The role of TWAS in Sustainable Development

– A case of sub-Saharan Africa and Arab Regional Partners

Moderator:
Dr Max Paoli
Panellists:
Dr Marwa Elwakil
Prof Moctar Toure
Prof Mohammed Hamdam
Prof Roseanne Diab

Dr Marwa Elwakil

Marwa El-Wakil is Acting Head, Academic Research Sector at Bibliotheca Alexandrian (BA) and Director, Center for Special Studies and Programs (CSSP), a scientific and cultural center at BA. Through heading CSSP, she carries out capacity building activities directed to researchers in Egypt and the Arab region, organizes a number of major scientific, technological and educational conferences, undertakes various research projects and establishes sustainable networks of international collaboration. Marwa holds a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Microbiology and Immunology), Faculty of Pharmacy, Alexandria University, Egypt (external supervision from Christopher Newport University) and a M.Sc. in the same field. Marwa’s research interests include antibiotic resistance, bacterial biofilms, and bacterial virulence. During her work at CSSP, she leads and coordinates many collaborative projects and programs such as Arab Regional Partner for World Academy of Sciences for the Advancement of Science in Developing Countries (TWAS-AREP), South to South Collaboration for Genomics Innovation (University of Toronto), Education for Sustainable Development beyond the Campus (EU TEMPUS), Post-doctoral Research Grants program and many others. She authored, co-authored and edited a number of publications. Before joining CSSP, Marwa was a researcher at Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology Research Institute, City of Scientific Research and Technological Applications, Egypt.

Dr Max Paoli

With a B.Sc. Hons. in Biochemistry and a D.Phil. in Chemistry, Max Paoli worked in the area of protein structure and molecular recognition for almost 20 years. His research work took him from York, UK, to laboratories in New Zealand and the US, including the Harvard Medical School. With academic positions in Australia and in the UK, he was also a BBSRC David Phillips Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge, UK, for 5 years. Max and his group solved the structures of several protein-ligand complexes and published research articles in peer-reviewed international journals.  He taught both entry level and advanced university courses, and supervised over a dozen PhD and MSc students. He was a course convener in Australia where he developed a lecture series on proteomics. In Cambridge, he a tutor at St. John’s College. Max Paoli has been working with The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) since early 2016, serving as Programme Coordinator.  He is in charge of overlooking the activities of the Academy, such as the PhD and Postdoctoral Fellowships, Research Grants, Exchanges, Prizes. Max Paoli is interested in various issues related to the use of science and scientific education for sustainable development, and has lectured on sustainability.

Prof Moctar Toure

Toure is the Vice President of TWAS (Africa), Vice Chair of the Senegalese National Academy of Science, chair of the board of Africa Harvest and member of AGRA’s Soil Health TAC. He was educated at the University of Orleans, Ecole Nationale Sup. Agron. de Rennes and University of Rennes, France (PhD 1973). From 1989 to 2006, he was successively Exec. Secretary, SPAAR; Lead specialist, @ the World Bank; and Program Leader, @ the GEF. Prior to the World Bank he was: Advisor, Minister of Agriculture, Rabat, Morocco; soil scientist and director, Rice Research Ctr.; scientific director and DG of Inst. Senegalais de Recherches Agricoles; and Director of Agricultural Research, Min. of Sciences and Technology, Senegal. He is a former member of several boards of trustees related to the CGIAR system: AfricaRice, IPGRI, ICRAF, ICIPE, and IBSRAM. He is a founding member of the African Academy of Sciences and the Senegalese Natl. Academy of Science.

Prof Mohammed Hamdam

Hamdan obtained his B.Sc. in Mathematics (Cairo University, First Class Honors, 1957), his PhD in mathematical statistics (Sydney University, 1963), and Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration (Hashemite University, 2015). He is currently Senior Advisor, Arab Open University, Kuwait; Chairman of Board of Trustees, Al-Albait University, Jordan; Senator at the Upper House of Parliament in Jordan; Vice President of Jordan Academy of Arabic Language; Vice President of TWAS/ Arab Region. His previous positions include: Minister of Education and Higher Education, Jordan; Minister of Education, Jordan; President of Yarmouk U and President of Hashemite U, Jordan; President of Arab Open University, Kuwait; Prof. of math, AUB, Lebanon; Prof. of Math. Statistics, Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State U; Prof. of Math. AUC, Egypt; Prof. of Math, Dean of Student, Dean of Research, Dean of the Faculty of Science at U. of Jordan, Amman. He also served as Sec. Gen, Higher Council for Science and Technology, Jordan; he was keynote speaker in numerous international conferences in the areas of Mathematics, Mathematical Statistics, Education and Higher Education.

Prof Roseanne Diab

Roseanne Diab is Executive Officer of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and Emeritus Professor in Environmental Sciences at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She is a Fellow of the university, the South African Geographical Society, The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and a Member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf). Her research interests are in Atmospheric Science, with a focus on climate change and air quality. She has over 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals and has supervised approximately 50 PhD and Masters’ students. Prof Diab has served on numerous international committees such as the International Ozone Commission (IOC), the Commission on Atmospheric Chemistry and Global Pollution (CACGP) and the SPARC (Stratospheric Processes and their Role in Climate) Steering Group. She currently serves on the African Union High-level Panel on Emerging Technologies. She is active in the Organisation for Women Scientists in the Developing World (OWSD) and serves on the Gender Advisory Board to TWAS

The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) and its partners offer over 600 fellowships per year to scientists in the developing world who want to pursue PhDs and postdoctoral research. TWAS prizes and awards are among the most prestigious given for scientific work in the developing world. The Academy also distributes more than USD1 million in research grants every year to individual scientists and research groups. TWAS is leading a programme on science diplomacy that includes lectures, workshops, courses and prizes to build a bridge between the worlds of science and diplomacy. The world requires effective partnerships between scientists, policymakers and diplomats to advance scientific cooperation, and promote evidence based scientific advisory to governments to support formulation of policies.

Presented by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and TWAS Regional Partners, this panel discussion will explore and acknowledge the work of TWAS in Africa and the Arab Region with emphasis on science diplomacy. The panellists will suggest ways to improve the science diplomacy training and other TWAS initiatives to respond to the needs of the continent and the Arab Region as well as the sustainable development goals (SDGs). This session is envisioned to ignite conversations about science diplomacy beyond SFSA2018 and showcase the impact of the science diplomacy capacity building initiatives undertaken by TWAS and its partners. The outcome of this panel discussion is to bring to the attention of policy makers, African and Arab Region governments, researchers, diplomats, industry, media and civil society, the importance of science diplomacy in Africa using the science system at national, regional and global levels.

2018-11-14T18:44:19+00:00