Product Development Team

VP Product Development

Richard Madanda graduated with a BSC. (hons) in Electrical Engineering from Makerere University. He has a masters degree in Embedded Systems and a Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovations Management from Eindhoven University of Technology in Netherlands. He has also trained and worked with several industrial and research establishments in Uganda and abroad including Nile Breweries, Spear Motors, Solar Application Labs, and Philips Research. Richard has worked with the Kiira Motors Project from its inception in 2007. He was recruited into the ranks of the then Vision 200, a student led Initiative spearheaded by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as an Undergraduate student researcher working on power electronics. He has since worked on all projects right from the Kiira EV PoC, Kiira EV SMACK hybrid, Kayoola Solar bus mainly engaged in the power train design and offering leadership support at different levels. He has mentored and offered guidance to new KMC recruits over the years. Richard has also engaged in instruction in Engineering Mathematics in the sub-department of engineering Mathematics at Makerere University, College of Engineering, Design Art and Technology. He brings vast experience and knowledge in the areas of Model Based design and Mathematical optimizations mainly focused on Vehicle Power trains and Power electronics. Apart from his research as innovation interests at KMC, he is engaged in other entrepreneur undertakings. He is a founding member and director at Kisaali Foods (U), a company engaged in processing and packaging of food products and co-founder of Power-Corp Energy Solutions.

Electrical Manager

Fred is a graduate of MSC. In Engineering Management from Kettering University USA, BSc. in Electrical Engineering graduate from Makerere University. He played key lead roles in the development of the electric Powertrain and electrical systems architectures for KIIRA Motor’s 3 Concept Cars namely; KIIRA EV, KIIRA EV SMACK and the Kayoola Solar Bus. Currently he is the Electrical Manager at KIIRA Motors Corporation. While working at the KIIRA Motors Project, he attained vast experience in automotive Electric & Electronic Systems design, implementation, Systems validation, Technical Paper writing and Project Management. Having worked one a series of Automotive Projects right from his final year project in engineering school, he has gained skills in business mapping, translating established requirements to functional specifications and implementations for custom designs. Fred’s career interests in the Engineering field include; Automotive manufacturing technologies, Urban Electric Transportation Technologies, Energy, Industry Automation and Electronic Control Systems. Fred enjoys serving the Lord in various ways using the skills and talents He has granted him among which is making music. He leads a worship team known as Shekinah Worship Team and leads the congregation in Praise and Worship in various services at his Local church- Glory of Christ Church, Kampala. He is part of the executive committee that runs Glory Savings and Credit Co-operative.

Vehicle Integration Manager

Pauline is an Electronics Engineer with a particular interest in control systems development. She has been part of the project since 2011 with nearly five years’ experience developing and testing vehicle control units. She renders her skills of requirements and design analysis, programming and technical documentation at all stages of fully fledged projects. Her passion is to help projects realize robust control systems and perform component integration in the shortest time possible. Interesting, her dynamic approach to life has seen her write a book and other literary pieces.

Exterior Design Manager

I love what I do at KMC because it’s the simplest thing to do every day I wake up in the morning. It doesn’t mean that there are no challenges it just means I am not moved by challenges around me because of the revelation I carry in my life. It’s is not what I can do it’s what the Lord is doing in me and that’s what really matters. I am a success because I find it simple to become and the fact that I don’t have any other choice in life.

Interior Designer

Nagginda Brenda Ruth, a Bachelor in Architecture Graduate from Makerere University, has aspired to join the evolution and development of the Ugandan Automotive Industry for the generations to come through to creating automotive designs for Ugandan customers using clean energy technology, with a blend of the Uganda’s cultural and historical wealth, its traditions and heritage expressed in shapes, forms, values and materials, while fulfilling National aspirations of positive growth and development.

Nagginda Brenda Ruth, at KMC, started out in the Industrial Design Department (2014-2015) as an Assistant Industrial Design Researcher under which she developed an Automotive Seat catering to the comfort during Pregnancy & for Plus Size while driving, contributed to design development of the Kiira EV SMACK interior design among other concepts. The following year 2015-16 she advanced to becoming an Industrial Designer Researcher contributing to development of the Kayoola Solar Bus interior design concept. Later in 2016-date, she is an Automotive Interior Designer under the department of Product Development where she is working on various ongoing concepts to be unveiled by Kiira Motors Corporation in future. In 2017, Brenda pursued and received certification in Automotive Industrial Supply Chain Management and IT systems awarded by the Automotive Training Academy (ATA) South Africa to advance well rounded designer that is sensitive to the overall Automotive industry and technologies in the African Market today and tomorrow.

Nagginda Brenda Ruth aspires to have profound impact in Automotive and transportation Design for production and foster Girl’s participation in innovation coherent with the Automotive &Technology Design Field that would go a long way in providing a podium to aiding future design and technology that can be used not only in automotive applications but also Ugandans’ day to day lives.

