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A Ugandan physician, academician, medical researcher and medical administrator. He is a Fellow of UNAS – FUNAS, and also an external affiliate of Institute of Medicine, USA. Currently he is the President of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences (UNAS); Professor of Medicine and Principal, Makerere University College of Health Sciences. In the early 1980s, Prof. Sewankambo was one of the earliest physicians in Uganda to recognize the new disease that caused patients to lose weight and "slim" down to abnormal chachectic sizes. The new disease, at first called Slim Disease, became known as HIV/AIDS. He has been at the forefront on the research about the disease, specializing in HIV clinical drug trials. He has devoted his last 15 years of professional life to the advancement of medical education, research, and capacity development. He is the Coordinator of the Infectious Disease Research Collaboration (IDRC) funded International Chairs Initiative that focuses on the evaluation of knowledge translations platforms. He is the Regional Coordinator of Supporting Use of Research Evidence for Policy (SURE Project), which aims to promote the use of evidence in health policy decisions. Prof. Sewankambo also initiated a successful research capacity building consortium involving seven African institutions (4 universities and 3 research institutes) and two universities in the UK. He is providing leadership for an Africa-wide initiative for Strengthening Research Capacity in Africa (ISHReCA). In 2010, with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding, he spearheaded the start of a national Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) consortium of Uganda Universities to jointly address the country’s health professional education needs. He has participated in a number of key global health initiatives and committees for example he is a member of the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER) Board.

Is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Agricultural Production at Makerere University, Uganda, with expertise in plant breeding, genetics, plant tissue and cell culture, biosafety/biosecurity/biopolicy and genomics. He is credited with a book publication and many journal papers. Professor Rubaihayo has been awarded several meritorious awards and belongs to several scientific societies. He is a Fellow, Vice President and chair of Research and Publication committee of Uganda National Academy of Sciences. He has PhD from University of Illinois and an honorary Doctor of Science from University of Helsinki. He is widely travelled and has researched on a number of crops including: grain legumes, bananas, tomatoes, potatoes, maize, and sorghum. Professor Rubaihayo progressed through the ranks from Lecturer to Associate Professor in the Department of Crop Science, Makerere University between 1971 and 1976. Between 1981 and 1985, he was a Member of the Ugandan Parliament and Minister of State for Agriculture and Forestry. In late 1985, he rejoined the University and spent one and half years at Ohio State University from1989 to mid 1990 where he picked up knowledge in molecular biology, tissue and cell culture. On his return he helped to amend the Department of Crop Science curriculum to include Molecular biology and tissue culture which saw the beginning of Biotechnology research in the country and region. Professor Rubaihayo was instrumental in starting Biotechnology research in East Africa. He was the Chairperson on the committee that set up the ASARECA Biotechnology Program. He initiated the Biotechnology studies in Agriculture at Makerere University at the beginning of the 1990s. This initiative quickly spread to the region of East Africa. He was a member of the steering committee that set up and run the BIO-EARN supported by SEI which trained today’s prominent biotechnologists in the country. Between 1990 and 1994 he coordinated National Banana-Based Cropping Systems Research Programme. He has also Coordinated National Pigeon pea and Tomato Improvement Programmes in Uganda. Professor Rubaihayo was appointed Emeritus Professor in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences on retirement. Professor Rubaihayo still supervises Masters and PhD students. Recently in 2012 Professor Rubaihayo was called upon by his department to coordinate the regional PhD programme. Professor Rubaihayo recently won an intra- ACP mobility project worth 2.6 million Euros involving ten Universities in Africa, 20 PhD students, and 43 Msc Students in Crop Science and 10 Administrative staff are involved in this training.

PROF. EDWARD K. KIRUMIRA, FUNAS, B.A. (Mak), MA (Exeter), PhD (Copenhagen/Harvard)
Trained at Makerere University, Exeter University (U.K.), the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the UK and the University of Copenhagen in Denmark in collaboration with Harvard University, USA. Prof. Kirumira specialized in Population and Reproductive Health with extensive research work in HIV/AIDS, emergent diseases and international health issues, Family relationships, health seeking behaviour, poverty and rural development studies. He is also a visiting senior researcher to a number of European and African Universities. He is the Treasurer, Uganda National Academy of Sciences (UNAS), UNAS Fellow and Council member, Chairperson of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences Forum on Health and Nutrition. He is the Principal, College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Makerere University and a Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology. He was the Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences since 2003 for eight years and before that was the Head of the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, for five years. Prof. Kirumira chairs the Resource Mobilization and Planning Committee of Uganda Central coordinating mechanism for the Global Fund for HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria country program and has offered technical advisory role to national, regional and international bodies. His interest is in population and reproductive health, with over 15 years of HIV/AIDS research and programming. Other areas include programme development, monitoring and impact evaluation.

PROF. JUSTIN EPELU-OPIO, FUNAS, BVM, M.Sc., University of Nairobi, PhD. Makerere University
A Professor of Anatomy, is a holder of BVM/ B.V.Sc., and M.Sc (veterinary anatomy) from University of Nairobi, and PhD from Makerere University. He also obtained a certificate in animal reproduction from the College of Veterinary Medicine, Uppsala University, Sweden. He is a DAAD (Germany) scholar and awarded a fellowship from International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for a training course on the use of nuclear techniques in animal reproduction in Sweden. He is a Fellow and the first Secretary General of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences (UNAS), and fellow of the African Scientific Institute (ASI). Prof. Justin Epelu-Opio is the Secretary General, Uganda National Academy of Sciences, a Professor of Veterinary Anatomy, College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity, Makerere University and was a long serving Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the same institution from 1993-2004. He was a pioneer chairman of the Presidential Commission for Teso, a commission that contributed to the pacification of Teso sub-region, the area engulfed by the insurgency of late 1980s and early 1990s and hence he is a peace-maker and good in conflict resolution. He has been chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Joint Clinical Research Centre, a body mandated to conduct research and treat HIV/ AIDS cases, from 1998-to date. He was, for over 13 years, Vice-chairman of the Board of Management of the Economic Policy Research Centre located at the main campus of Makerere University. He has also served as a director/ chairman in several organizations, among others; Uganda Veterans Assistance Board, an organization charged with the demobilization and re-integration of army veterans, Uganda Fisheries Limited and Board of Uganda-Hotels. Prof. Epelu-Opio worked as a senior scientific officer with the Animal Productivity Unit of the National Research Council in Lusaka, Zambia (1977/82) and has been lecturing at Makerere University since early 1973; He also served as Deputy Vice Chancellor of Makerere University for almost eleven consecutive years. He was instrumental in the “Keep Makerere Clean project and ridding off insecurity on campus. Their administration brought many changes at the University for example increasing access to University to many Ugandans by expanding private programmes to mention but a few. He has written a book entitled Teso War 1986-1992: Causes and Consequences and published many articles in refereed journals, as well as presenting numerous papers in conferences/workshops and seminars. His research interests are centred on the urogenital system, especially reproductive biology.

Is the founder and current Vice Chancellor, Mbarara University of Science and Technology. Apart from carrying out his administrative roles, he is also a Professor in the faculty of Medicine, making him the only teaching Vice Chancellor in Uganda. He attended undergraduate courses in the Universities of London and Oxford, UK. He was a postdoctoral researcher at the Nuffied Orthopaedic Unit, University of Oxford, UK, and Harvard Medical School, USA. Obtained the PhD through a sandwich programme from the University of East Africa and University of Cambridge, UK. Honoris causa doctorate, medalist of TWAS (The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World) Commendeur de 1’Ordre des Palmes Academiques of the Republic of France, Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences and the Uganda National Academy of Sciences. He has undertaken sabbatical work in several universities in the United Kingdom and the United States of America. He is accepted by the international scientific community as an expert on reproduction in African mammals and on ovarian structure and function. His contribution through research and publications has enabled him to make a meaningful contribution to conservation of the natural heritage of Uganda which is the basis for tourism, now accepted as a key contributor to the national economy. He serves the African continent as the Editor-in- Chief of the African Journal of Ecology which is a highly regarded international journal and has kept the African flag flying high. He has helped to enhance the acceptance of African authors as capable researchers and writers. Professor Kayanja is a renown academician who has written in the areas of anatomy and reproduction and has published over 100 scientific research papers in reputable national and international journals. His major research interests include; the role of blood vessels in the osteogenic process, Mammalian reproductive biology, conservation and the environment, infectious diseases.

Professor of Biomathematics, Department of Mathematics, Makerere University; Former Vice Chancellor, Makerere University 2004-2009; Fellow and Council Member of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences (UNAS) and Chairperson of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences Committee on Fellows and Membership. Trained at Makerere University and the Universities of Toronto (Canada) and University of Adelaide (Australia) & a 1991/92 Fulbright Scholar at the University of California, Berkley. He holds a First class bachelors degree in Mathematics, a Master of Applied Science in Operations research, and a PhD in Applied Mathematics (in Biomathematics).As undergraduate Luboobi was awarded the Archer Strurroch Prize and Makerere University College Exhibitions Prize for Sciences. He has been a teaching assistant at the University of Toronto and University of Adelaide and visiting professor at University of Dares Salaam. He has held various positions including that of chairman at the Uganda Mathematics Club, and he was on the Physical Science Committee of the Uganda National Council for Science and Technology. He has been external examiner at the Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU), Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST), University of Dar es Salaam and Sokoine University of Agriculture. He has successfully supervised 11 PhD students, 28 MSc, and has many more in the pipeline. During his term as Vice Chancellor, there were collaborations reached with International Universities and organizations in various areas and mechanisms established to mobilize resources to supplement funding including investment and reaching out to alumni. Professor Luboobi is also credited as a founder member of the Makerere University Private Sector Forum. Prof. Luboobi was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Bergen, Norway in 2008 in recognition of his significant contribution to the internationalization of the University of Bergen. He has previously lectured at University of Dar-es-Salaam University. He also served as Dean, Faculty of Science, Makerere University. Hid research interests include; Mathematical Epidemiology: - modelling the dynamics and effects of diseases such as; HIV/AIDS, Malaria, TB, Measles, Trypanosomiasis, Dengue fever, Polio, and Schistosomiasis. He also has great interest in modelling the counter effects of the Immune System and the parasites or viruses that cause these diseases. Operations Research: Stochastic as well as deterministic models applied to transportation systems and queues. From 1974 - 1978 he worked on a research project entitled: "Location and allocation of Livestock Farms and Distribution of the by-products". As a Fulbright Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley; his research project was on "Age Group Models for the Dynamics of the HIV/AIDS epidemic (in the context of Uganda)". In connection with this research he gave a series of public and academic lectures at: the University of California, Berkeley, USA; University of California, Los Angeles, USA; San Jose State University, California, USA; and Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA. As a Guest Researcher at University Bergen, Norway (2003) his research project was on “Mathematical Models for the Study of Immune System Response to HIV ". In connection with this research he gave seminars at: the Department of Mathematics, Uppsala University, Sweden; Department of Mathematics, Lulea University of Technology, Sweden.

PROF. ELLY N. SABIITI, FUNAS, BSc Agric, Msc Agric., PhD
Professor of Agronomy, Department of Crop Science, College of Agriculture and Environmental Science. He holds a BSc Agric, Msc Agric and PhD and has over 33 years of working experience in agricultural research, University teaching, graduate supervision and outreach including administrative experiences at national, regional and international levels. He has mentored 26 graduate students at Masters and PhD levels. He has on record over 100 science and technology publications that have been of value to Government and many public/private communities. He has leadership skills in University as the head Department of Crop Science and as Dean, Faculty of Agriculture and outside University by formulating policies on various boards/committees for agricultural development. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and Uganda National Academy of Sciences (UNAS) and former Vice President of UNAS, a body of eminent Scientists in Uganda who promote science and technology for prosperity for all Ugandans. He is a member of the TWAS Prize Advisory Committee on Agricultural Sciences as well as a Member of the Advisory Committee on Science and Technology of the Third World National Sciences Organizations. Prof Sabiiti practices professional farming using agricultural waste as bio fertilizers and believes that agriculture is a science and a business and when properly managed pays. He is Vice President of the International Rangelands Congress Continuing Committee and this grouping advocates for proper utilization and management of rangelands in the World for sustainable livestock production to create wealth in the communities. He initiated the project on urban market crop waste utilization from 2000 and has so far this programme has produced 7 PhD graduates who are academic staff at Makerere University and the project was supported by Sida/SAREC of Sweden. He is currently the Director of the newly established Makerere University Waste Management Centre of Excellence and a Member of the Board of Directors, National Environment Management Authority.

PROFESSOR MARY JOSSY NAKANDHA OKWAKOL, FUNAS B.Sc. Botany/Zoology, M.Sc, PhD. Zoology, Makerere University
Is the founding Vice Chancellor of Busitema University, a public University in Uganda focusing on science and technology. She holds a B.Sc in Botany/Zoology, M.Sc and PhD in Zoology from Makerere University, with further training at the University of Aberdeen, UK. She is a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society of London. Prior to becoming substantive Vice Chancellor, Busitema University in 2006, , she served as Deputy Vice Chancellor of Gulu University where she spearheaded the development of a unique Bachelor of Agriculture Programme and participated in the development of the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery programme. She previously held various positions at Makerere University from 1973, rising to full Professor of Zoology in 1999. The graduates taught/supervised/mentored by Professor Okwakol over the years, both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, are making important contributions towards development nationally and globally- in education, research, and environment and natural resources management, among others. As a Researcher/Research Leader, she has participated in many projects and published widely. Her expert knowledge in ecology, environment and natural resource management has earned her consultancies on a variety of development projects. Professor Okwakol is a member of many professional bodies and her contributions have been recognized with awards from various institutions. Professor Okwakol is one of the few women scientists in Uganda who have contributed immensely to the advancement of the science, and she stands out as an icon of science. She has served on many Boards and Councils at community, national, regional and international levels. Those she has led at national level include the Uganda Wildlife Society and Forum for African Women Educationalists Uganda Chapter. She has also been a member of the Boards of the Uganda National Parks (currently Uganda Wildlife Authority), Uganda Wildlife Education Center, Environmental Conservation Trust of Uganda, and the National Environment Management Authority, to mention but a few. At Africa regional level, Professor Okwakol has served as member of Council of the African Soil Science Society, Liaison Officer of the African Network of Tropical Soil Biology and Fertility, Vice Chairperson of the Governing Council of the East African Wild Life Society, and the Forum for African Women Educationalists regional Executive Board as Honorary Secretary. At the global level, she served as Chairperson (1998-2001) of the International Board of Management of the Tropical Soil Biology and Fertility Programme (TSBF) and Chairperson of the Global Steering Committee 2004-2005 of the GEF/UNEP funded project on Below Ground Biodiversity for Sustainable Land Production, implemented by seven Tropical countries, and also as a member of the project’s Global Advisory Committee. She was Chairperson of the Organizing Committee for the 8th International Interdisciplinary Women’s World 2012 that attracted over 2000 participants, and served as member of the Organizing Committee of the 4th World Women University Women Presidents forum that was held in Nanjing, China, in September 2009. Professor Okwakol is a lady of many “firsts” in her life, besides being the first girl born to her parents. She is the first woman Vice Chancellor of a public University in Uganda; the first Vice Chancellor of Busitema University; the first Deputy Vice Chancellor of Gulu University; the first woman Professor of Zoology at Makerere University; the first woman member of the Board of Trustees of Uganda National Parks in 40 years; and the first woman Chairperson of the International Board of Management of the tropical Soil Biology and Fertility Programme, among others. Professor Okwakol’s contributions towards development have been variously recognized nationally and internationally. In 1998 she received a long service award from Makerere University; she was recognized as International Woman of the year (1997/98) in the area of Environment Conservation by the International Biographical centre of Cambridge, while FAWE Uganda recognized her as Model of Excellence in 1999. She has, in addition, received awards of recognition and/or appreciation from the Namagunga Old Girls’ association (2000), the Environmental Conservation Trust of Uganda (2001), the Uganda Wildlife Authority (2004), the Uganda Women’s Finance Trust (2005), Busoga University (2005), the Rubaga Cathedral National Foundation (2005), FAWE Africa (2008), the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development and National Environment Authority (2009). She was recently (May 2013) awarded the 50th independence Anniversary Medal in recognition of outstanding service in the field of education. Professor Okwakol holds a Doctorate degree in Zoology from Makerere University, is a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society of London and a Fellow of the Uganda national Academy of Sciences. In March 2010, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate. “Doctor Honoris Causa” degree by Josai International University (Japan), in recognition of her global leadership in Education and Research. In December 2011, she received the Africa-India Partnership Educational Excellence Award in recognition of outstanding contribution to Education.

Prof. William B. Banage BSc, PhD, is a zoologist who retired from the Chair of Zoology in the Department of Zoology, Makerere University in 2001. He was the first Ugandan to head the Department in 1969. He has also been Professor of Zoology and founding Head of the Biology Department at the University of Zambia and was Minister of Animal Industry, Game and Fisheries (later renamed Animal Resources) in the Second Republic of Uganda. In his role, he led Uganda’s delegation to the 1972 World Environmental Conference. His service in national and international organizations has been wide, and still continues. In particular, he was Uganda’s first scientific delegate to the UNESCO General Assembly which activity culminated in the formation of the Uganda National Council for Scientific Research (later re-named Uganda National Council for Science and Technology). He participated in the formation of the now defunct East African Academy in the 1960s, which he served in various capacities. His researches have been mainly in Ecology, Environmental Biology and Parasitology and he has published many scientific papers, reviews and popular articles in these areas and in natural resource utilization and conservation. He has participated in many advisory and consultancy activities. Among several awards he is the recipient of a Presidential Award in Science and Technology. He is a founder Fellow of UNAS, served on the UNAS Council as a Member until 2013 and its various committees.

Professor of Medicinal Plants, College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Makerere University is an educator, ethno botanist and researcher. His ethno botanical research interests are aimed at identifying, promoting and conserving useful plant species. He is principally interested in documenting plant use, and researching the effects of such use on the exploited plant populations. To understand the second aim, he is studying plant population structures and plant biology. Prof. Tabuti is Professor of Ethno botany and now lecturing in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. He has 16 years of teaching experience at University level. He quickly rose through the ranks from Assistant Lecturer in 1995 to full Professor in 2010. As a hardworking academic, he has so far supervised 2 PhD and10 Masters Graduates. Prof Tabuti has published 25 referred papers, five chapters in five books and one book. He has attended over 40 conferences, seminars, workshops and symposia and presented several papers. He has also organized several national and international conferences, workshops, seminars and symposia from which over 40 reviewed papers were published in special issues of the African Journal of Ecology. Prof Tabuti has participated in 20 research projects and consultancies supported by various national and international agencies including UNESCO, IFS, VicRes, WHO,PFARD-COMPAS Uganda Project, the Garden Club of America, International FOREAIM project, Sida-SAREC, I@mak.com, NUFU, NORAD and PROTA. He is a professional member of a number of local and international organizations including International Society of Ethno biology, Association for the Taxonomy Study of the Flora of Tropical Africa [AETFAT] and Nature Uganda among others. He has a number of fellowships and awards including the Dennis Stanfield Memorial Fund, International Foundation for Sciences [IFS], and Anne S. Catham Fellowship in Medicinal Botany among others.

PROF. DAVID JUSTIN BAKIBINGA, FUNAS, LL.B. (Hons), (Makerere), M.A. (Business Law) (CNAA, London), Ph.D. (London), Advocate.
Professor of Commercial Law, School of law and Head, Department of Commercial Law, Makerere University, Uganda. He is a Fellow and Council Member of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences. He has taught law for three decades variously in Nigerian Universities; Makerere University; Eastern and Southern African Management Institute (ESAMI) and Uganda Christian University. He is the author of Law of Trusts in Nigeria(1989), Nigerian Law of Partnership (1989), Partnership Law in Uganda (1992, 2007, 2011), Value Added Tax: Introduction, Rationale and the Law (1996), Company Law in Uganda (1993,2001, 2012) Law of Contract in Uganda (1996,2001), Revenue Law in Uganda (2003, 2006,2012) Equity and Trusts in Uganda (2003,2006,2011) Uganda Property and Trust Law (2011), Uganda Transport Law(2014) and numerous scholarly articles. Prof. Bakibinga is a former Head, Department of Law, University of Ilorin, Nigeria; Dean of Law respectively at Makerere University and Ogun State University, Nigeria; Founding Commissioner/ Head of Legal Services, Uganda Revenue Authority; Director, School of Graduate Studies and Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance & Administration), Makerere University.

Is a retired Professor of Soil Science. A renowned soil scientist and has been a lecturer at Makerere University in Uganda for over 40 years. He's now retired and works as a private consultant at different organizations and institutions. He's a Chairman and board member of different national and international organizations and institutions including: Chairman of Africa 2000 network; Chairman Katikiro Advisory Committee on Agriculture; Director Research and development -National Union of Coffee Agribusiness and Farm Enterprises (NUCAFE) in Uganda. He’s a Fellow member of Uganda National Academy of Science.

The first Professor of Mathematics in Uganda and in East and Central Africa is the Founding Member and President of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences (UNAS) and former Vice Chancellor of Nkumba University. He holds a BSc from Makerere University), MSc from Southampton University and PhD in Mathematics from the University of Rochester (USA) in 1970. He is among the team spearheading the setup and establishment of Soroti University of Science and Technology (SUST), an upcoming public multi-campus University in Uganda. He has served extensively in academia as one of Africa’s foremost Mathematicians. When he was appointed a Professor of Mathematics, he became the first Professor of Mathematics in East and Central Africa. He has made significant contributions to the formulation of national science and technology policy frameworks, the most recent being the National ICT Policy Framework Framework for which he served as Chairperson of the drafting Committee. From 1992, he also served as the overall coordinator of all projects in Uganda under the Norwegian Universities’ Committee for Development Research and Education (NUFU) program for ten years. He is actively involved in the East African education sector, sits on a number of boards, and belongs professionally to a number of organizations, including the American Mathematical Society, Biometric Society, and the Uganda Mathematical Society. After his retirement in 2008, Prof. Paul Edward T Mugambi took over as the second Vice Chancellor of Nkumba University. Prof. Mugambi was a highly respected lecturer in the Department of Mathematics at Makerere University for many years. Because of his mathematical skills, Prof. Mugambi is widely regarded as the “grandfather” of Mathematics in Uganda. As a champion of Mathematics, Prof. Paul Mugambi became the founder Chairperson of the Uganda Mathematical Society in 1972, and is the current Patron of the Society. He is also a member of the American Mathematical Society as well as the Biometric Society. From 1976 to 1996, Prof. Paul Mugambi served as Head of Department of Mathematics, Dean of the Faculty of Science as well as Director of the Institute of Computer Science at Makerere University. He played a great role in the establishment of the school of sciences at Nkumba University before being appointed the Vice Chancellor of Nkumba University in 2008. He was also the Director of Post-graduate studies at Nkumba University until early 2013. Prof. Paul Edward Mugambi received a Certificate of Merit for the Presidential Science Awards in 2006; after 25 years of dedicated service to Makerere University; he was awarded a Certificate of Merit for Meritorious Service to the University in 1999. In 1991, he was awarded a Medal by the African Mathematical Union in recognition of his contribution to the development of mathematics in Africa. Prof. Mugambi has engaged in numerous research projects and has published extensively. In 1990 he was a UNESCO Consultant on a project to assess education research in basic sciences as well as science and technology in Africa. Besides the mathematics calculations, Prof. Paul Mugambi is in love with music. Professor Mugambi was previously Chairman of the Board of the Kampala Music School. He is currently the President of the Kampala Singers, a 60-strong choral society.

Rt. Honourable Prof. Apolo Robin Nsibambi was the first non-Head-of-State Chancellor of Makerere University, a position he served from his appointment in October 2003 to October 2007. Prof. Nsibambi also served as the Prime Minister of the Republic of Uganda from 5th April 1999 to 24th May 2011. Prof. Nsibambi attended King’s College Budo for his high school education. He holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree with Honors in Economics from the University of London. He also holds a Masters of Arts (MA) degree in Political Science from the University of Chicago in the United States of America. His Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree was obtained from the University of Nairobi. Professor Nsibambi served as the Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences at Makerere University from 1978 until 1983 and from 1985 until 1987. He was appointed Head of the Department of Political Science at Makerere University in 1987, a position he held until 1990. He was Director of the Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR) from 1994 to 1996. Between 1996 and 1998, he served as Minister of Public Service in the Uganda Cabinet. In 1998 he was appointed Minister of Education and Sports, serving in that capacity until 1999 when he was appointed Prime Minister and Leader of Government Business. Currently Chancellor Victoria University. Prof. Apolo R. Nsibambi is a Fellow of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences.

