Board Members

Dr. Diana Kanzira Atwine MBChB, MMed

Dr Atwine is the current Permanent Secretary of the Uganda Ministry of Health following appointment by the President of Uganda. She is a Physician with specialty in Internal Medicine. Dr Atwine was previously a senior researcher in HIV and infectious diseases at the Joint Clinical Research Center (JCRC) for more than 10 years and served as Director at the Presidential Health Monitoring Unit of State House from 2009. Dr Atwine has skills in leadership and management from various institutions and is passionate about clinical care and medical ethics in practice as well as contributing to ensuring quality, accessible, equitable, available health services to all Ugandans.


Professor Ged Byrne, Director of Education & Quality

Professor Ged Byrne is a surgical oncologist by profession and continues to practice on a part time basis. Having graduated in Manchester in 1989, he trained in Manchester, Scotland, India and the West Midlands returning to Manchester as a clinical lecturer in 1997.

Having been appointed as senior lecturer and consultant surgeon in 2000, he became Clinical Dean for South Manchester in 2004. He went on to form the Universities’ Medical Assessment Partnership in 2003, became the founder director of the Medical Schools’ Council Assessment Alliance and also lead the establishment of the UHSM Academy in 2009. In 2010 Ged became Professor of Medical Education at the University of Manchester and was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the higher education academy.  In 2012 he became Associate Dean for Communications at the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences at the University of Manchester and an honorary Professor of Health Sciences at The University of Salford.

Prof Byrne took up the role as Director of Education and Quality for Health Education North West in December 2013 and was more recently appointed as Director of Education and Quality for HEE (North). He has a long-standing interest in global healthcare capacity building and education, leading the development of the GuluMan healthcare link and the Uganda-UK Healthcare Alliance. He passionately believes that education must be globalised for all NHS staff if they are to offer a fit for purpose role in the future of healthcare in the UK.


Dr. Nelson K. Sewankambo MBChB, MSc, M.MED, FRCP, LLD (HC).Dr Nelson K

Prof Sewankambo is a physician and clinical epidemiologist, President Uganda National Academy of Sciences, Former Dean of Makerere University Medical School, Uganda, and immediate past Principal Makerere University College of Health Sciences.

In the last 18 years Prof Sewankambo has focused on the advancement of medical education and research capacity development and is committed to the development of sustainable equitable partnerships north-south and south-south.

Prof Sewankambo leads Training Health Researchers into Vocational Education in East Africa (THRiVE) consortium of six African institutions and two UK universities; a MEPI consortium of Ugandan Universities that jointly address the country’s health workforce education needs. He chairs the Initiative for Strengthening Health Research Capacity in Africa (ISHReCA) and steered the development of an East African effort that led to an internationally acclaimed institutional brokerage mechanism for linking research to policy and action, “The REACH Policy Initiative” under the East African Community.

Prof Sewankambo continues to engage in knowledge translation to advance the use of evidence based policies and practice in sub-Saharan Africa.


Dr. Sarah Byakika Commissioner Planning and Policy Ministry of Health Uganda

Dr Byakika is responsible for strategic planning and policy at the Ministry of Health Uganda for the last two years. She previously worked in the Quality Assurance Department and spearheaded the development of the Quality Improvement Framework and Strategic Plan for harmonization and institutionalization of quality improvement in the health sector in Uganda. Dr Byakika has also worked as District Health Officer and has vast experience in community health and health services management.


Lord Nigel Crisp

Lord Crisp is an independent cross bench member of the House of Lords where he co-chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health. 

Lord Crisp was previously Chief Executive of the English NHS and Permanent Secretary of the UK Department of Health where he led major reforms between 2000 - 2006. He worked in community development and industry before joining the NHS in 1986. He has worked in mental health as well as acute services and from 1993 to 1997 was Chief Executive of the Oxford Radcliffe Hospital NHS Trust, one of the UK's leading academic medical centres.  

Lord Crisp is a senior fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Honorary Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Medicine. 


Professor Charles Ibingira B.R MBchB, MMed. Surg (Mak), Dip .int.Ethics. (UCTU)    

                             

A graduate of Makerere University and the University of Cape town, Prof. Ibingira is the principal of Makerere University, College of Health Sciences and is an active general surgeon, with special interest in abdominal and urological surgery. 

From 2004 - 2007 Prof Ibingira served as Head of the Anatomy Department before going on to become Associate Dean for Research of the Faculty of Medicine. From 2009 he served as Dean of Makerere University School of Biomedical Sciences. 