EE Systems Engineer

As an aspiring leader and enterpriser in the Ugandan automotive space, Enock is enthused by automotive engineering and lean organizational principles. Enock has acquired expertise and accumulated experience in drivetrain and vehicle electronics systems requirements analysis, design and applied integration. He has actively been part of the team that has developed Africa’s first series hybrid electric vehicle – the KIIRA HEV SMACK and Africa’s first solar powered bus – the KAYOOLA Solar Bus. Enock currently holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Makerere University and a master’s degree in Lean Manufacturing.

Enock has been trained in automotive industry procurement and supply chain management (SCM), logistics, situational leadership, distribution strategies, customer relationship management (CRM), dealership management, human resource management, quality assurance and reliability, information technology systems and lean manufacturing & assembly best practices at the Automotive Training Academy (ATA), South Africa. Enock upholds Godly principles and professionalism is at the heart of everything he set out to accomplish.

Manufacturing Engineer

Henry Kato is a graduate of BSc. Mechanical Engineering from Makerere University Kampala, with experience in mechanical systems design, installation, and maintenance, currently working with Kiira Motors Corporation as the Manufacturing Engineer. He has previously worked as a mechanical systems engineer with Luwero Industries Limited mainly undertaking research into modern techniques of production and manufacturing specifically in CNC production machine tools, robotics systems and computer vision, as mechanical engineer at Crown Beverages Limited charged with operations and maintenance of beverage plant machinery, and with Air Uganda as an engineering and maintenance planner particularly in Engines and Avionic Systems. Henry has developed experience in engineering particularly in research, design, and manufacturing. To this end, he has worked on a number of engineering projects including the Design and Construction of a Mini-CNC Milling machine, Design and Construction of an Aircraft maintenance engine stand for Air Uganda, a web based Maintenance Management System for Kalerwe Auto Diagnostics Workshop, and the purification and re-use of bottle washer final rinse water project at Crown Beverages Limited. Currently Henry is working on the development of “Shepherd”, an eLearning software application for Science Media Limited that will be used as a teaching aid for Science Subjects in Secondary Schools.

Powertrain Systems Engineer

Dennis Kibalama holds an MS. Electrical and Computer Engineering from The Ohio State University (OSU) and a BS. Electrical Engineering from Makerere University. He was an integral part in the Powertrain controls software development and vehicle electrical systems design, implementation and validation for the Kiira EV SMACK. Dennis was the electric propulsion team lead on the OSU EcoCAR3 team for 2 years and contributed immensely to their 1st place finishes in Years 2 and 3 of the competition. Currently, he is the Powertrain Systems Engineer leveraging the skills learnt both from the OSU EcoCAR 3 team and the Kiira Motors Project.

He has attained myriad of skills related to model based approach to systems design and control systems, systems engineering, electric machine control, hybrid operating strategies, energy storage systems design, implementation and validation ,vehicle and component level testing and calibration, technical paper writing and working with cross-functional teams. Dennis’ engineering interests are aligned with hybrid operating control strategies, energy management control strategies, electric machine control and validation and the emerging area of vehicle autonomy and driver assistance systems. Dennis’ hobbies include reading, TV shows, football and working out.

He is passionate about innovation outside the realm of the automotive field and is keen on utilizing his engineering acumen to foster and contribute to innovation.

Interior Engineer

Thatcher is a Graduate Architect from Makerere University passionate about sustainable design and architecture and its role in enriching people’s lives. She has, since her graduation, chased this passion at Kiira Motors Corporation by participating in the research and design of elegant, clean technology vehicles that respond to the needs of their users by infusing the cultures and values of Ugandans and the ethos of Uganda’s material landscape.

In 2014 Thatcher, joined the KMC family as a researcher, during which time she designed the KMC Master plan and Testing Track Facilities. Between 2015 and 2016, Thatcher designed the Interior of the Kayoola Solar Bus; was project manager and design lead of the Kiira Crossover Concept Vehicle; led the research and development for the Framework of the Uganda Automotive Industry Development Policy and has since honed her architectural design skills by scheming the KMC Site Master Plan, Vehicle Pant and Support Facilities in Jinja. The success of these projects allowed her to pursue an internship at Ford Motor Company and RLE International in Michigan, USA where she refined her understanding and was awarded a Certificate in Automotive Product Development & Manufacturing.

Her hunger for design, green technology and sustainability led her to pursue a Masters’ degree in Integrated Product Design at Brunel University London, UK in 2017 where she became fluent in Design Thinking, Sustainable Design, Human Factors, Product-Service Systems and Design Management. She is currently the Interior Designer in the Product Development Department at Kiira Motors Corporation.

This Self-motivation and drive have also encouraged her as a co-founder and designer at Studio Manyatta, a Ugandan company focussing on Architecture and Product Design and whose philosophy is to use people’s Origins and Culture to promote sustainable design. Collecting inspiration from her passion for green technology, architecture, art & fashion, travel and nature; Thatcher aims to create thrilling and sustainable designs that are responsive to the needs, cultures and identity of people.

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