Jean Sseninde, 26, Uganda, Footballer & CEO
Jean Namayega Sseninde is a Ugandan soccer player, who plays for the Queens Park Rangers W.F.C. in the FA Women’s National League South in England and for the Ugandan National women’s football team. After she completed her A-Level education, she was advised by the head coach of the Uganda women’s national soccer team to join a professional football club in England.
She has played for London Phoenix Ladies FC, Charlton Athletic Women’s Football Club in addition to Queens Park Rangers Ladies Football Club. Last year, she won an award for her philanthropic work with regards to the Jean Sseninde Foundation (which she founded to sponsor the annual Jean Sseninde Women Football Development Tournament, aimed at discovering and mentoring female soccer talent in Uganda) at the Best of Africa Awards event which was held at the Rosewood in London. She is also the founder and CEO of the Sseninde Women’s Development Cup.
Sseninde is also the first African and only female player from the continent to join the Common Goal initiative, an organization whose members pledge to give away at least 1% of their annual salary to charity.