Prof. Gibson Kibiki, MD, MMed, PhD is the Executive Secretary/CEO of the East African Health Research Commission (EAHRC). He provides leadership and guidance in the realisation and implementation of the vision, mission, goals, and operational objectives of the EAHRC. EAHRC is established by the East African Community as the mechanism for making available to the EAC advice upon all matters of health and health-related research, which are necessary for knowledge generation, technological development, policy formulation, improvement of practice, and other related matters. EAC is an intergovernmental organisation of six countries: Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, and South Sudan. He is responsible for the overall general operations of various programmes of the Commission. He has led the establishment of digital health initiative for East Africa ‘Digital REACH Initiative’. He led the establishment of the East African Health Research Journal (EAHRJ) of the East African Community, and he is the journal’s Editor-In-Chief.
Gibson Kibiki, a Professor of Medicine and a Consultant Physician (with super-specialty in Interventional gastroenterology and Respiratory system endoscopy) believes in the fundamental role of health research in optimising health services. Prior to joining the EAHRC, in addition to clinical and academic work, he was actively involved in the establishment of various regional and international research and research capacity building programmes, including the Pan-African Consortium for the Evaluation of Antituberculosis Antibiotics (PanACEA); the Malaria Capacity Development Consortium (MCDC); the African Poverty Related Infection Oriented Research Initiative (APRIORI); the East African Consortium for Clinical Research (EACCR); the Molecular Biomarkers for MAMS trials (PANBIOME); the Tanzania, Zambia, and Botswana Network for Capacity Building in HIV Prevention (TanZamBo); and the Esophageal Squamous Cell Cancer African Prevention Effort (ESCCAPE).
Prof. Kibiki has been instrumental in the establishment of various research-oriented Master of Science (MSc) programmes as well as an avid promoter of PhD programmes in East Africa. To date he has supervised, and mentored more than 70 MSc Students, Medical Residents, PhD Students and Fellows. He currently supervises PhD students at the Radboud University of The Netherlands and the Tumaini University of Tanzania.
He served as an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia, USA, and a visiting Lecturer for the Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (DTM&H) course at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK.
Prof Kibiki is a member of the Executive Group of PanACEA consortium http://panacea-tb.net/ and a member of various expert committees e.g. the Expert Advisory Panel of the European COMPARE Consortium; Advisory Board of THRiVE consortium; Clinical Trials Technical Committee of Tanzania FDA; and several Data Safety Monitoring Boards for clinical trials.
For two decades he worked with the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC), and the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College (KCMUCo), Tumaini University; where he established the Kilimanjaro Clinical Research Institute (KCRI). KCRI of the Good Samaritan Foundation of Tanzania is an internationally renowned academic-research facility for evidence-based health interventions.