H.E President Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi

Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi is the 5th President of the Republic of Botswana. Prior to this, he was Botswana’s 8th Vice President, having also served in various Cabinet portfolios: as Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration and as Acting Minister at the Ministry of Education and Skills Development. Before he became a full-time politician, […]

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H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta

President Uhuru Kenyatta is Kenya’s Fourth President. He has previously served as nominated Member of Parliament, Leader of Opposition, Minister for Local Government and Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Finance. Since taking office in 2013, President Kenyatta has often alluded that Kenya’s greatest resource is her people and has pursued a number of policy […]

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H.E President Paul Kagame

Paul Kagame is President of the Republic of Rwanda. He served a one-year term as Chairperson of the African Union until February 2019, and has been leading the institutional reform of the African Union since 2016. He is currently the Chairperson of the East African Community (EAC). Beginning in 1990, as commander of the forces […]

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Richard J. Roberts

Dr. Richard J. Roberts is the Chief Scientific Officer at New England Biolabs, Beverly, Massachusetts.  He received a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry in 1968 from Sheffield University and then moved as a postdoctoral fellow to Harvard.  From 1972 to 1992, he worked at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, eventually becoming Assistant Director for Research under Dr. […]

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Aaron Cicehanover

Aaron Ciechanover was born in Israel in 1947.  He is a distinguished Professor in the Technion in Haifa, Israel.  He received his M.Sc. (1971) and M.D. (1973) from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and his Ph.D. from the Technion (1982). There, as a graduate student with Dr. Avram Hershko and in collaboration with Dr. Irwin […]

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Anita de Waard

Anita de Waard is VP of Research Collaborations at Elsevier. Her work focuses on working with academic and industry partners on projects pertaining to progressing modes and frameworks for scholarly communication. Since 1997, she has worked on bridging the gap between science publishing and computational and information technologies, collaborating with groups in Europe and the […]

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Jennifer Blanke

Jennifer Blanke is Vice President Agriculture, Human and Social Development at the African Development Bank Group, responsible for overseeing the Bank’s strategy and activities in this area. She was previously Chief Economist at the World Economic Forum, overseeing economic research activities and projects from 2012-2017. Other roles held at the World Economic Forum included Lead […]

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Jason Njoku

Jason Njoku is Founder and CEO of IROKO, the home of Nollywood content. He has pioneered the African digital content market by bringing Nollywood (Nigerian cinema) to a global audience, and in the process has raised over $40m in investment from international VCs, including Tiger Global, Kinnevik, RISE Capital and Canal+. in 2019, together with Mary […]

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Romain Murenzi

Romain Murenzi serves as the Executive Director of TWAS (twas.org) and oversees the administration of OWSD, the InterAcademy Partnership and  GenderInSITE. Murenzi initially joined TWAS in 2011 for five years. He then spent 14 months at UNESCO, HQ, directing the Division of Science Policy and Capacity Building in the Natural Sciences sector. He served as […]

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Omar Cissé

Omar Cisse is the CEO of InTouch SA, a fintech start-up specializing in payment and digital service solutions. He is a Computer Design Engineer who graduated from Ecole Supérieure Polytechnique in Dakar in 2000. He then pursued an international MBA degree and various business management trainings. In 2001, he co-founded 2SI, a company specialized in […]

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