Frank Ndakala

Biography

Frank Ndakala is a health research scientist at the State Department of University Education and Research (SDUE&R) in the Directorate of Research, Science and Technology (DRST), Ministry of Education (MoE), Kenya. He has 15+ years of experience with the Kenya government, tertiary institutions, pharmaceutical industry, research and non-governmental organizations. Ndakala has Ph.D. in tropical and infectious diseases, MSc in Applied Medical Parasitology and Immunology, BSc in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Nairobi and Postgraduate Diploma in Translational Medicine from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom. As an innovative, result-oriented translational scientist with excellent leadership skills and expertise in programme management, policy development, and strategic planning, Ndakala is currently responsible and accountable for initiating and establishing strategic international networks and cooperation in science technology and innovation. This role has led him facilitate the work of Non Communicable Disease Interagency Committee (NCD-ICC), Central Selection Board (CSB) for Foreign funded grants, East Africa Science and Technology Commission (EASTECO) bio-economy policy committee of experts, Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) qualifications committee of experts, and the European Union’s Horizon 2020 funding programme. Recent projects include: the Kenya National Research and Development Survey, the Global Innovation Policy Accelerator (GIPA) programme, the Transformative Innovation Policy (TIP) Africa hub pilot study project and the East Africa regional bio-economy strategy development project. Previously he worked at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), University of Nairobi, Kenya AIDS control project, South Egypt Drugs Companies limited and African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF), where he coordinated activities of the Northern Kenya/South Sudan health programme including Community Based Health Clinics (CBHC), Hydatid Control Project, mobile laboratories and HIV/AIDS Project.
Role in TIPC: Conference 2019

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