Is an economist and banker; and Governor of Central Bank of Uganda. He is Chancellor of the International University of East Africa (IUEA). Prof. Tumusiime-Mutebile joined Makerere University in 1970 to offer the Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Political Science. He was elected Guild President of Makerere University but had to flee to exile due to political turmoil at that time. He completed his Bachelor`s degree studies at Durham University, UK in June 1974. His undergraduate dissertation won the first prize in Economics at Durham University. He successfully completed the first year of postgraduate studies in Economics at Balliol College, Oxford, and embarked on the Doctor of Philosophy by research in Economics at Oxford University. In 1979 he eventually had to come back home in Uganda and take on multiple assignments in the rebuilding of the then shattered economy. He served in several positions including office of the President, Ministries of Planning and Economic Development, the Prime Minister`s Office ,the Treasury and Ministry of Finance Planning and Economic Development. Since 2000 he has served as the Governor of Uganda’s Central Bank. Prof. Tumusiime-Mutebile has also previously worked as a consultant for many organizations such as World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Macroeconomic and Financial Management Institute of Eastern and Central Africa among others. Prof. Tumusiime-Mutebile is a Fellow of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences.

Is a Judge of Uganda’s Court of Appeal, which also serves as the country’s Constitutional Court. Prior to this she served as a Professor of Law and First Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic Affairs) at Makerere University. She is a holder of a PhD in Law from the University of Copenhagen Denmark; (specialized in Criminal Law, Criminal Justice and Criminology); an LL.M in Commercial Law from Bristol, U.K.; LL.B (Honours.) from Makerere University and a Diploma in Legal Practice. She is an enrolled Advocate of Uganda’s Courts of Judicature. Professor Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza is a highly experienced and widely researched legal scholar in Judicial and Legal matters. Her interest and scholarly contribution largely lie in the areas of Comparative Criminal Jurisprudence; Transnational Crime; Computer Crime; Human Rights Perspectives of Criminal Law; Gender, Crime and Criminology; Gender and the Law; Children’s Rights; Juvenile Justice; Rights of People with Disability; Legal aspects of Information and Communications Technology (ICT); E-Commerce, E-Evidence and Computer Crime. Her work ingeniously links the Law with the socio-economic and cultural milieu, offering an invaluable critique of the law from “a lived reality” perspective. In more recent times, Lillian has done extensive work in the area of Quality Assurance in Higher Education. She has special interest in women’s right to education and has in the recent past been recognized as a FAWE Prominent Educationalist. She is also a Fellow of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences and an Alumnus of the International Women’s Leadership Forum. She is widely published in referred journals and among her publications are three law books: Women’s Violent Crime in Uganda: More Sinned Against than Sinning (1999); Offences Against the Person: Homicides and Non-Fatal Assaults in Uganda (2005); Criminal Law in Uganda: Sexual Assaults and Offences against Morality (2005). 1st Female to be appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Makerere University; 1st Female Associate Professor of Law in the East African Region; 1st Female (full) Professor of Law in the East African Region; 1st East African female to graduate with a Ph .D in Law; Author of pioneer text books on the substantive law of crime based on judicial interpretation of Uganda’s principal criminal legislation (the Penal Code). Hon. Lady Justice Professor Lillian Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza is a Fellow of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences.

Is the Vice Chancellor, Kisubi Brothers University College. He recently worked as the Acting Secretary General of AAU. Professor Ssebuwufu is a member of several international committees and boards, including the World Bank Millennium Science Initiative where he acts as the Technical Expert. He is also the Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Board of Directors at CITIBANK (Uganda) Ltd. Prior positions include Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Chemistry at Makerere University in Uganda from 1993 to 2004, and Senior Consultant on Higher Education Management with Ssebuwufu Associates from 2004 to 2005. Professor Ssebuwufu has contributed to many international publications, including the prestigious international journal Nature. He left Makerere University in 2004 and during his tenure; a number of developments had been made notably an increase in academic programmes and the student population from 5,000 to 14,000. Various infrastructures for academic and administrative purposes were put up as well as several income generating initiatives. Prof. Ssebuwufu is a Fellow of Uganda National Academy of Sciences.

HON. DR. HAM-MUKASA MULIRA, Fellow of UNAS, PhD (London.)
Is an IT professional with vast experience in the field ranging from being an academic as a lecturer in statistics and computing at Makerere University for many years; then General Manager of Management Information Systems [MIS], Uganda Commercial Bank (now Stanbic Bank); consultant to many national and international institutions including spearheading the formation of the National IT Authority, Uganda (NITA-U) under the World Bank EFMPII. He also worked as a Software Engineer in City Systems (UK) Ltd., London, UK. Dr. Ham Mulira has over 20 years experience in Information Technology ranging from University academic tuition and research, IT policy formulation to systems implementations. He has worked in Uganda and the United Kingdom on IT projects for government, parastatals, international agencies, private sector and individuals. In 2006, he was appointed as the pioneer Minister due to his technical background and experience to establish the newly created Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the Government of the Republic of Uganda. He oversaw the total liberalization of the telecommunications sector and spearheaded work on the Uganda National Fibre Optic Backbone. He also continues with doing ICT consultancy services through his firm, eConsult (U) Ltd. His main areas of expertise include Software Engineering, ICT Policy, Regulation and Legislation, ICT Strategies in Development, E-Government Strategy Development & Management, IT Security, Project Management, Rural Connectivity Strategies, and ICT in Education. He was the Chairman of the Committee of Ministers on the NEPAD Broadband Infrastructure Network project and the signing of the Kigali Protocol and has participated in several policy, planning and preparatory meetings/conferences regarding the East and Southern Africa regional submarine fiber cables and terrestrial backbones. Dr. Mulira holds a PhD (Statistical Computing-Design of Statistical Software Algorithms), University of London, (Imperial College/the London School of Economics-LSE), UK; an MSc (Statistics & Operations Research/Computing), Loughborough University of Technology, UK and a BSc (Statistics) from Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. Fellow and Former Executive Council Member of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences (UNAS). Hon. Dr Ham-Mukasa Mulira is a Fellow of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences.

Professor Serwadda received his medical degree, MB.ChB and Masters in Internal Medicine MMed from Makerere University, Msc Metabolic Medicine, Newcsatle Upon Tyne Univ and an MPH and honorary doctorate from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is a Professor, infectious disease in the department of Disease Control, Makerere University School of Public health and the former head of the School for 7 years. Professor David Serwadda has more than 23 years experience working in the field of HIV prevention and care. He is the lead investigator of the Rakai Health Science Program for the last 18 years. This involves the evaluating population based HIV intervention, care and treatment of AIDS. For example the evaluation of the impact on HIV incidence on a) intensive heath education b) mass treatment of STIs to c) circumcision of HIV negative men. Professor Serwadda is a member of numerous scientific committee and boards. Recently he chairs the board of TASO. In recognition of his work Professor Serwadda has been inducted as a Johns Hopkins University society of scholars, May 2006, and was elected a member of the Institute of Medicine, IOM, Washington, D.C October 2011. He joined the category of Health and Medical Sciences of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences in 2012.

Professor Abdu B.K. Kasozi obtained a BA degree in History at Makerere College, University College of East Africa and MA and PhD degrees in History from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He gained a Makerere Postgraduate Diploma in Education and an Ontario Teacher’s Certificate in Canada. He has taught in Ugandan, Canadian and United States schools and lectured at ITEK (now Kyambogo University), Makerere University, Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU), Khartoum University, Trent and York Universities in Canada and the University of California, Santa Cruz in the USA. After holding Professorial ranks at these universities, he rose to the rank of Vice Rector at IUIU. Prof. Kasozi served as Executive Director of the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE), which guides and regulates Ugandan tertiary education. As Head of the NCHE, he championed enhanced involvement in Science and better funding of Tertiary Education System. Prof. Kasozi has played a key role in institutionalization and implementation of quality assurance procedures in tertiary training institutions in Uganda. Prof. Kasozi has researched and consulted widely in the areas of History and Islam, Social Violence, Conflict and Relocation as well as on School and Higher Education quality in Uganda. He has published and reviewed over 15 academic works, including six books. Prof. A. B. K. Kasozi is a Fellow of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences.

Prof. Banadda holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering (2006) as well as M.Sc. Processing Engineering (2001) of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium) and has previously been a post doctoral Cochran Fellow (2007) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA) in bioprocessing and biosystems engineering with a bias in Process Control, Monitoring and Optimization. He was recently fast tracked to the rank of Professor making him one of the youngest professors to have ever graced the 90-year history of Makerere University (Uganda). Noble is currently the Chair of the Department of Agricultural and BioSystems Engineering at Makerere University and a fellow Global Young Academy, Berlin, Germany. He is actively involved in research in water, wastewater and bioprocessing Engineering with focus on mathematical modeling, monitoring and control. He also carries out research in solid waste management, reactor design and optimization and development of alternative energy sources and food Engineering. He has also taught and supervised a number of postgraduate students (M.Sc. and PhD) carrying out research in Engineering. He is currently keen in areas of renewable energy with interest on resource recovery and optimization from wastewater. He is a member of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences and the Global Young Academy and has published over 50 peer reviewed papers in reputable international journals and reports on water quality, waste-water treatment and modeling, food processing and Engineering, and renewable Energy recovery. He has coordinated and undertaken several projects as a team leader in the domain of bioprocessing especially water modeling and bio-energy funded by International organizations like the European Union, SIDA-SAREC, VLIR-UOS, IDRC to mention but a few. He recently won recognition from the Inter-University Council for East Africa for Outstanding Performance in a project focusing on modeling of non-point source pollution in the Lake Victoria (Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania). He enjoys good and cordial working relationships in a network of universities around the world not limited to Makerere University (Uganda); Ghent Universiteit (Belgium); Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium); Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA); Sokoine University of Agriculture (Tanzania); Iowa State University (USA); Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (Sweden); University of Dar-se-Salaam (Tanzania); Busitema University (Uganda); University of Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe); University of Zambia (Zambia); National University of Rwanda (Rwanda); Jomo Kenyatta of Science and Technology (Kenya); Ain Shams University (Egypt); China Agricultural University (China); University of Fort Hare (South Africa) to mention but a few. Prof. Noble Ephraim Banadda is a Fellow of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences.

Prof. Denis K. Byarugaba graduated with Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine, a Master of Science and holds a PhD in Microbiology. He is an Associate Professor of Microbiology at Makerere University in the College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity. He developed and sourced funding that set up two BSL-2 Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories which he directs under Makerere University Walter Reed Project that have been instrumental in the response towards influenza pandemics and he ensures that they are run under GCLP standards. He is currently involved in research on influenza viruses and other highly pathogenic pathogens with potential for causing pandemic threats and antimicrobial resistance. He is a principal investigator on a number of grants and he has undertaken several consultancies in various areas for a number of organizations including Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), CAB International, Development Alternatives Incorporated (DAI) and others. He has been a visiting scientist at several institutions including (a) the WHO Reference Centre on the ecology of Animal Influenza Viruses at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis (b) University of Copenhagen, Denmark, working on Molecular Ecology of Poultry Gut microflora. He is a recipient of several awards including (a) An NIH/NIAID fellowship award for scientific visit to the NIH/NIAID Centers of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance (CEIRS) in the USA (b) ASM/UNESCO Fellowship for a scientific visit to CABI Bioscience, UK, (c) a World Bank/ ARTP fellowship to the Royal Veterinary College, University of London working on DNA Vaccines. He is Ambassador for the American Society of Microbiology in Uganda and President of the Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotic Uganda Chapter. He is author/co-author of over 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters and proceedings of international meetings. He led the team that produced over 60 complete influenza A and B genomes, the first of such extensive description in Sub-Saharan Africa. He is also senior editor of a book on Antimicrobial resistance in developing countries published by Springer. He is has been working at Makerere University for the last 20 years. Prof. Denis K. Byarugaba is a Fellow of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences.

