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Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba to deliver a Key Note Speech at Teso Conference

I am pleased to announce that Professor Venansius Baryamureeba will be our Key Note Speaker during the 4th Teso Development International Conference on 18th–23rd September, 2017 at the University of East London, London, United Kingdom.

Professor Baryamureeba will observe that Teso faces several development challenges including poor standards of education, poor health services, persistent famine, and higher rates of poverty. The region also faces persistent natural hazards including floods and environmental degradation. These conditions have made the region lag behind the rest of Uganda.

He will further argue that despite these development challenges, the region has several opportunities including natural resources, infrastructure, strategic geographical location and talented people, which if exploited could catapult the region forward.

In the 2016 Uganda national elections, Prof. Baryamureeba (www.baryamureeba.ug) was one of the 8 presidential candidates. During the campaign, he traversed the country to understand the problems affecting the people. Given his vast experience, Prof. Baryamureeba will speak about, “The Untapped Potential of Teso”. Professor Baryamureeba will examine the development of Teso from the 1990s to demonstrate how it is lagging behind other regions of Uganda. He will highlight missed opportunities and potential of the region. He will argue that Teso possesses resources and potential that can transform it and that its people are key to its development.

Professor Venansius Baryamureeba holds a PhD in Computer Science from University of Bergen, Norway. He served as the 1st (Founding) Vice Chancellor of Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU) from September 2012 to September 2015. He also served as the 14th Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, Kampala from November 2009 to August 2012. Before becoming Vice Chancellor, he had served as Dean of the Faculty of Computing and Information Technology and Director of the Institute of Computer Science at Makerere University from 2001 to 2009.

Professor Baryamureeba has also served as Chairman of the Inter University Council of East Africa, Chairman of the Research and Education Network of Uganda, and has been Chairperson and/or member of several boards/councils. He has won several national and international awards and recognitions. He currently serves as the Chairperson of COMESA Innovation Council, Chairperson of Uganda Business and Technical Examinations Board and Chairperson of Makerere University Business School Council, among others.

We look forward to warmly welcoming Professor Baryamureeba to London.

Dr. Patrick Igulot

Executive Director