The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS)‘s initiative in partnership with Robert Bosch Stiftung selected the 2017-2019 Fellows Class made up of 16 scientists including six women.
The fellows are innovators and emerging leaders engaged in research and technological development.
They were selected by a Scientific Programme Committee using a rigorous process that looks at academic and scientific qualifications as well as impact of their research to society, the NEF said.
They include: Vinet Coetzee from South Africa, Abdigani Diriye from Somalia, Kevin Dzobo from Zimbabwe, Jonathan Esole from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Yabebal Fantaye from Ethiopia, Aminata Garba from Niger, Mamadou Kaba from Guinea, Rym Kefi from Tunisia.
The rest are Aku Kwamie from Ghana, Justus Masa from Uganda, Sanushka Naidoo from South Africa, Maha Nasr from Egypt, Sidy Ndao from Senegal, Peter Ngene from Nigeria, Tolulope Olugboji from Nigeria and Hamidou Tembine from Mali.
Chairman of the NEF and President of AIMS, Thierry Zomahoun said the fellows are doing cutting edge research in renewable energy, nanomaterials and nanotechnology, food security, regenerative medicine, cognitive systems related to fintech, cosmology, seismology etc.
We strongly believe their discoveries and initiatives, current and future, will solve global challenges in health, energy, climate change, education, agriculture to name a few, he added.
The fellows will be given the opportunity to advance their scientific career and inspire the next generation of African innovators in the two-year fellowship through campaigns and events.
They will present their groundbreaking research at the second NEF Global Gathering of leading scientists, journalists, industries and business people from around the world in Rwanda’s capital Kigali in March 2018, which they will help craft.
The maiden 2015-2017 Fellows Class of 15 young scientists have joined the newly launched NEF Community of Scientists designed to participate in national and continental policy formulation, cross-cutting research and innovation activities, lead public engagement around science and technology in Africa, and provide mentorship to early-career scientists and students