TruphenaDr. Truphena E. Mukuna

Truphena E. Mukuna is the Executive Director of the Organisation for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA).  She holds a PhD in Education with specialization in curriculum and instructional technology. She is a Multi-disciplinary social science researcher with extensive, hands-on experience and technical expertise on issues in Education; Research and Capacity Building, leadership and governance, institutional strengthening and Mentoring early career researchers; Disaster Risk Reduction; Climate Change, Social Protection, Gender studies, Resilience analysis, Environmental Sustainable Development, Adolescents and Youth affairs. Dr. Mukuna has technical expertise in linking Research to Policy with experience of working in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams.  She is also a Human Rights advocate with keen interest on social protection and gender issues of the marginalized vulnerable groups of people. Truphena has conducted research, analyzed and published extensively (see LinkedIn:

Role in the Project: Principal Investigator



Dr. Jude Ssempebwa 

 Dr. Jude Ssempebwa is an Associate Professor of Education and editor based at the East African School of Higher Education Studies and Development, College of Education and External Studies, Makerere University. A professional teacher, he has training and experience in various aspects of education, including in curriculum design, innovation and evaluation; pedagogy; andragogy; and in education planning and management. He has worked with youths in a diverse array of educational settings including Uganda Martyrs University, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Muteesa I Royal University, Kigali Independent University and Makerere University. He has also researched and published on education for development, with a specific focus on youths that are traditionally excluded from formal education systems. In the past, he completed assignments with Uganda Women’s Effort to Save Orphans, Forum for African Women Educationalists, United Nations African Research Institute, OSSREA, Comparative Research Programme on Poverty, the International Federation of Catholic Universities and Carnegie Corporation. 

  Role in the Project: Uganda Country Lead  



Alemu Tesfaye 

 Manager for information and Knowledge Management at OSSREA since December 20008. Have several years of experience in research uptake, communication, online learning and knowledge management in the field of social sciences. Got considerable skills in various technologies suitable for research uptake and communication such as content management systems, knowledge management systems, e-learning systems, Infographic development systems, animated videos development systems and social networks. Interested in multi-disciplinary research and online learning. Currently working as communication & Dissemination Manager for the InnoFoodAfrica project funded by EU, and as a Public Engagement Officer for the 5S Foundation project funded by the NHIS UK and Displacement Economies project funded by GCRF UK. He has Worked at different capacities for various organizations as a software solutions expert. He is a graduate in Information Technology with an MBA from Manipal University of India. 

  Role in the Project: Communication and Knowledge Manager  




Melkamsera Abera

Sex: Male
Date of Birth: 08, August, 1986
Age: 34
Citizenship: Ethiopian
Address: Addis Ababa
Marital Status: Single
Education: Master of Public Health (MPH) candidate
Work Experience: More than12 years of work experience

Role in the Project:   Ethiopian Country Lead  




Fasika Getu Kebede


Fasika is a Monitoring Evaluation and Learning Coordinator at The Organization for Social Science research in Eastern and Southern Africa. Fasika graduated in Chemical Engineering Bachelor Degree and is now learning Masters degree in Project Managment and regularly attends life skill training events. A strong believer in the power of positive thinking in the workplace. Fasika enjoys a good refreshing vacations outside the city to the rular areas but can also be found taking a long hiking walks.

Role in the Project:  Ethiopia MLE officer 



Mikias Dawit 

 ICT assistant at OSSREA since August 2020. After completing BSc. Program in Electrical and Computer Engineering (In Computer) from Addis Ababa University involved in data processing at Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI). He has earned his certification in database foundation from oracle academy. Worked on data collection, organization and analysis using Open Data kit (ODK) as an internship at OSSREA. Got significant skills in various ICT areas fitting for communication and research such as web scraping, content management systems (CMS), Social Networks, data management and analysis. Moreover he is Skilled and knowledgeable ICT expert who has excellent installation and troubleshooting abilities in both software and hardware. Good in a data management systems and softwares, including Excel, MySQL, SPSS, Oracle and web based database.  

  Role in the Project: Data Manager 


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