PROFESSOR PAULINE BYAKIKA-KIBWIKA, CHAIRPERSON,
Pauline is a Physician and Epidemiologist. She is a Professor of Internal Medicine at the School of Medicine of Makerere University College of Health Sciences and the Vice President of Uganda Medical Association. She is a result-oriented, well-rounded leader with close to twenty years of experience in clinical care, research, teaching, capacity building, project development and management. Her overarching aspiration is to reduce morbidity and mortality from communicable and non-communicable diseases in Uganda and beyond, through wellness initiatives, clinical care, research and training.
Prof Byakika holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Master of Medicine in Internal Medicine and a doctorate degree in Clinical Pharmacology from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. She is an accomplished writer with over 40 articles published in peer reviewed journals. Pauline’s research focus is in the field of HIV, malaria and Tuberculosis with special interest in disease and drug interactions. She has made significant contribution to research in Uganda; she is the Director of the Research Directorate and heads the Scientific Review Committee at the Department of Medicine of Makerere College of Health Sciences and is a member of the Accreditation Committee of Research Ethics Committees in Uganda. She is a fellow of the Uganda Academy of Sciences.
Pauline has worked as consultant on projects for the Uganda Ministry of Health and partners for Malaria and HIV Control, the East African Community and other community initiatives. Pauline is a Commissioner on the East African Health Research Commission, where she contributes to decision making on matters of health and health related research and findings necessary for knowledge generation, translation, technological development, policy formulations, practices and related matters.
RICHARD-MARTIN BYAKULEKA, SECRETARY
Martin (Richard) is an International development specialist, and former diplomat, with extensive experience at institutional relationship management, donor development and fundraising; with topical expertise at poverty alleviation, global health intervention, relief program coordination and refugee's resettlement, democratization, and human rights advocacy. His career longevity stands at 25 years and counting.
Martin holds a BA (Social Sciences) from Makerere University, MA in International Relations (American University, Cairo), a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management (Lasell), and Post Graduate Diplomas in Diplomacy from Islamabad and Cairo.
Martin works as a Senior Director at his Boston based International Development Consultancy, Bymax Global Inc in charge of Partnerships and International Cooperation. Martin is a human rights and democracy activist: He cofounded and is Chairman/President of the Common League of the Uganda Diaspora (CLOUD), a global Uganda Diaspora front for human rights and democracy protection organization.
Martin founded Community Concepts Inc
in Boston and works as the President and CEO.
DR SABRINA BAKEERA-KITAKA
Is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Pediatrics' and Child health at the Makerere University College of Health Sciences. She is an active member of African Society for Pediatric Infectious Diseases(AFSPID). She completed her MB ChB at Makerere University in 1995; Masters of Pediatrics and Child Health at Makerere University in July 2002. She was a Gilead Fellow, and then Research Scholar at the Infectious Diseases Institute from 2003-2011 where she undertook a Fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases and did research on HIV-infected adolescents. She is currently a PhD Candidate at the School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. She has been involved in conducting basic research in various Pediatrics Infectious Diseases and offers clinical care to HIV infected children and adolescents most of whom are perinatally infected. She is the Founding President of the Society of Adolescent Health in Uganda, and co-directs the Friday Adolescent Clinic at the Makerere Medical School Ambulatory Care clinics.
BUKENYA LEWIS DENIS
Denis holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration (MPA) and an honors degree in Social Work and Social administration. He is a Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights expert, an adolescent health training specialist, deputy director and head of department advocacy and research of Naguru Teenage Information and Health Center, a pioneer reproductive health center for young people in Uganda. He is also an assistant lecturer in the International Training Programme for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) offered at the division of social medicine at Lund University in Sweden. He has over ten years’ experience in Adolescent Sexual Reproductive health and rights (ASRHR) services’ delivery, psychosocial and behavioural support for children and youth on ASRHR, HIV/AIDS and other chronic medical conditions.
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