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The highest governing organ of the college is the Annual General Meeting, which operates through the Council, a body responsible for the overall supervision and organization of the affairs of the College  through Executive Committee. The Council is headed by the President who works closely with the Secretary General, the Treasurer, the chairs of the three standing committees namely: Education Scientific and Research Committee, Examinations and Credentials Committee, Finance and General Purposes Committee,  the Registrar and Country Representatives.



Prof. Annettee Nakimuli (MBChB, M.Med Obstetrics & Gynaecology, PhD)


Annettee Nakimuli is Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and the Dean of the School of Medicine at Makerere University, in Uganda. She is a previous Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Makerere University and a leading maternal health researcher and also clinically active as an obstetrician. Her clinical expertise is high risk obstetrics and works at Mulago Specialized Womens and Neonatal Hospital and Kawempe National Referral Hospital. Annettee trained as a medical doctor at Makerere University, Kampala and then underwent specialist training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the same University.  Her PhD on pre-eclampsia was undertaken with mentorship from Professor Ashley Moffett in the University of Cambridge, Professor Florence Mirembe at Makerere University, Professor Pontiano Kaleebu at the Medical Research Centre (MRC) in Uganda and Professor Alison Elliott at the MRC in Uganda/London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. 

Prof Nakimuli’s research group’s primary research interest is pre-eclampsia, a major cause of maternal morbidity and mortality in sub-Saharan Africa. In particular, the group is interested in identifying genetic and other risk factors for pre-eclampsia in order to improve pregnancy outcomes. Her group is also interested in functional characterization of other pregnancy complications common in Ugandan women such as fetal growth restriction, preterm birth, intrauterine fetal death and pathogen infections during pregnancy. These studies aim at development of tools that will improve prediction, management and prevention of these pregnancy complications. Annettte is currently an International Fellow at Wellcome Sanger Institute in the UK and also a FLAIR Fellow (Future Leaders-African Independent Research fellow) under the Royal Society and African Academy of Sciences. Prof Nakimuli serves on several national and international committees, including the National Safemotherhood Expert Committee (NASMEC), Steering Committee of the MultiOmics for Mothers and Infants (MOMI) Consortium at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation established to understand the biological drivers of adverse pregnancy outcomes in low resource settings.  She also sits on various International grant review/funding committees. She currently serves as the President of the East Central and Southern Africa College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (ECSACOG) which was established in 2017.

Annettee is committed to building maternal and newborn research capacity in Africa, working with African and International colleagues.


Prof. Valentino Manase Lema M.B;Ch.B., M.Med.(O.G) FCOG(ECSA)

Vice President

He is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Over the years, Prof Lema held various positions in different organizations in different countries, some of them are; Honorary Faculty -The Aga Khan University, Nairobi, Kenya, consulting on Sexual and Reproductive Health Policy, Strategic Planning, Programming, Monitoring and Evaluation, Training for Regional and International Organisations in SSA, and Health Service Development in various institutions in East Africa; Regional Medical Director, Family Health International – Africa Regional Office Nairobi, Kenya; Acting Director – Organisational Development, Effectiveness and Governance and Senior Advisor – Research, Monitoring and Evaluation – The International Planned Parenthood Federation, Africa Region (IPPF-AR), Nairobi, Kenya; Professor and Head (Chair) – Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, College of Medicine, University of Malawi; Senior Lecturer–Obstetrics and Gynaecology College of Medicine, University of Malawi; Honorary Lecturer Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Nairobi, Kenya.

He attended several short courses on administration, teaching methodology, research ethics, research methodology; family planning, reproductive health, good clinical practice (GCP) under the auspices of AMREF, WHO, UNICEF, JHPIEGO, AVSC and FHI. Over the years Prof. Lema has undertaken numerous short-term consultancies with a number of UN agencies, International Organizations, Regional Organizations, FBOs on SRH, MCH, Health Programming; Policy Development and M&E. He has published over 70 scientific papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals, on maternal health, abortion and post-abortion care, family planning, sexuality and related issues. He also presented papers at numerous international, regional, and national conferences, seminars and symposia since 1987.

