President-elect of Rotary International, Samuel Frobisher Owori, has passed on in a hospital in the USA while undergoing an operation.

 

Samuel Frobisher Owori was scheduled to be the first Ugandan to lead Rotary International, a humanitarian service organisation that unites leaders committed to improving lives and bringing positive, lasting change to communities around the world.

 

He died on Thursday in Dallas, Texas in the United States while undergoing surgery on his leg.

 

In October 2016, Owori was confirmed president-nominee of Rotary International – a humanitarian service organization that unites leaders committed to improving lives and bringing positive, lasting change to communities around the world.

 

As a member of the Rotary Club Kampala, Uganda for 38 years, Owori said Rotary had become a way of life for him – with the intrinsic value and core belief in mutual responsibility and concern for one another as a cornerstone.

 

During his one-year term as Rotary’s 108th president beginning on 1 July 2018, Owori was to focus on building membership worldwide and increasing visibility and understanding of Rotary.

 

He played an instrumental role in growing the number of clubs in Uganda from nine to 89 over the course of 29 years.

 

As president, Owori was scheduled to oversee Rotary’s top humanitarian goal of eradicating the paralysing disease polio.

 

Owori was the 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 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 Business School.