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Denis Akakimpa

Director, Strategic Planning and Partnerships Division

Denis Akakimpa currently the Director of Strategic Planning and Partnerships at Makerere University-Johns Hopkins University (MU-JHU) Research Collaboration (MU-JHU Care Ltd), is a health care business strategist and public health scientist. A Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health, Denis received his Master of Public Health (MPH) from the University of Queensland, Australia, and was the recipient of Australia Awards for Africa, and the African Network for Drugs and Diagnostic Innovation award. He comes with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and is also a Medical Laboratory Scientist.

He comes to this position with extensive leadership experience in the medical research and care industry, including strategic management, business development, program and project management, diagnostic innovation, grant writing, and partnerships management.

Denis has research experience as a scientist, coordinator, and investigator, and has contributed to scientific innovations protected by intellectual property rights. Over his 17-year career in the medical research industry, he has provided technical leadership in business development, strategic management, organizational design, and organizational development. This includes providing technical advice for strategic decisions and supporting the highest levels of leadership at the Executive level and the Board for the execution of strategic and business plans.

Denis has outstanding experience in program and project leadership of grants funded under various arrangements in Uganda, including with nationwide scope. He has also led the design, implementation, and commercialization planning for diagnostic initiatives in the medical care space. Denis has a keen interest in partnership building, writing, branding and resource mobilization.