Grace Nalugwa

2022 Fellow from Uganda

Grace Nalugwa has more than four years of experience in renewable energy. Currently, Grace is founder and chief executive officer at Gracela Ventures SMC Limited, a Uganda-based company that produces carbonized briquettes that are made from agricultural waste as an alternative cooking fuel. Grace is also founder and secretary general of New Era Women Entrepreneurs Organization, which empowers women and girls through entrepreneurship skills development in partnership with the Wakiso District Community Development Office. She is an executive board member of the Korea International Cooperation Agency Club of Uganda, an alumni association of Ugandans who have studied in South Korea, and is a leader at Nakyesanja SDA Church, where she empowers women spiritually, socially, and economically. Grace holds a diploma in Records and Information Management, and is committed to addressing the energy needs of the Ugandan people. After completing the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young Africa Leaders, Grace plans to improve the production cycle and quality of briquettes and to set up community biogas plants that will generate affordable and clean energy from 80% of the organic waste produced daily. In addition, she hopes the Fellowship will allow her to continue to empower fellow women entrepreneurs.

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