The AREF Excell Programme



The aim of the AREF Excell programme is to transform the research leadership capabilities of our Partner Institutions and their nominated Fellows – to enhance research capacity for global health in Africa for Africa – and ultimately to transform health and save lives.

The programme responds to the expressed needs of African institutions and individuals for investment in the next generation of talented postdoctoral scientists – who aspire to being independently-minded researchers and group leaders.

The AREF Excell Programme is made possible due to the financial support of the Robert Bosch Foundation and the gift of expertise and time by our world-class Facilitators.


Our Learning Themes and Lead Facilitators

  1. The Researcher as Leader: led by Anthony Kasozi and Emma Mairs
  2. The Effective Researcher: led by Dr Hazel McCullough
  3. The Compelling Applicant: led by Dr Jane Kengeya-Kayondo and Dr Peter Dukes
  4. The Researcher as Manager: led by Dr Roger Tatoud
  5. The Responsible Researcher: led by Peter Dukes

The Excell Programme of Workshops

Our 2-year programme is structured with four workshops and two conferences.  Our approach promotes interaction and collaboration between individual scientists and across African institutions in a climate of transformative, experiential learning.


Read here about the AREF Excell launch in May 2018 in Dakar, Senegal.

The programme outcomes that we seek include greater confidence, self-empowerment, effectiveness as a researcher and manager, competitiveness as an applicant and impact as a scientist and communicator.


Our Excell Partners and Fellows

Following a competitive open call in December 2017, AREF was delighted to welcome the following institutions and their nominees to the AREF Excell Programme.

Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI), Uganda
Dr Achilles Kiwanuka Institutional Lead
Dr Margaret Nampijja Excell Fellow
Mrs Sylvia Kiwuwa Muyingo Excell Fellow
Dr Eugene Ruzagira Excell Fellow
Dr Josephine Namuwonge Bwogi Excell Fellow
Ifakara Health Institute (IHI), Tanzania
Dr Fredros Okumu Institutional Lead
Dr Angel Dillip Singh Excell Fellow
Dr Dickson Wilson Lwetoijera Excell Fellow
Dr Herry Robert Mapesi Excell Fellow
Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research (KCCR), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
Professor Alexander Yaw Debrah Institutional Lead
Dr Augustina Angelina Sylverken Excell Fellow
Dr Kingsley Badu Excell Fellow
Dr Linda Batsa Debrah Excell Fellow
Dr Michael Owusu Excell Fellow
Centre in Reproductive Health Innovation (CEHRI), University of Benin, Nigeria
Dr Akhere Akuekegbe Omonkhua Institutional Lead
Dr Oyetunde Timothy Salawu Oyeyemi Excell Fellow
Dr Enitome Evi Bafor Excell Fellow
Africa Population and Health Research Centre (APHRC), Kenya
Dr Evelyn Eunice Nungari Gitau Institutional Lead
Dr Gershim Asiki Excell Fellow
Dr Patricia Kadzo Wekulo Excell Fellow
Dr Yohannes Dibaba Wado Excell Fellow
Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH), Uganda
Dr Fred Wabwire-Mangen Institutional Lead
Dr John Bosco Isunju Excell Fellow
Dr Christine Kayemba Nalwadda Excell Fellow
Dr Richard Kibirango Mugambe Excell Fellow
Dr Phyllis Awor Excell Fellow

To learn more about the AREF Excell Programme, contact Dr Peter Dukes AREF Director of Programmes, at