ETH-Uganda Board of Directors

The Board of ETH-U is a collection of experienced Ugandan health professionals that guide the work of ETH-U. They share their connections and capability to execute ground operations and carry out ETH's mission.

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Dr. Peter Waiswa, Chairman

Peter Waiswa is a world expert in maternal and child medicine. He is from the Busoga region, and is a frequent advisor to international organizations on perinatal-newborn health. With a background in the district health service provision in rural Uganda he holds a joint PhD degree from Karolinska Institutet and Makerere University, and is on the faculty at Makerere University School of Public Health, Uganda, as well as at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden.

Ibrahim Ssekalo, Executive Director, Co-Founder


Ibrahim Ssekalo is a Global Health specialist. He works towards reducing health disparities and improving health for the community, basing at Uganda Development and Health Associates. He currently works as a study Coordinator for a WHO-funded research project to address priority immunization issues. Ibrahim obtained his bachelor’s degree in Community Health from Uganda Christian University. He also holds a Master’s degree in International Public Health from Uppsala University, Sweden. Prior to studying for his masters in Sweden, Ibrahim worked as a Manager for McNeil Medical Centre where he initiated various health projects in partnership with the locals for empowerment. Ibrahim possesses strong analytical skills for creating programming for subjects such as reproductive and adolescent health, diarrhea prevention, HIV/AIDS mainstreaming and gender-based violence.  Ibrahim loves to read, play chess, and travel.


Peter Muwereza, Director

Peter holds a Master of Public Health and a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. He is a Project Implementation Specialist on the Community in which Mothers and newborns Thrive (COMONETH) Project in Luuka District, East-central Uganda. Peter previously worked as a Senior Medical officer, in charge of a health Sub-district in Iganga District Local Government, in East-central Uganda. Prior to that, he was a Health Centre Manager of an AAR health Centre in Kampala. Additionally, he also participated in short-term national projects including the avian influenza outbreak that occurred in Masaka, Kalangala and Wakiso districts, Uganda. Peter has special interest in maternal, newborn and child health and Quality Improvement. He has worked as a regional (Busoga sub-region) trainer/coach in RMNCH and QI for over 4 years. Peter’s focus now is RMNCH research and implementation of best practices with the aim of learning and improving the health of mothers, newborns, Children and Adolescents in Uganda.


Jae Lee, CEO

Jae is the first medical student to gain acceptance to the McDonnell Scholars Academy at Washington University in St. Louis. Jae has lived in 11 places on three continents, and this exposure has motivated him to solve problems in global health inequity. He connected to the Busoga region of Uganda through a malaria research project he undertook in 2015. Jae has since contributed to Ugandan healthcare initiatives by creating a business plan for a maternal hospital, publishing award-winning medical journalism through the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, and devising or collaborating on original ground-breaking research in emergency medicine, gynecology, infectious diseases, immunization, and gastroenterology. Jae believes unequivocally that all lives are equally valuable.

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Scott Blackwell, Secretary

Scott grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, and received his BA in Biology from Washington University in St. Louis. He has extensive basic science and clinical research experience in the fields of Neurobiology, Pulmonology, Infectious Disease, and Public Health Policy. Scott worked to establish ETH during the organization's formative stages, volunteering and living in Uganda for over a year as the Field Director. He is currently in his first year of medical school at University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN.