Debating Africa

Dr. Catherine Kyobutungi

Executive Director of the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC)


Dr. Catherine Kyobutungi is the Executive Director of the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC). She was formerly the Center’s Director of Research and has served APHRC in several leadership roles over the past 15 years, having joined as a post-doctoral fellow in 2006.

She holds a Ph.D. in Epidemiology and a Master of Science in Community Health and Health Management from the University of Heidelberg. Prior to her graduate studies, Catherine studied medicine at Makerere University, Kampala, after which she worked as a medical officer in Western Uganda for three years.

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

Catherine has served on numerous boards, panels, and expert groups. She is a board member of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH) where she co-Chairs the Accountability Working Group, a co-Chair of the  Lancet–SIGHT Commission on Peaceful Societies Through Health and Gender Equality, and a  co-Chair of the steering committee of the Countdown to 2030 Initiative.

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