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AERAP Africa-Europe Science and Innovation Forum, 7 - 10 March 2023
The Forum will be designed to inform and engage with policymakers to ensure that the role and contribution of science, enabled through digital technologies, is reflected in European Union and its Member States’ policies concerning Africa. The meetings will also be designed to increase the level of participation and reinforce the networking by African nations’ with their partners in related EU programmes and science and innovation programmes supported by European Union member states and some associated countries. Digital capacities, existing and new, for expanding science inclusion and citizen participation by all groups in society across Africa, will be explored.
Key policy and programme developments include:
The meeting will address a range of themes, including Biodiversity Health, Medicine, Life Sciences, Geoscience, ICT, Digital Transformation, the Green Agenda, Women and Girls in science, Astronomy, reskilling and upskilling and Agri-food systems. In the Forum, we will examine the feedback loops between scientific funding, education funding, and digital transformation to support evidence for policymakers.

The meeting will also consider how emerging regulations covering data protection, medical devices, in-vitro diagnostics, and other areas impact science in Africa and science and innovation cooperation between Africa and the European Union.

The global context will be considered through the inclusion of speakers from the UN, OECD and other multilateral bodies.

The programme below is still in development so please check it regularly for updates.
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Berry, Simon

Head of Director General's Office
avatar for Nair-Bedouelle, Shamila

Nair-Bedouelle, Shamila

Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences
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ISC Intelligence, Co-Chair Science Summit
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Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD)

IAU Office of Astronomy for Development
avatar for Tanya Abrahamse

Tanya Abrahamse

Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)
Chair of Board
avatar for Souad Aden-Osman

Souad Aden-Osman

the Coalition for Dialogue on Africa (CoDA)
Executive Director
avatar for Folashade Adeyemo

Folashade Adeyemo

University of Reading
avatar for Djime Adoum

Djime Adoum

Sahel Coalition
Director General
avatar for Karina Angelieva

Karina Angelieva

Government of Bulgaria
Deputy Minister of Innovation and Growth
avatar for Jose Manuel Avila

Jose Manuel Avila

LifeWatch ERIC
Environmental Scientist, Agroecology Technical Officer
avatar for Fred Awaah

Fred Awaah

Diaspora Academic Network for Africa ry
Vice President (Africa)
avatar for Michael Backes

Michael Backes

University of Namibia
Associate Professor & Co-PI Africa Millimetre Telescope
avatar for Dr. Domingos Barbosa

Dr. Domingos Barbosa

Instituto de Telecomunicações
Senior Researcher
avatar for Xavier Barcons

Xavier Barcons

avatar for Bailor Barrie

Bailor Barrie

Partners in Health-Sierra Leone
Executive Director
avatar for Boubakar Barry

Boubakar Barry

avatar for Antonio Batel

Antonio Batel

Executive Director
avatar for Yaw Bediako

Yaw Bediako

Yemaachi Biotech
avatar for Solomon Benor

Solomon Benor

Ethiopian Ministry of Education
CEO, Research and Community Engagement Affairs
avatar for Stefano Bertuzzi

Stefano Bertuzzi

American Society of Micrombiology
avatar for Dmitri Bessarabov

Dmitri Bessarabov

DST HySA Infrastructure Center of Competence
avatar for Chandrashekhar Biradar

Chandrashekhar Biradar

Country Director and Chief of Party
avatar for Oliver Blantern

Oliver Blantern

Impact Rooms
Founder & CEO
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Moses Bockarie

European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP)
avatar for Mary-Jane Bopape

Mary-Jane Bopape

NRF- South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON)
Managing Director
avatar for Jean-Claude Burgelman

Jean-Claude Burgelman

Frontiers Policy Lab
Professor of Open Science Policies and Practices, Free University of...
avatar for Layih Butake

Layih Butake

The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) Senegal
Senior Outreach Mgr & Ag Communications Director
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Susana Catita

Ciência LP Center
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Mario Cervantes

Senior Economist in the OECD’s Science and Technology Policy...
avatar for Mmampei Chaba

