This page is dedicated to our network of people united against crime in Africa: Change advocates, lobbyists, forensic scientists, researchers, humanitarians, etc.
DNA for Africa's objective is to highlight the importance of DNA sampling
when it comes to fighting human trafficking, sexual assault, missing persons, etc. Advocacy in this arena is very low in Africa and we believe that by amplifying
Click on each picture to learn more about their work.
Prof. of whatever
Dr Joseph Kimani is Government Chemist in Kenya, specialises in Human Genetics and Forensic DNA Analysis, and is published on allele frequencies and pathogenic mutations, in several International journals.
Andrew Mburi is Director of Forensic Services in the Ugandan Police Force and in charge of the establishment of Forensic Databases to aid Criminal Investigations and was selected for UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine.
Innocent Makasa is Chief Forensic Analyst for the National Forensic Science and Biometrics Department in Zambia. He has been instrumental in the development of forensic science in Zambia and will be presenting on challenges and solutions faced there which can be replicated across Africa.
Dr Fidelis Bugoye is Government Chemist in Tanzania, in charge of establishing Tanzanian Human DNA database and has participated in mass disaster victim identification and court expert witnessing events in Tanzania.
Ashley Spence is a public speaker, victim advocate and founder of the DNA Justice Project in the USA, which educates on the power of DNA in order to lobby for policy change. She supports holistic health projects in Kenya.
Sir Alec Jeffreys is Professor of Genetics at the University of Leicester, and was knighted for services to genetics. We honour him as "the Father of Genetic Fingerprinting". DNA profiling was also developed by Jeffreys and his team in 1985, becoming the standard forensic DNA system used in criminal case work worldwide.
Women's rights activist, Lady Wangu Kanja is an affiliated researcher at the University of Birmingham and recognised for her extraordinary efforts as a role model promoting the empowerment of Kenyan women and girls.
Malaika Oringo is a voice for human-trafficking survivors, who has been involved in fighting this crime as global consultant & advisory board member. Her message is that freedom is more than the moment of exiting from slavery; it is an ongoing journey requiring continuous support from all stakeholders including survivor leaders. Her current work is focused on facilitating a united survivor network in East Africa, which DNAforAfrica is also invested in.
Dr. Bruce Budowle has worked with the FBI, been Director of the Center for Human Identification, is one of the original architects of CODIS and holds a rare academic distinction as Regents Professor
for the impact of his extensive body of work.