Patience Nganzi

Field of Study: Public Management

Cohort: 2021

Country: Uganda

Leadership Institute: Syracuse University

Patience Nganzi has over five years' experience in the fields of women's rights, diplomacy, and law. Currently, she is the women's political leadership program associate at Akina Mama wa Afrika, advocating for political justice for African women and girls. Previously, Patience worked with the African Union Commission's Office of the Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security as a program associate. In this role, she advocated for the transformation of the lives of African women especially rural women and for increased female representation in leadership positions on the African continent. She holds a master's degree in International Relations and Diplomacy and a bachelor's degree in Law. Patience was elected a Global Peace Ambassador by the Global Peace Chain Initiative in 2019, allowing her to advocate for peacebuilding and social justice. She also serves as a mentor for Leap Girl Africa, and mentors youth to stay in school and seize employment opportunities. Motivated by the low levels of female leadership in Africa, Patience is committed to seeing more women, especially youth, assume leadership positions. Upon completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Patience plans to use her knowledge to empower girls at the community and international levels to become more involved in leadership. She also hopes to become the first female president of Uganda.