Staff

Prof Adipala Ekwamu

Professor Adipala Ekwamu (Ugandan) is the Executive Secretary of the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), a consortium of African Universities that provides research and postgraduate training opportunities for students and faculties in Africa. He provides overall leadership in the running of the RUFORUM Secretariat.

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Dr Moses Osiru

Dr. Moses Osiru (Ugandan) is the Deputy Executive Secretary at RUFORUM Secretariat. He provides oversight to implementation of RUFORUM Secretariat programs. He has held this position since 2011. He holds a Ph.D in Agriculture (Plant Pathology) and MSc (Plant Breeding/ Pathology) from Makerere University. Dr. Osiru has over 15 years’ experience in the agricultural and higher education sectors, including seven years within the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).

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Dr Paul Nampala

Dr. Paul Nampala (Ugandan) is the Grants Manager at the Secretariat. He joined Secretariat in 2012. He is an Entomologist/Nutritionist with Post-Graduate Level Training in Agricultural Sciences (PhD, Makerere University) & Public Health (MPH, University of Liverpool, UK). Paul worked (2004 – 2011) as Executive Secretary of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences (UNAS).

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Mr Charles Owuor

Mr Charles Owuor (Ugandan) is the Manager for Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning at the RUFORUM Secretariat. He joined the Secretariat in April 2015 as Programme Officer for Monitoring and Evaluation and was appointed to his current position effective May 2016. He has over 15 years’ experience in Development Programming, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation.

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Miss Judith Nakyobe

Ms. Judith Nakyobe (Ugandan) is the Finance and Administration Manager at the RUFORUM Secretariat. She joined the Secretariat in 2013 and previously served as the Management Accountant at the Secretariat. Judith holds a BSc in Computer Science and is a Chartered Accountant with full membership to the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Uganda (ICPAU). Judith has led the implementation of the computerized RUFORUM financial management system called NAVISION.

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Dr Mathews Vakusi Madola

Dr Mathews Vakusi Madola (Malawian) is the Executive/Technical Assistant in the Office of the Executive Secretary at the RUFORUM Secretariat. He joined the Secretariat on 1st April, 2015. His role is to facilitate the Executive Secretary’s strategic interface with RUFORUM Units for the effective mobilization of partners and resources and assisting the Executive Secretary in performing his function as Secretary to the Executive Board and other Board Committees.

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Dr Egeru Anthony

Dr. Egeru Anthony (Ugandan) is the Manager of The MCF@RUFORUM project, an eight year project funded by The MasterCard Foundation to strengthen the effectiveness of university contribution to development through skills development particularly entrepreneurship of talented, motivated and disadvantaged youth in Africa. He previously served as Assistant Grants Manager at RUFORUM Secretariat, Lecturer at Makerere University and a secondary school teacher at Merryland High School, Entebbe.

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Dr Sylvia Chindime Mkandawire

Dr. Sylvia Chindime Mkandawire (Malawian) is the Programme Manager for Training and Quality Assurance at the RUFORUM Secretariat. She joined the Secretariat in 2008. Her role is to implement regional postgraduate training programmes, provide support to capacity building training projects at the Secretariat. Sylvia holds a BSc. Animal Science and MSc Animal Science/ Agricultural Economics both from the University of Malawi, Bunda College of Agriculture.

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Dr Francis Otto

Dr. Francis Otto (Ugandan) is the Manager – Knowledge Hub (K-HUB) at the RUFORUM Secretariat. He joined the Secretariat in 2018. Francis has more than 15 years’ experience in Higher Education and IT/Telecommunication sectors. Worked for over 7 years at the Uganda National Council for Higher Education (NCHE). Dr. Francis Otto obtained a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Reading in the United Kingdom, MSc in Computer Application Technology in 2007 from Central South University in P.R. China; and a BSc.

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Miss Maureen Agena

Ms. Maureen Agena (Ugandan) is the Corporate Communications and Advocacy Officer at the RUFORUM Secretariat . Her role is to manage communications and advocacy at RUFORUM which include developing communication proposals, manage media relations and oversee the day-to-day operations of RUFORUM's Information and Communication needs . Agena holds a BSc. Information Technology from Uganda Martyrs University, MSc. Information Systems from partly Uganda Martyrs University and St.

