Agnes Kiragga

Agnes Kiragga, Ph.D.

Head of Data Science Program and Research Scientist

African Population and Health Research Centre (APHRC)

Agnes Kiragga is Head of Data Science Program and Research Scientist at the African Population Health Research Council in Nairobi, Kenya.  She previously worked as the Head of Statistics and data management at the Infectious Diseases Institute, College of Health Sciences at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. She has a Ph.D. in Statistics from Makerere University, Uganda/Indiana University, USA, and a Post-Doctoral certificate from a fellowship at Johns Hopkins University, USA. She is the current chair of the Representative Council of the International Biometric Society and is dedicated to mentorship and expansion of biometry and data science capacity in Africa. She has over 15 years of experience in the use and re-use of large, diverse non-conventional and conventional data including longitudinal population cohorts in Africa. She leads the INSPIRE network, a consortium of over 15 Demographic Health Surveillance Sites in Eastern Africa. She is also the lead of data and methodology work stream on a formative phase of a recently launched Africa Population Cohort Consortium that aims to apply data science tools to longitudinal data generated in Africa. Dr. Kiragga has spearheaded data management and analytics cores for multi-country research projects including serving as a Technical Director for an ongoing Implementation Science project with the Africa CDC and Mastercard Foundation, that uses data to Save Lives and Livelihood (SLL) in Africa. She is a strong advocate of building capacity in data sharing, data harmonization, data standardization in Africa, and the application of Artificial Intelligence to improve public health and livelihood in Africa.