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International Steering Committee

The International Steering Committee (ISC) offers guidance, operational and strategic direction to the Next Einstein Forum (NEF). The committee supports the NEF in the development of its mission, long-range goals, philosophies, and strategy.

The International Steering Committee (ISC) offers guidance, operational and strategic direction to the Next Einstein Forum (NEF). The committee supports the NEF in the development of its mission, long-range goals, philosophies, and strategy.

The NEF International Steering Committee consists of the following members:

Chair: Thierry Zomahoun, President and CEO, AIMS-NEI
About NEF - ISC - Thierry

Founding executive director and currently president and CEO of African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), Thierry is a global development expert with a successful 22-year track record in educational and scientific programmes administration, not-for-profit business start-ups, and growth and microenterprise development in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Under Thierry’s leadership, AIMS – Africa’s first network of centers of excellence in mathematical sciences founded in 2003 – has won international acclaim for its scientific model for independent thinking, problem-solving and widely applicable mathematical solutions to development fields of greatest relevance to Africa and the rest of the world.

 

H.E. Dr. Martial De-Paul Ikounga, African Union Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology

HRST_NEFDr Martial De-Paul Ikounga is the African Union Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology. He is a member of the Congolese National Assembly and currently the Chairman of the Education, Culture, Science and Technology Commission. Dr Ikounga served in various positions in the Government of Congo, including as Secretary of State and Minister of Science and Technology, Minister to the Office of the President, Minister of Education, Minister of High and Technical Education, Minister for Reconstruction and National Heritage.

Dr Ikounga holds a Doctorate in Engineering and has lectured in General Statistics and Physics. He has also published several articles on these subjects in both French and English.

 

Seema Kumar, Vice President of Innovation, Global Health and Policy Communication, Johnson & Johnson (J&J)

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Seema Kumar is Vice President of Innovation, Global Health and Policy Communication, Johnson & Johnson (J&J). In this role, Seema works to position J&J as a global pioneer in innovation and in research and development (R&D), a thought leader and a partner of choice. Her responsibilities include communications regarding enterprise innovation and R&D, medical safety and ethics, policy, and global health.

She also serves as the communication leader for the Johnson & Johnson R&D Management Committee and the Johnson & Johnson Innovation Centers. Seema previously served, since January 2013, as the Vice President, Enterprise Innovation and Global Health Communication, J&J, and from 2009 to 2012 as Vice President, Global R&D Communications of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of J&J, which included oversight of internal and external communications.

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H.E. Papias Malimba Musafiri, Minsiter of Education, Republic of Rwanda

H.E. Dr. Musafiri, is the current Minister of Education of Rwanda. He is the former Principal of the College of Business and Economics of the University of Rwanda with extensive experience of over 14 years as an academician. Dr Musafiri received his Bachelor Degree in Commerce and Management at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and his Master’s degree in Business Administration majoring in Finance and Information Technology from the School of Business at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-Roorkee). He has Doctor of Philosophy in Finance from VIT University.

 

H.E. Mary Teuw Niane, Minister of Higher Education and Research, Republic of Senegal

H.E. Professor Mary Teuw Niane is currently the Minister of Higher Education and Research of the Republic of Senegal. Prior to this post he was the Director of the Faculty of Applied Science and Technology at the University Gaston Berger where he held the position of Rector from 11 January 2007 to 29 October 2012.

H.E. Mary Teuw Niane is a member of the National Academy of Science and Technology of Senegal since January 2000; Board Member of the African Mathematical Union and Member of the International Mathematical Union Committee in Development and exchange. He holds a PhD in Mathematical Sciences from University Cheikh Anta Diop of Senegal.

 

Dr. Ingrid Wünning Tschol, Senior Vice President – Health and Science, Robert Bosch Stiftung

I_Wuenning_Tschol_WebDr. Ingrid Wünning Tschol is a senior vice president at Robert Bosch Stiftung, Stuttgart, Germany. She belongs to numerous advisory boards, both in Germany and in other European countries. She was vice-chairman of the Euroscience Open Forum 2006 Steering Committee and co-chair of Euroscience Open Forum 2008, 2010 and 2012.  She is vice chair of the European Research Area Board, an independent board which advises the European Union  Commissioner with regard to ERA and the Framework Programme.

Ingrid earned her Doctorate degree in biology from the University of Tübingen, Germany. Between 1985 and1990 she conducted postdoctoral research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology  and State University of New York in Stony Brook. Further stations in her career were Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft in Bonn, Germany. She also served as head of the medical section at the European Science Foundation in Strasbourg, France.