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Keynote Speakers

Hon. Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja

Hon. Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja, is the Cabinet Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries in the Ugandan Cabinet. He was appointed to that position on 6 June 2016. He previously served as State Minister for Agriculture, between 1 March 2015 and 6 June 2016. In 2011, he was elected to the 9th Ugandan Parliament to represent “Kalungu County East”. At Nkumba University he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration in 2007 and Master of Arts in Public Administration in 2010.

Dr. Maria G. N. Musoke
Prof Musoke holds a BSc in Biological sciences and a concurrent diploma in Education from Makerere University, a Master’s degree in Librarianship from the University of Wales and a PhD from the University of Sheffield, UK. She is a renowned scholar in her field of Library and Information Science (LIS). She is the first Ugandan woman to hold a PhD in Information science. Her PhD research focused on access and use of health information, which provided noble findings on which other researcher are building on. She is the first Ugandan women to be appointed a Professor of Information Science. She has taught at Makerere University and mentored younger professionals. She has published extensively and recently wrote a book titled “Informed and healthy: theoretical and applied perspectives on the value of information to health care”, published by the Academic Press of Elsevier and available in Research for Life (R4L), Google Scholar and Science direct.com. In March this year, Prof Musoke was appointed Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academic Affairs of Kyambogo University, which is the 2nd largest University in Uganda.  That appointment made her the first woman to hold that position in this University. From 2004 to 2014, Prof Musoke was the University Librarian of Makerere University, making her a member of Top Management of that University. Although Makerere University celebrated 90 years in 2012, Prof Musoke is one of the first Ugandan women to hold a top Management position in that University. Currently, Prof Musoke chairs the Health and Bio-sciences libraries Section of the International Federation of Library and Information Associations (IFLA) since 2015. She is a member of various Information associations both in Uganda and international. Prof Musoke has also contributed to women in science in various ways.Currently, she is the chair of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences (UNAS) Women in Science committee. She is a founder member of the Uganda Chapter of the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE), Women and Gender Studies department at Makerere University and Uganda Women’s Network (UWONET). She has been an active member of Female Education in Mathematics and Science in Africa (FEMSA), Uganda Association of University Woman and others.
Dr. Yona Baguma
Dr. Yona Baguma is the Deputy Director General of NARO, Uganda. He is a Molecular Biologist working for the National Agricultural Research Organisation at the rank of Principal Research Officer (PRO). Since his appointment in 1988, Dr. Baguma has tirelessly worked on cassava research and made significant contributions towards food security and increased income through restoration of cassava production, development of natural resource use, and disease (CMD and CBSD) management practices. He has designed and implemented research on highly nutritious cassava with enhanced beta-carotene and starch in Uganda as a contribution towards improved human health and income for the poor. He is currently involved in research on drought-resilient cassava to mitigate the effects of climate change and to adapt cassava to new agronomic and economic conditions, and development of double haploids in cassava to usher in a new approach to cassava breeding for desired traits. In addition to cassava research, Dr. Baguma has been a key team player in developing and implementing biosafety regulatory guidelines and systems in Uganda and beyond. He has also contributed significantly to the training and mentoring of many young scientists, interns and graduate students, producing a distinguished cadre of a new generation of well-grounded research scientists and technical support staff. He has established various research collaborations and partnerships with international research centers, advanced laboratories and universities. Dr. Baguma is an accomplished innovative ethical researcher and has contributed enormously towards various novel information, skills, capacity and technology solutions.
Dr. Beatrice Byarugaba, Director for Agricultural Extension (MAAIF)
forthcoming