Eng. Anke Weisheit

Anke Weisheit, Portrait Photo
Chair-Innovation & Business Management


Position Chair Innovation & Business Management

Pharm-Bio Technology and Traditional Medicine Centre (PHARMBIOTRAC)

Bio Profile


Anke Weisheit is an Agricultural Engineer, MSc with more than 16 years of experience in tropical agriculture, value chain development and agri-business in Eastern and Southern Africa. Currently, she is the Chair Innovation & Business Management at the Pharm-Bio Technology and Traditional Medicine Centre (PHARMBIOTRAC), and Chairperson Programmes and Research Committee of THETA Uganda Board of Trustees. In addition, she is an External Expert to the European Commission Horizon2020. She has researched and consulted for the United Nations Development Programme, Wold Bank, World Health Organization, World Agroforestry Centre, and German Agency for International Cooperation among others.
Qualification Master in Agriculture (M Agr.) Agricultural Science and Resource Management in the Tropics and Subtropics, University of Bonn, Germany

Bachelor in Agricultural Trading, Agro-business marketing & management, Anhalt University of Applied Sciences University, Germany

Agro-chemistry and Plant Protection Engineer, Engineer School of Agro-chemistry & Plant Protection, Germany
Current Research
  • Traditional Medicine in Refugee Settlements
  • Institutional integration of traditional medicine research and training at higher learning institution
  • Medicinal plant gene bank establishment (botanical garden)
Thematic areas Innovation Incubation, Business development, University – Industry Cooperation
Research Interest
  • Integrating Traditional Medicine in National Health Care
  • Domestication of medicinal plants
  • Rural herbal medicine processing
  • Capacity building of Traditional Medicinal
Courses taught
  • Business Planning and enterprise development
  • Professional Presentation Design
Publications 2017, Weisheit, Anke, Adopting the Songhaï Model for Integrated Natural Resources Management, Livelihoods Improvement and Green Job Creation in Uganda, February 2017, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Uganda

2007, Lagu C, Andama M, Lee S, Park M, Ainomugisha A, Ariho A, Weisheit A and Tusingwire S 2017: Prevalence and intensity of internal parasites in pigs under indigenous micro-organism (IMO) and conventional piggery farms, greater Mbarara, Uganda. Livestock Research for Rural Development. Volume 29, Article #106. http://www.lrrd.org/lrrd29/6/chla29106.html

2016, Weisheit, Anke, Livelihoods-focused Rapid Needs Assessment and Programme Development Report, Bidibidi and Mungula II Refugee Settlements in West Nile, Uganda – September 2016, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Uganda, http://www.ug.undp.org/content/uganda/en/home/library/

2014, Weisheit, Anke & Hassan O. Kaya. African Indigenous Organic Farming as a Climate Change Adaptation Strategy. In Hassan O. Kaya & Yonah N. Seleti (eds.): African Indigenous Knowledge Systems in Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation: An African Young Scientists Initiative. Wandsbeck, South Africa: People’s Publishers

2012, Mainen J Moshi, Donald F Otieno and Anke Weisheit, “Ethnomedicine of the Kagera Region, north western Tanzania. Part 3: plants used in traditional medicine in Kikuku village, Muleba District”, Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine 2012, 8:14 doi:10.1186/1746-4269-8-14

2010, Moshi M J; Innocent E; Magadula J J; Otieno D F; Weisheit A; Mbabazi P K; Nondo R S O, Brine shrimp toxicity of some plants used as traditional medicines in Kagera Region, north western Tanzania. Tanzania Journal of Health Research 2010;12(1):63-7, Health User’s Trust Fund (HRUTF), ISSN: 1821-6404, doi:10.4314/thrb.v12i1.56287

2010 Mainen J. Moshi, Donald F. Otieno, Pamela K. Mbabazi, Anke Weisheit, Ethnomedicine of the Kagera Region, north western Tanzania. Part 2: The medicinal plants of Katoro Ward, Bukoba District, Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine 2010, 6:19 (22 July 2010), doi:10.1186/1746-4269-6-19

