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Dr Catherine Kyobutungi

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.She is CARTA’s co-director.

Prof Sharon Fonn

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 CARTA’s co-director.

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.

Dr Florah Karimi

Florah Karimi is the Program Manager for CARTA. She manages the CARTA Program, which is the partnership program between 19 universities and research institutions, and whose aim is to strengthen doctoral training in Africa, through provision of support to staff and faculty of partner universities in doctoral and post-doc fellowships; strengthening of research, supervision and management capacities among faculty and administrators of African universities.

She holds a Bachelor and Masters degree in Education from Kenyatta University and a Doctoral degree in the Psychology of Education from the University of South Africa. She has been actively engaged in quality assurance endeavors in universities in the African Region, including engagement in the development of policies, regulations, standards and guidelines and benchmarks for university education and being the Kenyan focal person for World Bank Projects relating to university education in the African Region.

Janet Moraa

Janet is a Senior Program Accountant in charge of the financial management of the Research Capacity Strengthening division. She also offers supervisory support to the Program Accountants in the Center. Janet holds a Masters and a Bachelors of Arts degrees in Economics from the University of Nairobi and is a Certified Public Accountant of Kenya. She joined APHRC in September 2017 prior to which she worked at the World Wide for Nature (WWF) Regional office as program accountant supporting various projects across the African region.

Janet is driven by the desire to help others achieve their full potential by giving their best at all times.

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.

Eunice Kilonzo

Eunice is the CARTA Communications Officer. 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.

Emmanuel Otukpa

Emmanuel is the CARTA Monitoring and Evaluation Officer. He is responsible for the design and implementation of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) activities for CARTA. More specifically, he will be tracking the research progress of CARTA fellows, their publications, and will collect and analyze data from CARTA.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from the University of Jos and is currently pursuing an MSc in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the University of the Witwatersrand. He was previously a technical officer at FHI-360 in Nigeria in the Malaria Action Program for States (MAPS), where he implemented malaria control and prevention programs.

His interests include pharmacy informatics and pharmacovigilance. He is driven by the sense of accomplishment that comes with surmounting challenges through teamwork. Emmanuel speaks Idoma (one of the dialects in Nigeria), French, and a little Spanish.