Dr. Catherine Kyobutungi appointed to the United Nations University Council

May 4, 2022

Nairobi 3 May 2022. The United Nations University (UNU) has announced the appointment of Dr. Catherine Kyobutungi, Ph.D., the Executive Director for the African Population and Health Research Center, to the UNU Council. She will serve a six-year term (2022‒2028) and formally take office on 4 May 2022. She will also participate in the upcoming 77th Session of the UNU Council on 30–31 May.

Catherine, a Ugandan national, was appointed jointly by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay, in accordance with the UNU Charter. Appointed Council members serve in an individual capacity ― not as representatives of their country’s government ― and are selected to achieve a geographic and gender balance, regarding major academic, scientific, educational, and cultural trends and expertise.

“I am very humbled to be nominated to serve in this role and excited about what the next six years will bring. I am looking forward to making my contribution to strengthening the UNU mission together with the newly appointed and other Council members.” 

The United Nations University (UNU) is a global think tank and postgraduate teaching organization headquartered in Japan. The mission of the UN University is to contribute, through collaborative research and education, to efforts to resolve the pressing global problems of human survival, development, and welfare that are the concern of the United Nations, its Peoples, and the Member States.

In carrying out this mission, the UN University works with leading universities and research institutes in the UN Member States, functioning as a bridge between the international academic community and the United Nations system. In addition, through postgraduate teaching activities, UNU contributes to capacity building, particularly in developing countries.

About Dr. Catherine Kyobutungi

Dr. Catherine Kyobutungi is the Executive Director of the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC). An accomplished researcher, Catherine studied medicine at Makerere University, Kampala. She holds a Ph.D. in Epidemiology and a Master of Science in Community Health and Health Management from the University of Heidelberg. 

Catherine also serves on the Board of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, the Advisory Council of Primary Care International, the Advisory Council of the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program, and the steering committee of the Countdown to 2030 initiative. She is also the co-Editor in Chief of PLOS Global Public Health.

For more information please contact Ms. Siki Kigongo on email   skigongo@aphrc.org