PROF. TOM OTITI BSc., MSc., (Reading), PhD. (Makerere)
Is a Physicist working in Renewable Energy Technologies and the related area of thin films. He has taught Physics for many years at Makerere University, College of Natural Sciences. His wide research experience involved work on solar crop drying electrical properties of thin metal films; he has also been involved in solar systems and appraisal of charcoal stoves. He holds a PhD in Physics, (Characterization of Obliquely Evaporated Nickel Films: Optical, Magnetic and Electrical properties), Makerere University, Uganda, (2002), M.Sc. in Alternative Energy, Department of Engineering, University of Reading, United Kingdom (1986), Postgraduate Diploma in Renewable Energy Resources Engineering at Sogesta School of Solar Energy, Sogesta, Italy (1984), Bachelor of Science (Hons) majoring in Physics, Makerere University (1980). Prof. Otiti has active interest in policy options and responses to climate Change Conventions and in this regard he was awarded a certificate in recognition for contributing to the award of the NOBEL PEACE PRIZE in 2007 to the IPCC. Prof. Otiti has published many papers in this area of interest including contributing to IPCC reports. He has conducted research in the area of Material Sciences, Renewable Energy and Climate Change. His contribution to the award of the NOBEL PRIZE for 2007 to the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change was recognized. Professor Tom Otiti has been awarded several meritorious awards and belongs to several scientific societies. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Belgorod State Technological University, Russia (2012), he has held important responsibilities in academic institutions as well as national and international organizations including; Chairman, Uganda National Energy Development Organization (UNEDO), Member of African Energy Policy Research Network (AFREPEN), Group leader, Solar Energy Research Group, Physics Department, Makerere University, Uganda; Member of the International Energy Foundation (IEA); Member of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), Executive member, Africa Materials Research Society (AMRS), Board member, African Laser Centre (ALC), Board member, OSIENALA. Prof. Tom Otiti is a Fellow of Uganda National Academy of Sciences.

Is an internist and immunologist trained at Makerere University, Uganda and Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. She is the Dean of the School of Medicine at Makerere University College of Health Sciences. Honorary Lecturer, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. (Adjunct appointment). She is a holder of a Master of Science (MS) Immunology/Pathology, Case Western Reserve University, USA, (1999); Master of Medicine, (Med) Internal Medicine, Makerere University (1983); Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB), Makerere University (1978). She is a Professor of internal Medicine and immunology at the College. Her research focuses on HIV and Tuberculosis co-interaction, immunopathogenesis, and immune-modulation treatment among patients with HIV and Tuberculosis. Other areas of research include clinical trials of new anti-TB treatments and TB vaccines in endemic country sites, and improved ways of diagnosis, prevention, and management of tuberculosis with and without HIV infection. She has conducted research specific projects in the area of cytokine and chemokine regulation in HIV/ TB interaction. Currently Prof. Mayanja-Kizza is conducting epidemiological trials in adolescents and infants in preparation for tuberculosis vaccine clinical trials in Uganda. She is a World Health Organization Advisor in the area of TB and HIV immunopathogenesis and clinical research for the study of TB vaccine candidates. Prof. Harriet Mayanja-Kizza is a Fellow of Uganda National Academy of Sciences.

Prof. George William Lubega
Is a molecular biologist and professor of Parasitology and molecular Biology at Makerere University; He has been a head of department at the University for over 8 years. Prof. Lubega is a qualified veterinarian (Makerere University 1982) a and did his MSc/PhD (1991) in molecular and biochemical parasitology at McGill University in Canada after which he undertook postdoctoral studies in molecular cloning at the same institution. During this period, using gene cloning and expression (recombinant proteins) approaches, he contributed substantially to the understanding of the biochemical and molecular pharmacology of anthelmintic resistance. He returned to Uganda in 1994 and continued to work on anthelmintic therapeutics, and drug and vaccine target discovery and validation for trypanosomiasis, onchocerciasis and theilerosis. His work includes recombinant vaccinology against trypanosomes and ticks, molecular diagnostics and study of drug resistance in trypanosomiasis; molecular epidemiology of malaria, HIV and population genetics of crops such as bananas and beans. He has helped develop molecular markers for diagnosis of theleriosis (East Coast Fever) and trypanosomiasis. He showed that tubulin is a potential target for development of drugs that kill adult Onhocerca worms. His recent major contribution is the demonstration of tublin as promising vaccine target for human and animal trypanosomiasis. At Makerere University, through competitive research grant awards, he helped to found the molecular biology programme and laboratory. The lab is located in the Department of Parasitology in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. The laboratory is now the heart of molecular biotechnology research and training at Makerere University and Prof. G.W Lubega is the main instructor and coordinator of these activities. It is equipped with all the instrumentation necessary for basic research in molecular biology, cell biology and biochemistry and advanced applied biotechnology including proteomics and electroporation and RNAI (Ribonucleic Acid Interference) technology. The described work has resulted in more than 100 publications in peer reviewed journals or conference proceedings. His current research themes include; Vaccine, drug and diagnostics development for parasitic diseases; Immunology; Drug resistance; Molecular epidemiology; Population genetic diversity. Prof. Lubega is a Fellow of Uganda National Academy of Sciences.

Is a Professor of Biomathematics and Principal of the College of Natural Sciences at Makerere University. He held the post initially in acting capacity (2010 to 2011) before substantive appointment in 2012. Before his appointment as Principal of the College, he was the Dean – Faculty of Science from 2009 to 2010, in which position he led the process of conversion of the faculty to a college. He has also served as the Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor [Academic Affairs] at Makerere University. He received his PhD in Biomathematics in 2000 from Makerere University; Master of Science (Biomathematics) in 1992 and Bachelor of Science in Education from Makerere University. Professor Mugisha joined Makerere University as a Teaching Assistant in 1987 rising through the ranks to Professorship in 2008. He has also served the University in various leadership and management capacities: Acting Head of Department of Mathematics – Makerere University in 2003; Acting Director of the Institute of Computer Science – Makerere University from August to December 2003; Deputy Director of the Institute of Computer Science – Makerere University from 2003 to August 2005. He is also a member of the Makerere University Senate which is the highest academic decision making body of the university, he has been a member of Senate since 2009. Professor Mugisha has also been appointed to several boards and committees within the University. Professor Mugisha has taught courses at undergraduate and graduate level in addition to supervising research at Masters and PhD. In this capacity, he has supervised and mentored students at graduate level, many of whom have stayed to serve Makerere University in various capacities. He is an international Researcher and External Examiner with strong links to several Universities in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa. He has served as a Reviewer for several international Journals like Mathematical Biosciences – Elsevier, the Journal of Agricultural, Biological and Ecological Statistics – and Technology, South African Journal of Sciences, Mathematical Biosciences and Engineering, and Mathematical Modeling and Analysis, among others. Professor Mugisha is a founder member and current President of the African Society for Biomathematics since 2009. He has been a member of the American Mathematical Society, Uganda Mathematical Society, Uganda Biometric Society, and is a Fellow of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences [UNAS]. Professor Mugisha is widely published with over 40 articles in international Journals and has supervised over 40 PhD and MSc graduate students. His major research interest is in the application of mathematics in biological and biomedical processes with special emphasis on epidemiological and ecological modelling. He has co-organised, attended and facilitated at various conferences, workshops and seminars nationally and internationally. His area of research interest is applied mathematics He has in particular worked on analysis of biological and biomedical processes, including formulation of Mathematical Models in the spread of diseases particularly HIV/AIDS, fish harvesting, and forestry, environmental and ecological processes. He has held a number of prestigious Post-Doctoral fellowship awards including in 2001, at Cornell University, Ithaca; in 2002 at the University of Bergen, Norway; and in 2008 at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. Prof. Joseph Y.T. Mugisha is a Fellow of Uganda National Academy of Sciences.

Is one of the few specialists of Ethno botany. He obtained B.Sc, M.Sc and PhD degrees from Makerere University. He has served since 1974 in the Department of Botany, Faculty of Science, Makerere University in different capacities, including being Head of Department of Botany and also as Dean, Faculty of Science. Prof Oryem Origa has worked in various capacities with international agencies including the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), International Development Co-operation (IDC) and the World Bank, among others. In Research arena, Prof. Oryem-Origa has undertaken several studies to understand plant physiological stress under nutrient, water, pollutant and general climatic change and explored options of conservation. He is an active member to many professional bodies including Uganda Biometric Society, International Biometric Society, Uganda Wildlife Society and East African Wildlife Society. Prof. Hannington Oryem-Origa is a Fellow of Uganda National Academy of Sciences.

Is a Professor of Soil Sciences. He attained a B.Sc (Agriculture) from Makerere University, M.Sc (Soil and Plant Analysis) from Wageningen Agricultural University, of the Netherlands and a PhD (Forest Soils) from the Australian National University. Previously, Prof Bekunda worked with the Experimental Scientists, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia; as a Research Fellow, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Seibersdof, Austria and as Regional Research Fellow, The African Highlands Initiative. He has several awards and recognitions to his name, including among others as Visiting Scientist, Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of Newcastle, UK and as World Professor, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Iowa State University. He has trained several students at various levels, successfully accomplished several research projects and served as Dean of Faculty of Agriculture, Makerere University. Prof. Bekunda has made significant contribution to soil science and in particular on understanding nutrient availability and fractionation on a gradient, enhancement and detection. He serves as editor of several journals including the prestigious African Crop Science Journal and he is an immediate past president of the African Crop Science Society. Prof. Mateete Bekunda is a Fellow of Uganda National Academy of Sciences.

Prof. Samuel Kyamanywa completed his A-level at Kabalega Senior Secondary school. In 1980, obtained a B.Sc. degree in Agriculture at Makerere University and PhD in 1988 at the same University under the African Regional Postgraduate Program in Insect Science co-ordinated by The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE). He is a professor in the Department of Crop Science, Faculty of Agriculture at Makerere University, with 25 years expertise in Agricultural Entomology and Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Prof. Kyamanywa has championed the application of mixed cropping in pest management. Recently, he won an IPM Impact Award in recognition of his contribution towards the implementation of IPM for small scale farmers in Uganda. Currently he is the Principal, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Makerere University after a short stint as Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor at Kyambogo University. He is the Chairman of the Agricultural Chemicals Technical Committee of the Uganda Agricultural Chemicals Board, Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, which is responsible for regulating pesticides use in Uganda.

Is a seasoned Medical Entomologist who has widely and deeply researched on mosquitoes. He went to school at St. Mary’s College, Kisubi and thereafter to Makerere University College. He holds a B.Sc. degree of the University of London obtained at Makerere University College in Zoology, Botany and Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Medical Entomology. He was a Post-doctoral Fellow (1973-74) in the Department of Biology, University of Princeton U.S.A. He has contribution immensely in understanding population dynamics, genetic characterization of mosquitoes and use biological pathogens (e.g. Bacillus thuringiensis) and plant extracts (e.g. Phytolacca dodecandra) to kill mosquito larvae. He was recognized by His Excellency the President of Uganda and awarded grants to advance his research in Mosquito/malaria control. In 1975, he was elected Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society of London and also served on the WHO panel of Vector Biology and Control and U.S. Academy of Sciences, National Research Council, Expert Panels. He is a member of the advisory panels on malaria and yellow fever in the ministry of Health of Uganda. In 2006, the Rotary Club of Entebbe gave a Vocation Award to Dr. Mukwaya for distinguished service to society.

DR. STEVEN ALLAN NYANZI, BSc. Dip. Educ (Mak), MSc. (UoN), DSc. (Karlsruhe
Is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry under the School of Physical Sciences in the College of Natural sciences at Makerere University. He holds a B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Chemistry and Mathematics from Makerere University, a M.Sc. degree in Chemistry from the University of Nairobi and a Doctor of Science degree in chemistry from the University of Karlsruhe in Germany. He is an Analytical Chemist who has interest in natural products and their practical application. He has taught Chemistry for many years at Makerere University. He has done extensive research in isolation of nutrients from fruits and seeds. He has also done important research work in promoting biogas technology. Dr. Nyanzi has wide research interests that include development of analytical methods for food preservation post-harvest handling and waste management. Dr. Nyanzi is a very active research worker who takes much interest in science academic development with strong practical applications. Currently, he is a Chairperson of Makerere University Ceremonies Committee, A representative of the College of Natural Sciences to the University Senate, a Senate Representative to the Academic Board of the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences and a member of Makerere University Contracts Committee (4th year). He is also a Council member of the Technical Committee of the Agricultural Chemicals Control Board, Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries. He has previously served as a head of Department of Chemistry (2004-2008) and a member of the Executive of Makerere University Academic Staff Association (MUASA) – [2005-2006]. Steven has published a number of articles in reputable journals in the Africa, Asia, Europe and the US and also made many presentations at international conferences on topics such as DDT and metabolites in fish, pesticides in soils, and gas emissions. Serves as a reviewer of project proposals for many international organizations and peer-review journals. He has and still is supervising M.Sc and Ph.D students. Together with members of his research groups, they hold a number of awards. Some of these include Carnegie Phase II Research Excellency Award (2010), Makerere University Vice Chancellor’s Award for Innovation and Excellency (2004), Innovations and Development in Eastern and Southern Africa (IDESA) from the Uganda Small Scale Industries Association (2003), Bruno Rossmann Prize of the German Chemical Society (1994) among others. His current research interests revolve around “evidence-based but home-grown” solutions to human health, food production/safety, renewable energy and environmental conservation challenges.

