Welcome to the First-Annual Global Churchill Leaders Roundtable Discussion Series

From the Secretary of the Churchill Institution of East Africa and Chief Organizer of the Global Roundtable Leadership Discussion Series 2021

On July 4, 2021, the Churchill Institution of East Africa will celebrate its fourth anniversary. What began as a small-sized traveling exhibition and special event service in late 2015, evolved into a registered independent trust in 2017, and has since since blossomed into one of the most important tourism stakeholders in the East African Community.  The Churchill Institution is a proud member of the international Churchill community. We are devoted to celebrating the distinguished career and extraordinary legacy of The Rt Hon Sir Winston S. Churchill.

Over the course of the past four years, we have strived to support fully a new global platform in collaboration with kindred institutions. In 2020, with our colleagues at America's National Churchill Museum, Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri USA, we have started to explore through shared scholarship resources, research support, and digital media programs the potential of a truly global outreach.

We remain committed to fostering greater diversity and equity amongst our constituents, as well as to facilitating greater accessibility to all of our programs.

As a steward and ambassador of cultural connections, the Churchill Institution's work helps to build bridges of mutual respect and understanding and presents diversity of the world cultures and the joy of creativity with accuracy, insight, and reverence.

Established under the name of Sir Winston Churchill, who traveled to Uganda in 1907 as one of Uganda's early tourists, the Churchill Institution is now developing our national and African identity and shared heritage which is rooted in exploration, innovation, and our own unique African style. That process is informed by our past and continues today even as we look to the future.

Thank you for participating in Global Churchill Leadership Roundtable annual discussion series.

We are very appreciative of your flexibility, patience, and understanding as we have worked through the many challenges of planning and implementing an entirely online event of this kind. While we recognize the important of face-to-face meetings, we maintain that the health and safety of our participants must come first. At the same time, we are engaged and excited about the ways in which technology can bring us together.

This year, participants at the Churchill Institution will have opportunities to interact with fellow participants through networking sessions and social events. In the virtual world, we are very grateful to our colleagues at the America's National Churchill Museum for volunteering to share their online outreach with us. This engagement will be organized annually (every last Friday and Saturday in April) to bring leaders from leading Churchill organizations and other like-minded institutions as well as individuals to discuss leadership and other important world issues.

Please be sure to keep in mind, as you look through the schedule, that all times are listed in East African standard time and please be sure to adjust your schedule accordingly. If you are unable to attend a session at its scheduled time, no worries. Sessions will be recorded and available for viewing on-demand soon after the original webinar. The annual Roundtable discussion series will remain a crucial opportunity for strengthening our core values while serving the international Churchill community.

The GCLR 2021 Virtual Annual Roundtable brings together the many gifts and perspectives of participants. Together, our unique backgrounds and contributions form the core of our strength as a global (Churchillian) community.

Thank you for being a part of history and have fun!


Ashadhu Ingram Ssenkubuge, Secretary, Churchill Institution


Access & Registration

This program is free and open to the public but registration is required. Registration will remain open throughout the event.


Please note that all times are in East African Time (EAT), click on each time range to view your local time.

Q&A will be available for each session via live text chat both during and after the session broadcast. "Hallway Conversations" chats will be available for 15 minutes immediately following each session.

Friday, April 30

4:00 pm-4:30 pm (EAT) Welcoming remarks by Ashadhu Ingram Ssenkubuge, Secretary of the Churchill Institution of East Africa (CI) and the acting Director of the Winston Churchill Center for Heritage, Culture and Museum Studies, Mutessa I Royal University (MRU) in Kampala, Uganda

Founding stories of the Churchill Institution of East Africa and America's National Churchill Museum by Ashadhu Ingram Ssenkubuge and Timothy Riley

4:30 pm-6:20 pm (EAT) Session One – Museums in 2021 and Beyond: The Future of Our Past
Chair: Timothy Riley, Sandra L. and Monroe E. Trout Director and Chief Curator, America's National Churchill Museum at Westminster College, Missouri, USA 
Dr. Melanie Adams, Director, Anacostia Community Museum, Washington DC, USA 
Allen Packwood OBE, Director Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge, UK

6:25 pm-7:00 pm (EAT) Session Two – Issues of Global Security: "Are we all in this together?"
Co-Chairs: Timothy Riley and Ashadhu Ingram Ssenkubge
Byron S. Bagby, U.S. Army Major General (Retired), USA

Saturday, May 1

4:00 pm-4:15 pm (EAT) Welcoming remarks by Ashadhu Ingram Ssenkubuge, Secretary CI and the acting Director of the Winston Churchill Center for Heritage, Culture and Museum Studies at MRU

4:15-6:20pm (EAT) Session One – Leadership: Learning From Others
Co-Chairs: Ashadhu Ingram Ssenkubuge and Timothy Riley
Leadership: Learning from Others (session overview) – Elisebeth Checkel, President, Rt. Hon. Sir Winston Churchill Society of Edmonton, Canada
The Other Club in Auckland: Interesting Story of the Churchill Dining Club New Zealand – Gary Russell, Representative, Churchill Society of New Zealand
Educational Churchill: The Churchill Society of Edmonton – Robert Chaffee, Executive Secretary, The Rt. Hon. Sir Winston Churchill Society of Edmonton, Canada

6:25 pm-7:00 pm (EAT) Session Two – Lessons in Leadership from Churchill for Today's Challenges
A keynote address from U.S. Navy Vice Admiral (Retired) Michael T. Franken followed by a Q&A Session.

Meet the Speakers

“Leave the past to history especially as I propose to write that history myself.”

Winston S. Churchill