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Scientific Programme Committee

The Scientific Programme Committee sets the strategic direction for the NEF and establishes the programme and themes of the NEF Global Gatherings.

The Scientific Programme Committee sets the strategic direction for the NEF and establishes the programme and themes of the NEF Global Gatherings. Members of the Programme Committee are scientists, policymakers, and media and industry partners within Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. These individuals have demonstrated leadership within their respective areas of science, policy or industry. Programme Committee members bring varied experience, however are all keenly interested in Africa’s transformation through STEM.

The NEF Programme Committee members serve a two year term and meet at least once per year.

Download the profiles of NEF SPC members here

Solomon Assefa, Ethiopia

Solomon Assefa, Ethiopia

Research Scientist, IBM

Bruce Bassett, South Africa

Bruce Bassett, South Africa

Professor of Mathematics and Cosmology Researcher

Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, France

Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, France

President, European Research Council

Phillip Campbell, UK

Phillip Campbell, UK

Editor-in-Chief of Nature

Phillip Clay, USA

Phillip Clay, USA

Professor and Former Chancellor at MIT, Vice-Chair MasterCard Foundation

Aminata Diallo SALL, Senegal

Aminata Diallo SALL, Senegal

Professor of Physiology and CEO for the APEES

Barry Green, South Africa

Barry Green, South Africa

Director and Chief Academic Officer, AIMS-South Africa

Leymah Gbowee, Liberia

Leymah Gbowee, Liberia

Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Peace Activist

Helga Nowotny

Helga Nowotny

Chair of the ERA Council Forum Austria, Professor Emerita, Social Studies of Science, ETH Zurich

Tatsuya Nakada

Tatsuya Nakada

Chair of Scientific Policy Committee, CERN

Bernard Slippers

Bernard Slippers

Professor in Genetics, University of Pretoria

Julie Makani

Julie Makani

Wellcome Trust Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences

Adam Sneyd

Adam Sneyd

Professor in Political Science & Intl Development Studies, University of Guelph

Peter Tindemans

Peter Tindemans

Secretary General EuroScience, Director, Global Knowledge Strategy & Partnerships

Klaus Töpfer

Klaus Töpfer

Former Executive Director UNEP

Arnold Van Zyl

Arnold Van Zyl

President, Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW), Germany

Aissa Wade

Aissa Wade

Academic Director, AIMS Senegal

Berhanu Abegaz Molla

Berhanu Abegaz Molla

Executive Director, African Academy of Sciences

Solange Uwituze

Solange Uwituze

Head of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, Rwanda Academy of Sciences

Jean Bosco Gahutu

Jean Bosco Gahutu

Director of Research, Innovation and Postgraduate Studies at University of Rwanda.

Prof. Romain Murenzi , Rwanda

Prof. Romain Murenzi

Executive Director of UNESCO’s Division of Science Policy and Capacity Building. A physicist and former Rwandan Science Minister.