Prof. John Tuhe Kakitahi holds Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery of Makerere University. Also holds a Diploma in Public Health and a Master’s Degree in Nutrition from the University of Cambridge UK. Has more than 30 years of professional experience in Public Health and nutrition. Prof. Kakitahi has been a lecturer in the Institute of Public Health teaching human nutrition to both undergraduate and post graduate students and director of Mwanamugimu nutrition unit of Mulago hospital. He has been a nutrition advisor for various multilateral bodies and has carried out various studies on nutrition problems in and outside Uganda. Was WHO consultant on decision making based on nutrition surveillance data in Iringa, Tanzania; Midterm review of the joint UNICEF/WHO nutrition support programme; FAO consultant for the Development of procedures for District Based Plans of Action for Nutrition in Uganda; FAO consultant and Team Leader for field testing “Assessment Tool” for improvement of Nutrition programmes-a multinational collaborative study. He has also carried out various Feasibility study, baseline, M&E coordination, and supervision of students, Impact assessment studies and surveys. He has also published widely in the area of human nutrition. Professor Kakitahi is a specialist in public health nutrition and has wide experience in setting up feeding centers to aid severely malnourished children. He has served as Director of the Makerere University Institute of Public Health (MUIPH) and has ongoing projects with the University of Wisconsin. Prof. Kakitahi is a Fellow of Uganda National Academy of Sciences.

Is the Executive Director of the Joint Clinical Research Centre (JCRC) where he has served since 1992. Through his hard work he has established a state of the art clinical and research laboratory to carry out a variety of tests and studies including HIV vaccine trials in Uganda. In addition, he has held important responsibilities in academic institutions as well as national and international organizations including Chair and University Council and visiting Professor at the Faculty of Medicine, Mbarara University. He has successfully worked towards the establishment of high quality AIDS care and treatment program based on the Joint Clinical Research Centre Network Model that has been widely adopted to inform rapid scale up strategies of antiretroviral therapy in resource constrained countries. Professor Mugyenyi has championed in the HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and advocacy. He became the first non- American to be invited to sit in the US Congress Royal Box during the 2002 State on the Union address by the first Lady Mrs. Laura Bush where, President Bush announced $15billion emergency fund to fight the HIV/AIDS crisis in Africa and the Caribbean. Prof. Mugyenyi is a Fellow of Uganda National Academy of Sciences.

Is the State Minister for Agriculture and the Member of Parliament for Buruuili County, Masindi District, His other professional roles have included Executive Director of the National Foundation for Research and Development and advisor/consultant to the United Nations in the area of Science and Economy. Minister Nyiira has been has played a key supportive role in the partnership between the National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO) in Uganda and the Danforth Center which is working to improve cassava production, a key staple crop in the region. Professor Zerubabel M. Nyiira is a member of the Interim Steering Committee of NEPAD’s Biosciences Initiative for East and Central Africa, Uganda’s Millennium Science Initiative Programme Coordinator, and Chairman of the Committee on Technology, Physical Planning, Infrastructure and Industry of the National Planning Authority. He was nominated by the Government of Uganda to serve as NEPAD’s national focal point. He served in several international positions before assuming his present position of Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of the Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST). He was Senior Principal Research Scientist/Research Administrator and Head, International Cooperation and Training Programme at the International Centre of Insect Physiology (ICIPE), Regional Director of the Agro technology Resource Centre (ARC) and Senior Research Fellow at the International Service for National Agricultural Research (ISNAR). Prior to these appointments, he served as Chief Agricultural Research Officer and Director of Research in Uganda’s Ministry of Agriculture. He taught entomology and crop protection and supervised more than 10 M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees at Makerere University, Kampala and, while at ISNAR, in The Hague, lectured science policy at the International Agricultural Centre, University of Wagenningen. In 2000, he was elected concurrently as Chairman of the UN-ECA Committee on Natural Resources, Science and Technology, and Chairman of the Joint Council of Science and Technology in East Africa, the forum that preceded and culminated into the current East African Science and Technology Council of the East African Community. He served as expert on several panels of the United Nations Science and Technology Commission and carried out consultancies for the World Bank on indigenous knowledge and technologies, agricultural research policy for the United Nations Food and Agriculture, assessment of research resource capacity in R&D institutions in eastern and southern Africa for International Development Research Centre (IDRC), and development of an integrated pest management programme for UNDP and the Government of Uganda. Professor Nyiira is a Fulbright Scholar and Pearson Fellow. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Science and Technology, Member of the Royal Society of Health and Fellow of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences. He has a Ph.D. in bioecology and biostatistics, a M.Sc. in agricultural entomology and statistics and B.Sc. (Hons)(Special) in biological sciences, and professional diplomas in science laboratory technology, electronics, and medical laboratory technology. His postgraduate training was in research management and administration. He serves on several Boards including the Economic Policy Research Centre and the Centre for Policy and Strategic Studies, and has over 80 scientific publications in national, regional and international reputable journals to his credit. Prof. Zerubabel Nyiira Mijumbi is a Fellow of Uganda National Academy of Sciences.

Is a plant pathologist who has published widely on tropical crop diseases. He was Professor and head of Crop Science at Makerere University and was responsible for set up the Ugandan National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO). He was educated at Makerere and St Andrews (UK) and has undertaken research at universities in Kenya, Tanzania, and California. He has extensive international research experience. He worked at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Nigeria and has since served on many boards including the IITA, the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Colombia, the Commonwealth Agricultural Bureau International (CABI), and the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Co-operation (CTA). He now consults on institutional reforms in African agricultural research and chairs boards of several community based organizations. Currently, Joseph is working in South Sudan on a project for establishing an agricultural research system in the new country. Prof. Joseph Mukiibi is a Fellow of Uganda National Academy of Sciences.

Is a Professor in the department of Zoology; he served for many years at the UN and many other international bodies. He holds a PhD (Entomology) Nairobi; MSc (Parasitology) Liverpool; BSc (Zoology, Botany and Chemistry) University of East Africa, Nairobi; MIS (Management), MIS (Research extension), Dip. (Mol. Bio), Cert. (Biotech. & Biosafety), Cert. (Pedagogy), Cert. (Biogas Tech.), Cert. (Info. Tech.), Cert. (GIS). His area of specialization is Applied Parasitology and Entomology: Vector-parasite interaction, Experimental chemotherapy. His current research interests include: Vector–parasite interaction with particular emphasis on protozoa (trypanasomiasis, leishmaniasis and malaria); insect colonization; cryobiology; climate change vulnerability and adaptation. His recent research activities/projects are centred on Malaria transmission blocking: Involved in mosquito (Anopheles gambiae) colonization using local (Ugandan) strain of A. gambiae as a part of a multinational consortium; Climate change (vulnerability and adaptation): (i) country-wide research in Uganda to generate data for development of National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPAs), (ii) data generation to produce handbooks to guide Uganda delegation negotiations in COP 15. Biodiversity (invertebrate) assessment: to generate data to guide development of natural resource-based economic activities in transboundary districts of (a) Rwanda-Burundi and (b) Kenya–Uganda. Biogas technology development. He is also involved in the development of Biogas technology at district level through methanogenic generation of biogas from animal wastes. Prof. Kaddu is a Fellow of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences.

Is the Vice Chancellor, Muni University; the sixth public university in Uganda in the West Nile sub-region (www.muni.ac.ug). She is a wildlife scientist, conservationist, administrator, ardent educationist and social entrepreneur by practice. She received her Higher Degrees: - PhD (Zoology) 1997; MSc (1991) and BSc 1988 (Hons) Upper Second from Makerere University. She has a diploma on Modern Management and Administration of Cambridge College; several certificates in professional areas including biodiversity conservation and others from various universities. She founded the Wildlife department and served as Deputy Director, School of Graduate Studies, Makerere University. She initiated and started the Wildlife Management course in the Faculty of Veterinary medicine; Honorary Secretary, Forum for African Women Educationalist; Research Fellow, University of Manitoba, Canada; Government of Uganda appointee to the Senate of Busitema University, Uganda; Country Director, CIDA Funded Rural Livelihoods Project (2007-2012); Chairperson Board of Directors and Founder, Nile Women’s Initiative, Uganda; Member of International Women’s Leadership Forum (IWF), New York; Member of the Governing Council, Arua Regional Referral Hospital (2010 to 2013); Scientific Committee Member of International Ornithological Congress; Vice Chairperson, Nature Uganda (A branch of East Africa Natural History Society); Member, of Editorial Committee/board Journal of Conservation; Promoter of the Aquaculture course at Makerere University. She has authored or co-published over 40 publications in peer referred journals, book chapters and books. She obtained several scientific research and development grants. She continues to supervise, mentor many graduate students and upcoming academicians. Her outreach services cuts across national and disciplinary borders. Professor Dranzoa enjoys both national/international peer recognition in addition to today’s fellowship including; 2011 Vocational Award for promoting education, wildlife conservation and social welfare of communities. This award was given by Rotary Club of Arua on January 19th 2011. 2004 IWF Award: In 2004, International Women’s Leadership Forum (IWF), through the support of Carnegie Corporation of New York offered her the Prestigious IWF award; PAOC Presidency: In 2004, she was made President of the Pan African Ornithological Congress (2004-2008), a highly respected position for having made substantial contribution into avian sciences/ research and conservation; Wankele Aarde 2002 Award: (Unbalanced Earth Trophy-2002). Given by Dierenpark Amersfoort Zoo, Netherlands for Professor Dranzoa’s distinguished contribution towards Wildlife Conservation in Uganda; Model of Excellence 1999: Given by Forum for African Women Educationalists- Uganda Chapter for academic excellence and achievements in spite of all odds and made her a mentor to the girl-children of Uganda.

Prof. Obua joined the Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) as the Regional Coordinator of VicRes in January 2009. Before then, he worked in Makerere University as Professor of Forestry. He holds PhD (Forestry) 1996, from University of Wales (now called Bangor University) in the United Kingdom; University of Wales (UK) M.Sc. (Environmental Forestry) 1986; Makerere University B.Sc. (Forestry) Hons.1982. As the Regional Coordinator, he is responsible for the overall management of the VicRes programme and serves as Secretary to the VicRes Scientific Advisory Committee. He is also a member of the IUCEA Management Committee; Membership of Professional Bodies; He is a Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences; Member of the Commonwealth Forestry Association; Member of the Uganda Forestry Association; Member of the African Technology Policy Studies Network; Fellow of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences; Member of the East African Soil Science Society; Member of the East African Plant Science Society. Prof. Obua also serves as a member of several Committees/Boards as: - Chairperson, Management Committee of the National Forestry Resources Research Institute; Chairperson: Board of the Uganda Gatsby Clubs Tree Project. Chairman, Board of Directors, Integrated Rural Development Initiative. Chairman: National Steering Committee of the UNDP/GEF/SGP; Chairman: Inter-Agency Planning Committee of the National Science Week, Uganda National Council for Science and Technology. Member of the Technical Committee on Biodiversity, NEMA (Uganda). Member of the National Steering Committee, Innovation Systems and Clusters Programme (Uganda).

