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About ears
EARS – EAST AFRICA RADIO SERVICE – is a unique sales representation of radio stations across Uganda.

EARS is a radio sales representation founded in 2019 in Uganda. It was initiated by the Uganda Radio Network (URN), Media in Cooperation and Transition (MiCT), Germany’s biggest Media NGO, and Florian Ruckert, a former CEO of RMS, Europe’s largest radio sales representation.

The initiative was funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to strengthen independent radios in East Africa.

We are committed to a fair, honest and transparent business policy.

EARS VISION
High quality journalism and access to trusted information needs a financing model. Our aim is that radio stations operate self-sufficient. EARS supports local radio stations with marketing services to enhance their commercial success for reinvestment in independent, high quality journalism.

Advertisers and media consumers will both profit from trusted and improved quality content. EARS is using the power of business as a force for good
Team
Edwin Kwesiga
Managing Director
Edwin brings on board over 10 years of senior management experience having worked with ENGIE Energy Access (Fenix International) as Commercial Director, MTN and MMI Group Joint Venture, aYo Uganda as Chief Executive Officer and Head of Marketing at CIPLA Quality Chemical Industries.
Douglas Mutumba
Director and Head of Publisher Management and Inventory
Douglas is the General Manager and Head of the Publisher Management at ears. Previously he was the head of Radio-Partners at URN, Ugandas largest radio news agency.
Klaas Glenewinkel
Director
Klaas is one of the founders of ears. He has 15 years experience in media development in Asia the Middle East and Africa as the head of MiCT, a German Media NGO.
Sheila Agaba
Business Development Manager
Sheila has over 10 years experience in Business Development and Sales, in the Financial sector, Advertising/Media and Management consultancy.
Andreas Ssemakula
Business Development Manager
Andreas has a strong sales background in both Media and Banking for over 12 years. Before he joined ears he was working at the Nation Media Group as a Business Development Manager.
Roberta Kusiima
Publisher Management Assistant
Roberta works in the publisher management department closely with our radio station partners. She was previously working as an Information Systems Support Associate at Rainbow Connection LTD.
Doreen Naturinda
Traffic Manager
Doreen is ears´ Traffic Manager. She also worked as an IT Support Officer at Step FM and Opengate FM. Before joining the ears team she was responsible for Traffic at Step FM.
Advisors
Tim Kollmann
Strategy Advisor
Tim was the CEO of RADP (Ringier Africa Digital Publishing) Africa’s leading digital media group with offices in Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, and Senegal and with 350 employees serving an audience of 150+ million organic consumers. He is currently the Head of Digital Sports Media at Ringier AG.
Florian Ruckert
Advisor
Florian worked previously at RMS as the CEO. RMS is the leading radio marketer in Germany.
Alexander Sempf
Advisor
Alexander worked previously at RMS as the CSO responsible for sales. RMS is the leading radio marketer in Germany.
Samuel Gummah
Partner
Samuel is one of the ears founders and the director of the Uganda Radio Network, the largest news agency for radios in Uganda with more than 200 clients since 2004.
Martin Michel
Advisor
Until recently Martin was the CEO of Sky Media Germany, the sales house of SKY TV with 40 TV channels in Germany.
Christel Orth
Advisor
Christel is a media and communication specialist and supports EARS as a consultant. She has worked for Media Agencies e.g. Initiative Media (IPG-Interpublic Group of Companies) and Dentsu Aegis Network as well for international clients e.g. Johnson & Johnson and Coca-Cola.
Jutta Gottschalk
Advisor
Jutta is senior media expert and change manager and has worked in several projects regarding the digital transformation of media. Until recently she was the head of Media & Campaign Management at RMS – Radio Marketing Services, Germany.