His main duties at the college are to support the operations of the President. He chairs the Council and Executive Committee meetings in the absence of the President.

Prof. Belington Vwalika

Secretary General

Prof. Vwalika is based in Lusaka, Zambia. He is a medical doctor with expertise as a specialist obstetrician, gynecologist, epidemiologist, administrator, researcher, external consultant in health training and reproductive health, course instructor and examiner. He currently serves as Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka Zambia, a tertiary level hospital, and at the University of Zambia.

He is a member of the Zambia technical committees on HIV, PMTCT, Family Planning and Abortion. Apart from being a member of the University of Zambia Research and Ethics Committee and actively involved in the review of protocols for research to be conducted in Zambia, he is also the Chairperson of the Zambia National Health Research Authority Council. He also holds an adjunct position Full Research Professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA.As a researcher he has successfully led a lot of clinical trial. He is the founding Secretary General of East Central and Southern Africa College of Obstetrics and Gynecology since 2017 a position he still holds today.

Dr. Dereje Negussie MD, MPH, PgD-RM, FCOG(ECSA)

Vice Secretary General

Dr Dereje Negussie is an ass’t. Professor and consultant Obstetrician and Gynecologist with an MPH and post-graduate diploma in research methodology. He served as head Dep’t of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Clinical service director for thirty referral and teaching hospital, senate member for Jimma University, President of Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ESOG), editorial board member of Ethiopian Journal of Reproductive Health ( EJRH), executive board member and honorary treasurer for African Federation of Obstetricians and Gynecologists(AFOG) and board member of the international federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology(FIGO). 

Dr Dereje has 15 publications in peer reviewed journal, 9 other publication (training materials, guidelines and reports) to his credit and has advised an number of postgraduate students on their thesis.  Dr. Dereje has lead a number of initiatives  as PI : enhancing resident ship training and medical education, private and public mix in RMNCH services, national FP service Integration guideline, baseline survey on Cervical  Cancer Screening and Preventive Treatment for MSIE, end line evaluation of BEmONC  project for the Ethiopian Midwifery Association (EMwA) , and SRH project of University students.

Dr Dereje has been awarded certificate of merit for serving ESOG as a an executive board president for two terms, Certificate of appreciation from IPAS for long term service in Abortion care and RH, Certificate of appreciation from Harvard based Maternal Health taskforce and International Institute of Education for successfully mentoring a young maternal health champion, and letter of appreciation for serving as a reviewer for African Journal of Reproductive Health, (AJRH).

Yusuf Ahmed BM, FRCOG 

Chairman, Examination and Credentials Committee

Dr. Ahmed is a Consultant Obstetrician Gynaecologist at the Women and Newborn Hospital of the University Teaching Hospitals in Lusaka, Zambia. He is on attachment by the Ministry of Health to the Levy Mwanawasa Medical University in Lusaka where he is an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and the Director of Research and Postgraduate Studies. Dr Ahmed has formal training in obstetrics, gynaecology, neonatology, electrical and electronic engineering and public health. He completed his training in obstetrics and gynaecology at the Hammersmith Hospital in London where he was also a Perinatal Fellow. He is actively involved in clinical and research training and mentoring of undergraduates and postgraduates in Zambia. Dr. Ahmed was previously Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the School of Medicine at the University of Zambia.  

Dr. Ahmed acts as consultant and advisor to the Ministry of Health on reproductive health matters, and is a member of relevant technical working groups. With marked health disparities in Zambia, his focus is to train and mentor health care workers and conduct research on positioning emergency obstetric and newborn care in Zambia within the framework of universal health care.  

Prof. Stephen Rulisa

Chairman, Education Scientific and Research Committee

He is a professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology at School of Medicine and Pharmacy, University of Rwanda. A Clinician with over 17 years of research experience especially in health, with strong background in epidemiology, public health and global health. Has Strong interest in health systems strengthening and improving health outcomes in resource limited settings. Founded and chaired the department of education and research at University Teaching hospital of Kigali, Founding fellow of East Central and Southern African College of obstetricians and gynecologists (ECSACOG) and the current Vice Chair of Rwanda Society of obstetricians and gynecology.

