Staff

Miss Evaline Acan

Evaline Acan (Ugandan), is the Corporate Communications and Advocacy Officer at RUFORUM Secretariat. Evaline joined the RUFORUM Secretariat in September 2020 as an Intern at the Executive Secretary Office to assist in the publications of the RUFORUM Working Document Series and the African Journal for Rural Development (AfJRD) papers. Ms. Acan holds a Bachelor of of Computing (Computer Science) from Gulu University.

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Prof Patrick Okori

Prof. Patrick Okori is a Ugandan national who received his doctoral degree from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala in 2004. He received BSc Agriculture and MSc Crop Science degrees from Makerere University in Uganda in 1994 and 1997 respectively. Patrick is an international academic expert in curriculum and program design, educator, trainer, research innovator and scientific leader. During his formative years, Patrick worked at Makerere University, where he played a key role in institutional reform, both in research and training.

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Dr Sokona Dagnoko

Sokona Dagnoko (Malian) is the Executive Assistant to the Executive Secretary and joined RUFORUM 2023 from Sasakawa Africa Association office in Mali where she was the Country Director. Sokona will strengthen the Secretariat research and partnership management leveraging on her vast expertise in research methods, crop improvement, agricultural extension and advisory services, programme management, monitoring and evaluation, gender and partnerships

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Miss Amwony Jackline

Amwony Jackline (Ugandan) joins RUFORUM from Cross Cultural Foundation of Uganda where she was a Research Assistant. She also served as a Field Assistant, Peace Building, Education and Advocacy Project with Africa Development Corps, Credit Controller with Uganda Telecom Limited, Peace building and Adult Education Coordinator with Jesuit Refugee Service.

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Prof Majaliwa Mwanjalolo

Majaliwa Mwanjalolo (Congolese) holds  a Licence (5 years) in Applied Physics from the Institut Superieur Pedagogue de Bukavu (ISP-Bukavu), a Master's in Environmental Sciences, and Ph.D. in Soil and water management from Makerere University. He worked as an Associate Professor (2008-218) and Professor at Makerere University (2018-2020) at the Department of Geography, Geo-informatics, and climate sciences. He has been involved in several regional and international research initiatives.

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Mr Emmanuel Okalany

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

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 Moses Waswa

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.

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Mr Jacob Kato

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) and Bachelors of Science in Computer Science (2005) from Makerere University, Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), Microsoft Certified System Administration (MSCA), Postgraduate Certificate in Project Planning and Management, CCNA certifications and Virtual Machine Ware certification. 

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Dr Rukarwa Runyararo Jolyn

Dr. Rukarwa Runyararo Jolyn, (Zimbabwean), is the Manager – Research and Innovations 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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