Dr. Ian Clarke is the founder and Chairman of International  Medical  Group  (IMG),  a  Private healthcare organization in Uganda, encompassing a one hundred bed hospital, Medical Insurance Company, a Health Science University, a non-profit foundation and a network of Primary care clinics.

IMG has been built from the ground up, having been started as a clinic sixteen years ago, to its present day level as the leading private healthcare provider in Uganda and employing seven hundred staff. The ethos of IMG has been to build capacity among Ugandans. International Health Science University has 1500 students studying Bachelors and Masters level in the fields of Nursing, Health Management, Clinical Medicine, Family medicine, Laboratory Science and Public Health.

Dr. Ian Clarke is an Irish Ugandan who first came to Uganda as a medical Missionary twenty seven years ago. In 2010, Dr Clarke ran for the post of Mayor of Makindye Division Urban council (one of the five Divisions of Kampala City.) He was elected by in March 2011 as the first white politician in Uganda. His Division is mainly residential with 460,000 people, including a high percentage of slum dwellers.  He fights bureaucracy, Petty politics and focuses on results – even if it is getting the potholes fixed!

He has written 3 books

  • How deep is This Pothole?
  • The man with the key has gone
  • Smart culture guide to Uganda

He is the Chairman of Uganda Healthcare Federation, an umbrella body representing the Private Health sector and board member of the Private Sector Foundation Uganda.


MB BCH BAO, Queens University Belfast, 1976
–  Dip.   Tropical   Medicine,   Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, 1987
– Masters in Public Health for Developing countries (MSc. Public Health and DLSHTM), 1994