Experiences and Challenges in Setting Up Trilateral Cooperation

Experiences and Challenges in Setting Up Trilateral Cooperation 2016-10-20T18:01:43+00:00

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Moderator: Mrs Mmampei Chaba, Department of Science and Technology, South Africa
Panellist: Dr Aldo Stroebel, South Africa, National Research Foundation
Panellist: Dr Claude-Anne Gautier, France, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement
Panellist: Dr Deborah Goffner, France, National Center for Scientific Research
Panellist: Prof Cheikh Bécaye Gaye, Senegal, Senegalese Ministry of Higher Education and Research
Panellist: Prof Andrianjakatiana Rakotondrazafy, Direction Générale de la Recherche Scientifique, Madagascar
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One can infer that adding trilateral cooperation between France and South Africa and 3rd French speaking African country to already existing bilateral partnerships may help to promote the stable and sustainable development of scientific and academic networks across Africa and to contribute to increasing the visibility of research actions implemented by single countries. It should contribute to building confidence and understanding in the region by exchanging experts, experience, students. This cooperation is based on common objectives, which are jointly defined and are consistent with national and regional research development strategies. The session will take the form of a panel discussion where identified panelists will share experiences and challenges in setting up trilateral cooperation for a period of 1 hour. This will be followed by questions and interventions from the audience for 30 minutes making the session 90 minutes. Three francophone African countries are particularly concerned by this action based on both their strategic role at the regional level and their extensive scientific links to France and South-Africa: Algeria, Madagascar and Senegal. Within the framework of both the ongoing cooperation programme involving French research institutions in these countries and South-African research priorities, mutual areas of cooperation and partner countries are targeted.
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chabaMrs Mmampei Chaba
Department of Science and Technology, South Africa
Moderator

Ms Mmampei Chaba, is currently Chief Director responsible for Multilateral and Africa engagements within DST and has been in this position for 4,5 years. This includes the global multilateral Science, Technology and Innovation organisations such as the UN organisations, the OECD, and some of the South-South organisations. Her responsibilities also include managing Africa multilaterals on DST’s behalf such as SADC and the AU and the 21 S&T Agreements signed in the continent. Before occupying this post, she served as a Director: Multilateral Cooperation from 2006 – 2010 within the DST and as a Deputy Director in Multilateral Cooperation from 2004 – 2006. She was also seconded to the UK in 2008 on DST’s behalf. Before joining the DST she worked in the Department of Health for 5 years as a Medical Scientist. Ms Chaba obtained her BSc degree in Chemistry and Biochemistry from the University of Cape Town and her Honour degree from University of Pretoria, in Genetic Epidemiology.
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stroebelDr Aldo Stroebel
National Research Foundation / Cornell University, South Africa
Panellist

Dr Aldo Stroebel is Executive Director International Relations and Cooperation at the National Research Foundation (NRF), South Africa, and Visiting Fellow at the Institute for African Development at Cornell University, USA. He serves as immediate past President of the Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA), as South Africa’s National Contact Point for the ERC to H2020, on the boards of the Water Research Commission (WRC) and the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) (Strategy Committee), and is a former member of the Research and Innovation Strategy Group (RISG) of Universities South Africa (USAf). He is a Founding Member of the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS). Education credentials: University of Pretoria (BSc- and Hons-degrees); University of Ghent, Belgium (Masters in International Agricultural Development); University of the Free State and Cornell University, USA (PhD); Postdoctoral research at Wageningen University, The Netherlands. He has published widely in smallholder farming systems, and has been acknowledged as a leader in internationalisation of Higher Education, and research and innovation management.
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gauthierDr Claude-Anne Gauthier
Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, France
Panellist

Claude-Anne Gauthier was appointed representative of the IRD in Madagascar on October 1, 2015. Claude-Anne Gauthier, a doctor of the University of Paris VII-Denis Diderot, managed two institutions of the National Museum of Natural History – Paris – France : the Department of Galleries – Jardin des Plantes and the Parc Zoologique de Paris. She has also been Deputy Director of the Foundation for Biodiversity Research (FRB) and has been in charge of biodiversity, marine environment and fisheries resources in the General Direction for International Cooperation and Development of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – France. Claude-Anne Gauthier has conducted numerous expertise activities. In particular, she led the inter-agency and multidisciplinary think-tank for setting up a French mechanism for mobilizing expertise within the framework of IPBES, vice-president of the GBIF executive committee, member of the commission National Committee for Education, Science and Culture of UNESCO, Chair of the Knowledge and Innovation Group of the new National Biodiversity Strategy and member of the French delegation for conferences of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity.
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goffnerDr Deborah Goffner
National Center for Scientific Research, France
Panellist

Deborah Goffner is a CNRS research director and an internationally renowned specialist in plant biology. She heads a research team entitled “Environment, Plants and Societies” at the CNRS UMI ESS “Environment, Health, and Societies”. She is geographically based at the Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, Senegal and Stockholm University, Sweden at the Stockholm Resilience Centre where she is currently a visiting senior scientist. D Goffner is coordinator of a French National Research Agency-funded research program, FUTURE SAHEL (Multi-scale approaches for best resource management practices of Sahelian landscapes in the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel Initiative context) which groups together French, Senegalese and Swedish academics and natural resource managers in charge of the Green Wall implementation in Senegal.
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gayeProf Cheikh Bécaye Gaye
Senegalese Ministry of Higher Education and Research, Senegal
Panellist

In 2016, Prof. Cheikh Bécaye Gaye was appointed as DG of Research by the Senegalese Ministry of Higher Education and Research. Doctor in Science at UCAD in 1990, and PhD in isotopic hydrogeology, at University of Paris VI in 1976, he is working at the Geology Department of University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar (UCAD), since October 1977. Chair professor in Hydrogeology since 1994 he is responsible for doctoral training in hydrogeology in the graduate school “”EDEQUE”” in water sciences. He is the chairman of the Senegalese National Commission for UNESCO IHP and coordinator of the G-WADI for Sub-Saharan Africa. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and Technology of Senegal. He authored or co-authored over 120 scientific publications in scientific journals and conference proceedings.
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rakotondrazafyProf Andrianjakatiana Rakotondrazafy
Direction Générale de la Recherche Scientifique, Madagascar
Panellist

Responsible of the external relations and the assessment of research in the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MESUPRES), Specialist on Management and Administration, born on February 16, 1968 to Ambanja, Madagascar.
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