Is the founder and Chairperson of DevInfCo. He is an internationally renowned statistician, the 2005 winner of Prof. P.C. Mahalanobis Prize for Statistics for “for lifetime achievement in statistics and promotion of best statistical practice in developing countries”, the first Director of the African Centre for Statistics at the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and first Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Uganda Bureau of Statistics. He has been at the forefront of the statistical renaissance and associated statistical architecture in Africa. Prof. Kiregyera holds a B.Sc (Statistics and Economics) from Makerere University, M.Sc (Statistics) from Iowa State University (USA), PhD (Statistics) from University of Essex (UK), Chartered Statistician. Prof. Kiregyera has assisted many countries in Africa to reform their statistical systems and/or design their Statistical Master Plans/National Strategies for the Development of Statistics. He led a team of international consultants that designed the Reference Regional Strategic Framework for Statistical Capacity Building in Africa (RRSF) and wrote the first documentation on NSDS that was published by PARIS21 (Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century). He is the initiator and Co-chair of the Editorial Board of the African Statistical Journal which is published by the African Development Bank, the initiator and member of the editorial Board of the African Statistical Newsletter which is published by the African Centre for Statistics at UNECA. He belongs to a number of international professional associations. Prof. Kiregyera is a Fellow of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences.

Is the Chairperson, NEMA Board of Directors and Vice Chancellor, Gulu University and has served in that capacity since 2001. He is a Veterinary Scientist by professional training with specialization in Molecular Parasitology. In addition to his role as Vice Chancellor he also serves as Professor of Molecular Parasitology. He serves as Vice Chair Person, Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM); Chairman, National Council for Higher Education, Uganda; Board Member of Africa Help International an International NGO working Refugees and displaced persons in Uganda; Board Member, Inter-University Council of East Africa: there he was a member of the Human Resource Committee of Council for 4 years. He serves as a Board Member and member of Human Resource Committee, African Institute for Capacity Development (AICAD), based in Nairobi; and Board Member, Uganda National Examination Board (UNEB). Chair of Audit Committee of the Board. Between 1996 and 2001 he served as Member of Parliament, Kilak County, Gulu District Sessional Committee of Agriculture, Member Select committee that investigated the Valley Dam; and Member select committee on the purchase of military wares, food, pensions and salaries of soldiers. During 1994 and 1995 he served as Member, Constituent Assembly Delegate (Presidential Nominee); and participated in writing the 1995 Constitution of Uganda. Between 1995 and 2002, he was an active Member of Appointments Board, Mbarara University of Science and Technology; during the same time frame he served as a Board Member, National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), where he approved budgets and policies on environment; he appointed, promoted, removed and disciplined all officers of NEMA, and approve conditions of service. From 1996 to this present period he served as a Council Member, Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST); and led and engaged others in formidable discussion about the mission of this body while also approving policies of the Council including staff discipline and conditions of service.

Is a Demographer and Statistician and Professor in the School of Statistics and Applied Economics, Department of Population Studies Makerere University. He holds a Bachelors degree in Statistics and Economics (Makerere University, 1971), a Masters in Statistics and Demography (Makerere University, 1974), and a Doctorate in Demography from University of London, 1977, He has done a lot of work in developing university curricula in the areas of statistics, business statistics, demography, reproductive health, actuarial science, quantitative economics and population and development for Makerere University and North West University of South Africa. As a member of Makerere University Senate he evaluated and approved many academic and research programmes of the University. He headed a team of professionals who processed and analysed the 2008 Population Census of Liberia and also trained the national professionals to analyse and prepare 15 reports for the census. Prof. Ntozi has experience in conducting evaluation, needs assessment and baseline studies at international and national levels in developing countries. The most recent monitoring and evaluation work included evaluating PEPFAR project in Nigeria for the USA National Academy of Sciences and Congress (2005 – 2007), the development of M&E national and district indicators for HIV/AIDS in Uganda (2003) for Uganda AIDS Commission/USAID/Macro-International and evaluation of GOU/UNFPA programme (2000). Other major evaluation, needs assessment, baseline survey and strategic planning assignments accomplished as team leader includes conducting needs assessment of statistics training in Eastern Africa for COMESA (2006-07) doing situational analysis of HIV/AIDS and preparing related strategic and action plans for Swaziland (2005)for UNAIDS; an evaluation of the Tanzania Family Planning Training project for INTRAH/USAID from January to June 1999; AIM’s Needs Assessment and situational study of HIV/AIDS in Arua, Nebbi and Yumbe districts (2003); Needs Assessment of Uganda in Population and Development issues for Partners in Population and Development (2004), Uganda Adolescent Reproductive Health baseline study of 1999/2000 for UNFPA, Baseline study for UNICEF-Uganda Government Country Programme 2001-2005 done in 2001/02, and Human Development Reports focusing on HIV/AIDS for Uganda(2002)and Swaziland (2006-07) for UNDP. From 2000 to 2004, he was the Chair of the Technical Advisory Committee of Uganda African Youth Alliance (AYA) and for several years he has been on the Technical Advisory Committee of M&E of Uganda AIDS Commission. Currently, he is a member of a global subcommittee on care, set up by the USA National Academy of Science (NASA) to evaluate implementation of PEPFAR in 15 Developing countries mostly in Africa. In addition, for over 30 years Prof. Ntozi has conducted policy related and academic research projects on several topics including HIV/AIDS in Africa ( for 17 years) and prepared, published and presented over 100 scientific papers including over 30 on HIV/AIDS, written 6 books and co-edited four books on HIV/AIDS in Africa. For 18 years he held top managerial and administrative positions in Uganda and Africa, including being a Census Commissioner (1979 –84), Head of Department of Population Studies (1984 –89) and Director of the Regional Institute of Statistics & Applied Economics, Makerere University (1989 – 1997). Prof. Ntozi is a Fellow of the Uganda national Academy of Sciences.

Is a Ugandan physician and politician. He was Vice President of the Republic of Uganda, 2003-2011. He also represents the constituency of Busiro North in the Ugandan Parliament, a position he has served in since 1996. He was educated by the Brothers of Christian Instruction order in Uganda. He had his early education at St. Savio Primary School, Kisubi, St. Mary's College Kisubi, St. Edward Secondary School, Bukuumi and Old Kampala Secondary School. He joined Makerere University School of Medicine in the 1970s where he graduated with the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB). He worked briefly as a Medical Officer at Mbale Hospital up to 1982 when he left Uganda for Papua New Guinea. While outside Uganda, he obtained the degrees of Master of Science (MSc) from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine UK, and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from the University of Queensland with a thesis topic of The Epidemiology of Under-Five Childhood Diarrhoeas In A Per-Urban Population of Papua New Guinea. Dr. Gilbert Bukenya returned to Uganda as a Professor of Medicine and was appointed Dean of Makerere University School of Medicine, a position he held from 1994 until 1996. In 1996 he entered politics and was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Busiro North constituency. He also served as Chairman of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) parliamentary caucus. During this period he is credited for having managed to defuse the tension that was boiling up between President Museveni and other historical leaders of the ruling NRM. He was the Vice President and was chairman of the ruling NRM party in the Buganda region. Dr. Bukenya subsequently became Minister of State for Trade and Industry before being elevated to Minister of the Presidency. He became Vice President in 2003. Prof. Bukenya is a Fellow of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Nakanyike B. Musisi holds a PhD from the University of Toronto, Canada, an MA and M. Lit from the University of Birmingham, U.K and a B. Hons Degree from Makerere University. She was the former Executive Director of Makerere Institute of Social Research, at Makerere University and an Executive Secretary of the Innovations at Makerere Committee. In 1993, 1994 and 1996, she received the Dean's Merit of Teaching Excellence Award, University of Toronto. Dr. Musisi has served on a number of noteworthy national Task Forces. She has published widely and has worked on several research research projects including: Determinants of Poor Performance of Best UACE Students Admitted to Makerere University through Direct Entry; The Migration of Skilled Health Personnel in the African Region; Attendance Patterns and Causes of Drop-outs in Primary Schools and Decentralization and Tertiary Institution: The Case of Uganda; Management of Puberty: information Needs from the Perspective of Ugandan Primary School Children. Her selected publications include; "Uganda". 2003, In Damtew Deferrer & Philip G. Altbach (eds), African Higher Education: An International Reference Handbook. Bloomington & Indianapolis, Indiana University Press. Pp. 611-623. 2003; Makerere University in Transition 1993-2000. (2003) Oxford, James Currey /Kampala, Fountain Publishers. "Promoting Empowerment: A Unique Grant Relationship between Rockefeller Foundation and Miserere University". (2003) In Dialogue in Pursuit of Development, Expert Group on Development Issues (EGDI). The Nordic African Institute. Uppsala. Dr. Nakanyike is a Fellow of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Fina Opio is the Executive Director, ASARECA. The Association for strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA) is an association of 11 countries. These are Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. Dr. Fina Opio holds a PhD in Plant Pathology from Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro, Tanzania; a Masters of Science in Crop Science from Nairobi University in Kenya; and Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from Makerere University in Uganda. She has attended a number of courses on research management, strategic planning science, technology policy and innovations, leadership, research management, gender mainstreaming, Biotechnology, Agricultural development and many pathology related courses. She has excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Dr. Fina Opio is one of Uganda’s top agricultural development experts and a highly skilled in plant pathology, bacteriology, participatory agricultural research, technology development and dissemination, rural development, Gender and Agricultural related issues. She has a wide experience in Agricultural development issues, strategic planning leadership and management, science and technology policy, agricultural development policy and innovations, all built over twenty years of career development path. She has published over 30 papers in international scientific journals and over 60 papers in conference/workshop proceedings. Due to her outstanding performance and contribution to Agricultural Science and development, she was recognized by NARO and Awarded “an outstanding performance Award in recognition of Excellent Execution of her official Duties as a Scientist in NARO during the Period 1998-2000”. In 2004 she was recognized by Forum for Women Educationalist in Uganda and nominated for the SARAH NTIRU Award. She was the second run-up for Women Achievers of the year in Uganda. In 2006 she was nominated for the Presidential Science Excellence Award and competed with top eminent scientists in Uganda. She has been a member of the governing council of Uganda National Academy of Sciences since 2000; and a Vice-President from 2002 to 2004. Dr. Fina Opio has recently been appointed the Executive Director of ASARECA. She assumed office on March 01, 2013. She has previously been the Manager Staple Crops Program of ASARECA. She joined ASARECA on June 1, 2007. Prior to joining ASARECA she was the Director of of the National Crops Resources Research Institute (NACRRI) based at Namulonge. NACRRI is one of the Institutes of the National Agricultural Council of Uganda. She has been a member of many governing boards councils including the Uganda National Council of Science and Technology where she was a member of the Executive committee of the Council. Dr. Fina has served as a consultant to both national and International organizations. She was a member of the Advisory Panel that Reviews proposals for African fellowships from Rothamstead International in U.K (2005 – 2010). She was a member of the Steering committee for Gender and Diversity Programme of the CGIAR for the Women fellowship Programme in Eastern Africa. In 2005 she was a member of a working group that drafted the Biotechnology briefs for CTA (The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation) for ACP (African, Caribbean and Pacific) based in The Netherlands. She was a member of the VITAA (Vitamin A for Africa) Steering Committee. The VITAA initiative then covered Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, South Africa, Mozambique and Ghana. She was the Chairperson from 2002 – 2005. She was a member of the Task Force for Agricultural Extension that helped design Uganda’s National Advisory services Program (NAADS). She was a member of the team formed by COMESA to design the Alliance for Commodity Trade in Eastern and Southern Africa (ACTESA). She was been a Member of the Board of Trustees for CIAT (2008 - 2011); On the CIAT BOARD she was a member of the Audit Committee; and She is a Council member for Busitema University of Science and Technology where she chairs the planning and development committee. Dr. Fina Opio is a Fellow of Uganda National Academy of Sciences and African Academy of Science.

