Dr. Halid Kirunda has worked with the public sector for at least 24 years, 13 years of which as a livestock extension work and 12 years as a scientist with the National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO). Currently Kirunda is Director of Research, after serving in the position of Head of Department/Programme, Livestock Health Research (2013-2015) at the National Livestock Resources Research Institute (NaLIRRI). Besides, he has been a Principal Investigator of 4 research projects and Co-Principal Investigator of 2.
Dr. Kirunda holds a PhD in Epidemiology, MSc in Veterinary Preventive Medicine, Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine, a National Diploma in Dairy Science and Technology and a Veterinary Assistants’ Certificate. Based on the diversity of his knowledge and skills, Halid has been involved in research and planning of projects in a diversity of government programmes. He has also been involved in university teaching at Makerere and Busitema Universities, thereby increasing knowledge essential for development of science and technology in the country.
Dr. Kirunda has provided expertise to National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) as an Assessor of Curricula developed by Public and Private Universities since 2010; Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST) in assessment of Biosafety and Biosecurity of Private and Public scientific establishments in the country; and Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) in development of standards (as a member of Technical Committee 15 since 2010). His consultancy services to Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) has contributed to improvement of poultry production in Uganda. Halid has published up to 15 papers in peer-reviewed journals in just 10 years, 6 of which in 2014 alone.
Halid is a Regional Advisor (Africa) of Global Alliance for Research on Avian Diseases, Uganda’s representative of research on the Africa & Middle East Regional Network on Infectious Diseases of Animals and Zoonoses Research and a member of Africa Vaccinology Network. At national level, he is a member of Technical Committee 15 of UNBS since 2010 and recently appointed a member of the Steering Committee of Presidential Initiative for Development of Anti-tick Vaccine in Uganda.