Member of East African Community Health Research Commission (EAHRC) – Expert Working Group on Research and Capacity Development, Past President of Rwanda Medical Association, Current Board member of Rwanda Medical Council and Rwanda Medical Journal among others. Previously headed Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at University of Rwanda for over 10 years till was appointed as Dean of School of Medicine & Pharmacy responsible for all Medical education in Rwanda. Current kin interest is strengthening medical education and health systems strengthening by use of evidence-based Health care.


Dr. Solomon Orero


Chairman, Finance and General Purpose Committee

Solomon Orero is a Reproductive Health Specialist trained as an Obstetrician-Gynaecologist. He received his MD and M.MED from the University of Nairobi and later earned a postgraduate diploma in International Maternal Health from the Uppsala University in Sweden.

Dr Orero is currently serving as the Team Lead (Chief of Party) for the USAID Boresha Jamii program. This is an integrated Five year USAID funded program in four counties in Western Kenya. The program is a service delivery program that covers FP/RMNCAH, Nutrition and WASH, HIV Care and treatment, Orphans and Vulnerable children, Key Population and Voluntary Male Medical Circumcision. He also served as a lead consultant for UNFPA in South Sudan, in Namibia, Eritrea and Botswana and has served a Senior Technical Advisor to various governments in Sub-Saharan Africa, International Non-Governmental Organizations and donor funded Family Planning/Reproductive, Maternal, New-born, Child and Adolescent Health (FP/RMNCAH), Nutrition and WASH projects in Various countries. South Sudan, Namibia and in Kenya both at National level and at county level. He has been an advocate for reproductive health issues and rights within the Sub Saharan Africa for close to three decades.

Dr Orero has previously served as a lead consultant ion the development of various reproductive Health training materials in the SSA region for various countries and organizations in the following areas: Emergency Obstetrics and Neonatal Care, Post Abortion Care, Comprehensive Post Abortion Family Planning.

Dr. Orero is a co-founder of Kisumu Medical and Education Trust (KMET) an organization that promotes Education Health and Social development and serves in the Board of Trustees at KMET and also serves as the honorary technical advisor on Reproductive and social development programming.

He is currently the technical team lead in an operational research going on in various parts of Kenya is testing the use of Ketamine (ESM-Ketamine) alone when there is no anesthetist for safe surgery under the auspices of African Institute for Health Transformation. He had a short stint as an honorary lecturer in the department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the UON in 1991 to 1994 before venturing into the program and private sector.

He is a member of the following professional bodies: East Central Southern African Obstetrics & Gynecological Society (ECSAOG), Kenya Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society (KOGS), Kenya Medical Association (KMA), African Institute of Health Transformation (AIHT), International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), AFOG and Centre for the Study of Adolescents.

Dr Orero is the current Chair of Finance and General Purposes Committee of ECSACOG. He had previously served diligently as the Kenya Country representative to the ECSACOG Council for the last three years. During his tenure as the joint council representative with Prof Joe Karanja for Kenya, ECSACOG was recognized in Kenya, the curriculum was approved, and two training facilities have been inspected, approved and a third one is awaiting inspection and approval for accreditation. He also served as a member of the Education, Scientific and Research Committee.

Country Representatives

Name Country
Dr Georges RuziganaRwanda
Dr Michael MugabaRwanda
Dr Fadhlun AwlyTanzania
Dr Luzango MaembeTanzania
Dr Musonda MakasaZambia
Dr Getrude TshumaZambia
Dr. Martin OunaUganda
Dr. Atuhaire SusanUganda
Dr. Solomon Kumbi Ethiopia
Dr Mekdes DabaEthiopia
Dr Kennedy OnyangoKenya
Dr Soita MusimbiKenya
Dr. Eduardo MatedianeMozambique
Dr Eulalia MacovelaMozambique
Dr.Edgar KuchingaleMalawi
Dr. Garang Dakjur Lueth South Sudan
Dr. Moses Maror Ayuel South Sudan