Esther Kunda is the NEF’s Policy, Innovation and Community of Scientists Manager. She manages the development of the NEF policy initiatives and works closely with the NEF Community of Scientists on various programs including ensuring a successful NEF Africa Science.
Pearl is the NEF’s Online Community Manager. She supports the digital and public engagement efforts of the NEF, creating and updating content across NEF digital platforms.
Joëlle is the NEF’s Project Officer. She oversees NEF’s procurement and logistics processes, and provides support for NEF’s resource mobilization and funds management.
Szymon is the Francophone Media and Content Specialist, NEF. He comes to NEF from Forbes Afrique where he was the Brussels correspondent and African Business magazine where he worked as a Columnist focusing on EU-Africa economic relations.
Aretha is one of the Research Officers at the NEF. She supports ongoing research activities for policy initiatives and content materials. Aretha holds an MSc in Science and Technology Policy.
Benjamin Apraku Gyampoh, PhD
Editor-in-Chief of Scientific African Journal. He works to create strong and meaningful partnerships and the right environments for science development and scientists to thrive and excel in Africa.
Johnson is the design specialist at NEF responsible for communicating the Next Einstein Forum objective visually through creative design and animated videos.
Kevin Muvunyi is one of NEF’s research officers. Kevin supports the various policy and research initiatives of the NEF. These are primarily centered around the digital economy, the NEF science, and innovation framework, the science and innovation composite index, as well as the fourth industrial
Professor in Political Science and International Development Studies, University of Guelph
Research Leader of the Tree Protection Co-operative Programme at the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute
Elsie Effah Kaufmann
Senior Lecturer and founding Head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Ghana
Director for International Affairs in Africa, the Near and Middle East at the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG)
Mary Abukutsa-Onyango is a distinguished scientist that has conducted pioneering research in African indigenous vegetables (AIVs) .
Professor of Center for Innovative Integrated Electronic Systems (CIES) at Tohoku University, Sendai Japan.
Olaf Blanke is Bertarelli Foundation Chair of Cognitive Neuroprosthetics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL).
Prof. Awa Niang
Professor in Electronics and Director of Higher Institute of Vocational Education of Richard-Toll/(Senegal)
The NEF Community of Scientists encompasses both NEF Fellows and Ambassadors, past and present. It is a growing community expected to create a unified African scientific identity, the existence of which would inspire young people to pursue science and technology fields and drive Africa’s socio-economic transformation.
Prof. Sanushka Naidoo, Chair
Sanushka is a NEF Fellow and Associate Professor at the University of Pretoria in the Department of Genetics. Her research is dedicated to plant defence in the forest species, with an emphasis on Eucalyptus.
Dr. Lwidiko Edward, Vice-Chair
Dr. Lwidiko is a medical doctor and co-founder of ProjeKt Inspire. A social enterprise that focuses on career guidance and inspiration for young adults and kids, with a niche in STEM careers, (Science Technology Engineering and Math).
Dr. Vinet Coetzee, Communication Chair
Vinet Coetzee is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Genetics at the University of Pretoria. She is also a Principal Investigator in the African Longitudinal Facial appearance and Health (ALFAH) study.
David Jeng, Strategy Chair
Jeng is the NEF Ambassador to The Gambia (2017-2019) and Project Manager of the Give1 Project Gambia.
Halimatou Hima, Capacity Building Chair
Hima is a PHD candidate, doing research in Development Studies at the University of Cambridge and NEF Ambassador to Niger(2017-2019).