Julius Okwadi, Ph.D.

Uganda Country Director

Julius Okwadi is responsible for the technical implementation and management of Vital Signs. A social scientist with 18 years of progressive experience in agricultural research and rural development, his work has focused on agricultural value chains, particularly for nutrition and renewable energy but also in the areas of gender, HIV & AIDS, health, disability outreach and social exclusion; climate change mitigation and adaptation; and vocational formal and informal education. He started his career as a program officer in charge of research for the Netherlands funded District Development Program. Prior to joining Vital Signs, Julius undertook short-term consultancy assignments with national and international organizations including the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN; Information Training and Development (ITAD-UK); the Royal Netherlands Institute (KIT); Kilimo Trust; the International Rescue Committee; War on Want Northern Ireland; Heifer International and FHI-360. Julius worked as a socio-economist with the National Agricultural Research Organization, and was a member of the senior management team of the NARO/DFID project that piloted competitive agricultural technology funds in Uganda via private public partnerships. Julius also worked as a research fellow with the Natural Resources Institute of the University of Greenwich on the HarvestPlus Reaching End-Users with Biofortifed Crops Project. Julius holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Makerere University, a Master of Science from Reading University, UK and has just successfully defended his PhD at the Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich, UK.