John Stephen Balirwa, Dr.

Fellow of AAS since 2009; Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
Born in 1950, Uganda

Dr. Balirwa was educated at the University of Dar Es Salaam where he obtained his B.Sc. in 1970, M.Sc. in 1984. He left for the Netherlands and obtained M.Sc. in 1992 and PhD in 1998 at Wageningen Agricultural University.

He has served as Tsetse Officer at the Ministry of Animal resources, Research Officer at EAFFRO, Scientific Officer, Senior Research Officer, and Principal Research Officer of UFFRO and FIRI, Director at FIRRI.

Presently he is Director of research at NaFIRRI. His research interests are in Fish and fisheries biology and aquatic ecology, wetlands, riverine ecology, biodiversity conservation, environmental impact assessments and water quality (limnology). He is member of several professional societies and Scientific Institutions and has received different recognitions.

He has 45 technical publications.

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CAO Hoppers, Prof

Field: Social Sciences (Education)
Gender: Female
Country: Uganda (Sweden)

Professor Hoppers holds a South African Research Chair in Development Education hosted at the University of South Africa, Pretoria as part of South African Department of Science and Technology’s strategic knowledge and human resource intervention into the higher education landscape in South Africa.

Prior to that, she was a technical adviser on Indigenous Knowledge Systems to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Arts, Culture, Science and Technology (South Africa) and led the Task Team to draft the national policy on Indigenous Knowledge Systems. She was a Distinguished Professional at the Human Sciences Research Council; an Associate Professor at the University of Pretoria; a visiting Professor at Stockholm University (Sweden); Scientific Coordinator and Campus Director for the Council for the Development of Social Science in Africa (CODESRIA) Annual Social Science Campus (2006); and a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate in Philosophy from Orebro University (Sweden), and an Honorary Doctorate in Education from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa.

She was formerly a member of the International Faculty of the United Nations International Leadership Academy (Amman-Jordan); and is a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa and a Member of the Academy of Science Special Panel on the Future of Humanities. She is a distinguished scholar at the Texas State University – San Marcos (US) and Advisory Faculty Member - Centre for Global Citizenship Education & Research, University of Alberta, Canada.

She serves as Co-Director and member of the Board of the PASCAL International Observatory - initiated by the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development Countries (OECD). She is a member of the Global Campaign for a Culture of Peace of the Hague Appeal for Peace (New York); was a Co-Convenor of the Global Political Economy Commission, and a member of the Council of the International Peace Research Association (IPRA), and of TRANSCEND.

She was part of the team convened by the UN Department of Disarmament Affairs that prepared the UN Study on Disarmament Education submitted and approved by the General Assembly (2002). She was recently listed in the “Marquis Who is Who in the World” 2013 in the Pearl Edition of the Marquis Who is Who (US).

Professor Hoppers is a scholar and policy specialist on International Development, education, North-South questions, disarmament, peace, and human security. She is a UNESCO expert in basic education, lifelong learning, and on Science and society; an expert to the World Economic Forum on benefit sharing and value addition protocols; and the World Intellectual Property Organisation on traditional knowledge and community intellectual property rights.


Kayanja Bantubano, Ian Frederick, Prof

Fellow of AAS since 1988; Veterinary and Human Medicine
Born in 1938, Uganda

Prof. Kayanja obtained his PhD in 1970 from the Wolfson College University of Cambridge in UK and Postdoctoral Degree in 1972 from Harvard Medical School in USA.

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Opio, Asinasi Fina, Dr

Fellow of AAS since 2006,
Biology -Plant Pathology, Agriculture & Bioscience
Born in 1954, Uganda

Dr. Opio obtained her M.Sc. in 1979 from the University of Nairobi (Kenya) and PhD in 1992 from Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro (Tanzania).

She then went to Uganda and has been working at the Namulonge Research Institute of Uganda.  Her research has involved the study of beans, which has culminated in the release of a number of technologies.

She has developed strategies for the containment of two serious diseases (coffee wilt and banana bacterial wilt) and has made advances in developing control strategy to the common bacterial blight (CBB) diseases of beans, and also on bacterial wilt of solanaceous crops caused by Ralstonia solanacearum. She has devised control measures for bean root rot disease and has also developed a disease management strategy.

She has been the Director of Research of Namulonge Agricultural and Animal Production Research Institute, Vice-President of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences, member of the Council of Science and Technology, Programme Leader  of Beans and Principal Research Officer. She is member of the Indian Phytopathological Society, the Agricultural Technical Committee, African Crop Science Society and several other professional societies; she has 60 publications (2005)  

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Sabiiti N, Elly, Prof

Fellow of AAS since 2006,
Born in 1951, Uganda

Prof Sabiiti obtained his M.Sc. in 1980 from MakerereUniversity (Uganda) and PhD in 1985 from the University of New Brunswick (Canada).

