Dr Speciosa Wandira Kazibwe has been endorsed by the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uganda and the Eastern African Region as their Candidate for the post of Chairperson, AU Commission.
Dr Wandira is a physician and trained social scientist, veteran politician, diplomat and Pan Africanist.
In 2013 she served as Special Envoy of the Secretary General of the United Nations for HIV/AIDS in Africa and is currently a member of the African Union Panel on the Wise, one of the critical pillars of the Peace and Security Architecture of the African Union.
As Executive Vice President of the Republic of Uganda for a total of 9 years – beginning 1994, and the first Woman Vice President in Africa, Dr Wandira oversaw government restructuring and pragmatic economic reforms that are credited with delivering commendable economic growth rates for Uganda that continue to this date.
She was also at the forefront of efforts to find lasting solutions to regional conflicts, facilitating and mediating conflicts in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Sudan and Somalia.
Dr Wandira served as Deputy Minister for Industry and Technology (1989-1991) and as Cabinet Minister forWomen in Development, Culture and Youth (1991-1993), spearheadingthe first and internationally acclaimed multi-sectoral strategy to contain the spread of HIV/AIDS in Uganda.
Impassioned by the Pan Africanist ideal, and steeped in the understanding that Africa needs African solutions to African problems, Dr Wandira has traversed the African continent mobilizing governments to embrace gender policies that involve women and young people in peace building and conflict resolution mechanisms.
Dr Wandira will draw from her vast international experience and global networks to mobilize Africa to take charge of her destiny through crystalizing Africa’s vision of ‘an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena’.
Born on 1 July 1955 in Uganda, Dr Wandira holds a Doctor of Science (DSc) in Populations and Global Health from the Harvard School of Public Health, USA, (2009), a Master of Medicine (MMed-Surgery) (1987) and a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBCh.B) (1979) from Makerere University Kampala.