By Our Reporter
Etihad Airways and Sanyu FM have rewarded Dr. Jennifer Sempala, a senior research scientist at Uganda Virus Research Institute, Entebbe, with two business class air tickets to Abu Dhabi, the capital of United Arab Emirates, for being Uganda’s best boss.
This follows her nomination by her colleague, Christopher Kintu, during the nationwide Etihad Airways- Sanyu FM ‘Boss out of Town’ radio competition which ended on 28th April.
Now in its eighth year, the competition is aimed at identifying the country’s less known, but deserving leaders through nominations forwarded by their staff.
The competition kicked off in April on Sanyu FM, with listeners from across the country being invited to nominate their bosses by listing their most important management qualities and why they thought they deserved to win.
During the campaign, over 200 nominations were forwarded to Sanyu FM and read out on air, with the most deserving entries being put forward into a final draw.
Dr. Sempala won two complimentary return tickets to Abu Dhabi in Etihad Airways’ award-winning Business Class cabin, plus three nights’ accommodation at one of the city’s leading hotels and free entry to the Ferrari World and Yas Waterworld theme parks.
On being presented with her tickets, Dr Sempala said, “I was honored to hear that my colleagues had nominated me in this competition and cannot believe that I will now be flying off to Abu Dhabi for a holiday. I have always been a firm believer that our people are our most important asset and I work closely with my colleagues to ensure they are clear about what their roles are and what we are trying to achieve. I also make sure that I listen to their views and recognize those that show commitment and use their initiative when the opportunity allows.”
Suzanne Nyachwo, Etihad Airways’ Account Manager said, “Etihad Airways is delighted to again be collaborating with Sanyu FM in the ‘Boss out of Town’ competition which aims to recognize the people that make a difference in the leadership game. We congratulate Dr. Sempala upon winning the competition and look forward to welcoming her aboard our flight to Abu Dhabi. She and the person she chooses to travel with will have a remarkable experience touring the UAE.”
Aziz Mukasa, Sanyu FM Programs Director said, “We are delighted that the winner comes from the field of medical research and it goes without saying that she is the coolest boss in town.”
Nyambura is a senior journalist based in Kampala