Catherine holds a PhD (2006) in Epidemiology from the University of Heidelberg, and a Master of Scie
Dr. Evelyn Gitau is the Director of Research Capacity Strengthening at APHRC. Under her direction, t
Dr. Vicente-Crespo has close to eight (8) years of considerable experience in research capacity stre
Florah holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Education from Kenyatta University and a Doctoral de
Janet holds a Masters and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Economics from the University of Nairobi and i
Mercy provides administrative support to CARTA. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultur
Gloria is responsible for the development of key messaging, fostering brand integrity and media enga
Rita has diverse experience in finance, administration, and project administration in the developmen
Catherine holds a PhD (2006) in Epidemiology from the University of Heidelberg, and a Master of Science (2002) in Community Health and Health Management.
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.
Dr. Evelyn Gitau is the Director of Research Capacity Strengthening at APHRC. Under her direction, the division will continue the CARTA program, and expand opportunities across the continent for African scholars to become great research leaders.
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 the Investment Committee Grand Challenges Canada. She will remain a member of the Steering Committee for Grand Challenges Africa.
Dr. Vicente-Crespo has close to eight (8) years of considerable experience in research capacity strengthening at a number of African universities. She has organized successful technical workshops to increase the exposure of postgraduate students and staff to biomedical research and data analysis techniques.
She was a senior lecturer and two-time dean in the School of Medicine and School of Research and Graduate Studies at the St Augustine International University in Kampala, Uganda. Prior to that, she was the founding director of the Institute of Biomedical Research and a senior lecturer in the Department of Biochemistry at Kampala International University – Western Campus, Uganda.
Florah holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Education from Kenyatta University and a Doctoral degree in the Psychology of Education from the University of South Africa.
Previously, Florah was the technical advisor to the Cabinet Secretary of the Ministry of Education in Kenya on university education matters, prior to which she was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Pan Africa Christian University and earlier on, the Deputy Commission Secretary for University Education in Kenya.
She is driven by the desire to see students acquire quality university education that has an impact on society.
Florah has been actively involved in quality assurance endeavors in universities in the African Region through engagement in the development of policies, regulations, standards and guidelines, and benchmarks for university education. She has also acted as the Kenyan focal person for World Bank Projects relating to university education in the continent.
Janet holds a Masters and Bachelor 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.
Mercy provides administrative support to CARTA. She 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 Assistant. She is driven by the desire to succeed despite all obstacles. Mercy is motivated by the ant – it searches for an alternate way when it meets an obstacle and never turns back. It has discipline and foresight; it knows that it won’t 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 does not give up until it reaches its goal.
Gloria is responsible for the development of key messaging, fostering brand integrity and media engagement for CARTA. She is also charged with implementing communication strategies that help advance the Consortium’s work.
She holds a Master’s Degree in Communication Studies from the University of Nairobi and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication from Maseno University. Before joining APHRC, Gloria was the Global Marketing & Communications Officer for Change the Game Academy at the Kenya Community Development Foundation. While there, she worked with partners in 12 countries in Africa, Asia, and South America, guiding conversations and communicating achievements of projects that encouraged civil society organizations to lobby and advocate for change and mobilize resources locally. Previously, as the Assistant PR & Communications Officer at St. Paul’s University, she was instrumental in crafting and implementing the university’s first communications strategy.
As a communicator, Gloria is passionate about telling stories of homegrown innovative solutions for African problems. She is at home at CARTA being at the center of communicating its achievements in fostering doctoral training and growing research in Africa.
Rita has diverse experience in finance, administration, and project administration in the development and education industry. She worked in finance and administration for over 9 years at the University of Nairobi. She has a Master of Business Administration (Finance) from the University of Nairobi, a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Accounting) from Kenyatta University, and is a Certified Public Accountant of Kenya (CPA (K). She is passionate about transforming people’s lives, one person at a time.
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