Director: Research and Innovation

Dr Mary Kasule
Dr Mary KasuleDirector: Research and Innovation

Dr Mary Kasule is a research ethicist with a PhD, International Post Graduate Diploma in Bioethics and a Masters in Public Health. She is currently working as a Consultant for the World Health Organization (WHO) Research Ethics Committee. She is also currently Director of Research and Development on the EthiXPERT Board of Directors, a not-for-profit company aimed at partnering with African states, governments and non-governmental institutions to identify their health and research gaps and empower them to deliver sustainable solutions. She also currently serves as Director of Research on the African Institute of Human dignity (AIHD) Board of Directors, a not-for-profit company based in Botswana. She was a Principal Investigator for a WHO project titled “Putting Communities at Centre of Planning and Implementation of Community Engagement Interventions for Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response:  a case of Botswana” one of the 2020 WHO projects on Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Ethics study. She was 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.