NEF Global Gatherings are exciting biennial global events where the world of science and technology meet on earth to unveil breakthroughs in science, respond to existing challenges and look to the future.


H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta

President of the Republic of Kenya

H.E President Paul Kagame

President of the Republic of Rwanda

H.E President Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi

President of the Republic of Botswana

Aaron Cicehanover

Nobel Laureate Professor in the Technion in Haifa, Israel

Abasi Ene-Obong

Founder and Chief Executive Officer of 54gene

Abdoulaye Faty

Young researcher in hydrology and ecohydrology, from the Department of Geography at the University of Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD, Dakar, Sénégal)

Adrien Bouillot

Social scientist, expert in change management and analytics

Aisha Walcott-Bryant

Research scientist and manager of the AI Science and Engineering team at IBM Research, Africa.

Alta Schutte

Principal investigator of the African-PREDICT

Andreas Diacon

Professor of Physiology and Principal Specialist in Pulmonology at the University of Stellenbosch and Tygerberg Academic Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa.

Andreata Muforo

Partner at TLcom Capital LLP

Anita de Waard

VP of Research Collaborations at Elsevier

Arielle Kitio Tsamo

Founder and CEO of CAYSTI

Astrid Eichhorn

Associate Professor at CP3-Origins at the University of Southern-Denmark

Bahaa Eddine Sarroukh

Healthcare Innovation Lead at the Philips Foundation and Senior Advisor on Innovation & Technology in the UN SDGPP.

Birali Runesha

Assistant Vice President for Research Computing and founding Director of the Research Computing Center (RCC) at The University of Chicago.

Bosun Tijani

Founder and Chief Executive of Co-Creation Hub Nigeria (CcHUB)

Charles Faul

Award-winning biotechnologist

Codou Diaw

Program Lead for the East African Partner Network at the Mastercard Foundation’s Scholars Program.

Connie Nshemereirwe

Co-Chair of the Global Young Academy

Daniel Yu

Founder and Global CEO of Sokowatch

Dr Youssef Travaly

Vice President of Science, Innovation and Partnerships

Emmastella Gakuo

Co-Founder and COO of Savanna Circuit Tech

Fatiha Charradi

Vice President in charge of Agricultural Development- Domestic Market in OCP Group

Franca Hoffmann

Postdoctoral Researcher and Instructor in Applied and Computational Mathematics at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, USA

Francis Obirikorang

CEO and Co-founder of AgroCenta

Hennie Bester

Director at Cenfri, and the Lead of the insight2impact programme

Henri Nyakarundi

Founded and developed trucking and construction businesses in both the US and Burundi.

Herine Otieno-Menya

Director, African Institute for Mathematical Sciences Teacher Training Program in Rwanda.

Ibraheem Badejo

Coordinates the Janssen support to the UMURINZI program

Inack Estelle Maeva

Postdoctoral fellow

Intan Hamdan-Livramento

Economist, Economics and Statistic Division at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Geneva, Switzerland.

Isabelle Carboni

Specializes in approaches to learning digital skills and the application of data science for public policy innovation

Ivy Mwai

Currently leads the Mastercard Foundation’s

Jason Njoku

Founder and CEO, IROKO

Jennifer Blanke

Vice President Agriculture, Human and Social Development at the African Development Bank Group

Jonathan Mboyo Esole

Professor of Mathematics Northeastern University

Jos Noben

Coordinates the Janssen support to the UMURINZI program

Joseph Nsengimana

Head of the Mastercard Foundation’s Regional Centre for Innovative Teaching and Learning in ICT, based in Rwanda with a continental scope.

Kamel Haddar

Founder ATLAS (Algerian Talents and Leaders Association), iMadrassa Tadamoun

Kathleen Siminyu

Regional Coordinator of the Artificial Intelligence for Development – Africa Network

Katja Becker

President of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation).

Kavilan Moodley

Faculty University of KwaZulu-Natal

Kendi Nderitu

Microsoft’s Country Leader in Kenya

Kevin Maina

Founder of Eco Blocks & Tiles

Kikonde Mwatela

Head of Operations Twiga Foods

Kommy Weldemariam

Master Inventor and the Chief Scientist of IBM Research – Africa

Lawrence Banks

Editor of the Journal of Virology and FEBS Journal

Loyiso Nongxa

One of the two Vice-Presidents of the International Mathematical Union (IMU) at the Annual General Meeting in São Paulo in 2018

Lucy Muchiri

Associate Professor in the Department of Human Pathology, University of Nairobi´s School of Medicine

Luisa Villa

Leader in the clinical testing of HPV vaccines

Mallory Baxter

Works on thematic research at Mastercard Foundation where she specializes in research

Maria Fasli

Professor of Computer Science and the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science and Health at the University of Essex, UK.

Maricianah Onono

Research Specialist with the Kenya Medical Research Institute -Research Care and Training Programme (KEMRI-RCTP)

Mary Teuw Niane

Professor and mathematician with specialization in partial differential equations

Michael Manirakiza

Chief Operating Officer of Plendify Inc.

