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Chairman Board of Trusties Biography

Prof. George Barnabas Kirya

MBchB, M.MED, LLD (HC)

Chairman

Professor George Kirya is a Retired academic and Diplomat. In the early years of his carrier, Dr.Kirya worked with the East African Virus Research Institute (EAVRI), a department of the East African Community, which today, is the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI), where he served as Principal Medical Research Officer, and Head of Arbovirology at EAVRI.

From 1973 to 1975 he was a Senior Lecturer at Makerere where he taught microbiology, surveillance and research at undergraduate and post-graduate levels. He served as Professor and Head of Department of Medical Microbiology at Makerere Medical School from 1978 until 1986. From April 1986 until November 1990, he served as Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, Uganda's largest public university. In 1997, he was appointed Uganda's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Ireland, based in London, serving in that position until 2003. Professor Kirya returned to Uganda in 2003 and was appointed Chairman of the Uganda Health Services Commission, serving in that capacity until 2007. In recognition of his service as a diplomat, the University of Birmingham awarded him an honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) degree

As the THETA board Chairperson, Professor George Kirya provides explicit strategic guidance to the organisation.

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