“He’s someone who is result-oriented. Of course we all saw what he did at DICTS. I believe he is the right person to take NITA to the next level.”

“Hearing Dr. Tusu speak about ICT and his other passions, I certainly think he is a great choice for NITA. I can only expect alot of positives, especially for ICT in Education, in Uganda,” wrote Brian Ssennoga on I-Network forum.

His Profile

Dr. Francis F. Tusubira holds a PhD (Southampton, UK), an M.Sc.E (New Brunswick, Canada), and a B.Sc. (Engineering) 1st Class Hons (Makerere University, Uganda). He is a Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers, UK, and Chartered Engineer; a Fellow, Uganda Institution of Professional Engineers (which he served as President); and a Registered Engineer (Uganda). He has key competence in ICT policy and regulation reinforced by continental level and international experience in policy analysis and formulation, capacity building, and research in the same sector. He practices at the local, regional and international level as a thinker, advocate and consultant in ICT for development.

He is currently a Member of the Board and CEO of UbuntuNet Alliance for Research and Education Networking in Africa; a member of the Board of TENET, the research and education network of South Africa; a member of the Advisory Panel to the Research and Education Networking Unit of the Association of African Universities; a member of the Board of the Internet Educational Equal Access Foundation; and a member of the Board of the Global Development Learning Network.

He worked for Makerere University from 1975 – 2007, with the key distinction of being the founding Director, Directorate for ICT Support, Makerere University (2001 – 2007). As Director DICTS, he spearheaded institutional ICT policy and master plan formulation, funding mobilisation, and implementation. Nationally, he is a member of the National Citizenship and Immigration Board, served two terms as a Commissioner (also a founding commissioner) of the Uganda Communications Commission (1998 – 2005), and one term as a founding member of the Uganda Electricity Regulatory Authority (2002 – 2005). At the continental level, he has been the first Director of the NetTel@Africa capacity building network (ICT policy and regulation), and is a member of the Research ICT Africa! team. He was a Component Lead for the Capacity Building component of the DFID/Sida funded CATIA initiative.

He was born on 29th May 1952, and is married to Dorcas, with whom they have three children.