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Prof Buyinza Mukadasi -- CARTA Board Chairman

Professor Buyinza Mukadasi is currently the Director, Directorate of Research and Graduate Training, Makerere University.  He holds a BSc, MSc. (Environmental Science.), PhD in Forest Management from Gadjah Mada University Yogyakarta, Indonesia and several Post-doctoral research training at the International Agricultural Centre, Waginengen University (2002-2003), University of Florida, Institute of Agricultural Science (2004), Norwegian University of Life Sciences (2005 – 2007). He started his research and academic career as Lecturer at Makerere University in 1999, and rose to the rank of Full Professor in 2010.  He has held this position since 2010 where he is in charge of all research and graduate training at the university. He has held important positions including Chairperson Board of Directors of the National Forestry Authority (2007 – 2014).

He has participated in more than 15 research projects as a Principal Investigator, Co-Principal Investigator or a collaborator. He is the coordinator of various research capacity building initiatives in Makerere with support from several development partners. He has an excellent record of resource mobilization, Coordination and management of institutional research Projects including the Uganda-Sweden bilateral Research project worthy USD$ 40 million, 2015 – 2020; EU-funded INTRA-ACP AFRICA (Euro 2million); Cambridge-African Partnership in Research Excellence (CAPREX) in collaboration with Cambridge and University of Ghana (USD $2 million); 2016-2018; Makerere-Uganda Virus Research Institute programme on Infection and Immunity, 2.5 million GBP; Carnegie Corporation of New York project on the Retention of the next generation of academics worthy USD $2 million  for 2013 – 2016 and the Post-doctoral research grant of US$ 1million for the period 2017-2019. Prof. Buyinza Mukadasi represents Makarere University on the CARTA Board of Management and is the current CARTA Board chair.

Prof Alex Ezeh -- CARTA co-director

Prof Ezeh received his PhD in Demography from the University of Pennsylvania (USA) in 1993. He also has an MA in Demography from the same university (1991), and an MSc in Sociology from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria (1988).

Alex is the Executive Director of the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) and Director, CARTA. He joined APHRC in 1998 (when the Center was a program of the Population Council in Nairobi) as a Senior Research Fellow. In 2000, he was appointed APHRC’s Interim Director, charged with the responsibility of leading its transition to an autonomous institution. Having successfully led this transition, he was appointed APHRC’s Executive Director in 2001, and has steered the young institution to phenomenal growth to date. Prior to joining APHRC, he worked at ORC/Macro International where he provided technical assistance to governmental and non-governmental institutions in several African countries in the design and conduct of Demographic and Health Surveys. Dr. Ezeh has more than 20 years of experience working in public health and has authored numerous scientific publications covering the issues of population, demographics, health and health metrics. Currently, he participates on the boards and committees of several international public health organizations, including the World Health Organization, PATH, International Union for the Scientific Study of Population, University of Witwatersrand School of Public Health in South Africa, and the Wellcome Trust.

Prof Sharon Fonn -- CARTA co-director

Professor Sharon Fonn is a full professor in the Wits School of Public Health. She is a qualified doctor with a specialization in public health and has further training in epidemiology occupational health and holds a PhD. In the past she led the School of Public Health from 2003-2011; Professor Fonn spent a decade as research director of the Women’s Health Project and previously set up ‘Birth-to-Ten’ (now Twenty Plus), a unique birth cohort following over 3000 children in Soweto, South Africa.

Prior to that she served the newly developed trade union movement providing health and safety training and conducting research; and is an experienced manager-innovator of rural and urban public health services. Her work on cervical cancer and development of the national cancer control programme for South Africa and her work on health systems development “Health Workers for Change” is internationally recognized. Rather than being a super-specialist in one particular area she has taken a multidisciplinary approach, using a mix of research methods, to work in a range of areas with the aim of impacting on policy and implementation of health and related interventions to improve population health outcomes. Her work has always included an educational component for various audiences appropriate to the content area. She has applied this approach in occupation health, women’s health & gender, health systems development and health equity. She is the co-director of CARTA

Prof Aluko Mabayoje -- Board Member

Aluko is a Professor of Sociology/Anthropology Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, Nigeria. Prof. Aluko holds a Ph.D. in Sociology/Anthropology, an M.Sc. in Sociology/Anthropology and an M.Ed. in Educational Technology from Obafemi Awolowo University. He has over 22 years’ experience in higher education. Professor Aluko has also served as lecturer, Osun State College of Education and an Associate Professor, Bowen University, Iwo, Osun state, Nigeria. Prof.  Aluko is a Visiting Professor, Lagos State University, Ojoo, Lagos and Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun state. He is also an Adjunct Professor, Crawford University, Igbesa, Ogun state and Redeemers University, Mowe, Ogun state. Prof. Alukohas supervised many Masters and Ph.D. students and is widely published. Currently, Prof. Aluko serves as a Board Member of the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA).

Dr Martin Banhga -- Board member

Martin is INDEPTH’s Capacity Strengthening and Training Manager. INDEPTH, an international Network of demographic research institutions providing health and demographic data. INDEPTH works in low- and middle-income countries by enabling them set health priorities and policies based on the best available evidence and cost-effective use of tools, interventions and systems to ensure and monitor progress towards national goals.

Dr James Kisia -- Board member (non-voting)

James leads APHRC initiatives in strengthening research capacity at individual and institutional levels for development in Africa. This is done by strengthening formal university and research institutions partnerships which, in turn, foster opportunities to support researchers working on development issues through fellowships. James joined APHRC in 2017 after establishing the International Center for Humanitarian Affairs (ICHA) where he worked for three and a half years as the Executive Director. Prior to that he was Deputy Secretary General at Kenya Red Cross Society. James is a medical doctor with clinical and public health experience. He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a Masters in Management from Lancaster University.

Over the last 11 years, James has been a senior manager in several organizations.  He is driven by exploring the role of leadership and management in the success of organizations particularly those focusing on health and humanitarian service delivery.  This interest is reflected in involvement in introducing and facilitating health leadership courses at the University of Nairobi Medical School as well as being a Co-Director for the Kenya Red Cross Health Leadership Course – work taken forward in collaboration with Lancaster University.

James loves the outdoors. He has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Kenya. He plays squash and table tennis.

Prof Peter Ngure -- Board member (non-voting)

 Peter Ngure is the Program Manager for CARTA. He is a talented, focused, result-oriented Scientist, administrator and trainer with a track record of academic excellence. He obtained his PhD in 2009 from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. He has developed his career for the last 24 years with 8 years’ experience as a graduate teacher and administrator and 16 years of university level teaching, research and administration in 3 chartered private universities and one public university in Kenya.

His research outputs have been published in reputable 18 peer-reviewed journals and presented in 15 international conferences in Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana, South Africa, Nigeria, Netherlands, Chile, China, India, Germany, UK and USA. In addition, he is a trained HIV and AIDS Program Manager, a Certified Molecular Biologist and was admitted to be a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy in July 2010.

Peter has undertaken consultancies with the Save the Children UK, The Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation, Aquinas High School and the World Vision- Kenya. He is the current External Examiner for Zoology course for the Department of Biological Sciences in University of Eldoret and has examined numerous PhD and MSc theses as an external examiner. He has also successfully supervised 72 Masters Students and is involved in teaching and supervising of PhD students.

Peter is a founder member of the Global Young Academy and the Private Universities Research Consortium of Kenya, a member of the Kenya Palliative Care Association, and the Kenya National Academy of Sciences.