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 doors."
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
Since becoming a member in 1978, Owori has served Rotary as regional
Rotary Foundation coordinator, regional RI membership coordinator, and
RI Representative to the United Nations Environment Program and
UN-Habitat. He has been a member or chair of several committees,
including the International PolioPlus Committee, the Drug Abuse
Prevention Task Force, and the Audit Committee. Most recently, Owori
served as trustee of The Rotary Foundation, chair of The 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.