The Population Council is pleased to welcome Professor David Serwadda to the Board of Trustees. With over 30 years of clinical and community research experience in HIV and related fields, including randomized trials of HIV prevention, HIV epidemiology and implementation, and social/behavioral sciences, Serwadda is currently a professor in the Department of Disease Control and Environmental Health, School of Public Health at Makerere University in Uganda.
“The Population Council conducts social science, public health, and biomedical research to drive policy and program solutions to improve the health and lives of people around the world,” says Julia Bunting, Population Council President. “Prof. Serwadda brings a unique skill set as a physician, medical researcher, academic, and public health specialist that will add enormous value to our Board and I’m thrilled to welcome him as a Trustee.”
Serwadda has been a leading scientific expert in Africa’s HIV response since the mid-1980s. A medical doctor and epidemiologist by training, Serwadda was among the first to report the presence of HIV in Uganda. His current research focuses on evaluating and strengthening provision of comprehensive HIV services in Uganda and across sub-Saharan Africa.
Most recently, Serwadda was the dean at Makerere University’s School of Public Health. Previous roles include: head of the Department of Disease Control and Environmental Health at the School of Public health, and co-founder and executive director of the Rakai Health Science Program—where he continues to serve as chair of the Board.
Serwadda received a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University; a Master of Science from Newcastle Upon Tyne Medical School; and a Master of Medicine, Master of Science, and a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (equivalent to a Medical Doctorate) from Makerere Medical School. He is a member of notable professional societies, including the International Editorial Board for Lancet-HIV, the National Academy of Medicine in the United States, the American Academy of Microbiology, and is a fellow of the Ugandan National Academy of Science.