He then joined MakerereUniversity and rose through the ranks to became full professor in 1998. His research interests include agricultural sciences, livestock farming and sustainable rangeland management.

He has established the public university called “Gulu University”, vetted the establishment of Busoga University with Swedish Institutions and worked as member of the joint Commission for the setting up of the University of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences in Uganda. He has been Head of Crop Science Department of the University, Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry of Makerere University, National Coordinator of the Faculties of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine for the implementation of the SIDA project on dry-land husbandry.

He has served as member of the Advisory Committee for the Pastoral Information Network Programmes. He is member of TWAS, Tropical Grassland Society of Australia. He has several national, regional and international awards and recognitions and has published 100 articles

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David, Justin Bakibinga, Prof

Fellow of AAS since 2014
Policy Sciences (Law)
Born in 1953

Prof Bakibinga is a professor of Commercial law and Head, Department of Commercial law, Makerere University, Uganda. He has taught law for over three decades variously in Nigeria, Uganda and Tanzania. He is former of Head, Department of Law, University of Ilorin, Nigeria, Dean of Law respectively at Makerere, Uganda, Ogun State University, Nigeria.

He is also founding Commissioner/Head of Legal Services, Uganda Revenue Authority, former Director, School of Graduate Studies and former Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance & Administration), Makerere University. He is a fellow of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences.

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Nelson K. Sewankambo, Prof

Fellow of AAS since 2015
Medical and Health Sciences: Internal Medicine
Born in 1951

Nelson K. Sewankambo MB ChB, MSc, M.MED, FRCP, Professor of Medicine, trained in general medicine and internal medicine at Makerere University, Uganda and later in clinical epidemiology at McMaster University, Canada.  From 1997, for 11 years, he served as the Medical School Dean at Makerere University, and since then has been Principal (Head) of College of Health Sciences. 

He is a board member for FAIMER, a Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), and an External Affiliate member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM).  He serves on the IOM Global Forum on Innovations in Health Professional Education.  He is the Principal Investigator on a multi-country research capacity building consortium involving seven African institutions and two universities in the UK, (Cambridge University and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine).  He is the Chair of an Africa-wide initiative for Strengthening Research Capacity in Africa (ISHReCA), the Director of the Medical Education for Equitable Services for All Ugandans (MESAU) – MEPI Consortium, and Chair of the African Medical Schools Association (AMSA).

Building on his ground-breaking early HIV/AIDS research (1980s) in rural Rakai district of Uganda, he has had a 30 year effort of epidemiological and intervention research in HIV/AIDS research with nearly 200 peer reviewed publications. In 2012 him and his team demonstrated the high efficacy of medical male circumcision in the prevention of HIV transmission to male partners of HIV positive females. Prof Sewankambo has added a new focus on understanding the epidemic in fishing communities around the East African Lake Victoria, areas of persistent high HIV incidence possibly contributing to sustaining the epidemic. For 10 years now he has led efforts to develop the internationally renowned Makerere Infectious Diseases Institute known for its high quality HIV/AIDS research. He has also been at forefront of research in knowledge translation leading to the demonstration that a rapid response mechanism is feasible in a low resource environment to address policy makers and practitioners’ needs.

His awards include: Honorary Fellowship London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Honorary Doctoral Degree Johns Hopkins University, Doctor of Laws, HC, McMaster University, Grand Silver Award Karolinska Institute, FCRP London, External Associate Institute of Medicine, USA,  Fellow TWAS, Fellow/President Uganda National Academy of Sciences, Leadership Award AED SatelLife Center for Health IT.

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Emmanuel Kasimbazi                           

Fellow since 2017

Born in 1964

Field of Specialisation: Policy sciences 

Job Title: Chair,Makerere University Environmental Law Centre.


Prof Kasimbazi is a professor of Environmental Law and Policy and Director, Environmental Law Centre, School of Law, Makerere University, Uganda. He has taught law for over 22 years. He is former Deputy Dean, Dean and Head, Department of Public and Comparative Law respectively at  School of Law, Makerere University. He is external examiner of various universities in Africa.

He is a Senior Researcher and Consultant who has worked on different projects that deal with Environmental Law and Policy in Uganda and other African countries. He has advised governments, international & Regional Organisations & Non-Governmental Organizations on various aspects of International Environmental Law such as water, climate change, wildlife, oil and gas among others.

He has published widely in the areas of environmental law and has earned international recognition. He is a board member and leader in different organizations and a member of various professional bodies. He is a fellow of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences and the World Academy of Sciences.

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