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Our People

Below is the Capacity and expertise of our research Team at AMBSO


Stephen Watya, MMED (Surg)

Executive Director

Founded Uro Care and AMBSO where he is the Executive Director. Dr Watya is widely recognized for his important work related to male circumcision for HIV prevention as well as his significant contribution in prostate cancer research. He is the leading researcher at Uro Care - AMBSO providing the vital day-to-day technical oversight. 

Members of the Board


Gertrude Nakigozi, PhD

Dr. Nakigozi earned her MPH from the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and holds a PhD in Epidemiology from Makerere University in Uganda. Dr. Nakigozi has a number of publications in peer reviewed journals and She is a member of the AMBSO Board.


Godfrey Kigozi, PhD

An epidemiologist  who has co-authored over 150 peer reviewed papers. He received his medical training at Makerere University, his MPH from the Department of Population and Family Health at Johns Hopkins University and a PhD in epidemiology. He is a member of the AMBSO Board.


Joseph Kagaayi, PhD

Dr. Kagaayi is an epidemiologist with over 20 years of experience in Epidemiological research. He is a member of the AMBSO board and very instrumental in supporting the writing of AMBSO protocols. His research work has been published in Leading Journals including PubMed, UK Scientific Journal as well as the JHU Public Health Journal. 


Fred Nalugoda, PhD

An epidemiologist with a PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Makerere University and a MHSc from the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is a member of the AMBSO Board and supporting the conduct of the Population Health Surveillance Study.  


Grace Kigozi, MPH

Grace has an MPH from Johns Hopkins University. She has un weathered experience in quality control and quality assurance and is a trainer of Good clinical practice courses. Grace is currently supporting the growth  of AMBSO’s regulatory and ethical structures and she is also a member of the AMBSO Board.


Deusdedit Kiwanuka, MA

Deusdedit has over 15 years experience in designing, implementing, evaluating, and managing programs and services for survivors of Sexual and Gender Based Violence. He has considerable experience in mobilizing communities to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls. He played a crucial role in designing and testing the SASA methodology of preventing and responding to GBV. Mr. Kiwanuka is one of the Investigators at AMBSO and a member of the Board of Directors.



Stephen Mugamba, BA, Dip

Program Director

He has a First-Class Degree in Mass Communication with a bias in Health Communication and a Diploma in Education from Kyambogo University. He is currently the Program Director for AMBSO and has over 13 years’ experience in leading and coordinating research projects from the Rakai Health Sciences Program.


James Nkale, MPH

Technical and Grants

He has vast experience in clinical/ curative practice, prevention research, and research in non-communicable diseases. While in Rakai, James coordinated the implementation of the Male Circumcision RCT and has subsequently given technical support to the National roll out efforts


Emmanuel Kyasanku, BSc, Dip

Program Coordinator

Emmanuel has a Master's degree in Public Health and a training in clinical medicine and community Health. Currently he is the coordinator of Research and HIV prevention programmes for AMBSO. He is in charge of the Field investigation roles for AMBSO’s Population Health Surveillance cohort study.


Robert Bulamba, Bsc. Stat

Data Manager

Robert is the stationed Data management supervisor and statistician giving onsite statistical support to all AMBSO research projects. Robert has a degree in Economics and Statistics from Kyambogo University and has also had short trainings in Research conduct and data analysis from the Makerere University College of Health Sciences (MUCHS). 


Dennis Nakaana, BPSCM

Finance and Administration

Dennis has a Bachelor’s degree in Procurement and Supply Chain Management and is a finalist of a Master’s Program in Business Administration. He is also a member of CIPS (a professional body of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (UK). Mr. Nakaana has over 7 years’ experience in Procurement & Logistics management, Project planning, Administration, and Finance and Accounting for nonprofit organizations. He is currently AMBSO’s Head of Finance and Administration where he is responsible for overseeing the organization’s day-to-day operations, human resource management, procurement and financial operations and reporting.  


Racheal Joy Nalugoda; Biop, M. Org Psych

HR Officer

Ms. Nalugoda has a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and currently pursuing an MA in Organizational Psychology at Makerere University. She has experience as a manager in institutional and productive enterprises with strong leadership and administration skills. Since 2018, Ms. Nalugoda has been AMBSO’s Human Resource Officer where she takes lead in the recruitment, performance monitoring and evaluation, remuneration and general staff welfare in the organization.