Membership of the Task Force

Dr. Pius Coxwell Achanga - Chairperson

Biography of Dr. Pius Coxwell Achanga

Pius Coxwell Achanga is the Head of Institutional and Programme Accreditation (IPA) at National Council for Higher Education (NCHE), the Higher Education Regulator of Uganda. His current role involves overseeing the licensure and establishment, planning, development and strategic guidance of all Higher Education Training Institutions (Universities, Other Degree Awarding Institutions and Other Tertiary Institutions) in the Country. These include, institutional and curriculum accreditation, monitoring and evaluation and coordination and mentorship of the leadership and governance of over 250 accredited Higher Education Training Institutions (both public and private). Prior to joining NCHE, Dr. Achanga was a Research Associate at the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) in the School of Engineering, University of Cambridge (UK).

Achanga holds a PhD in Manufacturing Systems (process optimization using fuzzy logic) and a Master of Science Degree in Manufacturing Management and Information Systems both from Cranfield University (UK); a Bachelor of Business Information Technology from the University of Hull in the (UK) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from Canterbury Christ Church University (UK).

Dr. Achanga has attended a number of continuous professional development trainings that include Fellowships in University Administration Support Program by the International Research and Exchanges (IREX) Board, Washington DC (2014) and the EducationUSA Leadership Institute, North Carolina State University (2017).

On 3rd November 2014, Dr. Achanga was Appointed and Commissioned, an Honorary Tennessean by Bill Haslam, Governor of the State of Tennessee. He was also the Winner of the Emerald Literati Network Awards Excellence, 2007 – for the most outstanding and highly commended paper in 2006 Series. Dr. Achanga is a Member of the Higher Education Research and Advocay Network in Africa (HERANA), the East African Higher Education Quality Assurance Network (EAQAN) and the Ugandan Universities Quality Assurance Forum (UUQAF).

Dr. Achanga is a Visiting Professor of Higher Education Studies with a Special focus on Research & Innovation in University Systems for Socio-Economic Development at the Institute for Post-School Studies, the University of the Western Cape, October 2017 – Current. He is also the National Focal person to the National Planning Team for Developing the Nuclear Human Resource Strategy under Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, Uganda. He has a number of scholarly publications, with the latest being, Higher Education Systems and Institutions: Uganda, Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2018.

Prof. John M. Kasenene - Member (Vice Chairperson)

Biography of Prof. Dr. Kasenene Masse John

Prof. Dr. Kasenene Masse John is the Vice Chancellor of Mountains of the Moon University. He is the principal academic and administrative officer of the University. He provides leadership, academic and administrative to the whole University. Before joining MMU he was a Professor of Forestry Ecology, Department of Botany, Makerere University and a Senior Research and Training Fellow at Makerere University Biological Field Station in Kibale Forest National Park.

Kasenene holds a PhD in Forest Ecology from Michigan State University, East Lansing USA; Master of Science in Plant Ecology, Bachelor of Science and Post Graduate Diploma in Education both from Makerere University, Uganda. He also holds a Certificate in Primatology, Front Royal College, Virginia, USA; Certificate in Field Methods, Costarica, Virginia USA.

Prof. Dr. Kasenene has been a lecturer for Higher Education since 1982 to date in areas of speciality of conservation biology, community and ecosystem ecology, restoration ecology, natural resource ecology and conservation, plant energy and ecological and environmental assessment methods and techniques.

Prof. Dr. Kasenene has served in various sectors as a chair Board of Trustees Planning and Monitoring Committee of Uganda Wildlife Authority, 2003-2009; Member Technical Committee Bwindi Impenetratable National Park, 2000-2003; Chair Review Conservation Agreement Committee Uganda Wildlife Authority, 2004; Coordinator Research Funding and Research on Natural Resources, NORAD programme, MUK, 198-2001; Member of National Examination Board [UNEB, 2013 to date; Chairperson Board of Governors Ruteete SSS, 2012 to date and Member of Governing Council Uganda Technical College, Kichwamba, 2010 to date.

Biography of Dr. Kagambe Edmond

Dr. Kagambe Edmond is the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic and Administration at Mountains of the Moon University [MMU], Fort-Portal Uganda. He is responsible for implementing the academic strategic vision and mission of the University, for the quality assurance and regulatory compliance of all its academic policies and programs, and for all student affairs. He plays key roles in cultivating and maintaining strategic and productive relationship between the academic and operations components of the University. He is also responsible for direction, organization and administration of the Division of Administration, Finance and University Development. He served as the Dean School of Education, MMU. Before joining MMU was a lecturer at Moi University and Nairobi University in Kenya and a Secondary School Head teacher.

Dr. Kagambe holds a PhD in Educational Administration and Policy Studies from Moi University, Kenya. A Master of Education in Educational Administration and Planning and a Bachelor of Science in Education both from Makerere University, Uganda. Dr. Kagambe has attended a number of continuous professional development trainings that include Common Wealth Scholarship in Executive Business Administration and in Aspiring Leaders both in Salford University, United Kingdom; Australia Fellowship Scholarship in Institutional Corporate Governance at Victoria University, Australia; Project Financial and Operational Management Training Gent University, Belgium; Child Protection in Development Practice Course, Kimmage Open Distance Education [KODE] National University of Maynooth Ireland, Database Systems Management (SQL server, Uganda Management Institute, Kampala; Educational Institutional Finance Management and Control, Uganda Martyrs University, Nkozi, Uganda.

He has over 28 years of experience in Educational Administration, Planning and Policy Studies. A member of Forum for Education NGO’s in Uganda (FENU), Rwenzori Regional Think Tank and Tooro Education Foundation, in Uganda. He is a member of African Education Trust assisting in rebuilding curriculum, exams and school systems. He is a Board member of a number of reputable organisations/institutions in Uganda both private and public. Currently, the Programme Coordinator of Mountains of the Moon University Institutional University Cooperation Partner Programme under the Flemish Inter-university Council (VLIR) – University Cooperation for Development (UOS), Belgium. He actively participates in continued learning through conferences and professional research. Believes in students’ abilities to learn and inherent thirst for knowledge with the right environment. He actively work to connect students to their material

Biography of Mrs. Nyakahuma Kazooba Grace

Mrs. Nyakahuma Grace is the Registrar Academic at Mountains of the Moon University. Her role is to coordinate academic matters in the university namely: Admissions, Registration, Research, Curriculum Design and implementation, gender mainstreaming, academic ceremonies, staff welfare and the implementation of academic rules and regulations in the university. She has worked as a lecturer in the School of Education, MMU, 2008-2012;

Before joining MMU she worked as a Member of District Public Service Commissioner Kabarole District Public, 2002-2006; Project Manager early Childhood Education, Kabarole District, 1999-2004; Consultant Community Based Programmes, 1998-1999; Hygiene and Sanitation Education Co-coordinator Water aid Uganda Project  Kabarole Distict, 1996-1999; Project Manager GTZ Home Based Care Services, Kabarole Distict, 1991-1995 and Teacher, Kyebambe SSS, 1984-1988. 
Nyakahuma holds Master of Education and Bachelor of Arts in Education both from Makerere University. She has attended a number of professional development training that include: Records Management, UNDP/PRICON, Fort-Portal, 2006; Accounting for Micro Finance and SACCOS, UNDP/PRICON, Fort-Portal, 2005, Entrepreneur development by Enterprise Uganda, UDNP 2002; Foundations in the Management of CBOs, UNDP/PRICON, Fort-Portal, 2004; Strategic Thinking and Planning, SNV, Fort-Portal 1998.