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Dr. Samuel Okware, MBCHB, MPH, PhD

Director General | Uganda National Health Research Organization ( UNHRO)

Dr Sam Okware is the Director General of the Uganda National Health Research Organization; he regulates epidemiological, biomedical and social research in HIV/AIDS. He holds a PhD in emerging new infections and has got 25 years’ experience in the management of public health services. When the HIV AIDS pandemic emerged he was the Director responsible for Public Health and communicable disease control in the Ministry of Health, Uganda. He coordinated the early containment of HIV AIDS in the country. He is known for his pioneering work and research on HIV/AIDs. He led the development and implementation of the first national AIDS control program in Africa, which remains the basis of AIDS control in the region. The program was associated with the remarkable declines in the HIV prevalence from 18% to 6% in Uganda. Community based programs for schools, religious and civil society were critical elements of these interventions.

Dr. Okware coordinated the evolution of the The AIDS Support Organization (TASO) and UWESO for orphans. From 2017-2020 he was Chairman of the national HIV Prevention Committee composed of various partners and stakeholders at the Uganda AIDS Commission. Earlier during his career, he coordinated the implementation of public health, maternal, child health and nutrition, HIV/AIDS/malaria/tuberculosis disease control programs and implementation of strategies for AIDS, environmental sanitation, safe motherhood, nutrition, and disability.

Dr Okware has international experience, particularly in the field of AIDS and emerging infections. He has served as a consultant for WHO and assisted in the Midterm AIDS program evaluation in East and Central Africa. From 2011 he was a member of the WHO Expert Committee on Research and Development. His research interests include infectious diseases, implementation research and climate change. He has published his works in peer reviewed articles on Ebola, HIV/AIDS and public health. He has edited several books too- the latest being Advances on Ebola Control. He has mobilized and managed large grants. He received the highest award from the Parliament of Uganda for his exceptional contribution to HIV/AIDS prevention and Ebola control. He also got several international awards for a similar contribution.



Brooks Jackson, MD, MBA
Vice President for Medical Affairs | University of Iowa ,Tyrone D. Artz Dean | UI Carver College of Medicine

Prof. Brooks Jackson became the UI Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Carver College of Medicine in November 2017. As vice president for medical affairs, he is responsible for integrated planning and operations for University of Iowa Health Care, which is comprised of University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and UI Physicians, the state’s largest multi-specialty physician group practice. A powerful resource for Iowa, UI Health Care has a total impact of more than $4 billion on the state’s economy and is responsible for more than 33,000 jobs in the state.

Jackson is an internationally recognized AIDS researcher who is board-certified in pathology and transfusion medicine. He was the Principal Investigator of the National Institutes of Health–funded International Maternal Pediatric Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials (IMPAACT) Network, which conducted landmark clinical trials for the prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission and the treatment of pediatric HIV infection and complications. These trials led to the prevention of HIV infection for hundreds of thousands of infants as well as improved treatments for children born with HIV worldwide.

Prior to leading UI Health Care, Jackson had served since 2014 as the vice president for health sciences and dean of the medical school at the University of Minnesota. At the University of Minnesota, Prof. Brooks also served as Chair of the Health board of directors as well as the Physicians board.

From 2001 to 2014, Prof. Brooks was the chair of the Pathology department at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He holds an MBA and MD from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire and completed his residency in pathology at the University of Minnesota..




Professor Christopher Magala Ndugwa
Chairman | National Polio Expert Committee (NPEC) WHO

Prof. Ndugwa is one of the founding members of MU-JHU Research Collaboration and previous Chair of the department of Paediatrics and Child Health Makerere University from 1971-2015 He has taught, supervised and mentored many Undergraduate & Postgraduate medical students and Paediatricians in Uganda and beyond. He served as Investigator/CQMP Officer- Makerere University-John Hopkins University (MU-JHU) Collaboration 1992-2016.

Prof. Ndugwa is currently Chairman of the National Polio Expert Committee (NPEC) WHO and has a passion for research especially in Pediatric infectious diseases and sickle cell disease. He played a major role in initiating the Sickle Cell Clinic in the Department of Pediatrics & Child Health in 1971 and later on consolidated the Sickle Cell Clinic at Mulago Hospital from a small unit of about 800 patients per year to a five day a week SCA/Daycare center that has registered over 10,000 patients. His passion and commitment to children and adolescents with sickle cell disease has enabled significant improvements in their health. In addition, he conducted the early perinatal HIV prevention studies and Paediatric HIV treatment at MUJHU.

Prof. Ndugwa has authored over 70 publications, 4 abstracts and 5 book chapters all in the area of human health. He has supervised over 36 MMED students to successful completion of their theses, supervised 4 PhD students from Makerere University & Mbarara University of Science and Technology.
His contribution to the health sector both at National and Regional level cannot go unnoticed. As such he brings a wealth of knowledge to the MU-JHU Board as a committee member.      


