Former Ugandan Minister of Finance, Dr. Ezra Suruma, has been selected to serve as the new Makerere University Chancellor.
He will replace Prof. George Mondo Kangonyera whose term ends this Friday October 23, 2015.
Kagonyera, a veterinarian, politician, academic, and university administrator, was appointed in 2007 by President Yoweri Museveni.
After serving a full four year-term, he was re-appointed for another term in 2011, and was re-installed in January 2012.
Reports from Makerere indicate that Suruma was appointed by the President on the recommendation of the University Council.
Suruma becomes the third none head of state chancellor of Makerere University.
Former Uganda president, Dr Milton Obote, Prof. Apollo Nsibambi, and President Yoweri Museveni have served the university in that capacity before.
As a chancellor, Suruma will be preside over ceremonial assemblies of Makerere University, confers degrees and other academic titles.
Dr. Ezra Suruma serves as Advisor at Acorus Capital.
He served as Minister of Finance and Planning for Uganda from 2005 to 2009.
He served as Deputy Governor in the Central Bank of Uganda for five years.
Suruma served as a Member of Board of Governors of The Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank.
He served as a Governor of Islamic Development Bank.
Suruma has over 25 years of experience in formulating economic stabilization and development polices for Uganda.
He is an architect of microfinance institutions policy in Uganda.
Suruma has engaged in technical policy interactions with the IMF, the World Bank, the African Development Bank, China Development Bank, Japanese Bank for International Cooperation and other development institutions worldwide.
He is a Senior Adviser to the President of Uganda on Finance and Economic Planning, a position he has held since 16 February 2009.
Previously, he was a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution, in Washington, DC, at the Africa Growth Initiative division of the Institute.
He was appointed to that position in April 2010.