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Christopher Ategeka
Christopher Ategeka Portrait 2019.png
BornJuly 10, 1984
ResidenceOakland, California, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of California at Berkeley (BS) in Mechanical Engineering
University of California at Berkeley (MS) in Mechanical Engineering
OccupationEntrepreneur, engineer, inventor, investor
Known forFounding UCOT Inc. and[1] Health Access Corps,[2] co-founder and co-inventor of Privail[3]

Christopher Ategeka (born July 10, 1984) is a serial entrepreneur, an engineer, and a technologist. He is the founder of UCOT a company addressing Unintended Consequences of technology. Before that, he founded Health Access Corps[2] and co-founded Privail.


A native of Fort Portal, Uganda, Ategeka graduated from Kitante Hill School, located in the country's capital Kampala. He is the founder of Health Access Corps Formerly Rides for Lives, created with a mission to combat the shortage of healthcare professionals in underserved areas in developing countries.

Ategeka is also the founder of UCOT, Inc., a center with a focus on creating solutions for the negative Unintended Consequences of Technology (UCOT).

His work has been profiled by YAHOO,[4] San Francisco Chronicle,[5] Fast Company, TED, NPR, Forbes,[6] BBC, and the United Nations.[7]

Ategeka has received many honors and awards for his work, including TED Fellow, Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and Forbes' 30under30 Social Entrepreneurs who are changing the world.[6]

He is an active proponent for STEM education, Entrepreneurship and innovation.

Personal life[edit]

Ategeka, the eldest of five children, was orphaned after losing both parents to HIV/AIDS. He became the head of the household and caretaker to his brothers and sisters at an early age.

His siblings were eventually disbursed to live with different relatives. Ategeka went to live with his uncle, whom he helped by acting as a human scarecrow to chase monkeys away from crops.

In his teens, Ategeka escaped to a non-profit orphanage, YES Uganda,[8] and was able to go to primary school. While he was there, he was sponsored by an American family who enrolled him in a private high school in Fort Portal, Uganda. Upon graduation, Ategeka moved to Oakland, California United States to live with them and attend community college before receiving a scholarship to University of California, Berkeley, where he received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He also completed an intensive executive program on Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century, at John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Ategeka currently lives in Oakland, California.

Awards and recognition[edit]

Year Award
2017 TED Fellow
2016 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader (Class of 2016)
2015 Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award
2015 Ashoka Fellow
2015 Cordes Fellow
2014 Forbes Magazine 30under30 Social Entrepreneurs in the World
2014 SET Africa Award (Social Entrepreneurs transforming Africa; USAID, MasterCard Foundation)
2014 United Nations Global Accelerator
2014 Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance fellow
2013 Echoing Green Fellow
2013 African Forum - 100 Innovations for Sustainable Development
2011 BIG IDEAS Winner, University of California Berkeley
2011 Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize, UC Berkeley


  1. ^ https://helloucot.com/
  2. ^ a b http://healthaccesscorps.org/
  3. ^ http://www.privaildx.com/
  4. ^ "From Homeless Orphan in Uganda to Forbes 30 under 30: The story of Chris Ategeka and his work". Smallbusiness.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2016-01-30.
  5. ^ Asimov, Nanette (2013-10-21). "Luck, smarts lead from Uganda to UC Berkeley". SFGate. Retrieved 2016-01-30.
  6. ^ a b "Christopher Ategeka, 29 - In Photos: 2014 30 Under 30: Social Entrepreneurs". Forbes. 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2016-01-30.
  7. ^ "Global Accelerator: Interview with Christopher Ategeka". YouTube. 2014-07-22. Retrieved 2016-01-30.
  8. ^ "Y.E.S. Uganda – Y.E.S. Uganda, a Christ Based Missions Outreach and Non-Government Organization". Caroladamsministry.com. Retrieved 2016-01-30.

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