Badagawa is said to have died this morning at Mulago national referral hospital where he had been undergoing treatment for some days
“The Board, Management and Staff of the Private Sector Foundation of Uganda (PSFU), with deep sorrow regret to announce the untimely death of their executive director, Mr Gideon Badagawa, who passed away this morning Monday, June 21st, 2021, in Mulago Hospital,” Dr Elly Karuhanga, PSFU board chairman said in a statement issued Monday morning.
Mr Karuhanga further revealed that Badagawa’s wife Ms Susan Birungi Badagawa has also been battling for her life alongside her husband in hospital and only last week lost her father to Covid 19.
Badagawa, 54 was born in Muyiira village in Nambale Sub -County, Iganga District, to Mr and Ms Isabirye Badagawa, his father is a retired Grade II Magistrate.
Badagawa was the fourth child in a family of 12 and a Statistician by training. He went to school at Busoga College Mwiri, Makerere College School and later joined Makerere University in 1988 for his first degree in Statistics.
Before rejoining PSFU in January 2010, Badagawa was Executive Director of the Uganda Manufacturers Association and he had previously worked with PSFU for 9 years as Director, Policy Analysis and Advocacy.
Prior to these assignments he had taught at the Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics, Makerere University since 1991 in the fields of Economic Policy, Development planning and Applied Statistics. He also supervised research at the postgraduate level.
Mr Badagawa was Chair of the Taskforce that designed the 5-year National Competitiveness Strategy 2011-2015. He also Chaired the Taskforce that designed the implementation of the Business, Technical, Vocational education and Training (BTVET) Strategy.
Mr Badagawa has been part of various Boards including the National Planning Authority (NPA) Board, the Uganda Energy Credit Capitalisation Company Ltd (UECCCL) Board, the Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC) Expanded Board (on Policy Research), and Chaired the Steering Committee for the Uganda Country Capacity Building programme (UCCBP). Mr Badagawa has also recently been appointed to the NEMA Board.
Mr Badagawa had a Masters’s Degree in Development Economics from the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague Netherlands (1995), as well as a Graduate Diploma in Environmental Management from the Maastricht School of Management in the Netherlands (1998).
Mr Badagawa has received various awards including the Advanced Leadership Merit Award for Private Sector Development from the Institute of Advanced Leadership and has also been recognized under the Pearl of Africa Lifetime Achievers Awards.