Jonathan Mboyo Esole
Professor of Mathematics Northeastern University
Session: Plenary Session: “The Future of Science” (Fundamental Sciences)
March 12, 2020
09:30 – 11:00
Jonathan Mboyo Esole is a Congolese mathematician working on the interface of algebraic geometry and string theory. Jonathan was trained around the world (College Boboto, ULB, Cambridge, Leiden, Standford, Harvard). After being a Marie-Curie Fellow at Leuven University, a postdoc at Harvard Physics, and a Benjamin Pierce Fellow at Harvard Math, Jonathan joined Northeastern University as a Professor of Mathematics in 2016 and was tenured on fast-tracked in 2019. Jonathan has solved important problems in mathematical physics. He is currently working on questions related to the birational geometry of elliptic fibrations and its applications in F-theory and mentoring young researchers from around the world. Jonathan was instrumental in helping recruit the first class of AIMS students and visited AIMS in its first year as a Ford Fellow. In 2018, he was named a Next Einstein Fellow, an award that celebrates the best African scientists and technologists. Jonathan is a passionate advocate for African excellence in the sciences and women’s access to education. He is on the advisory board of the nonprofit Malaika.org and a member of the 2020 jury of the L’Oréal-Unesco “For Women in Science” Award. In 2018, he received the International Dunia Award for his outreach activities.