Gerald Bareebe is a Ugandan journalist born in a rural village in western Uganda. He has worked as an investigative reporter at The Daily Monitor, Uganda's largest and most influential independent daily newspaper. He holds a bachelor's degree in Journalism and Communication with a major in Political Science from Makerere University, a master's degree in International Relations and Diplomatic Studies (Makerere University), and an Advanced master's degree in Governance and Development from the University of Antwerp (Belgium). He is currently pursuing his PhD degree in Political Science at the University of Toronto in Canada.
In 2009, Gerald was recognized as one of the best journalists in Uganda for leading an investigation that resulted in a 14-year jail sentence for a senior military officer who had killed two opposition activists and maimed two others. In 2010, the World Bank recognized him as one of the world’s top 10 young anti-corruption activists and offered him a World Bank fellowship to participate in the formulation of the Global Youth Anti-Corruption Campaign. Before beginning his PhD, Gerald was a Jeanne Sauvé Scholar at McGill University, where he investigated the mechanisms that strengthen government institutions. In his native country, Gerald has covered presidential, parliamentary, and local council elections. His work have been featured on numerous national and international media and other organizations, including The Voice of America, Al-Jazeera, The Daily Monitor, The East African, and The National Post, the Institute for Media and Global Governance, the World Bank Institute, and the Basel Institute on Governance.
Gerald comes from a humble background and is therefore no stranger to the hardships of life, which is why he believes that education is the only way to redeem Africa from Poverty.