​Affiliated Faculty

Prof Lukoye Atwoli
Associate Director, Brain and Mind Institute, and Dean, Medical College, East Africa​

​Prof Atwoli is a Professor in Psychiatry with extensive leadership, teaching, and academic research experience. He is the former Dean of the Moi University School of Medicine, where he excelled at building collaborations and partnerships between the School of Medicine and academic medical centres in Africa, Europe, and the US, transforming it into a regionally leading research and graduate medical school. 

Professor Lukoye has a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from Moi University.  His residency (Master of Medicine) in Psychiatry was undertaken at the University of Nairobi.  Dr. Atwoli has a PhD from the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.  He is a Visiting Scientist at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and an Honorary Associate Professor at the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, University of Cape Town.  He is an international Faculty member at the Global Health Institute, Duke University and an external examiner for multiple universities.

Dr. Atwoli leads and participates in mental health research locally and globally. He is a member of the WHO World Mental Health Surveys Consortium, which is the leading collaborative project in psychiatric epidemiology globally. He was also the Global Technical Director for the citiesRISE initiative (www.cities-rise.org), whose goal is to help make five cities mental health friendly (Nairobi, Chennai, Bogota, as well as Seattle and Sacramento). The initiative works with young people in these cities to increase connectedness, improving their coping ability by working to build resilience and hopefulness, and linking those in need to care. 

Professor Lukoye has over 50 publications to his credit in academic books and in peer-reviewed journals. Additionally, he has supervised to completion 17 Masters Candidates and is currently supervising four PhD and four Masters students at universities in Kenya, the US, and Europe.  Dr. Atwoli is a significant influencer of mental health policy in Kenya and on the continent. To this end, he has served as Vice President of the Kenya Medical Association and holds positions with the African Association of Psychiatrists, the African College of Neuro-psychopharmacology, and the World Psychiatric Association.


Dr Eunice Ndirangu-Mugo
Dean, School of Nursing and Midwifery, East Africa 

Dr Eunice Ndirangu-Mugo is the Chairperson of the Nursing Council of Kenya. She is an Associate Professor and the Dean of the Aga Khan University School of Nursing and Midwifery, East Africa (AKU-SONAM EA). She has also worked as the Academic Head since 2016, before becoming Interim Dean on March 18, 2019 at the same institution. 

Dr. Ndirangu graduated from the University of East Africa – Baraton, Kenya with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN). She later pursed her Master's in Advanced Nursing Practice from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom and then in 2016, completed her PhD in Nursing Studies from the same University. 

Dr. Ndirangu's areas of expertise and interest have focused largely on the sociological aspects of HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, care and support, as well as health policy and nursing education. She has attended numerous conferences and published extensively throughout the span of her academic career on a wide variety of topics. As the recipient of multiple research grants, Dr. Ndirangu has continuously pushed for the advancement and growth of the wealth of nursing knowledge. She is dedicated to providing the best practice in higher education. Towards this end, she is pursuing a Postgraduate Certificate of Teaching in Higher Education from Oxford Brookes University in the United Kingdom. Apart from her current position, Dr. Ndirangu maintains roles as a reviewer for multiple academic journals, as well as sitting on a number of committees and working groups at Aga Khan University.


Dr Rozina Karmaliani
Dean, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Pakistan

Dr Rozina Karmaliani is a longtime prominent member of the Aga Khan University, AKU. She is an alumna of the AKU School of Nursing and Midwifery (AKU-SONAM), where she did her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and diplomas in Midwifery and Nursing. She also holds degrees in Master of Public Health, Master of Science in Nursing and PhD in Nursing all from the University of Minnesota, USA.

Dr Karmaliani is the first SONAM alumna to obtain PhD in Nursing. She now serves as the Dean and Professor at AKU-SONAM and a faculty member for the Medical College's Community Health Sciences.

Dr  Karmaliani   also  holds   the  prestigous   Khatijabai   Mohan   Manji   Dharolia endowed Professorship. Before taking on the deanship for the second time on December 1, 2019, she has held various leadership positions in the School and has led its undergraduate and graduate  programmes. She has been steering SONAM to use its institutional excellence to advance nursing, and to engage and develop leaders and educators  in healthcare.  Besides Pakistan, she has worked for the development and promotion of higher education in nursing in East Africa, Afghanistan, Syria and Egypt.

Dr Karmaliani has received the Juran Fellowship Award for "Leadership in Quality" and the "Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals" from  the University of Minnesota,  amongst many  others.  She has also been a recipient of various national  and  international research  grants.  Dr Karmaliani's  areas of  research include women, child and adolescent health, with special focus on the prevention of gender-based violence, promoting mental health and preventing suicides from a health systems perspective. She has received various national and international research grants worth  more  than USD 4 million  and has 50 plus peer-reviewed key publications in journals of international repute.

While SONAM enjoys the privilege of being the top nursing school in the region, Dr Karmaliani's  leadership  focuses on being a transformative force in improving health whilst developing and strengthening research capacity for the School, and further integrating research into education  and practice. She is creating a shared vision for  the School and empowering the faculty  and staff  to implement that vision.