Mathias “Kiwi” Kiwanuka
VP Global Health Initiatives & Programs
Mathias “Kiwi” Kiwanuka is widely known for being a two-time Super Bowl champion with the New York Football Giants. As the team’s first round draft pick in 2006, he played his entire NFL career in the Big Apple.
Before making his mark as the only player to start at six different positions in the NFL, he filled Boston College’s football record books as a two-time captain. The former Big-East Defensive Player of the year and ACC Preseason Player of the year was instrumental in the revival of the school’s athletic department. Alongside his high school teammate, Jeremy Trueblood, the pair garnered respect and admiration from the city of Boston, much as they did in their hometown of Indianapolis, Indiana, where they were part of one of the winningest programs in state history.
Kiwi’s incredibly successful athletic journey begins stateside, yet the coat of arms symbol tattooed on his back represents his connection to his Ugandan roots, “The Pearl Of Africa”. Mathias’ grandfather and Uganda’s first prime minister, Benedicto Kiwanuka, (as depicted in the beginning of the film “The last king of Scotland”), was assassinated by the cowardly Idi Amin Dada. Benedicto was a man who stood on principle, led by example, and died by choice in order to create a legacy that all of his grandchildren, like Kiwi, strive to live up to.
Kiwanuka the captain, turned champion, then turned father and businessman. He is now an increasingly successful businessman and marked philanthropist. His philanthropic scope includes contributions to organizations such as Treat The Pain, The Water Trust, and countless others. He is now a proud board member of the Smile Train, which boasts a 300+ million-dollar endowment, founded by Charles Wang.
The first generation, beloved child of Uganda recently divested from the wine industry and has joined forces with Dr. Lomax, Jason Mills, Sean Smikle, Ryan Crowe, and other leaders in their respective industries to lead the way towards Total Health Optimization. As Vice President of Global Health Initiatives & Programs, the charismatic father of two continues to pave the way by building partnerships, engaging foreign governments, and creating unique opportunities, echoing his namesake, and maternal grandfather Mathias Kkande, whom he named his facility after at St. Josephs School in Konge, Mpigi.
Mathias’ post football pathway took him through ESPN, and MSG Television. Where he co-hosted “Odds with Ends” and was crowned as the picks leader during its inaugural season on air. He also remains a key contributor to and was an instrumental component of the formation and development of NFL Africa, with his teammate Osi Umenyioria. His other teammates, classmates and notable friends include Michael Strahan, Justin Tuck, Antonio Pierce, Matt Ryan, Eli Manning, Gosder Cherilus, Cynthia Frelund, Jazzmen Williams, Kawika Mitchell, Horace Dodd, Taylor Sele, Will Blacmon, Lege Douzable, Matt Hasselback, Josh Ott, Barry Coefield, Jason Piere Paul, Chris Snee, Jason Bell, Tom Condon, Ryan Day, Al Washington, Ryan Poles, Steve Spagnolo, Tom Caughlin, Jared Dudley, Ryan Clark, David Tyree, Tiki Barber, Jeremy Shockey, Corey Webster, Aaron Ross & Sonya Richards Ross, Osahon Tongo, Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Mark Herzlich, and many more.
Never one to shy away from a challenge, Mathias spends his downtime imparting lessons and telling “hilarious” jokes to his two beloved children. Annabelle and Mathias “Milo” Kiwanuka accompany him in nearly all his recreational activities, except when he indulges in his collection of BMW & Honda motorcycles. He's an enthusiastic rider, passionate about various extreme sports. Kiwanuka has an affinity for helping underserviced healthcare systems, especially those in our most “Resource Rich” or as the western world refers to them “Third World” countries.
Ultimaxx Health is honored to have him.