H.E. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, 61, is the Permanent Representative of the
Republic of Uganda to the United Nations. Prior to his appointment as
Permanent Representative in January 2009, a position he holds at Ministerial
level, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda was the Minister of Internal Affairs (2003-2009).
He has extensive and varied experience in government and public service
having held several portfolios as Minister of Water and Environment (2001-
2003), Minister for Presidency (1998-2001), Minister of Information (1996-
1998), Minister of Foreign Affairs (1994-1996), Minister of Works, Transport
and Communications (1988-1994), and Minister of Health (1986-1988),
among others. From 1989 to 2001 he represented Kabale Municipality as a
Member of Parliament.
During his tenure as Minister of Water and Environment, he was elected
President of the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment
Programme (UNEP), and President of the African Ministerial Conference on
the Environment (AMCEN).
Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda led the Government of Uganda delegation to the Juba-
based Peace Talks between the Government and the Lord’s Resistance Army
(LRA) from July 2006 to January 2009.
He attended Kigezi High school and Busoga College Mwiri, before joining
Makerere University and later the University of Zambia where he graduated as
a Medical Doctor in 1975. He also holds a Masters Degree in Public Health
specializing in Maternal and Child Health from the University of California,
Berkeley, USA (1978). He also studied Pediatrics at the University of Nairobi
(1982-1984). He started his Medical career in Zambia as a Physician,
worked at Washington DC General Hospital as a resident physician, and at
Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi, Kenya.
He was keenly involved in student activities and held responsibilities as
President of African Students Union, University of California, Berkeley
(1977-1978); President of National Union of Students of Uganda (1970-
1971) while at Makerere University, and President, Kigezi United Youth
His publications include: Health Services in Namibia (United Nations
Institute for Namibia (Lusaka, 1977); Maternal and Child Health in
Namibia (Dissertation for MPH degree, University of California, Berkeley,
1978); Family Planning in Uganda (Pathfinder Fund Publication, 1980);
Neonatal Asphyxia at Kenyatta Hospital, Nairobi (Dissertation for Master
of Medicine in Pediatrics, University of Nairobi, 1984); and Rebuilding the
Health services in Uganda (UNICEF 1988).
Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda is married to Joselyn with four children. His
hobbies include: reading, farming, tennis and chess.