Catherine Kyobutungi


Executive Director, APHRC


Dr. Catherine Kyobutungi is the Executive Director of the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC). She was formerly the Center’s Director of Research and has served APHRC in several leadership roles over the past 15 years, having joined as a post-doctoral fellow in 2006.

She holds a Ph.D. in Epidemiology and a Master of Science in Community Health and Health Management from the University of Heidelberg. Prior to her graduate studies, Catherine studied medicine at Makerere University, Kampala, after which she worked as a medical officer in Western Uganda for three years.

In 2018, Catherine was elected as a Fellow of the  African Academy of Sciences and in 2019, she was selected  as a Joep Lange Chair at the University of Amsterdam; a position in which she investigates chronic disease management in African countries. She is the co-director of the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA), a program that seeks to build and strengthen the capacity of African research leaders and has trained more than 230 PhD fellows in eight African universities. 


Catherine has served on numerous boards, panels, and expert groups. She is a board member of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH) where she co-Chairs the Accountability Working Group, a co-Chair of the  Lancet–SIGHT Commission on Peaceful Societies Through Health and Gender Equality, and a  co-Chair of the steering committee of the Countdown to 2030 Initiative. 

She previously served on the council of the United States International University Africa and the INDEPTH Network Board of Directors and was the inaugural chairperson of the Kenya Epidemiological Association.

Her research interests are in chronic disease management as a framework for bridging the gap between what we know about non-communicable diseases and health system responsiveness. Catherine is driven by the belief that Africa has the potential to solve its own problems. She is thus a strong advocate for African voices in the continent’s development, and a proponent of evidence-informed decision making with Africans in the driving seat.


ALPHA HIV Contextual Analysis
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Analysis of Non-communicable Disease Prevention Policies in Africa (ANPPA)
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Assessing the Cost-Effectiveness of Free Maternal Care in Kenya
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AWI-Gen/H3A – Genomic and Environmental risk factors for cardiometabolic disease in Africans
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Bringing African Voices Together
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Challenging the politics of social exclusion (CPSE)
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Complex Urban Systems for Sustainability and Health (CUSSH)
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Epidemiology, Ecology and Socio-Economics of Disease Emergence in Nairobi (Urban Zoonoses Project)
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Innovating for Maternal and Child Health in Africa (IMCHA)
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Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Project (PAMANECH)
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Promoting Sustainability of Healthcare Investments (ProSHI)
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