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  • William Kalema
William Kalema, PhD, Managing Partner

William Kalema

Managing Partner


BDO Uganda



Dr. Kalema is Country Managing Director of BDO East Africa, a professional firm that offers audit, accounting, tax and business advisory services to private and public sector clients. He has worked as a consultant to businesses, government, and development agencies since 1992. During that period, he has also played an active role in the development of the private sector in Uganda.

In his role as Country Managing Director of BDO East Africa, Dr. Kalema has served on several Boards both corporate and private firms.  Currently he is a member of the Board of Directors, Bank of Uganda.   Between 2004 to 2011, he was a member of Uganda’s high-level Presidential Investment Round Table.  He was Board Chairman of Uganda Investment Authority from 1998 to 2007.  Between 1998 to 2007.  Dr. Kalema was the Board Chairman of DFCU Bank and a  Director of the bank holding company.

He was a Board member of the Uganda Manufacturers Association (UMA) from 1994 to 2000, Chairman of the Economic Sub-Committee of the UMA from 1997 to 2000, and Chairman of the Association from 2000 to 2002. He was instrumental in the formation and development of the Private Sector Foundation, now an umbrella body of over 80 business associations. Based on that experience, he helped establish similar institutions in Rwanda and Tanzania.

In 2004-5, Dr. Kalema was among the 17 members of the UK Commission for Africa, an initiative of Prime Minister Blair’s government to develop a long-term strategy for international support for Africa’s sustainable development over the next 10 years. 


He is a Trustee of the Shell Foundation and of the Investment Climate Facility for Africa. He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Makerere Female Scholarship Foundation. He is Chairman of the Board of the Uganda Gatsby Trust, and a Trustee of Kilimo Trust. He is also a Director of the African Agricultural Capital which provides equity funding to agricultural businesses.


Dr. Kalema had his undergraduate education at the University of Cambridge, England. He holds a Masters and Bachelors degree in chemical engineering from Cambridge and a Ph.D. degree in chemical engineering from California Institute of Technology.


He is involved in the governance of several investment funds:

  • He is a Director of a series of investment funds targeting agricultural enterprises in Eastern Africa: African Agricultural Capital Fund I (Chairman), and African Seed Investment Fund (Director), and African Agricultural Capital Fund II (Director). The combined value of the three funds is US$ 42 million.
  • He is a Member of the Investment Committee of the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund, managed by Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, which has so far provided around US$ 100 million to fund agricultural enterprises in Sub-Saharan Africa.