2009 Moshi J.M, Otieno D.F., Mbabazi P.K, Weisheit A, The Ethnomedicine of the Haya people of Bugabo ward, Kagera Region, north western Tanzania, Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine 2009, 5:24, doi:10.1186/1746-4269-5-24

2009 Moshi, M.J., Innocent, E., Masimba, P.J., Otieno, D.F., Weisheit, A., Mbabazi, P.K., Maria Lynes, M., Meachem, K., Hamilton, A., Urassa, I., Antimicrobial and brine shrimp toxicity of some plants used in traditional medicine in Bukoba District, north western Tanzania. Tanzania Journal of Health Research, 1123-28., PMID: 19445101, http://www.bioline.org.br/pdf?th09005, doi:10.4314/thrb.v11i1.43247
Projects 2017-2021, The World Bank, Pharm-BioTechnology and Traditional Medicine Center, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, African Centres of Excellence (ACEII-44)

2014 – 2016, Gorta – The Freedom from Hunger Council of Ireland: Project Title: Enhancing sustainable productivity and utilization of Irish Potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) in Kigezi Highlands, South Western Uganda, (UGA/2115/13)

2013 – 2013, Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA) Collaborative Research Project: “Upscaling the Production of Priority African Vegetables in Eastern and Central Africa”

2012 – 2015, Stichting Red een Kind (Help a Child): Agribusiness Value Chain Development for Improved Livelihood and Income Security in Kolir sub county, Bukedea District, Uganda, (07/BO-SUD/01)

2012 – 2013, Gorta – The Freedom from Hunger Council of Ireland: Development Grant for Project Implementation Agro forestry for improved food security, income and ecosystem management in the Kigezi highlands (AFFSEM), (UGA/2090/12)

2009 – 2010 Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA) Collaborative Research Project: Innovative Approaches for Mainstreaming Integrated Natural Resource Management in Agricultural Research and Development Institutions in Eastern and Central Africa, (ASARECA/NRM/09/04)

2006 – 2009 Lake Victoria Research Initiative (VicRes): Collaborative Research Project Kenya, Uganda Tanzania Domestication of safe medicinal species for income generation, improvement of the herbal health care provision and conservation of the environment
Memberships to Professional bodies
  • Academy of International Business (AIB), Member (2013-)
  • African Agribusiness Incubation Network (AAIN), Member (2015-)
  • Association for African Medicinal Plants Standards (AAMPS), Member (2007-)
  • Center for World Indigenous Studies (CWIS), www.cwis.org, Associate Scholar (2006-)
  • Forum UNESCO-University and Heritage Network, Member (2008-)
  • Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services – Gender Working Group, Member (2013)
  • International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA), Member (2010-)
  • Inter institutional Consortium for Indigenous Knowledge, (ICIK) Pennsylvania State University, Member (2009-)
  • International Standard for Sustainable Wild Collection (ISSC-MAP), now FairWild Foundation, Member of the Advisory Group (2007-)
Awards and Prizes 2003 Winner: The CGIAR – Innovation Marketplace: “Best Innovative Partnership Program” Rukararwe Partnership Workshop for Rural Development, in partnership with World Agroforestry Centre, Strengthening the Capacity of Herbalists in Conservation and use of Medicinal Species. Awarded by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)
Creative works

(patents, products, protocols, frameworks etc)

  • Institute of Indigenous Knowledge framework
  • Career Development Centre framework
  • Board of Trustee Member, Traditional and Modern Health Practitioners Together against AIDS (THETA), 2013-2018
  • Founding Board Treasurer, Agribusiness Incubation Alliance of Uganda (AGRI-INC Uganda) – 2014-
  • Board of Directors, Excel Hort Consult Ltd 2009 – 2014 Director Natural Resources and Production, and Director, Research and Innovations 2015 –
  • Executive Committee Member, Uganda Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (UFAAS), 2013-2016
  • Steering Committee Member, Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) Kihumuro Expansion Project, 2010 – 2015
  • Steering Committee Member, African Young Scientists Initiative on Climate Change and Indigenous Knowledge Systems (AYSICCIKS), 2011 –
  • Country Coordinator Uganda, Young Professionals’ Platform for Agricultural Research for Development YPARD, http://www.ypard.org, 2011-2014
Attachments Current Resume

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