Thierry Zomahoun

February 19, 2020


Thierry Zomahoun

President and CEO of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS)

Session: Plenary Session: “The Future of Work: Building Best Practices Academia-Industry Partnerships”

March 13, 2020

11:00 – 12:30

Born in Benin, Thierry Zomahoun is President and CEO of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), the first and largest pan-African network of centers of excellence in mathematical sciences.  AIMS mission is to empower Africa’s brightest students to become innovators who leverage mathematics for socio-economic and industrial development of Africa.


A graduate of prestigious universities including HEC Montreal and McGill University in Canada, and the Graduate Institute for International Development Studies (IUHEID) in Switzerland, the Beninese-Canadian is a former member of the British strategic group on trade and investment issues in Africa. 

Under the leadership of Thierry Zomahoun, AIMS, which is reinventing the university of the 21st century, has received international recognition. Its nearly 2,000 alumni (to date) apply their knowledge of mathematics to solve grand challenges in agriculture, health and medicine, banking and trade, mobility and the digital economy – directly improving Africa’s development.

In 2013, Zomahoun founded the Next Einstein Forum (NEF), a global forum for science and technology, the first of its kind in Africa, with the aim of making Africa the next global hub for science, technology, and innovation.

In 2019, Thierry was nominated among the 100 most influential African personalities of the year in the innovation, health, and education sector by New African Magazine. In the same year, he founded the The Kifra Prize. The main objective of this prize is to reward scientific discoveries and ground breaking technological innovations that have a transformative impact on African continent.