Dr. Julius Ecuru

Head - BioInnovate Africa, Former Assistant Executive Secretary of the Uganda National Council for Science and Technology

Dr. Julius Ecuru heads BioInnovate Africa, a regional science and innovation-driven network at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), which supports scientists to translate biological-based ideas, inventions and technologies into practical uses in society. Prior to joining icipe, Dr. Ecuru was Assistant Executive Secretary of the Uganda National Council for Science and Technology, where he helped establish a coherent system for the conduct of research and advancement of science in Uganda and contributed significantly to science and technology policy reforms in the country. 

Dr. Ecuru studies the theory and practice of innovation systems that foster sustainable development. He also contributes to academic work in the chemical and bioengineering sciences and participates in regulatory science and research ethics capacity development in Africa. Dr. Ecuru has a BSc (Chemistry) Honors and MSc from Makerere University, Kampala, and a Ph.D. in Technology from Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden, and an MBA from the United States International University-Africa. He is a Fogarty Bioethics Fellow, having also received a postgraduate diploma in International Research Ethics from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.