Prof. Thomas Egwang holds a postdoctoral in molecular biology from USA. He is the Executive Director for African Academy of Sciences, Nairobi, Kenya. He is also the CEO of Uganda Media for Health (UM4H), a member of Governing Councils of ICIPE, Kenya and NALIRRI, Uganda. Dr Egwang has held numerous positions which include Fellow in Medicine, University Hospitals of Cleveland; Visiting scientist, UC Berkeley; Directeur du Recherche, CIRMF, Gabon; and Director General and CEO, Med Biotech Laboratories, Kampala, the first nongovernmental, biomedical research institution in Africa, where, among other things, scientists are working with a Japanese organization to develop a malaria vaccine. He has served on advisory boards of Uganda National Council for Science and Technology and Mbarara University for Science and Technology; steering committees/panels of the WHO/TDR (Geneva), EU (Brussels), and Partnership Board, EDCTP (Hague). In his career he has been awarded Career Development Award by WHO/TDR (1995), International Research Scholar of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Award (2000), International Leadership Award by the Elisabeth Glazer Pediatrics Foundation (2004) and Ugandan Presidential Innovation in Science Excellence Award (2006). He has trained and mentored graduate students and clinical fellows. In 1997 he was elected Fellow of the Third World Academy of Sciences In 1997 he was elected Fellow of the Third World Academy of Sciences (Medical and Health Sciences). Prof. Thomas Egwang is a Fellow of Uganda National Academy of Sciences.

Prof. Felix B. Bareeba holds a Ph.D, University of Manitoba, Canada (1980), M.Sc. (Agric.), Makerere University (1977). BSc. (Agric.), Makerere University (1973), Cambridge and Higher School Certificate, Ntare School, Mbarara, (1965-1969). His field of Specialization is Animal Nutrition; Biochemistry and Animal Physiology. Prof. Bareeba has over thirty years experience in agricultural development, teaching and training, research, management, agribusiness and consultancy. Has conducted research mainly on evaluation and utilization of tropical forages by ruminants and fodder conservation for dry season feeding. Has successfully supervised over 25 postgraduate students for their higher degrees in the general area of utilization of local feed resources. Has authored and co-authored over 80 publications on different aspects of animal production, especially in the area of feed resources evaluation, conservation and utilization and livestock farming systems in referred journals and scientific conference proceedings. Having served in various administrative positions in the university and planned and managed various donor-funded projects, Prof. Bareeba is well versed with establishment and maintenance of both local and international linkage research programmes. Prof. Bareeba is a Fellow of Uganda National Academy of Sciences in 2005.

Is a Steenbock Professor, Department of Biochemistry, and Chair, Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin. Dr. Ntambi received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in biochemistry and chemistry from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, and his Ph.D. degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. He did his graduate and postdoctoral work at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the laboratories of Drs. Paul T. Englund and M. Daniel Lane, respectively, where he started his work on the molecular biology of parasites and the regulation of genes of lipid metabolism. Dr. Ntambi has made distinguished contributions to the field of nutritional biochemistry, and his pioneering work on the genetic regulation of the stearoyl-CoA desaturase has recently led to many new insights into the importance of this enzyme in metabolism and in disease states, such as obesity, diabetes, atherosclerosis, inflammation, and cancer. His pioneering work will help explain the complex aspects of the “metabolic syndrome” and to advance our understanding of nutrient-gene interactions. Dr. Ntambi has published more than 150 peer-reviewed scientific papers and is also involved in international research and teaching efforts, including student and faculty exchange programs between Makerere University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has received numerous awards, including the Osborne and Mendel Award, the Steenbock Career Development Award, the Fogarty International Biomedical Research Award, the Fulbright Research Award, the Arthur J. Maurer Extra Mile Award, the Excellence in International Activities Award, the Distinguished Chancellor's Teaching Award, and the ASBMB Award for Exemplary Contributions to Education. Dr. Ntambi serves in National Institutes of Health (NIH) study sections and is a member of the NIH/National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) Board of Scientific Counselors. He is also a member of the Institute of Medicine Food and Nutrition Board of the United States National Academy of Sciences. He has been invited to present seminars on obesity and diabetes research conferences in the United States and other countries, serves on numerous scientific committees, and is an advisory to government agencies. Prof. James Ntambi is a Fellow of Uganda National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Musoke is a distinguished scientist and lead researcher on an innovative malaria control programme under the Presidential Initiative for Malaria Research. On Labour Day in 2013, H.E. President Yoweri Museveni recognized Dr. Musoke’s labour and innovation, and awarded him funds to pursue phase 2 (product development) of the programme. The programme is housed at Nkumba University’s School of Hospitality and Environment Sciences. Dr. Miph Musoke was in mid 2011 nominated for recognition with the Albert Einstein Science Award by the Biographical Institute, USA. The Institute, established in the 1940s, recognizes individual’s profound scientific contribution to humanity. Dr. Musoke is the pioneer (1977) and the current (2011) National Secretary of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (NAB) Programme. He is a Fellow of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences (Medical Sciences). Prof. Musoke is a Fellow of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Mackay Okure is a senior lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering, College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology, Makerere University. He holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University, Evanston Illinois, USA (1994), by coursework and research. B.Sc.(Eng.) First Class Honours – Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda (1981); Four year course of study in mechanical engineering with emphasis in systems engineering. Specialized in neural networks applied to nondestructive evaluation (NDE) signal classification with emphasis on real-world data applications, performance evaluation and over-training. Dissertation title: “Neural Networks for NDE Signal Classification.”; M.S. (M.E.) – Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey (1986); A two year program of coursework and thesis. Specialized in computer-aided process planning with emphasis on software development for computer numerical control (CNC). Thesis title: “Development of a Software Process Planning Package for Rotational Parts.”. He is a member of several professional bodies including; Fellow, Uganda National Academy of Sciences, Registered Engineer, Engineers Registration Board of Uganda, Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers since 1992, Member, Uganda Institution of Professional Engineers since 1995.

Dr. Emmanuel B. Kasimbazi is an Associate Professor at the School of Law, Makerere University as well as a legal consultant and an advocate of the High Court of Uganda. He has a Bachelor of Laws Degree (LLB) from the University of Dar as salaam, a Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre, a Master of Laws (LLM) Degree from the University of Calgary, Canada and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from the University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. He is the current Chair, Environmental Law Center at Makerere University and was a Fulbright Scholar at the School of Law, University of Maryland, Baltimore, USA. His current research interests include water law and governance, oil and gas, climate change, criminal justice system, renewable energy and health law reform. He has published widely in his various areas of research and his publications cover the following: legal aspects of climate change, environmental law governance, regulation of oil and gas exploration and production, transboundary water resources management, legislative drafting of environmental laws, wetlands and forestry management and wildlife crimes. He has serves as an External Examiner of the University of Dar es salaam, University of Nairobi, University of Pretoria, University of South Africa and North- West University, South Africa. He is the current President of the East African Association for Impact Assessment (EAAIA) and the Vice President of Association for Environmental Law Lecturers in African Universities (ASSELLAU). He is an active in the IUCN as a member of the Academy on Environmental Law and a member of the IUCN Commission on Environmental law. He has consulted for many international and national agencies including the World Bank, the African Development Bank, United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), Nile Basin Initiative, European Union, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and various bilateral aid agencies including Germany Technical Cooperation (GTZ), United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) and Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA)..

Assoc. Prof. Jeninah Karungi holds a BSc. Agriculture (1997), MSc. Crop Science (1999) and PhD in Crop Entomology (2007) that she attained as a Sandwich arrangement between Makerere University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. She is also an alumnus of the Imperial College of London (former Wye College) where she successfully completed an external course in Research and Data Analysis for Agronomists in 1997. She has 16 years of experience teaching Insect Science with a focus on physiology, ecology and management at the School of Agricultural Sciences at Makerere University. Since 2000, Assoc. Prof. Karungi has orchestrated, won and provided leadership in over 15 research projects. She has been a Country Coordinator for two multi-national projects. In addition to building capacity through graduate training and supervision, her research has emphasized development and dissemination of ecological pest management strategies for key crops in Uganda. Assoc. Prof. Karungi has authored over 20 peer reviewed journal publications and numerous non-peer reviewed publications. She also authored a Handbook on identification and management of pests and diseases of cabbage and other brassicas in Uganda. She has presented her research at over 25 scientific congress/symposia. She is an active reviewer for six internationally renowned agricultural science journals. Assoc. Prof. Karungi has championed crucial environmental and human health protection drives, particularly, urban solid waste management and promotion of judicious pesticide usage. She is a recipient of prestigious professional awards, remarkably, the Young Affiliate Fellow award by The World Academy of Sciences; the International Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Excellence award by the International Integrated Pest Management Symposium (USA, 2009); Visiting Scientist award by TWAS-DFG (TWAS and the German Research Foundation) that she served at the Justus Liebig University, Giessen, Germany (2013). She is a member of the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSDW); of the African Crop Science Society; of the International Association for the Plant Protection Sciences (IAPPS); and of the Association of Uganda Professional Agriculturists (ASUPA).

Dr. Gerald Kayingo is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Betty Irene School of Nursing at University of California Davis Medical Center. Prior to his UC Davis appointment in 2014, he was a faculty member at the Yale School of Medicine Physician Associate Program and practiced at the Yale New Haven Hospital Primary Care Center in Connecticut. Dr. Kayingo has extensive experience in scholarship, education and clinical practice. His current research interests relate to health systems research, specifically patient-centered outcomes, team-based care, quality and safety, health-care education as well as advancing rural and global health with mobile technologies. His clinical interests are infectious diseases and metabolic syndrome in primary care settings. Dr. Kayingo also has over 10 years of experience in bench research particularly in Molecular-Cellular Biology and Biotechnology. Nationally, Dr. Kayingo serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Physician Assistant Education and has been a reviewer of several journals. He has served as a member of the national health disparities working group for the American Academy of Physician Assistants. He is a recipient of several awards. In 1999, he received a grant to study and improve adherence to medication by homeless patients living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic diseases. In 2011, he received a grant from the Physician Assistant Foundation to conduct a training program for “Capacity Building in Non-Communicable Diseases”, for mid-level practitioners (known as clinical officers) in Uganda. In 2012, he was also funded by the Physician Assistant Education Association to study the impact of PCMH on Physician Assistant Education. He earned a Master of Medical Science-Physician Assistant Degree at Yale University School of Medicine in Connecticut and a Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology from Orange Free State University in South Africa. He completed his postdoctoral training in Infectious Diseases at Yale University School of Medicine where he studied microbial pathogenesis, membrane transport and signal transduction. His undergraduate education was at Makerere University-Kampala Uganda where he obtained a BSc (Hons) in Botany and Zoology. He attended St. Henry’s College-Masaka Uganda for his high school. Dr. Kayingo has been published in the Yale Journal of Biology & Medicine, Microbiology (UK), Journal of Molecular Microbiology & Biotechnology, Trends in Microbiology, FEMS Yeast Research, Archives of Microbiology, Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek, Yeast and JAAPA.

Professor Maria Musoke is the University Librarian, Makerere University and Professor of Information Science in the University, the first female to attain this rank, as well as being one of only a handful of female Professors in the country as a whole. She holds a B.Sc. Degree in Botany, Zoology and Education, a Diploma, Masters and Ph.D degrees in Library and Information Science with special interest in Health Information. She has sustained this interest in Health Information in her academic work as she has progressed in her professional work, research, teaching and outreach activities, as she has advanced up the ladder of her career at Makerere. In this career, she has risen from Librarian, through Deputy Librarian and in-charge of the important Sir Albert Cook Memorial Library at the College of Health at Mulago Hospital (from 1995) to finally, University Librarian in 2004. In this capacity she has been instrumental in the recent expansion and development of the facilities and staffing of the largest university library in the country.During her tenure, Professor Musoke has contributed significantly to the development of academic library services for general, health, and women and gender, as well as rural communities within and without the University. Her activities have also had wider impact due to her consultancies and membership of international bodies such as ECA, African Development Bank, WHO, International Federation of Library Associations, as well as various African and other universities overseas. She has done documentation, cataloging and bibliographic research and has contributed to methods of document delivery, supply, and access to health information for rural areas, by ICT and other means. From her research she has published widely in international media and contributed papers to many conferences and meetings. Her work has received recognition both locally and internationally winning her awards, honors and commendations leading to invitations for her to deliver keynote addresses at conferences, and for her to coordinate or participate in advisory or collaborative projects locally and internationally. Her services have been, for instance, been sought by, among others, the International Federation of Library Associations, Wiley-Blackwell's Library Advisory Board and WHO.Her Ph.D research work, among other things, led to the revision of the 'Slawson and Shaugnessy formula' as reported in the BMJ in 2002. And as part of her continuing contribution to Science, she has initiated graduate courses in Health Information Systems and Services, Information Vaccines for HIV/ AIDS Prevention ( for practicing health information personnel), Information Competence and Management (for researchers and graduate students), and also a Rural Outreach Health Information Programme. She has supervised many graduate students of Information Science, and Women and Gender Studies, taught courses in Library Classification, Health Information Systems, and Management of Information Services as well as contributed to continuing postgraduate education by her bibliographic work.Professor Maria Musoke has an impressive record of community and outreach service and leadership. She belongs to a number of editorial, policy and professional organizations, both local and international. She has been the First Vice President of the African Regional Association of Health Information Professionals (AHILA) for two terms (1990-96). She is a member of the Governing Board representing Uganda on the Regional Centre for Research, Documentation on Women, Gender and Peace Building in the Great Lakes Region (2011 to date). She has been a member of the Advisory Committee for the Annual International Conference on Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries (QQML) since 2011. She is a member of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) Health and Biosciences Libraries Section Standing Committee (2011-15).Due to her work, research, service and leadership in the Discipline of Information and Library Science, she deserves to be elected as a Fellow of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Florence Mutonyi-D’ujanga is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics, Makerere University. In 2004, became the first female Head of the Physics Department, a position held for two 4-year terms. She coordinated the NUFU Project, a government of Norway supported project, as Physics coordinator and the PI of the Millennium Science Initiative (MSI) project, which was a project of the Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST) and supported by the World Bank (2007-2010). Dr. D’ujanga has a number of publications in refereed journals and teaches both the graduate and undergraduate physics students. She chairs the Technical Committee of Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS/TC 9) on Metrology, Member of the Natural Science Programme for Uganda National Commission for UNESCO, Promoting girls in science, as role model, in collaboration with UNCST, Member of the Technical Committee of the International Standards Organization (ISO/TC 202) on Microbeam Analysis.