Mmampei Chaba

Chief Director for Multilateral and Africa engagements
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Petronella Chaminuka

Agricultural Research Council of South Africa
Acting Group Executive: Impact and Partnerships Unit
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Jetane Charsley

National Intellectual Property Management Office (NIPMO)
Acting Head
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Martina Desole

European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL)

Prof. Hortense Atta Diallo

University Nangui Abrogoua
Vice President
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Han van Dijk

Wageningen University

Amadou Gallo Diop

Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation (Senegal)
Director-General for Research and Innovation
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Abdoulaye Djimde

African Association for research and control of AntiMicrobial Resistance
Founding President
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Pascal Doh

Diaspora Academic Network for Africa
Senior Researcher
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Barry Dwolatzky

University of the Witwatersrand
Emeritus Professor in Electrical and Information Engineering and...
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Mohamed Abdallahi Ould BABAH EBBE

l'Institut du Sahel (INSAH) / CILLS
Directeur Général
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John E. Eriksson

EuroBioimaging ERIC
Director General
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George Owusu Essegbey

CEO/ Chief Research Scientist, CSIR Technology Development and Transfer Centre, Ghana
Chief Research Scientist
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Lawrence Ezemonye

avatar for Serge Fdida

Serge Fdida

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Yann Ferrisse

Global Antibiotic Research & Development Partnership (GARDP)
Business Development Head
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Monika Frenzel

French National Research Agency (L'Agence Nationale de la Recherche, ANR)
International Coordinator in the Biology and Health department
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Mattia Prayer Galletti

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialised agency of the United Nations
avatar for Nolwazi Gasa

Nolwazi Gasa

Department of Higher Education and Training
avatar for Dr. Martha Gayoye

Dr. Martha Gayoye

Keele University
Teaching Fellow
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Bethelhem Girma

African Planetarium Association
avatar for Evelyn Gitau

Evelyn Gitau

African Population and Health Research Center
Director of Research Capacity Strengthening
avatar for Josef Glössl

Josef Glössl

University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU)
University Professor

Pedro Manuel Monreal Gonzalez

Social and Human Sciences Sector
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Kevin Govender

Chair IAU-GA2024 NOC
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Kevin Haines

Bedford Row Capital plc
Head of Social Policy
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Natalie Haley

RI-VIS Project Manager
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Yosr Hamdi

Pasteur Institute Tunis
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Christian Happi

African Center of Excellence for Genomics of infectious Diseases (ACEGID)
avatar for Mohammad Herzallah

Mohammad Herzallah

Al-Quds University
avatar for Martina Hirayama

Martina Hirayama

Research and Innovation (Switzerland)
State Secretary for Education
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Murray Hitzman

avatar for Melvin Hoare

Melvin Hoare

University of Leeds
avatar for Margaret Jesang Hutchinson

Margaret Jesang Hutchinson

University of Nairobi
AVC Research, Innovation and Enterprise
avatar for Violette Impellizzeri

Violette Impellizzeri

Leiden University
Program Manager
avatar for Gabriel Muyuy Jacanamejoy

Gabriel Muyuy Jacanamejoy

Technical Secretary
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Laura Juliana Jimenez

University of Waterloo
Research Assistant and Secretariate
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Ndeye Sokhna KA

chef de projet living Lab
avatar for Mutembei Kariuki

Mutembei Kariuki

Fastagger Inc
avatar for Wambui Kariuki

Wambui Kariuki

Strathmore University
Teaching Fellow

Ayalew Kassahun

Information Technology group of Wageningen University
Assistant professor
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Selam Ayele Kebede

avatar for Mamphokhu Khuluvhe

Mamphokhu Khuluvhe

The Department of Higher Education, South Africa
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declan kirrane

Science Summit UNGA78
avatar for Nana Ama Browne Klutse

Nana Ama Browne Klutse

University of Ghana
Senior Lecturer in Physics
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Binta Koita

