The Management Team

   Prof Adipala Ekwamu

 Prof Adipala Ekwamu, a Crop Scientist by training, received his BSc in Agriculture in 1976 and MSc in Agriculture in 1980, both from Makerere University in Uganda and PhD in Plant Pathology from The Ohio State University.  He taught at Makerere from 1980 to 2003, rising to the position of full Professor and served in various capacities at the University including leading several Strategic planning processes and setting up of a University-wide Competitive grant system to support research and students scholarship programmes. During his tenure at Makerere University he founded the MUARIK Journal for publishing research findings from the University. In 1993, he founded the African Crop Science Society, which has remained one of the most vibrant professional societies in the continent up to date. He also founded the African Crop Science Journal in 1993 which is today a leading Journal in Africa.   Read More


   Mr. James Gregory Okello

Right now am serving as Academic Registrar for Soroti University from 2013 to date. Before that served at Makerere University in the position of Deputy Registrar and Head of the Senate Division for 15 years. I am also serving as an Education Specialist for the Research and Education Agency (RAE)


  1. I posses’ considerable competencies in the administration and organisation of all academic matters including admission, undergraduate studies, postgraduate studies, examinations, curriculum design, research and publication. the following areas:-
  2. Excellent analytical thinking and ability to use logic to solve work related issues. Ability to develop Monitoring and evaluation framework for institutions

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    Dr. Hellen Kongai 

Dr Hellen Kongai Biruma has over 15 year’s progressive professional experience in research, training and administration. She is a dynamic, result oriented, self-driven person and a team player with a sense of cultural diversity and sensitivity.  She attained a Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Agribusiness Management degrees at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. She also obtained a Doctor of Philosophy degree in agricultural economics at the University of Malawi.  She currently works at Makerere University Regional Centre for Crop Improvement (MaRCCI).  Prior to joining Makerere University Regional Centre for Crop Improvement, Hellen worked in Kyambogo University in Uganda as a Lecturer for agricultural marketing.  She also worked under the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture as an Administrative Officer.   Read More 


    Dr. Milton Edimu

Dr. Milton Edimu is the Executive Director of the Research and Education Agency that carries out research in improving access to formal and non-formal education.  He is also a part time lecturer at Makerere University. A graduate of Makerere University and the University of Cape Town, he has worked for government and private institutions. He has extensive experience in development of energy reformations and policy for developmental initiatives, project planning, design, implementation and monitoring and, provision of advisory services to government and private entities with relation to regulatory framework.

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   Dr. Okwi Andrew Livex 

Dr.  Okwi Andrew Livex PhD  (Associate Professor, Department of Pathology, Makerere University College of Health Sciences) & Technical Expert on Health issues for Research & Education Agency . Dr. Okwi has taught in the College of Health Sciences for a period of 20 years and he teaches and supervises both undergraduate and post graduate students. Besides that he has equally vetted several papers and been both an external and internal examiner for a number of times

Currently, he has published 35 papers in peer reviewed Journals and also reviewed many manuscripts from highly reputable Journals.

Won the following grants:
2014:  European Union (EU) grant-Intra-ACP Academic Mobility Scheme. Purpose of the grant is to train both Masters and PhD Students.
(Duration  August 2014 – August 2019). he is working as an administrator of the project (MakCHS Node) (Co-investigator).
 Grant to carry out a feasibility study of establishing cervical cancer screening services in the districts of Uganda (World Bank and Rockfeller Foundation) (Principal-investigator).       Read More



  Dr, Kawuki Robert Sezi

Robert Kawuki has been conducting crop research in Uganda since 2000, first as a masters student (working on soybean rust under support from RUFORUM; 2000 to 2002), secondly as a research assistant with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA-Uganda) working on banana entomology (2003 to 2004) and thirdly as a PhD student and scientist working on cassava breeding (2005 to date). Robert obtained his PhD in Plant Breeding & Genetics from the University of the Free State, South Africa in 2009. His PhD research documented phenotypic and genotypic variation in cassava germplasm from seven African breeding programmes (Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Rwanda). He also examined single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in selected cassava genes. Currently, Robert is employed by National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO) and based at Namulonge, Uganda. He is a principal Research Officer attached to the Root Crops Programme where he leads the cassava breeding research. This Robert does in partnership with national, regional and international scientists and/or organisations. Recent and current cassava assignments include   Read More


    Dr. Akello Sarah

 Dr. Akello has vast practical experience in Natural resource management and administration. For instance, her work experience with National Forestry Authority, the EU funded Forest Resources Management and Conservation Project, the Swedish funded VI Agroforestry Project and Zion Integrated Investments Limited (a Consultancy Firm) has equipped me with the desired skills and knowledge to ensure excellent communication with stakeholders including timely reporting of the any work progress. She has exceptional capacity to plan, monitor and evaluate the activities of a programme and institution. She is able to coordinate and oversee implementation of field activities and represent organisations she has worked for in different forums. Her administrative experience enables her supervise staff and oversee all logistical and operational activities. She has the ability to identify, discuss and report issues that require  

attention of her superiors. She is great team player and proactively support her colleagues in areas of need. Read More


   Ms. Atim Pauline

A passion for public relations, social media, strategic communication, international relations, development and advocacy. I believe the best way to learn is through experience. I aim to succeed in all my ventures by my sheer hard work and team spirit and apply my media knowledge in the diversification of the company. I am always looking forward to working in an environment, which offers professional growth.



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Dr. Joseph C. Oonyu

Dr. Oonyu is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Science, Technical and Vocational Education, College of Education and External Studies, Makerere University.  He is a renowned educator who has won several national, regional and international meritorious research awards and scholarships from such organizations as UNESCO, DAAD, Earth Watch, SIDA and CIDA. Dr. Oonyu’s educational background is the biological sciences where he graduated with a B.Sc. (Hons) degree. He holds a M.Sc. degree in Zoology and a PhD in Environmental Education. He has published extensively and is currently engaged in many research activities in teacher education, education for disadvantaged groups, climate change education, health education and community management of natural resources in fragile ecosystems.

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Tasha Balunywa

She is currently working as a Strategic Planner with the National Planning Authority. She has played an important role in the production of key country long and medium-term plans such as the Second National Development Plan (NDPII) and have also contributed to the production of several policy papers. I have provided technical support to the development of Sector, Ministry and Agency Strategic Plans and ensured that these are aligned to the NDPII. My experience in my current role has deepened my knowledge in development planning and has enabled me to contribute to influencing policy for the social and economic transformation of the country.

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