Dr Mary Kasule is a research ethicist with a PhD, International Post Graduate Diploma in Bioethics and a Master’s in Public Health. She is currently working as a Co-Principal Investigator on the Human Health and Heredity in Africa (H3Africa) Project, led by the University of Cape Town IFGeneRA Network. She is also currently Director of Research and Innovation on the EthiXPERT Board of Directors, a non-for-profit company aimed at partnering with African states, government and non-governmental institutions to identify their health and research gaps and empower them to deliver sustainable solutions. She is a co-investigator on the PHASES (Pregnancy and HIV/AIDS Seeking Equitable Study) group and a member of the WHO Consultation on Immunogenicity, Safety and Efficacy of Vaccines in Pregnant Women.
As Assistant Director of Research Ethics at the University of Botswana, she coordinated the ethics review of all research conducted by staff and students. She also worked as a Senior Research Officer for the Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED) based in Geneva ,Switzerland, on the MARC Project (Mapping Research Ethics Review Capacity in Africa), to map the capacity of Medicines Regulatory Authorities (MRA) and Research Ethics Committees (RECs) in sub-Saharan Africa. As Secretary to the Botswana National Ethics Committee, she coordinated the scientific and ethics review of all health and health-related research conducted in Botswana, developed guidelines for ethical oversight of research in Botswana, and established the Institutional Review Boards and Community Advisory Boards in Botswana. She has also published in the bioethics field.