 


Professor Pontiano Kaleebu

Prof Pontiano Kaleebu is Director of the Medical Research Centre (MRC)/Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) Unit on AIDS and Acting Director of the Uganda Virus Research Institute. The MRC Unit is one of the two MRC-UK Units outside of the UK and is a multidisciplinary programme studying the HIV epidemic in rural and urban settings, co-infections and non-communicable diseases. The UVRI is the largest Government Research Institution in Uganda dealing in health research pertaining to human infections and disease processes associated with or linked to viral etiology.

Prof Kaleebu holds a medical degree from Makerere University and a PhD from Imperial College, London. He is honorary professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, a Fellow of Royal College of Physicians-Edinburgh and a Fellow of Imperial College London, Faculty of Medicine. He leads a number of national and regional networks including the European and Developing Country Trials Partnership (EDCTP) and serves on a number of committees including being a member of the EDCTP General Assembly representing Uganda and a member UNAIDS Expert Scientific advisory Committee. Prof Kaleebu chairs the HIV drug resistance technical working group under the Ministry of Health and is a member of the National Antiretroviral Treatment committee.

His main research interests are HIV vaccine research especially understanding protective immune responses, HIV diversity and resistance to antiretroviral drugs. He has co-authored more than 200 publications in peer reviewed journals.


Professor Joyce Kakuramatsi Kikafunda

Prof Joyce Kikafunda Is a Ugandan diplomat and academic who has served as High Commissioner of Uganda to the United Kingdom since 2013. A professor of agriculture and food science at Makerere University, she has been involved with projects to eradicate poverty and reduce childhood malnutrition. She was also a member of the Board of Trustees of the International Rice Research Institute from 2010-2015.


Jonathan Brown, Chief Operating Officer, Global Health Exchange

Jonathan Brown, Chief operating Officer of the Global Health Exchange is a Chartered Manager and Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. Following a career in a Blue Chip Technology company he joined the National Health Service in 2004 since which time he has delivered change programmes in hospitals, technology, workforce planning systems and solution for the NHS workforce. Jonathan now leads delivery of the Global Health Exchange activities and programmes and is committed to achievement of benefits both within the UK and abroad.

 


Ben Simms,  Chief Executive THET

Ben Simms is current Chief Executive of THET and brings 25 years' experience of working internationally, with a focus on health and disability in particular. He was previously director of STOPAIDS, the network of 80 UK agencies working to secure an effective global response to HIV and AIDS. He has worked extensively across Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America, building a strong track-record in advocacy, fundraising, organizational leadership and programme innovation. He has led an active voluntary life in the UK throughout this time, serving as a counselor and acting as a trustee of several charities. Ben has an MSc in Development Management from the Open University and an MA in History from Edinburgh University.


Lord Dolar Popat (UUUKA Patron)

Born in Busolwe, Uganda, Lord Dolar Popat is a British accountant, businessman and Conservative life peer in the House of Lords. He became a Member of the House of Lords in July 2010 and is the first Gujarati to represent the Conservative Party in the upper house. From January 2013 to March 2015 he served as a Minister of the Crown at the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, and the Department of Transport. He was Lord-in-Waiting, with the duties of a party whip and was subsequently appointed as the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Rwanda and Uganda in January 2016.

 

 


Opertational Team

Dr. John Paul Bagala

Dr. John Paul Bagala is the current Uganda In-Country Coordinator of the Uganda UK Health Alliance. He qualified with MBChB from Gulu University, Faculty of Medicine. He was the founding Chair for MEPInet, the African medical students’ Arm for the Medical Education Partnership Initiative MEPI and served on the Uganda Board for the Society for Advancement of science in Africa (SASA). He served as President of the Federation of African Medical Students’ Association FAMSA and was appointed an Ambassador to Africa of the Global Health Learning Opportunities, a project for the Association of American Medical Colleges.

John Paul has authored in the Academic Medicine Journal and in the African Health Leaders Making Change, Claiming the Future by Lord Nigel Crisp and Professor Francis Omaswa. He is driven by the passion of utilizing sustainable global health co-development partnerships to build stronger communities of future health workers, scientists, researchers and academics to better Africa’s healthcare standards.  


Moses Mulimira

Moses Mulimira is the UK in-country coordinator for the Uganda UK Health Alliance. He has taken on several leadership positions at both local and international levels in supporting global health care development. He was involved in establishing the Uganda Diaspora Health Foundation (UDHF) which aims to better integrate the expertise of UK-based Ugandan diaspora health professionals in global health and to reduce health care inequalities in the UK and Uganda.

Moses has significant experience in policy formulation and lobbying, with proven ability to create strategic partnerships and has special interest in Fundraising for Humanity.

His role as co-chair of East London NHS Trust-Butabika global health link has earned him excellent ability to manage global health humanitarian work and has a wealth of experience in volunteerism.