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Barasa Bernard (Ugandan) – Masters in Environment and Natural Resources (Makerere University Uganda) and PhD in Environmental Geography (Mandela University South Africa) - is a researchers in spatial information science, hydrology and disaster risk management. His work focuses in applying Geographical Information Systems and remote sensing in modeling land use/cover, multi disaster risk and vulnerability mapping, hydrological modeling, project planning and management, web mapping among others. To this end he now combines different complexity-embracing methodologies such as agent-based modelling, multi-criteria analysis, and machine learning.
He has worked in a number of positions that have retooled him with diverse knowledge, cooperation and research skills such as Manager – Makerere University GIS Centre, Lecturer – Makerere University, and Senior Lecturer – Kyambogo University. Regionally, he has also applied his unique skills in Uganda and beyond. He has worked in Ethiopia (2014), South Africa (2014), Kenya (2009), Rwanda (2017), and Tanzania (2018).
Drake Patrick Mirembe (Ugandan) holds a PhD in information systems security from the University of Groningen, a Masters in Computer System Security from Radboud University all in the Netherlands, and BSc Computer Science and Mathematics from Makerere University. Dr. Mirembe holds a numerious professional certifications including; innovation management, cyber security, project planning & management, organization leadership & development, scientific writting, wireless & mobile technologies, CCNA, CCAI, data science, ICDL among others. Dr. Mirembe runs a dual-career working both in the industry and in the academia spanning over 15 years.
In the industry Dr. Mirembe has worked with a number of organizations both public and private, local and international including; Microsoft Corporation as Manager, Microsoft Innovation Center Uganda, Cisco Systems, as Manager Cisco regional Academy, and The International Telecummication Union (ITU) as chair for ITU centers of excellences for Africa. Nationally, Dr. Mirembe has worked Eight Tech Consults as Senior ICT Consultant, Radix Management Consults, organization development and data scientists, Bankshire Technologies as a consultant.
In academia he works with Makerere University, College of Computing and Information Sciences as Lecturer and Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU) as a Dean. Dr. Mirembe has been at the forefront in the development of uganda’s ICT innovation sub sector and has been responsible (as amentor) for a number of ground breaking innovations in ICT field including; Winsenga, ClinicMaster, Matibabu mobile, SUFACE, Wekebere among others. Dr. Mirembe has founded four innnovation centres in Uganda including; the Microsoft Innovation Centre, Global Business Labs, Centre for Innovation and Professional Skills Development all at Makerere University and Centre for Innovation and Busines Incubation at UTAMU.
Dr. Mirembe has co-founded a number of community initiatives including; Precious Vocational College (www.preciousbc.com ), Eight Tech Consults (www.8technologies.net), Engaged Scholars Academic Network (ESCANET) www.escanet.org , Genius Marrieds Fellowship among others. Dr. Mirembe has co-authored a number of publications in international forums in areas of; cyber security, ICT integration, commputer science, innovation management among others. Dr. Mirembe is one of the thought after leaders in the ICT sector in the country and region. His research interests include; Cyber Security, ICT4D include agriculture, ICT integration, mobile and wireless technologies, Artifical intelligence, data science, innovations and entrepreneurship acceleration More contact; www.drakemirembe.org email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr.Etonu Emmanuel (Ugandan) is a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer with Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO). He holds a Master of Science in Agriculture and Rural Development (2018) from Uganda Christian University, a Post Graduate Diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation (2015), a Post Graduate Diploma in Project Planning and Management (2013) both from Uganda Management Institute and a Bachelor of Arts with Education degree from Makerere University (2007).
Emmanuel worked in the banking sector for over 6 years, 3 of which were as Branch Manager. In 2013, he joined the development field as Monitoring and Evaluation professional. He is immensely engaged in the establishment and implementation of a comprehensive organisational monitoring and evaluation and knowledge management system to enhance outcome and impact monitoring, quality control and Evaluation in order to improve internal processes and result delivery.
Mr.Siya Aggrey (Ugandan) is the Director Rural Development. He holds a Master’s degree of International Infectious Diseases Management (Makerere University, 2019), Bachelors degree of Environmental Management and certificates in One Health, Humanitarian and Disaster Resilience. Mr. Siya Aggrey is passionate about rural development.
He has experience in this field while working with organizations like Uganda Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (UFAAS), African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS), One Health Central and Eastern Africa (OHCEA) and Uganda Red Cross Society in strengthening health and agricultural extension service delivery to improve livelihoods of rural men and women farmers. He has been involved in management of grants of up to US$500,000 from agencies like USAID and European Union in addressing aspects including malnutrition, infectious diseases, food insecurity, climate change among others.
Mr. Kuule Derick Ansyijar holds a Masters of Science (MSc) Degree in Climate Change and Sustainable Development from the University of Dar es Salaam (2018) and Bachelor Degree in Environmental Science from Makerere University. Mr. Kuule Derick has been active in service in both the development community, community service and research field for over 3 years. He has served as a Research Assistant at the Department of Environmental Management, Makerere University and as a Graduate research fellow on internship at the GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit) Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Learning Centre in Napak District, Karamoja region.
Kuule’s professional skills include Climate change communication, adaptation and mitigation, Promoting sustainable natural resources management, Disaster risk management and climate change mainstreaming, Promoting sustainable and climate-smart agriculture along livestock and crop production value chains, Conducting environmental-social impact assessments, solid waste management and Landscape ecological analysis, monitoring and evaluation.
Kuule Derick has been involved in promoting sustainable agro-forestry and management of endangered tree species such as the East African Sandalwood (Osyris lancoelata) in Karamoja region, developing and fund raising for climate change communication strategies, adaptation and mitigation plans for grassroots organisation both in Tanzania and Uganda, promoting food and water security, supporting ecosystem and livelihood resilience of pastoral, agro-pastoral and smallholder farmers in Western and North-eastern Uganda.
Magaya John Paul (Ugandan)‘s drive to pursue a career in Information Technology was ingrained early on, when he graduated with a Bachelors of Information Technology (Makerere University) and later built on this to attain a Msc Geo Information Science and Technology (Makerere University).
His work as an associate consultant has exposed him to several community outreach services, supervision skills, research, local and global linkages.
Magaya has been involved in intensive research and consultancies in different sectors related to Remote sensing and Disaster Management both with Government and Non-Government Organizations. Magaya has wide experience of almost 10 years in Spatial & Information System management capabilities. He has traversed most regions in Uganda conducting both private and institutional related duties on food insecurity mapping, land use/catchment planning, land suitability assessment, and Hazard, risk vulnerability profiling with minimum supervision.
Esther Sebuliba holds a BSc. Community Forestry and a MSc. Forestry and Nature conservation of Makerere University. She is finalizing her PhD in Agricultural Rural Innovations of Makerere University. She has published several peer reviewed papers in various disciplines, including microbiology, land use and cover change, soil management and climate change. She has also attended scientific conferences and consultations. Esther worked as project assistant for several national, reginal and international projects including EU FOREAIM and EU ADECEA. She is currently working with LesRAMS consult Limited as the firm administrator. She has received awards and fellowships from RLC Bonn, EU FOREAIM, DAAD, RUFORUM and AWARD Mentee. She is among the developers of MAKMYCO biofertilizer.