Board Of Directors

  • Yuka Manabe Open or Close

    Dr. Manabe is currently the Associate Director of Global Health Research and Innovation within the Johns Hopkins Center for
    Global Health, a Professor of Medicine, International Health, and Molecular Microbiology and Immunology and a faculty member of both the Center for Tuberculosis Research and Center for Clinical Global Health Education. 

    From 2007 until 2012, she was the Head of Research at the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) in Kampala, Uganda where she built a strong research infrastructure (regulatory compliance, biostatistics, longitudinal cohorts, and the translational research lab to build basic science research) which has led to increased academic productivity and formal recognition of the IDI as a Research Center of Excellence. She also consolidated and built the research capacity building programs which have trained numerous Ugandan Masters, PhD, and Post-Doctoral Fellows within country. Her own research is in health systems strengthening, implementation science, and epidemiology particularly in the area of HIV-TB and other co-infections. She is dedicated to bringing frugal innovation in rapid and point-of-care diagnostics particularly for infectious diseases to resource-limited settings that will lead to diagnostic certainty and targeted treatment to slow the development of antimicrobial resistance.  

    Dr. Manabe is an author of more than 140 peer-reviewed publications. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Yale University and her MD from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. She joined the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine faculty in 1999 after completing her residency in internal medicine and fellowship in infectious diseases at Johns Hopkins Hospital. 

  • Ernest Okello Ogwang Open or Close

    Associate Professor Ernest Okello Ogwang is a holder of a Ph.D in Literature-Folklore Major (Indiana University, Bloomington), an MA in Literature (Makerere University) and a BA (Hons.) Makerere University.

    Dr. Okello Ogwang is an accomplished publisher with a number of Peer Reviewed Books, Working Papers, Edited Journals and Scholarly articles to his name. His areas of teaching and research specialty include; African Literature, Folklore and Literature, Oral Literature, Folklore (Genres and Artifacts, Methods, Intellectual History, Performance), Ethnographic Field Research and Literary Theory and Criticism.

    He has also taught various courses at Makerere University in the areas of; African Literature, Oral Literature, Literature and Folklore: fieldwork course, Caribbean Literature, Ritual and Literature, Comparative Epic Poetry, Postcolonial Literature and Criticism, Selected Authors (Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Okot p’Bitek, Chinua Achebe, J. M. Coetzee, V. S. Naipaul)

    Dr. Okello Ogwang has participated in various consultancies with the Ministry of Education (1993-94), Ministry of Gender, Labour, and Social Development (2005) and the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA). He has been appointed to serve on various Makerere University Task Forces, Committees, Visitation Teams, as well as the University Senate and University Council. Dr. Okello Ogwang has served and continues to serve on various Academic bodies at both National and International Levels.

    He has supervised a number of Masters and Ph.D students to completion and provided Postdoctoral Mentorship to over five Senior Teaching Staff at Makerere University.

  • Sam Zaramba Open or Close

    Dr. Sam Zaramba is the former Director General of Health Services, Ministry of Health, Uganda. Dr. Zaramba has advocated for integrated disease control and vector control nationally and globally and is credited for the success of the 'Strategy of Child Health Days Plus' campaign in Uganda. He is also a former Chair of the WHO Board.

    Dr. Zaramba also initiated several other public health related projects in Uganda such as routine immunization, improved nutrition, health education and hygiene, distribution and treatment of insecticide impregnated nets.

    Dr. Zaramba has co-authored and published a number of articles on Neglected Tropical Diseases with his colleagues in the Vector Control Division of the Ministry of Health in Uganda.

  • Milly Katana Open or Close

    Ms. Milly Katana is a public health specialist and an internationally recognized AIDS activist. She has more than ten years’ experience in health program design and implementation, financial management, community capacity development, organizational development, and managing skills building processes.

    She has extensive experience working with government departments in the East African region, the rest of Africa and internationally. She previously directed the US Government supported project on “Expanding the role of Networks of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda.” This project worked to build the capacity of groups of People living with HIV through strengthening innovative community approaches that address HIV/AIDS prevention, care, support and treatment.

    Formally, as a global advisor supporting the implementation of the UN Learning Strategy on HIV/AIDS both in the workplace and country programs, she pioneered the expanded implementation of the UN Personnel Policy on HIV/AIDS in Africa, South Asia, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe.

    Besides being a co-chair of the community working group of the Microbicides Trails Network, Ms. Katana is a winner of the Society of AIDS in Africa (SAA) Award for outstanding AIDS work. Ms. Katana is also a founding board member of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria where she served as vice chair for the Monitoring, Evaluation Finance and Audit (MEFA) standing committee.

