Dr. Richard Edema

Dr. Richard Edema, serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Centre. I oversee the implementation of the MaRCCI’s Strategy to accomplish her mission as a contribution to the broader University goals and objectives. 

Role (Positions and Honors)

Director, Makerere University Regional Centre of Excellence for Crop Improvement (August 2017), Fellow of Ugandan National Academy of Sciences, Distinguished International Alumni (2019) of The Ohio State University, Member of the American , Phytopathological Society

Brief personal comment

I have 15 years of experience in academia – all of which have been at Makerere University. At Makerere University, I have taught various undergraduate and graduate courses; supervised over 50 graduate students to date. I have co-authored of over eighty research articles (majority of which are in major international peer-reviewed journals). I have also been Principal Investigator on numerous research and training grants totaling USD 11 million to-date. I have led the development of Makerere University’s award-winning Regional MSc program in plant breeding and seed systems that has been popular with various funding agencies. This program has trained over 150 mid-career scientists across African continent & has since developed into a model for regional capacity building in East Africa. This program has now upgraded into an African Centers of Excellence (ACE II project; one of 46 Centers created in selected Universities in Africa) with funding from the Government of Uganda through the World Bank. I have been recognized for my role as a mentor in the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) program; a program that has supported young women’s early career development in agricultural sciences.

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