Making International Engagement Work for Africa

Making International Engagement Work for Africa 2016-10-20T17:36:01+00:00

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Chair: Prof Robin Grimes, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Chief Scientific Adviser, United Kingdom
Panellist: Prof John Ouma-Mugabe, University of Pretoria, Kenya / South Africa
Panellist: Dr Olajumoke Akiode, Centre for Ethics and Sustainable Development, Nigeria
Panellist: Dr Tolu Oni, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Panellist: Dr Rudy Onia, GSK Africa and Asia Developing Countries, South Africa
Panellist: Dr Chux Daniels, University of Sussex, Nigeria / United Kingdom
Panellist: Dr Gansen Pillay, National Research Foundation, South Africa
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An open discussion challenging current status quo and exploring how to improve partnerships so that they work for Africa.
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grimesProf Robin Grimes
UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Chief Scientific Adviser, United Kingdom
Chair

Professor Grimes is currently Professor of Materials Physics at Imperial College, Director of the Centre for Nuclear Engineering at Imperial College, and Director of the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre for Nuclear Engineering. He is a Fellow of several learned societies including the Institution of Nuclear Engineers and the Institute of Physics. As a nuclear energy specialist, Professor Grimes has advised the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee’s inquiry into nuclear research requirements, and was part of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) which provided official advice on the 2011 Fukushima disaster. He has considerable experience of high-level international work with HMG science and policy colleagues, including overseas missions to Vietnam, Malaysia and Japan. The FCO’s Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) is responsible for providing advice to the Foreign Secretary, Ministers and officials on science, technology and innovation. His role is to ensure that our work on key issues undergoes proper scientific challenge, and to strengthen the scientific and engineering capacity within the Foreign Office. The CSA works closely with the cross-government community of Chief Scientific Advisers and the wider UK and international academic science community.
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mugabeProf John Ouma-Mugabe
University of Pretoria, Kenya / South Africa
Panellist

Professor John Ouma-Mugabe is the former Science and Technology Advisor to the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD). He is currently Professor at the Graduate School of Technology Management and Research Associate at the Institute for Technological Innovation (ITI), University of Pretoria. Professor John Ouma-Mugabe is also a science and innovation policy consultant for the World Bank Institute and an associate of the Next Einstein Initiative (NEI) of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in Cape Town. He was Executive Director of the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS), Nairobi between 1995 and 2002. Prior to that, he was a Programme Officer of the International Diffusion of Biotechnology Programme of the International Federation of Institutes of Advanced Study (IFIAS), Maastricht in the Netherlands. Mugabe was a member of the Kenya National Council for Science and Technology (NCST), and member of the boards of the African Conservation Centre (ACC) and member of Board of Trustees of Sustainable Agriculture Centre for Research and Development in Africa (SACRED).
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akiodeDr Olajumoke Akiode
Centre for Ethics and Sustainable Development, Nigeria
Panellist

Dr Olajumoke Akiode is the Director of Centre for Ethics and Sustainable Development (CESD) a non – governmental, non-profit Think Tank committed to utilizing research, advocacy, intervention programmes and strategic communication to integrate ethical values in defined areas of interaction, advance human well-being and sustainable development in Nigeria. Dr Olajumoke Akiode is a professional researcher with cross cutting experience in applied ethics, feminism, African philosophy, political economy, sustainable development as well as policy analysis spanning over 10 years. She has published in scholarly journals and made presentations at conferences. She possesses a unique blend of excellent project management and visionary leadership with outstanding interpersonal and communications skills. She has in the last 13 years been committed to women empowerment and youth coaching.
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oniDr Tolu Oni
University of Cape Town, South Africa
Panellist

