Adipala Ekwamu

Job Title: 
Executive Secretary

Professor Adipala Ekwamu (Ugandan) is the Executive Secretary of the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), a consortium of African Universities that provides research and postgraduate training opportunities for students and faculties in Africa. He provides overall leadership in the running of the RUFORUM Secretariat. He has held this position since 2004, transforming RUFORUM from a member based organisation of 8 Universities in 5 countries in East and Southern Africa, to now an Africa-wide consortium of Universities in Eastern, Central, Southern and West Africa. Under his leadership, RUFORUM has supported the training of over 1,500 MSc and PhD students that are working across Africa.  He has teamed up with several higher education networks both within and outside Africa to advocate for higher education in Africa, and has helped to establish and strengthen postgraduate training programs and academic mobility programmes for students and faculty across Africa. Professor Adipala Ekwamu is the founding editor of the African Crop Science Journal, and author to nearly 200 peer reviewed journal publications. He founded the African Crop Science Society in 1993, which is today one of the most respected professional societies in Africa. Recently, he helped to found the African Journal of Rural Development. He received his doctoral degree in plant pathology from Ohio State University in 1992, and taught in the Department of Crop Science at Uganda's Makerere University from 1980 to 2003. In 2010, Prof. Adipala Ekwamu earned the Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences International Alumni Award. Prof. Adipala Ekwamu is a Fellow of Uganda National Academy of Sciences.