Aliza Sumaya Balunywa has over Seven years of experience in legal research, legal policy drafting, legal consulting and advisory for Individuals, businesses, and organizations. Her areas of specialization include corporate law as well as litigation. Legal research and drafting where she ably contributes to social justice and legal issues.
Aliza also has keen interest in human rights which is in construed in her volunteering work and services. As a result of her enthusiasm in human rights and her belief that young people should be given opportunities to change, she contested for Youth Member of Parliament (Eastern Region) in the recently concluded Member of Parliament Elections 2021 so as to have a better platform to advocate for the rights of Youth.
Aliza holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (Law Development Centre) (2016) and a Bachelor of Laws Degree LLB (Uganda Christian University) (2014). In October 2017, she was admitted to Bar and thus an enrolled advocate in Uganda.
Public Policy Institute – (Jan – December 2023) contracted as Programmes officer with roles including but not limited to management of assigned projects related to research activities, work panning, overseeing program development, seeking grants and proposals, engaging in research and paper drafting as assigned.
Makerere University Business School– (Sept 2015– July 2020) Contracted as a Teaching Assistant wherein obligations included preparations and taking students through Business Law, Labour Laws, Law relating to Financial Institutions, Procurement and Supplies Laws, Medical ethics Law among others. Preparation of reading materials, supervision of research students, marking and setting of examinations.
Matovu, Kateregga & Co. Advocates – (February 2016 – October 2022) Legal Associate with the law firm in charge of Legal drafting and procedure, Legal Research, interviewing clients, Contract Drafting Legal Advisory services such as writing legal opinions, Registering Companies, doing Searches at Company Registries, Drafting sale agreements, mortgage agreements, lease agreements a pursuing mediation and out of court settlements. Handling Insurance related contracts, family law and maintenance dealings. Dealings in Land, Analyzing and critiquing Contract drafting and litigation.
Balunywa Foundation – (Jan 2017 – To date) Volunteer and Member: participating in community empowerment of Women, part time teaching to the younger ones, training and capacity building of the youth. purchasing and finding market for items made by the women, taking part in cultural plays teaching women. Lobbying for the recognition of the foundation in other stake holdings.
asimbazi & Co. Advocates - (January 2017 – June 2019) Legal Research Advocacy In-Charge of doing legal research on laws and policy amendments, handling legal clientele of the firm, providing legal advisory services to stakeholders in charge of law making and drafting.
Center for Health, Human Rights and Development - (Oct 2015 – Jan 2016) Volunteer in the department of Research and Advocacy. In charge of research on issues pertaining women and their health and advocating for their rights. Participated in dialogues on procurement of safe abortion rights, maternal health, Mapping of women groups in different areas of the country, drawing road maps and work plans for various groups on way forward for their empowerment among others.