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Thomas Kariuki

Director, African Academy of Sciences

Internationally recognized leader in immunology. Director, Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa, an initiative launched in 2015 by the African Academy of Sciences and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) agency. AESA was established as an agenda-setting and funding platform to address Africa’s health and development challenges. Leads AESA’s efforts to accelerate world-class research, foster innovation, and promote scientific leadership on the continent. Oversees a number of diverse programmes focused on funding the research, development and commercialization of novel, high-impact solutions and is cultivating strategic partnerships with academic institutions, governments and industry globally to build the momentum needed to transform Africa’s future through science-led, knowledge-based economies. These include coalitions of scientific leaders and civil society within countries, regions and continent-wide that will work collaboratively to set the science and technology agenda for Africa.