Prof Elly N. Sabiiti Vice President, Eastern Africa, African Academy of Sciences
Prof Sabiiti obtained his M.Sc. in 1980 from Makerere University (Uganda) and PhD in 1985 from the University of New Brunswick (Canada). He then joined Makerere University and rose through the ranks to become full professor in 1998. His research interests include agricultural sciences, livestock farming and sustainable rangeland management. He has established the public university called “Gulu University”, vetted the establishment of Busoga University with Swedish Institutions and worked as member of the joint Commission for the setting up of the University of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences in Uganda. He has been Head of Crop Science Department of the University, Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry of Makerere University, National Coordinator of the Faculties of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine for the implementation of the SIDA project on dry-land husbandry. He has served as member of the Advisory Committee for the Pastoral Information Network Programmes. He is a member of TWAS, Tropical Grassland Society of Australia. He has several national, regional and international awards and recognitions and has published 100 articles.
Prof Nelson Torto Executive Director, The AAS
Connie Nshemereirwe Global Young Academy
Connie Nshemereirwe is an independent science and policy facilitator, acting at the science-policy interface as a trainer, writer and speaker. She is the current Co-Chair of the Global Young Academy, and also a member of the Steering Committee of the Africa Science Leadership Programme based at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. Her undergraduate studies were in Civil Engineering, but her current expertise is in higher education quality.
Natasha Bevan Head of International Grants, Royal Society
Bevan is Head of
International Grants at the Royal Society, the national academy of
science in the UK, where she oversees the direction and delivery of the
organisation’s international research funding programmes and its funding
partnerships including for Africa, the Americas,
Asia and Europe. Prior to joining the Royal Society in 2016, she was
Head of International at the British Academy, the UK’s national academy
for social sciences and humanities, leading on the development and
delivery of its international strategy, policy and
programmes. Between 2006 and 2011 she was Acting Secretary-General and
Senior Programme Specialist for the UK National Commission for UNESCO
(United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) with a
particular focus on UNESCO’s higher education
and sciences programmes. She has worked on a number of capacity
development programmes during her career including during time spent at
the Association of Commonwealth Universities and the Marshall Aid
Rachael Taylor Programme Manager FLAIR, Royal Society
Rachael Taylor is the Programme Manager for the Future Leaders – African
Independent Research (FLAIR) Fellowships Programme at the Royal
Society. Prior to joining the Royal Society in 2018, she was a Research
Project Administrator at the University of Cambridge. She has worked on
programme management and delivery for a number of organisations based in
West Africa. She completed a PhD on science
policy in Ghana in 2017 and has worked as a research consultant on food
and agricultural systems and sustainability for a number of universities
and research institutes in the UK and sub-Saharan Africa.
Kholani Mbhiza TWAS-SAREP Secretariat
Kholani Mbhiza is a Liaison Officer at the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) under the International Liaison sub-programme called African Collaborations which facilitate ASSAf’s relations with other academies and organisations in the system of innovation. He also coordinates the activities of TWAS-SAREP and advocates for the inclusion of emerging scientists in policy dialogues. He is an alumnus of the international training workshops on science diplomacy and science advice.
Christoff Pauw Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study
Christoff Pauw is Programme Manager of STIAS, the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study, a high-level research institute dedicated to innovative thinking, the production of new knowledge and the nurturing of emerging leaders. Pauw previously worked for the international office and the research office of Stellenbosch University where he supported African academic networking. He obtained a PhD (Theology) at the VU University Amsterdam (2007) and an MA (Philosophy) at Stellenbosch University (2002).
Vukosi Marivate Founder, Deep Learning Indaba
Vukosi Marivate based at the University of Pretoria is the ABSA Chair of Data Science. A large part of his work over the last few years has been in the intersection of Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing (due to the abundance of text data and need to extract insights). Vukosi is a founder of the Deep Learning Indaba, the largest Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence workshop on the African continent.
Cosmas Ochieng African Development Bank
Cosmas Ochieng, a citizen of Kenya, is currently the Director, African Natural Resources Centre (ANRC) at the African Development Bank in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire. He is a scholar and practitioner of African development, with a specific focus on natural resource management, agricultural development, green economy, climate change, and science, technology and innovation policy. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Development Studies from Oxford University, a master’s in development studies from Cambridge University and a Bachelor of Arts from Kenyatta University.
Funmi Olonisakin King’s College London
Funmi Olonisakin is Vice-Principal International and Professor of Security, Leadership & Development at King’s College London. She has been founding Director of the African Leadership centre (ALC). She is a member of the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Group of Experts for the Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security and a member of the International Advisory Council of the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute.
Watu Wamae Research Engagement Manager, Africa Oxford Initiative
Watu Wamae (PhD) is a senior social scientist with practical understanding of network coordination and the role of networks in supporting research capabilities in both Africa and Europe. With over 15 years of experience in a wide range of research and policymaking environments, Watu has substantive expertise in the dynamics of structural change in African economies, and a rich understanding of the mechanisms through which research is channelled into decision-making processes. Currently, she is Research Engagement Manager at the Africa Oxford Initiative (AfOx), University of Oxford.
Phyllis Kalele Head, African Collaboration Sub-programme, Academy of Science of South Africa
Phyllis Kalele heads the African Collaboration Sub-programme at the Academy of Science of South Africa. She is also the Africa regional coordinator for Gender in Science Innovation Technology and Engineering (GenderInSITE), an international initiative that promotes the role of women in SITE. Phyllis holds a BSc. in Botany and Zoology, MSc. in Environmental Sciences and is currently studying towards a PhD in Science and Technology Studies.
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