Monique Wasunna

Director, Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi) Africa Regional Office based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Mouna Fahr

Professor of Plant Biotechnology and Physiology at Mohammed V University, Faculty of Sciences in Rabat, Morocco.

Mountaga Keita

Founder and CEO of Tulip Industries

Moussa Traoré

Chief Digital Officer at Sonatel (Orange Senegal)

Moustapha Fall

Acting Center President of AIMS-Senegal

Nalini Joshi

Vice-President of the International Mathematical Union.

Omar Cissé

CEO of InTouch SA

Paula Ingabire

Minister of ICT and Innovation in the Government of Rwanda

Peter Addo

Head of DataLab at the French Development Agency (AFD), Paris, France

Prince Osei

Acting President of AIMS Ghana, Lead Scientist & Director for Quantum Leap Africa (QLA). 

Prof. Neil Turok

Director of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

Rebecca Finlay

Founder CIFAR’s global knowledge mobilization practice

Richard J. Roberts

Nobel Laureate Chief Scientific Officer at New England Biolabs

Romain Murenzi

Executive Director of TWAS

Samaya Nissanke

Assistant professor for the GRAPPA Centre for Excellence in Gravitation and Astroparticle Physics at the University of Amsterdam

Samir Abdelkrim

French expert on African innovation

Samuel Mensah

Co-founder and the CEO of BACE Group

Sandrine Boucher

Director of Innovation of AFD

Serge Nzietchueng

Former Regional Director for West & Central Africa of the USAID Preparedness and Response project,

Stéphane Momo Takoudjou

Researcher in remote sensing and ecology of tropical ecosystems.

Sudip Parikh

19th chief executive officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Tendekayi Katsiga

Founder Deaftronics (Pty) Ltd

Teresa Mbagaya

Founding Principal at Imaginable Futures

Victor N. Mose

Deputy Director and Head of Biostatistical Services at African Conservation Centre- Amboseli program.

Viola Llewellyn

Co-founder and President of Ovamba Solutions, Inc.

Virtue Oboro


Wambura Kimunya

CEO of Eneza

Wanja Dorothy Nyingi

Currently the head of Ichthyology

Wilfred Ndifon

Professor of Theoretical Biology at AIMS

William Wasswa

Lecturer and Head of Department of Biomedical Sciences and Engineering at Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST), Uganda.

Yvonne Mburu

Founder and CEO of Nexakili


Ademola A. Adenle

Sustainable Development

Agnes Kiragga


Alpha Keita Kabinet


Badre Abdselam

Social Science

Blessing Mbabie

Public Health

Cheikh Sarr

Computer Science

Daniel Akinyele

Electrical Engineering

Dyllon Garth Randall

Chemical Engineering

Ebele R. I. Mogo

Public Health

Eric Lontchi Yimagou


Eucharia Oluchi Nwaichi


Geoffrey H. Siwo

Biology and Computer Science

Ibrahim Cisse

Physics and Biology

Jesse Gitaka


Marian Asantewah Nkansah

Environmental Chemistry

Menattallah Elserafy

Assistant Professor at Center for Genomics, Zewail City of Science and Technology (ZC)

Obidimma Ezezika

Implementation Science

Ouma Cecil


R. Fanelwa Ajayi


Salome Maswime


Samson Rwahwire

Mechanical Engineering

Sara Suliman


Vidushi Neergheen

Biomedical Research

Zaheer Allam

Urban Resilience and Sustainability

Jessica Nosizwe Thorn



Alda Manuel

Electrical and Electronic Engineer

Esther Kunda

NEF’s Policy, Innovation and Community of Scientists Manager

Evelyn Gitau

Director of Research Capacity Strengthening division at the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC)

Ghada Bassioni

Professor and the Head of the Chemistry Division at the Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University, Cairo

Gladys Mosomtai

PhD fellow at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), Kenya

Joanitah Nalubega

Program Administration Lead at Refactory,

Oscar Jaime Antonio

Founder of Mwendya Investimentos (SU) Lda

Rachel Sibande

Founder mHub

Raissa Malu

Head, the Education Project, Congolese Ministry of Primary, Secondary and Technical Education.

Talla Ndiaye

Coordinating Member and Trainer at AfricaTechUp Tour

Tolu Oni

Public Health Physician-Scientist and urban epidemiologist

Yinka Adegoke

Editor of Quartz Africa

George Ndirangu

Journalist at the BBC

Jessica Nosizwe Thorn


Moina Spooner

The Conversation Africas East and Francophone Africa Editor

Nathalie Munyampenda

Managing Director of the Next Einstein Forum (NEF)


Abdou Maman

Abraham Natukunda

Achiri Arnold

Adulai Bary

Albert Kure

Benjamin Obeng

Choji Bare

Fela Akinse

Ifeanyi Christopher Chukwurah

James Abasifreke

Joshua Fischer

Kolawole Oluwatomisin

Melissa Bime

Menyo Innocent

Moussa Thiam

Mzambe Matee

Nsereko Mike

Oghenetega Iortim

Okey Ibekwe Esse

Olubanjo Olugbenga

Percy Lemtukei

Philippa Ngaju Makobore

Salma Bougarrani

Tayo Sadique

Yankho Kaimila