Dr. Maud Kamatenesi-Mugisha is the Vice Chancellor, Bishop Stuart University-Mbarara. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Medical Ethnobotany and Ethnopharmacology), Makerere University, UNESCO – MAB Diploma in Scientific Research, UNESCO-MAB, France, PGD. Human Resource-Damelin School of Management, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Masters Degree in Environment and Natural Resources Management, MUIENR, Makerere University – Uganda, Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE), Makerere University – Uganda, Bachelor of Science Degree (Hons.) [Botany & Zoology] Makerere University - Uganda. Dr. Kamatenesi-Mugisha has over 15 years of Institutions basedAdministrative experience, over 20 years in teaching and 14 years in research in the under listedInstitutions and capacity. She has published over 30 papers, 2 web based publications, 3 distance education books write upand has 4 manuscripts in preparation for publication and 12 unpublished reports.She has won 12 international research awards and carried out 5 Consultancies with International Agencies. Dr. Maud Kamatenesi-Mugisha is a Fellow of Uganda National Academy of Sciences.

Prof. John H. Muyonga is the current Dean, School of Food Technology, Nutrition & Bio-Engineering at Makerere University. He holds a PhD in Food Science from the University of Pretoria/Universiteit van Pretoria, M.Sc., Food Science, Cornell University, B.Sc., Food Science & Technology from Makerere University. Before his appointment as Dean, Prof Muyonga served as Head of the Department of Food Science & Technology at Makerere University. Prof Muyonga has published over 30 peer reviewed articles in international journal, 2 books and 3 book chapters. His publications are widely cited. His research covers aspects of protein and lipid recovery from food processing waste, nutraceutical properties of traditional Ugandan foods, improvement of traditional food processing methods, physicochemical chemical characterization of neglected foods and development of foods for nutritionally vulnerable groups. Prof Muyonga has peer reviewed for over 20 international journals. He has led 17 research projects in the area of food science and nutrition, coordinated implementation of several institutional development projects including NORAD grant to the Department of Food Science and Technology, Makerere. Professor Muyonga is passionate about research translation. He spearheaded the setting up of a Technology and Business Incubator at Makerere University, Food Science and Technology Department which led to creation of enterprises and hundreds of jobs; led a team to operationalise a community based supplementary feeding program in Abim, Kotido and Kaabong Districts, which has facilitated nutrition rehabilitation for over 10,000 persons. He also led a team to undertake Food Security and Nutrition on assessments for the Acholi region and was lead Consultant World Food Program on improving production and post harvest handling on micronutrient rich foods in North Eastern Uganda and also developed the sector profile for fisheries sector for the Uganda Investment Authority. Prof Muyonga has 17 years consulting experience and has supported over a dozen start-up companies. He is the Chairman Board of Directors at Peak Value Industries Ltd, Chairman & Founder at Community Action for Health, managing nutrition and health programs in different parts of Uganda; Director Food and Nutrition Solutions, Chair of the Advisory Committee for the National Agricultural Laboratories, Board Member for Voluntary Efforts Development Concern and Director Cornerstone Junior School. He is a member of several Groups and Associations including; Fellow of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences (UNAS), Institute of Food Technologists, South African Association of Food Science & Technology, Global Academy and Affiliate of TWAS.

Prof. Adipala Ekwamu isth Ohio State's International Programs in Agriculture and Michigan State University to establish a training program that helps students from Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda earn agriculture-related degrees. Prof. Adipala Ekwamu is working to transform agricultural research and education throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Professor Adipala Ekwamu is the editor of the African Crop Science Journal. He received his doctoral degree in plant pathology in 1992, and taught in the Department of Crop Science at Uganda's Makerere University. In 2010, Prof. Ekwamu earned the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences International Alumni Award. Prof. Adipala Ekwamu is a Fellow of Uganda National Academy of Sciences.

Prof. Johnny Mugisha is a Professor of Agricultural Economics in the Department of Agribusiness and Natural Resource Economics, Makerere University. He is an Old Boy of Kitunga High School (O’Level) and Kigezi High School (A’Level). He graduated from Makerere University in 1992 with BSc. Agriculture and in 1995 with MSc. in Agricultural Economics. A year later, he joined Justus-Liebig University Giessen in Germany for a PhD and graduated in 1999. His PhD dissertation was on the Impact of Structural Adjustment Policies and External Market Effects on Ugandan Agricultural Economy. He has since been teaching at Makerere University in the Department of Agribusiness and Natural Resource Economics where he has been promoted through the ranks; from Assistant Lecturer (1994-1998) to Professor (2013 – to date). Prof. Mugisha has been conducting applied research in the discipline of Socio-economics at farm, household and market levels including agricultural technology adoption, urban waste utilisation, biogas production and utilisation, agricultural resource optimization, value chain studies and impact assessment. From his research work, he has published over 40 papers in various peer reviewed Journals. Prof. Mugisha has supervised and mentored over 50 graduates at Masters Level and 6 graduates at PhD level most of whom are now occupying high positions of community, national and international interests. He is currently the Dean of the School of Agricultural Sciences in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Makerere University. He is a reviewer for various Journal publishers and a member of various academic associations and networks. Prof. Johnny Mugisha is a Fellow of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Sally Katherine Stansfield is a globally recognized leader in public health and development strategies. She serves as Deloitte Consulting’s lead health systems strengthening specialist, with a focus on health research, policy, and global governance. In her more than 35 years of professional experience, Dr. Stansfield has advised governments, private institutions, and international agencies and has been a trusted advisor at the highest levels. Within the World Health Organization, where she served as the Executive Director of the Health Metrics Network, she established and led a global health partnership to strengthen country health information systems in more than 85 countries, mobilizing more than $1 billion in critical new funding. For the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Dr. Stansfield served as Associate Director for the Foundation’s Global Health Initiatives. In each case, she oversaw the operational management of global partnerships and provided technical guidance and thought leadership to the initiatives she led. She has designed and managed programs for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USAID, and Canada’s International Development Research Centre. Dr. Stansfield has received several notable awards, including the Yale Tercentennial Medal, a Public Health Service Commendation and a Fulbright Research Fellowship. She maintains an active medical licensure in the state of Washington. Dr. Stansfield holds a Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Washington. Dr. Sally Katherine Stansfield is a Fellow of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences.

Prof. Sylvester Nyakaana has distinguished himself as an outstanding scholar in the fields of Genetics and Biotechnology as attested by awards and discoveries he has obtained and made in his career. He pursued his education career through Nyakasura School, Makerere University, University of Wales and University of Copenhagen. While doing his Masters Degree, He obtained a First class Degree for which he was recognized with a Roger Gilbert Memorial Prize in Genetics. While doing his PhD in Copenhagen, he distinguished himself as the first person ever to successfully clone, isolate and characterize Microsatellite Genetic Markers from the African elephant Genome. Ever since his first discovery, his ingenious Protocol has been successfully applied to discover more of these markers and this has taken molecular research on this endangered species a notch higher. Prof. Nyakaana has also significantly contributed to the academic growth of Makerere University through teaching, Curriculum Development (a case in point being the spearheading of the design and implementation of the Bsc Biotechnology Program), Mentoring of Postgraduate students at Masters and PhD levels and attraction of Research grants to the University. His current area of active research revolves around using molecular genetic techniques in Biodiversity conservation and understanding the epidemiology of Neglected Tropical Diseases and the genetics of their vectors. Prof. Sylvester Nyakaana is a Fellow of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences.

Prof. Peter Kakubeire Baguma holds a BSc, MSc, PhD in Occupational Psychology. In 1982, started as a Teaching Assistant in the School of Psychology and later served as the first elected Director for the Institute of Psychology in 2003; Head of Department of Organisational and Social Psychology from 2005 -2011; Dean, School of Psychology 2011-2015. He has won 9 competitive research grants, written 24 articles in refereed journals, 2 book reviews, and 13 book chapters, published 7 books. He initiated 17 international research collaboration and linkages and short trainings for Makerere Community and produced a tool to assess Corruption and Integrity. He has served the local community in various capacities as LC III Chairperson, Makerere Sub-County among others. Has also participated in fundraising for Makerere University where about 500 books and journals were collected. Supervised over 120 Masters’ students, 2 PhD students, and evaluated/advised 4 PhD candidates locally and internationally. Prof. Baguma has received several notable awards including; long service award from Makerere University, the distinguished researchers award from the American Biographical Association, and a distinction from the Ugandan Counselling Association for best paper presentation at the 2014 International Counselling Conference. He is a reviewer for 15 international journals and a member to 19 past/present Senate/college committees. He is also an external examiner to 9 local/international Universities. He is a member to 10 professional organisations including International Association for Cross-cultural Psychology, International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development and co- founded the African Research Advisory Panel that focuses on developmental research, the Pan African Psychological Union, World Council for Psychotherapy, World Council for Psychotherapy (African Chapter- Current President) and the Leadership and Management in Sub-Saharan Africa Association. Prof. Peter Kakubeire Baguma is a Fellow of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Abel M.S. Kata¬hoire is a reg¬is¬tered Elec¬tri¬cal Engi¬neer, and a grad¬u¬ate from the Uni¬ver-sity of Nairobi, Uni¬ver¬sity of Wind¬sor, and the Uni¬ver¬sity of Man¬i¬toba, Canada, where he gained his B.Sc in Electrical Engineering (Hons), M.A. Sc (Electrical Engineering) and PhD degrees, respec¬tively. He is cur¬rently the Man¬ag¬ing Direc¬tor and found¬ing part¬ner (in 1981) of Multi-Konsults Ltd, an Engi¬neer¬ing Ser¬vices Con¬sul¬tancy Com¬pany. He has had over ten years expe¬ri¬ence as a Uni¬ver¬sity Lec¬turer, Senior Lec¬turer and Head of Depart¬ment of Elec¬tri¬cal Engi-neer¬ing at Mak¬erere Uni¬ver¬sity. He has held various responsibilities including; Chairman Uganda Association of Consulting Engineers, President (1993/94) and Vice President (1989/93) Uganda Institution of Professional Engineers, Member Engineers’ Registration Board (1988/1990), Honorary Secretary of the Uganda Institution of Professional Engineers (1984/1989), National Coordinator of wind power research for African Energy Programme of the Commonwealth Science Council, Coordinating Secretary and Editor of the national paper for the United Nations Conference of Energy (1981), External Examiner in heavy current subjects for the University of Dar-es-salaam and the University of Nairobi and former Treasurer of Uganda National Academy of Sciences. In addition he has served the country as founding Chairman, Uganda Communications Commission (1998/2010), founding Vice Chairman of Kyambogo University Council, founding Council Member, Uganda National Bureau of Standards. Dr. Abel Katahoire is a Fellow of Uganda National Academy of Sciences.