Conference Chair

Nelson Sewankambo, Uganda National Academy of Sciences, Uganda

Nelson Sewankambo

A Ugandan Professor of Medicine at Makerere University College of Health Sciences, an academician, a medical researcher, a Fellow and the President of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences (UNAS), and an external affiliate of the U.S. National Academy of Medicine. Prof. Sewankambo chairs the UNAS Forum on Cities, Urbanization, and Services (FOCUS), and has been at the forefront of consensus studies on ownership of the development agenda in Uganda, East Africa, and Africa in general. Prof. Sewankambo has a passion for advancing health, and for addressing health inequities in Africa. He was one of the earliest physicians in Uganda to recognize the new “slim disease” that caused patients to lose weight and slim down to abnormal cachectic sizes—what eventually became known as the HIV/AIDS virus. Prof. Sewankambo has devoted the last 20 years of his professional life to the advancement of medical education, research, and capacity development across the African continent.

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