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Meet our Team

Glenda Gray

MBChB FCPaeds
President and CEO, South African Medical Research Council
Program Director

Betty Nanzigu Mwesigwa

MBChB, Pg. Dip. (Clinical Trials), MSc (Clinical trials)
Deputy Executive Director, Makerere University Walter Reed Project, Uganda
Co-PI; Partner Lead PI

Linda-Gail Bekker

MBChB, DTMH, DCH, FCP (SA), PhD
Professor of Medicine, University of Cape Town; Director, Desmond Tutu HIV Centre; Chief Executive Officer, Desmond Tutu Health Foundation
Co-PI; Partner Lead PI

Cissy Kityo Mutuluuza

MBChB, MSc, PhD
Executive Director, Joint Clinical Research Center, Uganda
Co-PI; Partner Lead PI;
Program Lead: Clinical

Tian Johnson

 
Founder & Strategist, African Alliance
Co-PI; Partner Lead PI; Program Lead: Community Engagement & Advocacy

Nigel Garrett

MBChB PhD
Head of HIV Pathogenesis & Vaccine Research, CAPRISA, Honorary Associate Professor in Public Health, University of KwaZulu-Natal
Deputy Program Director (Science); Lead PI; Program Co-Lead: Clinical Program

Niresh Bhagwandin

BSc (Hons) MSc PhD MBA
Executive Manager: Strategic Research Initiatives, South African Medical Research Council
Deputy Program Director (Administration); Lead: Project Management

Kubashni Woeber

ND (Biomedical Technology) BTech MBA MSc
Program Manager-Clinical Trials /Laboratory Scientist Manager, South African Medical Research Council
Senior Program Manager

Elizabeth Chigwidi

BSc PGD MSc (Monitoring & Evaluation)
Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, African Alliance
MEL Manager

Penelope Linda Moore

BSc (Hons) MSc PhD
South African Research Chair, Research Professor, University of the Witwatersrand
Partner Lead PI; Program Lead: Laboratory and Vaccine design

Sekiziyivu Proscovia Naluyima

BBLT MSc PhD
Laboratory Director, Makerere University Walter Reed Project, Uganda
Program Co-Lead: Laboratory and Vaccine design

Nyanda Elias Ntinginya

MD MSc PhD
Director of Research Coordination and Promotion and Principal Research Officer, National Institute for Medical Research, Tanzania
Partner Lead PI; Program Lead: Capacity Augmentation

Stephen Mugamba

BA MPH
Community Engagement Coordinator, Makerere University Walter Reed Project
Program Co-Lead: Community Engagement & Advocacy

Martha Tholanah

 
Advisor to Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ)
Program Co-Lead: Community Engagement & Advocacy

Wendy Anne Burgers

BSc (Med) Hons, MSc (Med) PhD
Professor, University of Cape Town
Program Co-Lead: Laboratory and Vaccine design

Alash’le G. Abimiku

MSc PhD
University of Maryland School of Medicine Institute of Human Virology, Baltimore. & Executive Director, International Research Cntr of Excellence, Institute of Human Virology - Nigeria
Partner Lead PI; Program Co-Lead: Capacity Augmentation

Henry Mugerwa

MBChB MSc
Head of Research, Joint Clinical Research Centre, Uganda
Program Co-Lead: Capacity Augmentation

Drollah Ssebagala

BComm (Hons) FCCA MBA
Co-lead staff for the Finance Operations, Joint Clinical Research Centre, Uganda
Co-Lead: Project Management

Michelle Mulder

BSc (Hons) MSc PhD
Executive Director: Grants, Innovation and Product Development, South African Medical Research Centre
Grants Manager

Fredrick Kipyego Sawe

MBChB MMed
Director, Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) / Walter Reed Project (WRP), Kericho Field Station (KFS)
Partner Lead PI

Izukanji T. Sikazwe

BSc MBChB MPH
Chief Executive Officer, Centre for Infectious Diseases & Research (CIDRZ), Zambia
Partner Lead PI

Lynda Stranix-Chibanda

MBChB MMed
Research Scientific Director, University of Zimbabwe Clinical Trial Research Centre
Partner Lead PI

Edna Viegas

MD, PhD
Head of Instituto Nacional de Saúde Office in Maputo, Mozambique
Partner Lead PI