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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.

Dr Catherine Kyobtungi -- CARTA co-director

She is the Executive Director at the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC).  She was formerly the Director of Research and has served APHRC in several leadership roles over the past decade, having joined as a Post-doctoral Fellow in May, 2006.

Catherine is an Alumnus of the University of Heidelberg having completed her doctoral studies in Epidemiology in the then Department of Tropical Hygiene and Public Health, under the auspices of the Graduertienkolleg 793 in April 2006. She also obtained a Master of Science degree in Community Health and Health Management in 2002 from the same department. Prior to her graduate studies, Catherine studied Medicine at Makerere University, Kampala after which she worked as a medical officer at Rushere hospital, a rural health facility in Western Uganda for three years. Before and during her graduate studies, she was an Assistant Lecturer and later a Lecturer in the Department of Community Health at the Mbarara University of Science and Technology.

Catherine has served on numerous boards, panels, and expert groups, including the INDEPTH Network Board of Directors and the Advisory Council of the Carnegie African Diaspora Program at the Institute of International Education. She was the inaugural Chairperson of the Kenya Epidemiological Association. Her research interests include migrant health, community participation in health, and the epidemiology of non-communicable diseases.

Catherine is driven by the belief that Africa has the potential to solve its own problems and she tries to make her own contribution, however small.

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 Evelyn Gitau -- Board member (non-voting)

Dr. Gitau’s most recent role was as a program manager at the African Academy of Sciences, where she stewarded the Grand Challenges Africa at the Academy under the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA) program. Prior to that, she was part of the team at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Program in Kilifi, Kenya, conducting research on developing biomarkers of disease among seriously ill children.

Dr. Gitau earned her PhD in Life Sciences from the Open University/Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in the UK, investigating neurological infections in children living in malaria-endemic areas. She has more than 15 years of experience in medical research.

Among her awards and accomplishments include a 2015 appointment as a fellow of the Next Einstein Forum, where she is the ambassador for the development of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in Africa.

Dr. Gitau’s vast networks have brought her positions on numerous advisory boards for organizations advancing the agenda of research and evidence generation in Africa. These include the Independent Scientific Advisory Board (ISAB), Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Programme College of Medicine, Blantyre, Malawi, University of Oxford (MSc International Health and Tropical Medicine) and and the Investment Committee Grand Challenges Canada. She will remain a member of the Steering Committee for Grand Challenges Africa.

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.