Kampala 14 February 2019  The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) a consortium of 105 Universities in 37 Countries in Africa is aligning operations for delivery of the Vision 2030. Since 2018, RUFORUM has been recruiting new staff as one of the strategies recommended to achieve its Vision 2030 Strategy. We are pleased to announce the following two new staff appointments at the RUFORUM Secretariat:

Dr Florence Nakayiwa (Ugandan) – Deputy Executive Secretary responsible for Planning Resources Mobilisation and Management

NakayiwaDr Nakayiwa joins RUFORUM from Makerere University where she has been the Director of the Planning and Development Department. She has over twenty years’ experience in the higher education sector in Africa. She brings vast experience in institutional development in higher education, policy engagement, development partners’ collaboration and partnership development and networking to the RUFORUM Secretariat and its wider network at large.  She has previously overseen and provided leadership to the strategic planning processes at Makerere University and various institutions to which she has served in the different capacity as a Board member. She has been the Programme Coordinator of several Development Partner Programmes at Makerere University. These include, among others, the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Programme at Makerere University and the African Development Bank- Higher Education Science and Technology Programme.  She has been a Board member of the African Higher Education Advancement – AHEAD Initiative, also a board Member to the Youth After School Initiative and a Board Member of the Makerere University Walter Reed Programme.  Dr Nakayiwa is a DAAD Fellow: University Leadership Programme that targeted Project Management, Financial Management and Human Resource Management in Higher Education at the University of Oldenburg- Germany.   She is a fellow to the International Visitors Leadership Program, A Voluntary Visitors Program on Higher Education Financing and Administration; and an Associate Fellow of the Centre for Higher Education Trust based in South Africa. Dr Florence Nakayiwa has a Doctor of Business Administration in Higher Education Management from the University of Bath, United Kingdom and a Masters’ Degree in Economic Policy Management from Makerere University.

Ms. Wivine Adidja (Congolese from DR Congo) – Technical Specialist, Staff Development and Academic Mobility

AdidjaMs. Adidja joins RUFORUM from Universite Catholique de Bukavu (UCB) in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). She has served in higher education as a fellow at the university at the Institut Superieur de Development Rural (ISDR/Bukavu),  Universite Libre des Grand Lacs ( ULGL/Bukavu) and Universite Evangelique en Afrique (UEA) for five years and brings this experience into the RUFORUM Secretariat. Her experience in regional African mobility both as a lived experience through her education and practice in the DR Congo is vital in supporting the coordinating function for the mobility arrangements at the RUFORUM Secretariat. Over the years of service, she has demonstrated the power of mobility education by increasing the participation of disadvantaged fellows from DR. Congo to access education outside DR. Congo,  a conflict and post-conflict environment. Ms. Adidja holds Masters in Integrated Watershed Management of Makerere University.

RUFORUM is currently comprised of staff  from Ghana, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Benin, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya and Malawi.

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