Dr James K Tibenderana 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. Ugandan-born, he trained as a medical doctor at Makerere University, Kampala and as an epidemiologist at Institute of Public Health, University of Cambridge and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
James joined Malaria Consortium in 2005. Prior to becoming Chief Executive, he was most recently the organisation's Global Technical Director - overseeing all technical work in Africa and Asia and aligning technical programme work in-country with the organisation's strategic vision. Prior to this, held the roles of Development Director and Africa Technical Director respectively. As Chief Executive, he oversees day-to-day operational decision-making, and along with the Global Management Group, runs the organisation, managing technical and finance functions, as well as programmes at regional and country level.
In his 20+ years in this sector, he has helped to 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.