Dr. Haroon Sseguya graduated with a PhD in Sustainable Agriculture and Sociology from Iowa State University (ISU) in August 2009. During his fellowship in 2008-2009, he was mentored by Dr. Robert Mazur, Associate Professor of Sociology at Iowa State University and Dr. Jemimah Njuki, Senior Scientist at CIAT in Uganda. Following his graduation, Sseguya returned to his home country of Uganda and returned to his position as a faculty member in the Department of Agricultural Extension/ Education and Coordinator for Graduate Studies at the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Makerere University, Uganda. He also continued as a Resource Person, evaluation and communication, for a community-based livelihoods program in Uganda, supported by the Centre for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods at ISU. His LEAP fellowship experiences have enabled him to ably implement tasks associated with his new roles, especially with respect to the livelihoods program. His research interests are in the areas of rural development, agricultural communications, sustainable livelihoods, monitoring and evaluation, organizational and institutional development, human-ecosystem interactions and the influencing processes.
In 2015, Dr. Sseguya joined IITA as a technology scaling specialist. He is working with USAID-funded projects, Africa RISING, NAFAKA and Tuboreshe Chakula to create linkages and integrate activities. He coordinates the development and dissemination of strategies and the mobilizing of partnerships to ensure stronger community involvement.