  • Harriet Mayanja-Kizza Open or Close

    Prof. Harriet Mayanja-Kizza is a professor of internal medicine and immunology and former dean of the School of Medicine at the Makerere University College of Health Sciences.
    Prof. Mayanja-Kizza is a researcher in the area of HIV/tuberculosis co-interaction, immuno-pathogenesis and immune-modulation treatment among patients with HIV and pulmonary tuberculosis. Professor Mayanja-Kizza has co-authored over 40 papers in this field over the last 15 years. Other areas of research that Prof. Mayanja-Kizza has ventured into include: clinical trials in new anti-tuberculosis treatments; improved ways of diagnosis, prevention, management of tuberculosis with and without HIV infection; HIV/TB immune-pathogenesis; immune responses in newly HIV infected adults; epidemiology studies in neonates and adolescents in preparation for clinical trials sites in new tuberculosis vaccines in high endemic country sites.
    Prof. Mayanja-Kizza has mentored many students, has supervised over 20 graduate training students and has been an external examiner at various universities in Africa. She has served on many national and international bodies; as a WHO advisor in the area of tuberculosis and clinical research towards new TB vaccine research studies, IAVI, Uganda Heart Institute, the Ugandan Medical and Dental Practitioners Council, Hospice Africa (Uganda) Board chair and the Makerere University Council.

  • Wilfred Griekspoor Open or Close

    Wilfred Griekspoor is a Director Emeritus of McKinsey & Company. Mr. Griekspoor has been involved in the governance and management of large-scale international health development efforts as Vice Chairman of Medecins sans Frontieres Holland and as interim Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. He currently serves on the Boards of PharmAccess Foundation and the Access to Medicines Foundation, is a member of the Global Advisory Council of the African Leadership Academy, and is former Chair of the Board of the Van Leer Group Foundation. Mr. Griekspoor holds a M.Sc. degree in Medical Physics.

  • Samuel Abimerech Luboga Open or Close

    Professor Rev. Luboga is an Associate Professor of Anatomy at the Makerere University College of Health Sciences where he has served for over 38 years until his retirement at the end of June 2013. As Head of Department of Anatomy (for nine years) he introduced several innovations such as Student Anatomy Projects for undergraduate and Special Dissections for graduate students. During the eight years he served as Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, he spearheaded the introduction & implementation of innovative changes in Health Professional Education by transforming all five undergraduate curricula from traditional to a Problem Based Learning / Community Based Education and Services (PBL/COBERS).

    He also led the team that spearheaded the collaboration between Yale Medical School and the Faculty of Medicine Makerere University. He initiated collaboration with Management Sciences for Health (MSH) in integrating Leadership and Management training into COBES. He also started the non-credit co-counseling course for the health professionals at the Faculty of Medicine. He led a review of the curricula for all postgraduate programmes in the Faculty to ensure that they meet the demands of stakeholders for quality health care and fit within the rules and regulations of Makerere University and National Council for Higher Education.

  • Moses R. Joloba Open or Close

    Assoc. Prof. Moses Joloba is the current head of the Department of Medical Microbiology at Makerere University College of Health Sciences. He is the current head of laboratories and also heads the appointments and promotions committee of the department.

    Assoc. Prof. Joloba completed his MBChB at Makerere University Medical School, Kampala, Uganda, in 1994, after which he won a Forgarty Scholarship for Master of Science in Microbiology and PhD in Molecular Microbiology at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, with Dr. Philip Rather. In 1997, he joined Makerere University College of Health sciences as a faculty member, and in 2003 he established the Molecular Biology laboratory in the Department of Medical Microbiology. This laboratory focused on TB research and in 2006, molecular detection of MTC infections as a routine was introduced for the first time in Ugandan research labs. 

    Assoc. Prof. Joloba has won grants from WHO/TDR, SIDA-SAREC, NIH and the European Union for TB research ranging from basic to applied and clinical. His research focus is bacterial quorum sensing, TB molecular epidemiology and drug resistance. Assoc. Prof. Joloba is the current director of Supranational Reference Laboratory Uganda.

  • Alex Opio Open or Close

    Alex Opio is a public health specialist. He recently retired from civil service and is currently serving as the Project Coordinator for the East Africa Public Health Laboratory Networking Project under the Ministry of Health. He is also a Co-Director of the Public Health Fellowship Program. At the time of his retirement, he was serving as the Commissioner of Health Services in charge of the National Disease Control Department. 

    Before retirement, he worked for 35 years in the public sector. Over the years of his work as a civil servant, he directed top priority health programs; including, the National Expanded Program on Immunization, HIV/AIDS Control Program, National Tuberculosis Control Program, National Malaria Control Program and Surveillance of Communicable Diseases. 

    He was very instrumental and played a leading role in the development and formulation of a number of national policies and strategies for the prevention and control of communicable diseases. Notably, he oversaw the development of the Uganda National Health Laboratory Policy, Policy for Co-trimoxazole prophylaxis among HIV-infected persons, Uganda National Safe Male Circumcision Policy and Safe Male Circumcision Technical Guidelines. 

