The MEADFA Conference 2021
Sandra UweraChief Executive Officer

Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa Business Council (COMESA)

Sandra Uwera is a regional expert in private sector development, with 20 years’ experience in senior management positions in Eastern and Southern Africa. She currently leads the COMESA Business Council, a leading regional business member services organization and a recognized private sector institution of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa. Her current roles include governance, strategic, administrative, programmes, operations and stakeholder management of the institution. Passionate about female empowerment, she has driven projects on gender inclusion within the digital financial services space, with a keen focus on women economic empowerment in trade across the COMESA region.

She has successfully developed and implemented programs and projects that have increased profitability and sustainability and increased regional ownership and recognition of the CBC, as one of the leading Regional Business Services Organizations in Africa.

Sandra sits on the board for ECOMARK Africa, Minerals Africa Development Institute (MADI), and the Women's Economic Empowerment - Financial Inclusion Advisory Council. She is also an Eisenhower and Thomas McGabe Fellow. Sandra has also founded the MWELL Project, advocating for mental health.

Sandra holds an MSc in Strategic Planning, advanced training in International Trade Policy and Law, and a BA in Corporate Communications.