University of Letters and Humanities of Bamako, Mali
avatar for Colleen Kraft

Colleen Kraft

Emory University Hospital
Chief Medical Officer
avatar for Anna Krupnik

Anna Krupnik

Youth Internet Governance Forum
People Centered Internet Envoy

Pratap Kumar

World Bank
avatar for Werner L. Kutsch

Werner L. Kutsch

The Integrated Carbon Observation System (ICOS ERIC )
Director General
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Sahel and West Africa Club (SWAC/OECD)
External Relations Advisor
avatar for Rita Lawlor

Rita Lawlor

ARC-Net, University of Verona
Biobank Director
avatar for Geraldine Leader

Geraldine Leader

Senior Lecturer at the School of Psychology & Irish Centre for Autism...
avatar for Cecile Leemans

Cecile Leemans

European Commission
Team Leader for Global South - DG ENER
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Ciara Leonard

University College Dublin, Ireland
Research and Innovation
avatar for Stanley Liphadzi

Stanley Liphadzi

Group Executive
avatar for Stephen Little

Stephen Little

Tshwane University of Technology
Professor Extrordinaire
avatar for Vincenzo Lorusso

Vincenzo Lorusso

DG Research, European Commission
Policy Officer
avatar for Eugene Lottering

Eugene Lottering

National Research Foundation
avatar for Jackie Kyosiimire Lugemwa

Jackie Kyosiimire Lugemwa

Uganda Virus Research Institute
avatar for Nkandu Luo

Nkandu Luo

avatar for Fredrick Chite Asirwa M.D.

Fredrick Chite Asirwa M.D.

International Cancer Institute, Kenya
Medical Oncologist & Hematologist
avatar for Peter Maassen

Peter Maassen

University of Oslo, Stellenbosch University
Professor in Higher Education Studies, Extraordinary Professor
avatar for Eudy Mabuza

Eudy Mabuza

Embassy of South Africa, Brussels
Senior Science and Innovation Representative
avatar for Litha Magingxa

Litha Magingxa

Agricultural research technologies for climate resilience
President and CEO
avatar for Yvonne Maingey

Yvonne Maingey

avatar for Julie Makani

Julie Makani

Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) and SickleInAfrica
Principal Investigator
avatar for Sylvia Makario

Sylvia Makario

Hepta Analytics
Co-Founder and Head of Business
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Julliet Makhapila

Change Maker, Transformational Leadership Trainer

Joy Malala-Scholz

University of Warwick
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Ms Tugela Matubatuba

South African Department of Science and Innovation
Director: Strategic Partnerships

Lissa Matyas

avatar for Zanele Mavuso Mbatha

Zanele Mavuso Mbatha

Bambili Energy
avatar for Chao Mbogho

Chao Mbogho

Researcher, Educator, Mentor, TedX speaker
avatar for Vanessa McBride

Vanessa McBride

Deputy Director – IAU-OAD
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Seán McCarthy

Hyperion Ltd
Managing Director

Brian McCollow

US-Chad Investment Council
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Triona McCormack

Director of Research at University College Dublin, Ireland and Member of the Taskforce on Rural Africa and the oversight
Director of Research
avatar for Yassamina Meddi

Yassamina Meddi

University of Sciences & Technology Houari Boumediene USTHB
Assistant Professor - Researcher Geosciences - MiXtura NGO
avatar for Thebe Medupe

Thebe Medupe

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Swati Mehta

Guru Nanak Dev University, India
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Jennie van der Mheen

Wageningen University & Research
Manager International Cooperation Africa
avatar for Rizwana Mia

Rizwana Mia

Medical Research Council South Africa
Senior Program Manager -Precision Medicine
avatar for Rizwana Mia

Rizwana Mia

South African Medical Research Council (S. Africa)
avatar for Antonio Micha

Antonio Micha

National Institute for Environmental Conservation INCOMA, Malabo, Equatorial Guinea
avatar for Jamal Mimouni

Jamal Mimouni

University of Constantine1 and CERIST
Faculty member
avatar for Irene Minja

Irene Minja

Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Tanzania
Senior Lecturer / Co-PI SPARCo-CCC & Skills Lead
avatar for Victoria Miyandazi