Dr. Mary Glenn Fowler, MD MPH
Professor, Department of Pathology | Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA

Professor Mary Glenn Fowler is a paediatrician and clinical researcher who has focused her research career on HIV prevention and treatment in the U.S. and internationally. She received her BA from the University of Washington, her Medical degree from the University of Oregon Health sciences, completed her pediatric residency at Wake Forest Medical Center, Bowman Gray School of Medicine da did a fellowship in Developmental Pediatrics at U of North Carolina-Chapel Hill., NC. She then stayed on as faculty in Department of Pediatrics UNC-Chapel, until she moved to the DC area, and did an MPH at Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, after which she worked on prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV and pediatric HIV treatment at the Division of AIDS, NIAID from 1991-1999; then for six years at CDC before moving to The Johns Hopkins U. School of Medicine, where she worked onsite at the Makerere University Johns Hopkins U. (MU-JHU) Research Collaboration in Kampala Uganda from 2005 through 2014. Dr. Fowler then moved back to Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore MD.

For the past three decades Dr. Fowler has devoted her research career to prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT); along with treatment and care for HIV infected mothers, children; and more recently to HIV prevention among high risk women and adolescents. During her research career, Dr. Fowler has helped support a number of cutting-edge HIV prevention and treatment clinical trials in both Africa and the Far East (Thailand and India). These trials have contributed to our knowledge of PMTCT and treatment interventions which are safe, efficacious and deliverable in resource limited settings among breastfeeding HIV Infected women; to optimizing antiretroviral treatment regimens that optimize overall maternal and child survival; and to highly efficacious and safe PrEP among high risk women and adolescents.

Her international research has included the landmark HIVNET 12 trial, as well as multiple other PMTCT trials addressing ways to reduce the risk of transmission from mothers to infants during both pregnancy and breastfeeding. These trials including the CDC funded Kisumu Breast milk open label trial conducted in 2003-2005, which assess the safety and efficacy of maternal ART for PMTCT, as well as two large trials assessing the safety and efficacy of infant NVP to prevent transmission during breastfeeding, the PEPI trial conducted in Malawi and the multisite HPTN 046. Most recently Dr. Fowler chaired the IMPAACT PROMISE 1077BF and 1077FF trials which were conducted at 15 African and 1 Indian site that compared the efficacy/safety of maternal ART to other effective regimens.The IND PROMISE trial has provided clinical trial data to support WHO’s recommendations for use of maternal ART both for PMTCT and maternal treatment.

Prof. Fowlers also served as Co-Chair of the Perinatal Working Group for HIVNET and HPTN and as DAIDS Medical Officer for multiple PMTCT trials, and was a member of the USPHS Guidelines group for many years that developed guidelines for US perinatal HIV treatment recommendations. Dr. Fowler currently serves as JHU Kampala CTU PI for the DAIDS/NIAID Network trials; and also have been funded for two related R01 trials focused on longer term outcomes of ART for both mothers and their HIV ART exposed infants; and served as a PD/PI o an adherence intervention study among HIV infected mothers, working with Dr. Philippa Musoke. Dr. Fowler looks forward to serving on the Advisory Board for the MU-JHU Research Collaboration.   


Hon. Dr. Diana Atwine Kanzira MBChB, MMed

Permanent Secretary | Ministry of Health, The Republic of Uganda

Dr. Atwine is the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Uganda. She is charged with technical leadership as well as stewardship of all financial resources at the Ministry. She is currently focused on introducing reforms in culture, ethics and values in the sector, which she believes will increase quality and access to health care. She is a staunch crusader against corruption in the health sector.

Dr. Atwine is a physician specialist in internal medicine with post-graduate training in 'Project Planning and Management'. She also did 'Improving the quality of Health Services', from Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health. She has rich experience in International Clinical Trials and bio-ethics especially in HIV/AIDS.
A Personal Physician to the President of Uganda, Dr Atwine is also the former Director of the Health Monitoring Unit under Statehouse whose role is to ensure a responsive and accountable national healthcare system through access to care. She is a strong advocate for integrity, transparency, and results oriented performance.      




Richard Brough BA, MSc, PhD, FFPH

Richard Brough was the Executive Director at the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI), College of Health Sciences, Makerere University from 2014 to 2018; and was IDI Head of Strategic Planning and Development from 2005 - responsible for strategic planning, resource generation, grants management, and monitoring and evaluation.

Dr. Brough’s professional background is operational research (PhD from University of Warwick, UK) followed by management consultancy in London. Since 1992, he has worked full-time in institutional development, health services planning and strategic health program management in the South Pacific, Philippines, India, Uganda and Indonesia for a range of development agencies; and in both Government and NGO sectors.       









