years.

Besides his work in Rotary, Owori has served as the chief executive officer of the Institute of Corporate Governance of Uganda. He has previously served as the executive director of the African Development Bank, managing director of Uganda Commercial Bank Ltd., and director of Uganda Development Bank.

He studied law, employment relations, business management, corporate resources management, microfinance, and marketing at institutions in England, Japan, Switzerland, Tanzania, and the United States, including Harvard Business School.

Since becoming a member of Rotary in 1978, Owori served Rotary as regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, regional Rotary International membership coordinator, Rotary International Representative to the United Nations Environment Program and UN-Habitat, and Rotary International director.

 

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Sylvia Nankya
Sylvia is an Editor and Media Trainer with Uganda Radio Network. She has been a URN staff member since 2013. Sylvia has previously worked as a reporter and news anchor with Radio One (2001-2009) and with Vision Group (2009-2011). Six of her active years in Journalism were spent covering the Parliament of Uganda.

Over the past few years, Sylvia has worked to promote the positive development of societies recovering from conflict through training journalists on choices of stories, how they report issues and use of appropriate language in covering conflict and post-conflict situations.

She is an Alumni of RNTC- Holland, Les Aspin Centre for Government at Marquette University-WI, USA and a Community Solutions Fellow.