Executive Director, Uganda Hotel Owners Association
Jean Byamugisha is the CEO of the Uganda Hotel Owners Association, the only hotel trade association in Uganda’s tourism industry. The Uganda Hotel Owners’ Association (UHOA) was formed in May 2000, for purposes of lobbying and advocacy for better services and conducive tax laws for its associated members. With almost 500 hotels under its membership, UHOA is one of the largest and strongest private sector Associations in Uganda.
Jean holds a Bachelors Degree in Tourism Management from Makerere University as well as numerous other post graduate certifications. Jean previously worked at UHOA as Executive Secretary for 5 years before moving to the UN as Project Manager for a Hotel sector project aimed finding solutions for youth unemployment. She supervised two studies carried out on the hotel sector in Uganda. She worked for 2 years at the UN before leaving to take up her current position as the CEO of the Uganda Hotel Owners Association in April 2015. Jean became the first woman CEO in the history of the Association as well as one of the youngest CEO’s in Uganda.