Professor Nelson Sewankambo (M.B.CH.B, M.MED, M.SC clinical epidemiology)

Prof. Nelson Sewankambo Is a Professor of Medicine and former Principal (Head) of Makerere University College of Health Sciences a position which he took up after serving as Dean of Makerere University Medical School for 11 years. He has devoted the last 20 years of professional life to the advancement of medical education, research and capacity development. He is the Principal Investigator of NURTURE: Research Training and Mentoring Program for Career Development of Faculty at Makerere University College of Health Science D43TW010132 (08/31/15-08/31/2021) which has supported 70 junior and mid-level faculty with appropriate mentorship, research support and skills training that has enabled them transform into independent research leaders.

He has led teams of academicians composed of experts in Europe, North America and Africa to develop and manage a very successful model for strengthening a medical school in the developing world – the Infectious Diseases Institute at Makerere and there are now plans to replicate this in Nigeria. He also initiated a successful research capacity building consortium currently involving six African institutions (3 universities and 3 research institutes) and two universities in the UK, Cambridge University and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He provided leadership for an Africa wide initiative for Strengthening Research Capacity in Africa (ISHReCA). He was the Principal Investigator of a 5 university Consortium a capacity building Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI). He was founder Principal Investigator in Uganda for the internationally re-known Rakai Health Sciences Program (formerly Rakai Project) where he continues to be an active researcher/investigator and have contributed to the large volume of scientific publications in peer reviewed journals together with providing mentorship and development of many Ugandan junior and mid-level researchers.      


Alex M B Twesigye, BSC, MBA, ACCA / CPA (U), CIA, CGAP, CISA

Mr. Twesigye is a Certified Accountant & Auditor currently finalizing his LLB Degree at the University of South Africa. He has close to 20 years of demonstrable experience in financial management related assignments working in multi- cultural, national and international organizations, Non-governmental organizations, Private sector and the Public Sector including the Uganda Communications Commission, FINCA International, Deloitte & Touché East Africa, and Uganda Red Cross Society. Mr. Twesigye is currently the Director at Alines & Co Consulting, a private firm that offers various consultancy services including internal auditing, IT auditing, Risk management, and corporate governance among others. He served as an audit Board committee Member for Baylor College of Medicine & Ministry of Finance. He was a past President at the Institute of Internal Auditors Uganda. Alex has also worked for the government of Rwanda Ministry of Infrastructure and attached Energy, Water and Sanitation Authority (EWSA as an Internal Audit & Risk Management consultant. Alex’s most recent achievement is the development of an Enterprise Wide Risk Management (ERM) software “RiskAware”. The release of the first version completed in March 2013, together with a team of Computer Scientists from Makerere University.      






Mr. David Nuwamanya, BASS, MPA (MUK)
Principal Administrator | Mulago National Referral Hospital

David Nuwamanya is a worldwide international mentor in health systems Leadership, Management and Governance under World Health Organization (WHO)/ African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF).A result-oriented Administrator with 24 years’ experience in the Public-Sector Management, He has good interpersonal and analytical skills. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration and Management, and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences majoring in Public and Social Administration plus a number of other professional qualifications.

David has been a Hospital Administrator under Ministry of Health since 1996 rising through accelerated promotion to the level of Principal Hospital Administrator in 2007. He is currently the Principal administrator of Mulago National Referral Hospital.
As an Administrator, David has been involved in a number of projects under the Health Sector. In 2000 under Masaka Hospital he was a member of the team that wrote a proposal to American Health Care foundation for the treatment of HIV patients on free ARVs which later developed into Uganda Cares Project in Uganda. Uganda Cares is currently among the biggest Non-Governmental Organizations offering free treatment to HIV patients.In 2007 he was assigned as a Project Focal Person for the Rehabilitation and Remodeling of Masaka Hospital where he achieved 100% of the Project targets which included Construction of New Outpatient and theatre blocks; training staff in various fields; and equipping of the Hospital.In 2013 he was assigned the Project Focal Person for the African Development Bank funded Project for Improvement of Health Services Delivery in Mulago and the City of Kampala Project (MKCCAP). The key components in this project were Rehabilitation, Remodeling and equipping of Mulago National Referral Hospital; Training of Health Workers, Improvement of systems through the Integrated Health Management Systems. In 2014 he was also assigned by the Ministry of health to coordinate the Project of Strengthening Maternal and Neonatal Services Project (SMNUP) funded by the Islamic Development Bank. This was responsible for the Construction of the Mulago National Specialised Women and Neonatal Hospital including equipping of the facility as well as training of the Health Workers.

Through execution of duties of a Hospital Administrator and Management of these projects He has acquired skills in Management, Monitoring and Evaluation; Human Resource and Financial Management; Customer Care and Public Relations, Report writing, team leadership and support.   







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