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Gertrude is an experienced legal and business executive with practice experience spanning project finance, banking and financial law, capital markets, corporate law and governance, M&A, compliance, and regulatory support. The specific expertise is in banking and risk management with extensive work for and with clients in these areas. A financial sector expert, an experienced non-executive director, a governance practitioner and a technology enthusiast who often speaks publicly on matters of interest to financial sector participants and at other fora.

She is an Advocate of the High Court of Uganda and holds a Bachelor of Laws from Makerere university, Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (Dip L.P.) from Law Development Centre, Kampala Uganda and Master of Law (LL.M) (Commercial Laws) from University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. She is a member of the Uganda Law Society, East Africa Law Society and has been ranked as a leading lawyer in Uganda by global legal directories Chambers and Partners Global Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers (since 2016) and Legal500 (since 2016).

Gertrude has held various positions during her career including Legal Officer, Stanbic Bank Uganda Limited, Chairperson, Board of Trustees, Stanbic Bank Uganda Limited Staff Pension Fund, Head Legal and Company Secretary, Stanbic Bank Uganda Limited and Partner and Head Corporate/M&A, S&L Advocates (formerly Sebalu & Lule Advocates). She is currently the Chief Legal Officer, Equity Group Holdings PLC.

She has held various Board positions as Board Chairperson and co-founder, League of East African Directors, Board Chairperson, AK Life Sciences Limited, Board Chairperson and founder member, Financial Sector Deepening Uganda Limited, Chairperson Board of Trustees, Centenary Bank Staff Provident Fund and previously Director and Credit Committee Chairperson, KCB Bank Uganda Limited.