The FAIS Council comprises of the president, vice-president, treasurer, secretary general and past president of FAIS

FAIS Council

The FAIS Council comprises of the president, vice-president, treasurer, secretary general and past president of FAIS. The council members are elected at the meeting of the Federation held every 3 years. The council is supported by councillors and advisors.

President : Hatem Masmoudi, Tunisia

hatem Immunology Department, Habib Bourguiba Hospital, 3029-Sfax, TUNISIA
Tel: +216 74 451 660+216 74 451 660
Mobile: +216 98 413 954+216 98 413 954

Hatem Masmoudi (MD/PHD) studied at the Faculty of Medicine of Sfax and the Faculties of Science of Sfax and Tunis. He continued his training in immunology at the Necker Hospital (Pr Jean François Bach) and the Pasteur Institute (Pr Pierre André Cazenave) in Paris.

Currently he is a Professor in Medicine and Head of Immunology Department of the Medical School and Habib Bourguiba Hospital of Sfax, where he heads the Research Unit UR12/SP46 "Autoimmunity and Immunogenetics".

After immunoglobulins allotypy and idiotypy and CD5+ B cell repertoires, his research conducted these last twenty years focuses on the immunogenetic and environmental factors of susceptibility to autoimmune diseases, mainly pemphigus, type 1 diabetes, lupus and inflammatory bowel diseases.

Hatem Masmoudi was Vice President of the Tunisian Society of Clinical Biology ( and Chairman of its scientific committee (1999-2005). After being its treasurer, Secretary General and President (2004-2014), he is now the Past-President of theTunisian Society of Immunology (

Vice President: Henry C Mwandumba

hatem MBChB (Hons), FRCP, DTM and H,PhD
Wellcome Intermediate Clinical Fellow & Clinical Senior Lecturer
Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Trust Clinical Reserach Programme
Tel: +265 1 876 444+265 1 876 444 / +265 1 875 774+265 1 875 774
Fax: +265 1 873 871

Henry is a Wellcome Trust Intermediate Clinical Fellow and Consultant Physician based at the Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Programmein Blantyre, Malawi. He is the current Vice-President of FAIS. Henry obtained his medical degree from the University of Zimbabwe School of Medicine and specialised in General (Internal) Medicine and Infectious

Diseases in the United Kingdom. His research focuses on understanding the effects of HIV on pulmonary innate immunity and predisposition to respiratory infection. His research group works predominantly with alveolar macrophages, assessing their function in patients infected with HIV, with or without respiratory co-infections. He is supported by funding from the Wellcome Trust (UK) and NIH (USA). 

Secretary General: Faith Osier

Faith Osier Research Fellow
Web site :
Tel: +25 4721 450 307+25 4721 450 307 

Faith obtained an MBChB degree in 1996 at the University of Nairobi in Kenya. She specialized in Paediatrics, becoming a member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health UK in 2003 and a Consultant Paediatrician in Kenya in 2009. She has a Masters in Human Immunity from Liverpool University and a PhD from the Open University, UK.

She works as a Clinical Research Fellow and Group Leader at the KEMRI-CGMR-C in Kilifi, Kenya. She is supported by the Wellcome Trust, the MRC/DfID African Research Leader Award, and the Royal Society, UK. She is a Visiting Professor of Immunology at the University of Oxford, UK. She is actively involved in capacity building for African scientists.

Treasurer: Pa Tamba Ngom, PhD

Pa-Tamba-Ngom_Headshot_Dec2011 350 Beverly Street, Apt 111. Hinesville GA 3131. USA
Cell: +19123180137

Pa Tamba Ngom is the current Treasurer and previous Secretary General of FAIS. He is the Founder Secretary General of The Gambia Immunological Society (GAMIS). He studied Biochemistry at Exeter and is a Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences, UK. He has an MSc in Molecular Medicine and a PhD in Immunology from Imperial College London. He works in Clinical and Research Laboratory development and regulation, and is interested in the promotion of science through strong mentoring and formal teaching.

Immediate Past President : Dr. Thomas Kariuki, Kenya

thomas Director and Senior Scientist
Institute of Primate Research (IPR)
Tel: +254 20 882571+254 20 882571/4; 884309
Fax: +254 722 206 619

Thomas Kariuki is the former President of FAIS. He is a graduate of the University of Nairobi and holds a PhD in Biology (Immunology) from the University of York, UK. He currently works at the Institute of Primate Research (IPR), located in Nairobi, where he has an appointment as Senior Research Scientist and a Director.

His laboratory works on the immunology and vaccinology of schistosomiasis (Bilharzia), malaria and co-infections, with funding support from the National Institute of Health (NIH), European Foundations and other funding organizations. He has published extensively on immunology of infectious diseases and is a recipient of various international awards and fellowships. He also serves on multiple local and international committees.

Committee Member :

Prof. Mohamed Ridha BARBOUCHE

ridha Mohamed Ridha BARBOUCHE M.D., Ph.D Department of Immunology
Institut Pasteur de Tunis 13, Place Pasteur. B.P. 74 1002 Tunis-Belvédère, Tunisia.
Email: or
Tel: +216 71 843 317+216 71 843 317 (Office) or +216 71 789 608+216 71 789 608 (Secretariat)
Fax: +216 71 791 833

Mohamed Ridha Barbouche is Professor of Immunology and Assistant-Dean Research at the Medical School, University of Tunis. He is head of the Clinical Immunology Department and Director of a Research Laboratory at the Institut Pasteur de Tunis, Tunisia.

He received his M.D. from the University of Tunis and his Ph.D. from the University Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris, France. He trained in immunology and infectious diseases at the Institut Pasteur and Hôpital Necker-Enfants Malades in Paris. He was post-doctoral fellow at Cornell University in New York.

His clinical activity interests are focused on the advanced immunological and genetic investigation as well as the care and genetic counseling for primary immune-deficiencies' patients. His research activity is dedicated to the study of the molecular basis of these primary immune-deficiencies as a model for the study of genetic susceptibility to infections in humans and the identification of new immunological pathways and their role in host defense against pathogens, particularly mycobacteria. This research is supported by grants from NIAID/NIH, WHO/TDR, European Commission, Pasteur Institutes Network and Tunisian Ministry for Scientific Research and Technology.

He is member of the Scientific Boards of the Institut Pasteur de Tunis and the Medical School, University of Tunis. He is founder member, former Secretary General and current Vice-President of the Tunisian Society of Immunology as well as member of the scientific board of the Federation of African Immunology Societies and founder member of the African Society for Immunodeficiencies.

He has produced research work on Immunology, including autoimmunity, immune-deficiencies and immunity to infections, 75 peer reviewed publications.

Clive Gray- South Africa


Boubacar Maiga – Mali