Dr. James Kananura Tibenderana, a Ugandan, trained as a medical doctor at Makerere University, Kampala and as an epidemiologist at Institute of Public Health, University of Cambridge and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
He is a malaria and public health expert, with over 20 years of experience in the fields of epidemiology, infectious and tropical diseases and health system strengthening. James joined Malaria Consortium in 2005. Prior to becoming Technical Director, he has been both Development Director and Africa Technical Director for the organisation.
Most recently, he has overseen our global business development activity and the diversification of the organisation’s funding portfolio and partnerships both in Africa and Asia. Prior to that, as Africa Technical Director, he was responsible for the oversight and coordination of the technical aspects of Malaria Consortium’s programmes in Africa, playing a key role in the strategy, conceptualisation and design of our work there.
He helped build the evidence-base for the switch from presumptive treatment to parasite-based diagnosis for malaria before treatment, supported the Uganda Ministry of Health with the change of anti-malarial treatment policy to artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) along with engaging the private sector in to provide affordable and accessible ACTs, and spearheaded the establishment of a national research centre for malaria in Uganda.
Before joining Malaria Consortium, James worked at the national and district levels in Uganda on communicable disease control and in neurosurgery. He remains actively involved in operational research on communicable diseases.