    He has been active in research, providing leadership and technical guidance in some public health evaluations. He has conducted research in a number of important public health areas, including in HIV/AIDS field. Currently, he is the Survey Director of the ongoing Uganda Population-based HIV/AIDS Impact Assessment (UPHIA). This is a nationwide survey which among others aims at determining HIV incidence and HIV prevalence at both national and regional levels. He was also the Team Leader for the Uganda AIDS Indicator Survey 2011 and Uganda HIV Sero-Behavioral Survey 2004-05. 


  • Philippa Musoke Open or Close

    Professor Philippa Musoke qualified with a medical degree (MB Ch B) from Makerere University, Kampala Uganda in 1981. Her pediatric specialty training was obtained from University of Louisville, Kentucky and sub-specialty training in infectious diseases from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Ohio, USA(1994). Her current appointment is in the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health in the School of Medicine at the Makerere University College of Health Sciences. In addition, she is the site Principal Investigator for the Makerere University-Johns Hopkins University clinical research site in Kampala- Uganda, in the NIH supported IMPAACT Network.

    Professor Musoke is board certified in Pediatric infectious diseases and has been conducting clinical trials in perinatal HIV prevention and childhood tuberculosis since 1995, and implementing studies/programs for paediatric antiretroviral therapy in resource limited settings. Professor Musoke’s areas of research interest include: prevention of mother to child HIV transmission through breast feeding, simplification of antiretroviral regimens for children from resource limited settings and epidemiology, diagnosis and immunology of childhood tuberculosis. 

Senior Management Team

Academic Alliance Members

Nelson Sewankambo
Professor of Internal Medicine and former Principal of the College of Health Sciences at Makerere University

Allan Ronald
Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Department of Medical Microbiology, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada.

Bob Colebunders
Professor in Tropical Diseases, Antwerp Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM);
Professor in Infectious Diseases, University of Antwerp, Head of the Clinical HIV/STD Unit at ITM, Antwerp, Belgium.

Concepta Merry
Consultant in Infectious Diseases and Senior Lecturer in Global Health, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

David M. Serwadda
Professor of Infectious Diseases, School of Public Health, College of Health Sciences, Makerere University;
Director, Rakai Health Sciences Program;
Director, MakSPH-CDC Fellowship Program.

David L. Thomas
Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Maryland, USA.

Edward Katongole Mbidde
Director of the Uganda Virus Research Institute.

Elly T. Katabira
Co-founder, The AIDS Support Organization (TASO);
Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine, College of Health Sciences, Makerere University.

Fred Wabwire-Mangen
Associate Professor of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, College of Health Sciences, Makerere University.

Gisela Schneider
Director of the German Institute for Medical Mission.

Hank A. McKinnell Jr.
Chairman of the Board, Accordia Global Health Foundation;
Retired chairman and CEO of Pfizer Inc. Washington D.C., USA.

Harriet Mayanja-Kizza
Professor of Internal Medicine and Immunology and former Dean of the School of Medicine, College of Health Sciences, Makerere University.

Jerrold Ellner
Chief of Infectious Diseases, Boston Medical Centre;
Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, USA.

Keith McAdam
Emeritus Professor of Clinical Tropical Medicine, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine;
Former Director, Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI);
Professor and Associate International Director, Royal College of Physicians, London, UK.

Lydia Mpanga Sebuyira
Partner and Director: Capacity Building, IMPRINT (U) Ltd.

Moses Joloba
Associate Professor and Head of Department of Medical Microbiology, College of Health Sciences, Makerere University.

Moses R. Kamya
Professor and Head of Department of Medicine, College of Health Sciences, Makerere University.

Philippa Musoke
Associate Professor of the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, Makerere University.

Roy Mugerwa
Professor of the Department of Medicine, College of Health Sciences, Makerere University.

Thomas Quinn
Professor of Medicine, Pathology, International Health, Epidemiology, Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Johns Hopkins University Medical Institutions;
Founding Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health;
Associate Director of International Research;
Senior Investigator and Head of Section on International HIV/STD, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Maryland, USA.

Michael W. Scheld
Bayer-Gerald L. Mandell Professor of Internal Medicine;
Director, Pfizer Initiative in International Health, University of Virginia (UVA) School of Medicine, Virginia, USA.

Walter Schlech
Governor, American College of Physicians;
Professor of Medicine, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Warner C. Greene
Director of the Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology;
Nick and Sue Hellman Distinguished Professor of Translational Medicine;
Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), California, USA.;
Executive Chair, Accordia Global Health Foundation, Washington D.C., USA.

Yukari C. Munabe
Associate Director of Global Health Research & Innovation Centre for Global Health;
Associate Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Maryland, USA.