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Dr Catherine Kyobtungi

She is the Executive Director of 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.

Dr Evelyn Gitau

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

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.

Justus Musasiah

Justus is the Program Administration Officer for CARTA. He worked as a Training Officer under the Research Capacity Strengtening Division of APHRC.

Before joining APHRC in March 2014, Justus worked as a senior training officer in the Training and Development Department at the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK). He was involved in developing and delivering training programs focused on continuous professional development to ICPAK members and the public. Prior to joining ICPAK, Justus lectured at Kenya Institute of Professional Studies where he also doubled as the Head of Business Studies Department.

Justus holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Nairobi. He also holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the same institution and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Kenya. Justus is driven by the need to continuously improve people through training.

Mercy Ndwiga

Mercy is the CARTA Program Assistant. Mercy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Sociology (Community Development and Project Management) at Egerton University.

Mercy joined APHRC in March 2010 prior to which she worked with the International Center for Insects Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) as a Program Assistnt. She is driven by the desire to succeed despite all obstacles.

She is motivated by the ant – it searches for an alternative way when it meets an obstacle and never turns back. The ant has discipline and foresight; it knows that it wont get food in the rainy season, so it collects food in advance during summer. It feels failure is the first step to success and hence not give up until it reaches its goal.

Evelyne Kemunto

Evelyne Kemunto joined APHRC in November 2010 from the Adventist Development and Relief Agency – Somalia (ADRA-Somalia) where she worked for 4 years as a program accountant.  She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and has a Bachelor of Education Arts in Mathematics and Business studies from the University of Nairobi.

Eunice Kilonzo

Before joining CARTA, Eunice was the Senior Health Reporter at the Nation Media Group where for four years and three months she penned memorable and powerful health and Science stories for the Kenyan and International audiences. She graduated in 2013 from the University of Nairobi with a double major in Communications and Political Science. She has a certificate in Solutions Journalism from Rhodes University and is currently a Masters in International Relations student at her Alma Mater.

Eunice is passionate about communications, specifically how to communicate scientific research results and evidence in a creative, simple to understand manner offering solutions of how this can be translated to informed action.

Eunice has won six journalism awards—two of which are international— on reproductive health and public health concerns. She has also been selected for several international fellowships with the recent one being in Geneva, Switzerland on Neglected Tropical Diseases. Eunice has exemplary skills in health communications which include quick editorial decision-making, robust story authentication skills, dependably news judgment. You can read some of her work here.