Dr Tolu Oni is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Cape Town. As a Public Health Medical Specialist and Urban Epidemiologist, she is a passionate advocate of health equity and health in all policies. As a member and co-Chair of the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS), she works actively to encourage public engagement and a cross disciplinary discourse on the determinants of health; and to engage public, private, academic, governmental and non-governmental sectors in the translation of research findings into policy and practice. She strives to promote a coordinated approach to engagement with other scientific and societal communities, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa and the Global South to identify creative strategies to address complex population health and broader societal challenges. Between 2007 and 2014, she worked as a Senior Research Medical Officer at the University of Cape Town within the Clinical Infectious Disease Research Initiative. Her current research (on urbanization and health; and the interaction between commonly co-occurring chronic infectious and non-communicable conditions, health determinants) aims to contribute significantly to existing knowledge on changing patterns of disease and implications for health and well-being of the population in the context of urbanisation.
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University of Cape Town, South Africa
Panellist

Rudy Onia is currently the Medical Director for Africa and Asia Developing Countries at GSK. Rudy received his qualification in Medicine at the University of Cape Town, spent a number of years in clinical medicine and trained in clinical pharmacology before moving to industry. He has lived and worked for various companies in multiple geographies, from Europe to the Americas to the East in both R&D and medical/scientific roles. Rudy leads a team of medical doctors and scientists focused on developing and commercialising new medicines across this region. He also holds qualifications in Strategy and Innovation from MIT and is a Lean and Six Sigma Black Belt. “I am driven and motivated to improve public health. There are many ways to approach the challenges we face and all are crucial. Government, civil society and industry are equally important and powerful when working together. I’ve come to accept that for me personally, I am most effective at doing this from within industry. Leveraging the power of a large organisation to address unmet needs in global health, while uplifting the general economy through profitable enterprise, is both sustainable and extremely powerful.”
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danielsDr Chux Daniels
University of Sussex, Nigeria / United Kingdom
Panellist

Dr Chux Daniels (PhD) is currently a Research / Teaching Fellow in Innovation Studies at SPRU (Science Policy Research Unit), based at the School of Business, Management and Economics, University of Sussex, United Kingdom. Chux has held various lecturing, research, management, leadership and consultancy positions. He is currently a member of the African Union Commission M&E Committee on the “Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa” (STISA-2024). He was the Lead Consultant for KPMG on Research and Innovation Funding Capacity, advising the Tanzanian Government Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH). Chux is also Consultant to the University of the Virgin Islands Research & Technology Park Corporation (UVI RTPark), providing advisory services on research, technology, innovation and public policy. Chux has held visiting research fellowships at various research and academic institutions, including: the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), South Africa; the Centre for Policy Analysis and Studies of Technology, Tomsk State University, Russia; and, TaSTI: Research Centre for Knowledge, Science, Technology and Innovation Studies.
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pillayDr Gansen Pillay
National Research Foundation, South Africa
Moderator

Dr Dorsamy (Gansen) Pillay is currently the Deputy Chief Executive Officer (DCEO): Research and Innovation Support and Advancement (RISA) of the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa. His thirty-year career in research, teaching, management and leadership includes academic, management and leadership positions at the former University of Durban-Westville (UD-W: now University of KwaZulu Natal) as Full Professor and Head of the Department of Microbiology, as Director of Research Management and Development at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) and as the current DCEO of the NRF. He has also spent time as Visiting Research Professor in the Department of Microbiology at Cornell University, USA; the Department of Applied Biology and Biotechnology at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in Australia; the Department of Molecular Genetics and Cellular Microbiology at Goethe Universitat, Frankfurt, Germany; and the Department of Plant Pathology at the Scottish Crops Research Institute (SCRI) in Invergowrie, Dundee, Scotland. Following completion of the B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons) and M.Sc. degrees at UD-W, he obtained a post-M.Sc. qualification in Biophysics at the Weizmann Institute for Science in Rehovot, Israel, and a PhD degree in Microbiology from UD-W. He completed the International Executive Development Programme (IEDP) partnered through WITS University, South Africa; the London School of Business, UK; and the Indian Institute of Management (IIM)Bangalore, India.
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