Marketing Excellence Spotlight

Jackie Rukare Namara Chartered Marketer, FCIM

If you want to master the art of doing anything, learn from the best. Not just their best moments, but their challenges too. For Marketing in Uganda, one such gem is Jackie Namara Rukare.

She has sailed deep waters and has played at some of the biggest  Marketing stages.

In our April marketing spotlight, we take a closer look at the rare treasure Jackie is.


Jackie is one of the few Fellows and chartered marketers of Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK). A chartered Marketer is a status that recognizes purely outstanding marketers in the industry. This is currently accessible by members graded by CIM—the largest professional marketing body in the world.

Jackie has over 20 years of experience in strategy, marketing communications, customer experience, building and managing brands. That’s two decades of solid  business growth support, and a test of time.

Her career began in the mid-90s with a one-year cameo at Bank of Uganda. She later moved to Uniliver where she worked as a Brand Manager – Laundry and Personal Wash

She also served at Uganda Breweries Limited (UBL) as a brand Manager before being named the Group Brand Manager. Here, she worked for two years before moving to Airtel Uganda.

She later moved to work as the Head of marketing at Stanbic Bank Uganda, a position she held for nearly a decade. This is no mean feat.

Jackie later moved to Vodafone Uganda in the same capacity, where she worked for 2 years before they exited the Ugandan market. She still soared with outstanding delivery.

Entrepreneurship Marketing

With decades of experience, it was no surprise that Jackie decided to swim in the muddy waters of entrepreneurship, a step she took largely out of conviction rather than profit.

In 2011, she co-founded Sugar Cubes— a support group for children and families living with diabetes aiming to provide care, education and support through diabetes education and advocacy to enable children to grow up healthy, well-adjusted and productive adults.

Four years ago, Jackie consolidated her marketing prowess into a consulting firm—Iguru Consult Limited, an agency which serves to help business thrive through Strategy, Marketing and Communications.

Why Jackie Stands out

Well, away from the obvious two decades of rich experience, Jackie is working to ensure that her legacy lasts forever. She lectures graduate students at the prestigious Uganda Management Institute and MAT Abacus Business School on how to prioritize marketing for sustained business growth and development.

The soft-spoken mother has mentored close to 300 Marketing and Communications professionals and serves as a key member of the Uganda Marketers Society (UMS).

The vibrant Rotarian also stands tall among the many for her accomplished academic background, making her one of the few Fellows and Chartered Marketers in Uganda.

With  over two decades of excellence in the Marketing practice, academic qualifications, mentorship and coaching support, Jackie Namara Rukare is a living legend that’s ought to be celebrated.

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