Manager (Ex-Officio/Secretary to PAC)
Dr Ecuru is a Principal Scientist and Manager, Research Innovation Coordination Units at icipe (presently BioInnovate Africa Programme and the Regional Coordination Unit of the Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (Rsif)). He works on issues related to technological innovation and supports scientists to translate research outputs into practical uses in society.
His research interests include developing interactive learning models, which make universities, firms and related organisations more productive, and catalytic centres of innovation, growth, and social development. He also contributes to scholarly work in the chemical and bioengineering sciences and supports regulatory science and research ethics capacity development.
Dr Ecuru is a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the Global Network for Economics of Learning, Innovation, and Competence Building Systems (GLOBELICS) and a Fogarty Bioethics Fellow. He has served as the Co-Chair of the International Advisory Council of the Global Bioeconomy (IACGB), and as a member of several scientific and advisory committees and boards of organisations and initiatives that support scientific research, innovation, and business development.
He received his B.Sc (Chemistry) Honours and M. Sc in Environment and Natural Resources from Makerere University, Kampala, and holds a Ph.D in Technology (Innovation Systems and Development) from the Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden. He also has a postgraduate diploma in International Research Ethics from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and an MBA in Global Business Management from United States International University-Africa.
He has published in refereed journals and co-authored book chapters, manuals, conference papers and other articles.