Catherine Kyobutungi

UNU Council Member; Executive Director, The African Population and Health Research Center

UNU Centre

Prof. Dr. Catherine Kyobutungi is the Executive Director at the African Population and Health Research Center.

Dr. Catherine Kyobutungi holds a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Heidelberg, and a Master of Science in Community Health and Health Management. She is the Executive Director at the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC). She was formerly the Director of Research and has served APHRC in several leadership roles over the past decade, having joined as a Post-doctoral Fellow in May 2006.

Prior to her graduate studies, Dr Kyobutungi studied Medicine at Makerere University, Kampala, after which she worked for three years as a medical officer at Rushere Hospital, a rural health facility in Western Uganda. Before and during her graduate studies, she was an Assistant Lecturer and later a Lecturer in the Department of Community Health at the Mbarara University of Science and Technology.

In 2018, she was elected as a Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences; in 2019, she was selected as Joep Lange Chair at the University of Amsterdam; a position in which she investigates chronic disease management in African countries. She is co-director of the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA), a programme that seeks to build and strengthen the capacity of African research leaders, and has trained more than 230 PhD fellows in eight African universities.

Dr. Kyobutungi has served on numerous boards, panels, and expert groups, including the United States International University in Africa (USIU-A) Council; INDEPTH Network Board of Directors; Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH); Advisory Council of the African Diaspora Fellowship Program at the Institute of International Education; and the steering committee of the Countdown to 2030 Initiative.

Her research interests are in chronic disease management as a framework for bridging the gap between what we know about non-communicable diseases and health system responsiveness.

Dr. Kyobutungi is a strong advocate for African voices in the continent’s development, and a proponent of evidence-informed decision making with Africans in the driver’s seat.