Dr. Kawooya, an Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science (SLIS), served as Lead Researcher for the precursor project to Open A.I.R., the African Copyright and Access to Knowledge (ACA2K) Project, from 2007 to 2010. Kawooya's current research focuses on IP rights in informal sectors in the African context, specifically relationships between IP rights (e.g. copyright) and informal sector activities. Kawooya holds a PhD in Communication and Information from the University of Tennessee, where his doctoral research explored Ugandan traditional musicians’ construction of ownership. Kawooya held an Open Society Institute (OSI) Fellowship in 2006-2007 at the Center for Policy Studies, Central European University, Budapest, conducting research on the impact of copyright on representation of African knowledge and access to general knowledge (e.g. e-resources). Kawooya has served as a member of the Commonwealth of Learning (CoL) Copyright Expert Group and as Uganda's national copyright expert (representing the Consortium of Ugandan University Libraries) for the international Electronic Information for Libraries (eIFL) assocation. Kawooya has attended, and presented at, several meetings of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), including the June 2005 Inter-sessional Intergovernmental Meeting (IIM) on a Development Agenda for WIPO.