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Miss Jacqueline Nnam

Ms Jacqueline Nnam (Ugandan) is the Technical Specialist - Knowledge Management at the RUFORUM Secretariat. She joined the Secretariat in March 2015.

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Mr Emmanuel Okalany

Mr. Emmanuel Okalany (Ugandan) is the Technical Specialist – Development and Partnership at RUFORUM. He joined the Secretariat in 2015. Emmanuel is responsible for implementation and management of resource mobilization initiatives and strategic partnerships at the RUFORUM Secretariat. He holds a Masters’ degree in Geomatics and Natural Resources Evaluation from the University of Florence, Italy and Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture and Land Use Management from Makerere University.

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Mrs Evelyn Aguti

Mrs. Evelyn Aguti (Ugandan) is the Finance Officer at the RUFORUM Secretariat. She joined the Secretariat in 2012. Mrs. Aguti holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Accounting Option) from Makerere University.

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Mr David Martin Amitu

Mr. David Martin Amitu (Ugandan) is the Technical Specialist - Systems Administration at the RUFORUM Secretariat whose main role is to develop ICT proposals, generate ICT policies and to oversee the day-to-day operations of the RUFORUM's Information Management System (RIMS) . He joined the Secretariat in 2018. Amitu holds an MSc in Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Trento, Italy and BSc in Telecommunications Engineering from Makerere University.

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Miss Juliet Aweko

Miss Juliet Aweko (Ugandan) joined the RUFORUM Secretariat in April 2015 as Program Officer – Human Resources and Procurement. Her major role is to develop and implement Human Resource policies and manage procurement at the Secretariat. Juliet holds a Bachelor's Degree in Organizational Studies & Human Resources, Post Graduate Diploma in Project Planning and Management and is currently perusing her Master’s Degree in Business Psychology. She has over 8 years experience in Human Resources, Administration and Procurement Management.

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Mr Moses Waswa

Mr. Waswa Moses (Ugandan) is the Technical Specialist Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning at the RUFORUM Secretariat. He comes with over 5 years experience in Agricultural development with emphasis on participatory approaches such as Monitoring and Evaluation. He holds a Master’s degree in Crop Science (Makerere University, 2015) and BSc. Agriculture (Crop Science option) (2010) of Makerere University. Moses started his career as a Research Assistant at National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI) in 2009, before joining RUFORUM in 2016.

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Mr Jacob Kato

Mr. Jacob Kato (Ugandan) is the Technical Specialist - System Development at the Secretariat. He holds a Master’s Degree in Data Communication and Software Engineering (2016) , Bachelors of Science in Computer Science (2005) from Makerere University, Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), Microsoft Certified System Administration (MSCA) in 2007, CCNA certifications and Virtual Machine Ware certification. 

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Dr Rukarwa Runyararo Jolyn

Dr. Rukarwa Runyararo Jolyn, (Zimbabwean), is the Research and Grants Officer for The MCF@RUFORUM project at the RUFORUM Secretariat.  She holds a PhD in Plant Breeding and Biotechnology (Makerere University, 2014), Post graduate Diploma-Biosafety in Plant Biotechnology (Ghent University, Belgium, 2010), MSc. Crop Science majoring in Biotechnology (Makerere University, 2008) and BSc. in Agriculture (Hons) (University of Zimbabwe, 2005).

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Dr Sylvanus Mensah

Dr. Sylvanus Mensah (Beninese) is the Recruitment and Training Officer for The MCF@RUFORUM project. He holds a PhD in Forestry (University of Stellenbosch, 2016); MSc. in Natural Resources Management (2013) and BSc. in Agricultural Sciences (2010) at University of Abomey-Calavi. Dr Sylvanus Mensah started his career as Research Assistant at the Laboratory of Applied Ecology at the University of Abomey-Calavi.

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Miss Angoku Loyce

Angoku Loyce (Ugandan), is the Senior Finance Officer for The MCF@RUFORUM project and is a member of the Chartered Public Accountants of Uganda (CPA). She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Accounting option) obtained in 2004 from Makerere University Business School. Loyce Angoku has twelve years of experience in broad areas of general banking operations having built a career in the sector while working at Centenary Bank in Uganda.

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