Dr. Ngugi Bags Science Leadership Programme

Dr. Ngugi

Dr. Caroline Ngugi, Chairperson, Department of Medical Microbiology, in the College of Health Sciences, JKUAT has been selected as a fellow of the prestigious Africa Science Leadership Programme (ASLP).

She was picked amongst the 25 successful fellows from a pool of 1300 applicants within the continent.

ASLP is an initiative of the University of Pretoria and the Global Young Academy, with the support of the Robert Bosch Stiftung. The initiative aims to grow mid-career African academics in the areas of thought leadership, team management and research development.

The programme enables the fellows to contribute to the development of a new paradigm for science in Africa premised on solving the complex issues facing the continent and the global community.

Dr. Ngugi believes the programme will augment her ability to translate research strategy and objectives into actionable plans thus delivering results beyond expectation.

“I am confident that the programme will improve my leadership and research capabilities, empower me to inspire my colleagues to enhance value creation and achieve outstanding results in my academic and career endeavours,” said Dr. Ngugi.

The leadership programme also aims to identify early to mid-career academics who have demonstrated leadership potential and an interest in developing key leadership skills. It further supports them to apply the acquired skills to projects that are relevant to the academic development on the continent and its impact on society.

Other objectives include; creating a network of academic leaders on the continent, spanning not only across countries, but also across disciplinary boundaries, as well as advancing a curriculum for academic leadership development which can be utilized in other institutions in Africa and beyond.

Apart from being the Chairperson, Department of Medical Microbiology, Dr. Ngugi wears several leadership hats. She is the Chair of the JICA funded Innovation Center for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Africa-ai-Japan Project, and Chair, Board of Management, Githuya Secondary School. She is also the founder and treasurer of the Kenya National Young Academy of Sciences.

The doctor of Molecular Epidemiology has also served as a Chairman, Limuru Golf and Country Club, she has been a Council Member, Kenya Ladies Golf Union and a Lady Captain, Limuru Golf and Country Club.

Dr. Ngugi is also a member of several professional bodies including the International Epidemiology Association, American Society of Microbiology, Kenya Society of Microbiology, Kenya National Young Academy of Sciences, Africa Cancer Foundation and the Kenya Alumni DAAD Scholars Association (KDSA)

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