SAM OWORI IS SELECTED
TO BE 2018-19 ROTARY PRESIDENT
Samuel Frobisher Owori, a
Ugandan businessman and a member of the Rotary Club of Kampala,
will become president-nominee on 1 October.
EVANSTON, Illinois (10 October
The 2016-17 Nominating Committee for President
of Rotary International has unanimously nominated Samuel Frobisher
Owori, of the Rotary Club of Kampala, Uganda, to be the president
of Rotary International in 2018-19. He will be declared the president-nominee
on 1 October if no challenging candidates have been suggested. Owori
says he sees in Rotary "an incredible passion to make a difference."
As president, he plans to "harness that enthusiasm and pride
so that every project becomes the engine of peace and prosperity."
Owori's chief concerns as a Rotary leader are membership and extension.
Since he served as district governor, the number of clubs in Uganda
has swelled from nine to 89. He urges past, present, and future
leaders to work together to engage more women, youth program participants,
alumni, and community members to increase Rotary's membership in
the coming years. "There are many places which need Rotary
and numerous potential members who have never been invited,"
he says. "The problem is Rotarians who got in and closed the
Owori is chief executive officer of the Institute of Corporate Governance
of Uganda. Before that, he was executive director of the African
Development Bank, managing director of Uganda Commercial Bank Ltd.,
and director of Uganda Development Bank. He has studied law, employment
relations, business management, corporate resources management,
microfinance, and marketing at institutions in England, Japan, Switzerland,
Tanzania, and the United States, including Harvard Business School.
Since becoming a member in 1978, Owori has served Rotary as regional
Rotary Foundation coordinator, regional RI membership coordinator,
RI Representative to the United Nations Environment Program and
UN-Habitat, and RI director. He has been a member or chair of several
committees, including International PolioPlus Committee, Drug Abuse
Prevention Task Force, and Audit Committee. Most recently, Owori
served as trustee of The Rotary Foundation, chair of Rotary Foundation's
Finance Committee, and a member of the Investment Committee. Owori
is a Benefactor of The Rotary Foundation, and he and his wife, Norah,
are Major Donors and Paul Harris Fellows.
The Nominating Committee members are Sudarshan Agarwal, Rotary Club
of Delhi, Delhi, India; Safak Alpay, Rotary Club of Istanbul-Sisli,
Turkey; Ronald L. Beaubien, Rotary Club of Coronado, California,
USA; John B. Boag, Rotary E-Club of District 9650, New South Wales,
Australia; Elio Cerini, Rotary Club of Milano Duomo, Italy; Luiz
Coelho de Oliveira, Rotary Club of Limeira-Leste, São Paulo,
Brazil; Frank N. Goldberg, Rotary Club of Omaha-Suburban, Nebraska,
USA; Kenneth W. Grabeau, Rotary Club of Nashua West, New Hampshire,
USA; Jackson S.L. Hsieh, Rotary Club of Taipei Sunrise, Taiwan;
Mark Daniel Maloney (chair), Rotary Club of Decatur, Alabama, USA;
Barry Matheson, Rotary Club of Jessheim, Norway; Kazuhiko Ozawa,
Rotary Club of Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Japan; Ekkehart Pandel, Rotary
Club of Bückeburg, Germany; Noraseth Pathmanand, Rotary Club
of Bang Rak, Thailand; Robert S. Scott, Rotary Club of Cobourg,
Ontario, Canada; John C. Smarge, Rotary Club of Naples, Florida,
USA; Michael F. Webb, Rotary Club of Mendip, Somerset, England.