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Maxwell Otim Onapa

Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MoSTI), Uganda
Director of Science, Research and Innovation
Dr. Maxwell Otim Onapa is a biomedical scientist who has specialized in the development and
management of Science, Technology and Innovation and their integration into the national
development process. He currently works as Director Science, Research and Innovation at the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MoSTI), Uganda. He has worked in the field of Science, Technology and Innovation (ST&I) for the last 28 years, 14 of which he spent in research and the other 14 years in facilitating their development.
Dr. Otim worked as Deputy Executive Secretary of Uganda National Council for Science and
Technology (UNCST) prior to joining MoSTI. His work at UNCST has profoundly impacted the
national research and innovation ecosystem in Uganda.
Dr. Otim holds a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Makerere University, a Master of Science Degree from Free University of Berlin, a Doctorate Degree from University of
Copenhagen (KVL), a Master of Business Administration Degree from ESAMI and a Diploma in Leadership Development in ICT from the Global eSchools and Communities’ Initiative (GeSCI) and Dublin City University (DCU).
Over the years, he has spearheaded the development of numerous policies and strategies in science, technology and innovation; and worked with key national, regional and international science fraternity including inter alia the Uganda National Academy of Sciences where he
chaired and guided key Consensus studies of the Academy and produced ground breaking
publications which have influenced policies in Uganda. He also collaborated with UNESCO and is the lead author of the Ugandan chapter of the UNESCO 2019 “Co-designing science in Africa: first steps in assessing the sustainability science approach on the ground. C.Aguirre-Bastos, J.Chaves-Chaparro and S.Arico, eds.Paris, UNESCO.
Dr. Otim serves as a member of doctoral committees, supervises and examines postgraduate students in different Colleges of Makerere University.
Dr. Otim is Uganda’s lead negotiator on climate technology development and transfer at the UNFCCC Conference of Party (COP) and the National Designated Entity of the Climate
Technology Centre Network of the UNFCCC.
He previously served as Vice Chair for Africa at the Commission on Science and Technology for Development of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development 2015-2016