The Technical Expert Team


    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. Okwi Andrew Livex 

Dr. Okwi Andrew Livex is a Technical Expert on Health issues for Research & Education Agency and Associate Professor, Department of Pathology, Makerere University College of Health Sciences. Dr. Okwi has taught at the College of Health Sciences for a period of 20 years and he has taught and supervised both undergraduate and post graduate students. Besides that he has vetted several papers and been both an external and internal examiner for a number of times. Dr.Okwi has published 35 papers in peer reviewed Journals and also reviewed many manuscripts from highly reputable Journals.


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    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


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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