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Conference 2021
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The Forensic DNA Symposium, East Africa was the second in a series of DNA events launched across the African continent. The first event, held in 2021 in Cape Town, South Africa, provided a platform for in-person panel discussions with live streaming to over 500 virtual attendees from across Southern Africa and beyond. 

In 2022, DNAforAfrica together with the ICRC were honoured to bring together respected international and local forensic experts and activists from both the public and private sector, all of whom serve as dedicated change makers in humanitarian forensic action and crime resolution. The 2nd Forensic DNAforAfrica Symposium held in Nairobi, Kenya explored integrated and innovative approaches towards these objectives through discussion of best practices and lessons learned.

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DAY 1 - 22 June 2022

This fabulous Cocktail Event sponsored by the ICRC launched the Symposium and was attended by dignitaries, international agency representatives, representatives of local authorities, participants and guest speakers.

DAY 2 - 23 June 2022

This high level scientific DNA Workshop for experienced forensic practitioners, was led by renowned forensic scientist,

Dr Bruce Budowle, Visiting Professor, Department of Forensic Medicine, University of Helsinki. In person only applicants were honoured to have had the opportunity to personally engage with Dr Budowle throughout the day.

DAY 3 - 24 June 2022

08h00-17h00  Sarova Stanley, Nairobi, Kenya

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Our exciting plenary featured presentations and forensic experts from Africa and beyond

This hybrid event offered both a live and virtual experience to participants from all over Africa and beyond, and provided both presenters and delegates to interact as well as share their experiences and expertise.


08.00 - 08.25
In-Person Event registration & Virtual attendees log-in via ZOOM
08.25 - 08.30
Dr Vanessa Lynch
08.30 - 9.00
Keynote Presenter: DNA - A Crucial tool for Re-uniting Missing and Dead Migrants to their Families
Dr Ahmed Bugre
African Union Commission
09.00 - 09.30
DNA in Humanitarian Catastrophes: Conflict, Disasters and Migration
Mr Stephen Fonseca
09.30 - 10.00
Forensic DNA in Complex Identification Determinations: A Case Study
Dr Joseph Kimani
Govt. Chemist, Kenya
10.00 - 10.30
DNA Forensic Practices in Puntland: Achievements and Challenges of Somalia’s Inaugural Forensic Bureau
Mr Yasin Farah
Puntland BFS, Somalia
10.30 - 11.00
11.00 - 11.30
From Horror to Hope: Transforming Victims to Survivors of Sexual Assault in the DRC
Prof. Alumeti Munyali
Panzi Foundation
11.30 - 12.00
Overcoming Challenges in DNA Collection Practices in Low Resource Environments
Lady Wangu Kanja / Prof. Lisa Smith
Founder/Executive Director. The Wangu Kanja Foundation / Leicester University
12.00 - 12.30
Keynote Presenter: Solutions for Fighting Sexual Assault in the EAC
Dr Kizzie Shako
Forensic Medical Specialist
12.30 - 13.00
Sexual Violence in the EAC: A Call for Investment
Ms Ashley Spence
RAINN / DNA Justice Project
13.00 -14.00
14.00 - 14.30
Keynote Presenter: Combatting Human Trafficking with the Forensic DNA Toolbox
Prof. Bruce Budowle
Visiting Professor, University of Helsinki
14.30 - 15.00
DNA Databases in EAC Cross Border Security: A Human Rights Perspective
Prof. Marion Mutugi
National Commission on Human Rights
15.00 - 15.30
A Paradigm for a Forensic DNA Database Policy Programme in Kenya
Dr John Mungai
Forensic Scientist
15.30 - 15.45
15.45 - 16.15
Insights into the Forensic DNA Services in Tanzania
Mr Fidelis Bugoye
Govt. Chemist, Tanzania
16.15 - 16.30
Lessons Learnt from Establishing the First DNA Lab. in Uganda
Mr Andrew Mubiru
FSS Uganda
16.30 - 17.00
Advancing Justice through DNA Policies: The Need for DNA Laws
Mr Tim Schellberg
17.00 - 18.00
Wrap-up and Closure followed by Networking Opportunity for In-person Delegates
Dr Vanessa Lynch
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