- PROFESSION: Lydia Mutende is a lawyer.
She served as a member of the East African Legislative Assembly from 2001-2012, and rose to become the chairperson of the Uganda chapter.
After the departure of Mahamat Saleh Annadif, the former Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission for Somalia, Ms Mutende is set to head the African Union Mission in Somalia until a replacement is found.
- EDUCATION: Ms Mutende, holds an LLB Honours degree from Makerere University and masters degree in gender and women studies from the same university. She has also concluded a dissertation leading to the award of a masters degree in human rights.
She has had post-graduate training in media relations, information and management at the John Hopkins University in Baltimore Maryland in the US.
She has also had post-graduate training in information, education and communication and mass communication from Pretoria University in South Africa.