Supporting Africa’s Commitments to Global and Regional Policy Frameworks

Supporting Africa’s Commitments to Global and Regional Policy Frameworks 2016-11-24T13:42:31+00:00

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Chair: Dr Tracey Elliott, InterAcademy Partnership, Italy/United Kingdom
Panellist: Prof Robin Crewe, Academy of Science of South Africa, South Africa
Panellist: Ms Anneline Morgan, Southern African Development Community Secretariat, Botswana
Panellist: Ms Jackie Olang, Network of African Science Academies, Kenya
Panellist: Prof Sameh Soror, National Young Academy of Egypt, Egypt
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Science is increasingly critical to informing policy on global challenges, many of them encapsulated in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  In Africa, continent-wide initiatives set out priorities for science to meet regional challenges: most notably, the African Union’s Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Strategy for Africa (STISA 2024) underpinning the AU’s Agenda 2063.

These complementary frameworks require an increase in the research investment and capacity of AU Member States, as well as international cooperation to share research ideas, data and best practice. African science academies have a role to play in promoting the importance of national STI investment and harnessing Africa’s best science to help support national, regional and global policy commitments.

The InterAcademy Partnership – the global network of over 130 science and medical academies – is looking at how to (1) mobilise African science leaders to develop and implement new approaches to supporting these policy frameworks; (2) strengthen merit-based academies in Africa as effective civil society organizations and respected sources of evidence-informed advice; and (3) build stronger, sustained links between African and global expertise.

The South Africa Science Forum provides a timely opportunity to seek the views of participants to help inform the project.
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elliottDr Tracey Elliott
InterAcademy Partnership, Italy/United Kingdom
Chair

Tracey is an independent consultant, working with regional and global networks of science academies on a variety of projects. Formerly Head of International at the Royal Society (UK), she has co-authored reports on science diplomacy and global science cooperation. Before this, she worked for the UK Government, heading up its Global S&T Partnerships division. Tracey has a PhD in Biological Anthropology and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA).
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creweProf Robin Crewe
Academy of Science of South Africa, South Africa
Panellist

Robin is Director of the Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship and a member of the Social Insects Research Group in the Department of Zoology and Entomology at the University of Pretoria. He has worked for many years on chemical communication and social organization in a variety of social insects. His current research is on honeybee social organization and population dynamics with a view to ensuring that this biological resource can be used sustainably into the future for bee product production and to provide pollination services. He is a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa, a fellow of the African Academy of Science, and a fellow of the World Academy of Science. He was the recipient of the Harry Oppenheimer Research Award for 2012 to undertake work on his co-authored book “The Dark Side of the Hive” which is nearing completion. He received the Gold Medal of the Academy of Science of South Africa in 2013. He is a fellow of the Southerns Beekeeping Association. He is currently the co-chair of the IAP study “Harnessing Science, Engineering and medicine to address Africa’s challenges”.
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morganMs Anneline Morgan
Southern African Development Community Secretariat, Botswana
Panellist

Ms Morgan is currently seconded to the SADC Secretariat as the Senior Technical Advisor: Science, Technology and Innovation, where she is responsible for facilitating and coordinating regional STI policies, strategies and programmes in support of the SADC Member States. Prior to her secondment she held the position of Director: Africa Cooperation at the South African, Department of Science and Technology, where she was responsible for managing international engagements and partnerships with African countries in the area of science and technology. Ms Morgan has been instrumental in championing regional cooperation in the area of science, technology and innovation, which has resulted in the initiation of several regional programmes.
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olangMs Jackie Olang
Network of African Science Academies, Kenya
Panellist

Jackie is the Executive Director of the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC) secretariat based in Nairobi, Kenya. NASAC is a consortium of science twenty-one science academies in Africa, with a membership drawn from all spheres of science. Her role ensures that NASAC activities are implemented in a coordinated, efficient and timely manner, and that secretariat functions are executed optimally. She has served science Academies in various capacities since the establishment of NASAC in 2001. Ms. Olang has a Masters Degree in Project Planning and Management (MA-PPM) from the University of Nairobi and also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education (B.Ed.) for Mathematics and Commerce from the same university. She has functional knowledge of French and has specialized in project management for policy advice in science and for scientific institutions.
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sororProf Sameh Soror
National Young Academy of Egypt, Egypt
Panellist

Sameh is an Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Faculty of Pharmacy Helwan University and Director of the Centre for Scientific Excellence “Helwan Structural Biology Research”. He graduated from Faculty of Pharmacy, Cairo University with the grade Excellent (honor) in 1997 and he received his Master degree in genetics from Kaiserslautern University, Germany in 2003 followed by a PhD degree in genetic engineering in 2007. He worked as postdoctoral researcher at Free University Brussels from 2008 to 2009 and 2011-2012 and at Flames Institute for Biotechnology in Belgium from 2009-2011. From 2013-2015 he was elected as Co-Chair of the GYA, to which he was admitted in 2011. He is member of the National Committee of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the National Committee of crystallography in the Egyptian Academy of Scientific Research and he served as board member of the Global Council of the IAP Science Education Program from 2013-2015. He was lionized by world economic form in 2012. He was awarded the state prize for advanced technological sciences, which serves medical sciences 2013 and the Helwan university prize in basic science 2014. He is cofounder of the Egyptian young academy of sciences.
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