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Meet Our Board of Directors

Professor Pauline Byakika-Kibwika, Chairperson 

Pauline is a physician and epidemiologist. She is a Professor of Internal Medicine at the School of Medicine of Makerere University College of Health Sciences and the Vice President of Uganda Medical Association. She is a results-oriented and well-rounded leader with close to 20 years of experience in clinical care, research, teaching, capacity building, project development, and management.

Her overarching aspiration is to reduce morbidity and mortality from communicable and non-communicable diseases in Uganda and beyond. This can be done through wellness initiatives, clinical care, research, and training.

Professor Byakika holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Master of Medicine in Internal Medicine, and doctoral degree in clinical pharmacology from the Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. She is an accomplished writer with over 40 articles published in peer-reviewed journals.

Pauline's research focus is in the field of HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis, with special interest in disease and drug interactions. She has made significant contributions to research in Uganda. She is the director of the Research Directorate and heads the Scientific Review Committee at the Department of Medicine of Makerere College of Health Sciences.

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Professor Byakika is a member of the Accreditation Committee of Research Ethics Committees in Uganda. She is a fellow of the Uganda Academy of Sciences. Pauline has worked as a consultant on projects for the Uganda Ministry of Health, malaria and HIV control, the East African community, and other community initiatives.

Pauline is a Commissioner on the East African Health Research Commission, where she contributes to decision-making on matters of health and health-related research and findings. These are necessary for knowledge generation, translation, technological development, policy formulations, practices, and related matters.

Richard-Martin Byakuleka, Secretary

Martin (Richard) is an international development specialist and a former diplomat with extensive experience in institutional relationship management, donor development, and fund-raising. He has topical expertise in poverty alleviation, global health intervention, and relief program coordination. He also focuses on refugee resettlement, democratization, and human rights advocacy.

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Martin’s career longevity stands at 25 years and counting. He also works as a Senior Director at his Boston-based international development consultancy, Bymax Global Inc., where he is in charge of partnerships and international cooperation.

Martin is a human rights and democracy activist. He co-founded and is currently serving as the Chairman/President of the Common League of the Uganda Diaspora (CLOUD), a global Uganda diaspora front for human rights and democracy protection. Martin founded Community Concepts Inc in Waltham, Massachusetts and also serves as its President and CEO.

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Dr. Sabrina Bakeera-Kitaka 

Dr. Sabrina is a senior lecturer at the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health at the Makerere University College of Health Sciences. She is an active member of the African Society for Pediatric Infectious Diseases ((AfSPID).

She completed her Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MB ChB) at Makerere University in 1995. She completed her Masters of Pediatrics and Child Health at Makerere University in July 2002.

She was a Gilead Fellow and then research scholar at the Infectious Diseases Institute from 2003 to 2011. This was where she undertook a fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases and did research on HIV-infected adolescents. She is currently a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Candidate at the School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Antwerp, Belgium.

She has been involved in conducting basic research in various pediatrics infectious diseases and offers clinical care to HIV-infected children and adolescents, most of whom are perinatally infected. She is the founding president of the Society of Adolescent Health in Uganda and codirects the Friday Adolescent Clinic at the Makerere Medical School Ambulatory Care clinics.

Bukenya Lewis Denis 

Denis holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration (MPA) and an honors degree in social work and social administration. He is a sexual reproductive health and rights expert as well as an adolescent health training specialist. He is also the Deputy Director and the head of department advocacy and research of Naguru Teenage Information and Health Centre (NTIHC), a pioneer reproductive health center for young people in Uganda.

He is an assistant lecturer in the International Training Programme: “Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR)” offered at the division of social medicine at Lund University in Sweden. He has more than 10 years of experience in Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (ASRHR) services delivery.

Denis also provides psychosocial and behavioral support for children and youth with HIV/AIDS and other chronic medical conditions.

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