Victoria Miyandazi

University of Embu
Law Lecturer
avatar for Koleka Mlisana

Koleka Mlisana

National Health Laboratory Service NHLS
Executive Manager: Academic Affairs, Research & Quality Assurance
avatar for Chiara Moenter

Chiara Moenter

"SDG18: Space for All"
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H.E. Dr. Ahmedin Mohammed

Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute(ESSTI)
State Minister and currently acting Minister of Innovation and...
avatar for Rose Mosero

Rose Mosero

Office of the Data Protection Commissioner, Kenya
Deputy Data Commissioner
avatar for Jabu Mtswen

Jabu Mtswen

National Policy Data Observatory, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), South Africa
Centre Manager
avatar for Mammo Muchie

Mammo Muchie

Tshwane University of Technology
DST-NRF SARChI Chair Rated Research Professor in Innovation Studies
avatar for Frank Mugyenyi

Frank Mugyenyi

Minerals African Development Institution (MADI)
Executive Director
avatar for Priscilla Muheki

Priscilla Muheki

Mbarara University of Science and Technology
avatar for Addis Kassahun Mulat

Addis Kassahun Mulat

Kilimanjaro Trading & Consulting
Managing Director

Nazeem Mustapha

Human Sciences Research Council

Eugene Mutimura

National Council for Science and Technology (NCST), Rwanda
Executive Secretary
avatar for Dhesigen Naidoo

Dhesigen Naidoo

Water Research Commission
South Africa
avatar for Margareth Ndomondo-Sigonda

Margareth Ndomondo-Sigonda

Head, Health Unit
avatar for Fulufhelo Nelwamondo

Fulufhelo Nelwamondo

National Research Foundation (NRF)
avatar for Takalani Nemaungani

Takalani Nemaungani

Department of Science and Innovation, South Africa
Chief Director
avatar for Anna Nguno

Anna Nguno

Geological Survey of Namibia
Deputy Director
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Daniel Nivagara

Technology and Higher Education (Mozambique)
Minister of Science

Muthoni Njogu

Blockchain Association of Kenya
Head of Commercial and Corporate Law
avatar for Meine Van Noordwijk

Meine Van Noordwijk

World Agroforestry
Distinguished Research Fellow
avatar for Regina Nthenya

Regina Nthenya

AOSK Health Association coordinator

Teresia Nyawira,

National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (Kenya)
avatar for Bonginkosi Nzimande

Bonginkosi Nzimande

Higher Education, Science and Technology (South Africa)
avatar for Dr. Olabisi Sakirat Obaitor

Dr. Olabisi Sakirat Obaitor

Alexander Humboldt University of Berlin

Griffins Ochleng

Centre for Environment Justice and Development
Executive Director
avatar for Felix Bob Ocitti

Felix Bob Ocitti

Petroleum Authority of Uganda
Manager, Operations & Compliance
avatar for Mobolaji Oladoyin Odubanjo

Mobolaji Oladoyin Odubanjo

Nigerian Academy of Science
Chair of INGSA African Chapter

Rosemary Okello-Orlale

Strathmore University Business School
Africa Media Hub
avatar for Bamidele Ademola Olateju

Bamidele Ademola Olateju

 Ondo State Government
avatar for Jane Olwoch

Jane Olwoch

Executive Director
avatar for Brian Omwenga

Brian Omwenga

Tech Innovators Network
Team Lead
avatar for Maxwell Otim Onapa

Maxwell Otim Onapa

Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MoSTI), Uganda
Director of Science, Research and Innovation
avatar for Pascale Ondoa

Pascale Ondoa

Director of Science and New Initiatives
avatar for Zeinab Osman

Zeinab Osman

National Center for Research
Director General
avatar for Lovina E Otudor

Lovina E Otudor

Global South Dialogue on Economic Crime (Network)
Executive Secretary
avatar for Jeremy Ouedraogo

Jeremy Ouedraogo

African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD)
Head of African Biosafety Network of Expertise (ABNE) program
avatar for Mahama Ouedraogo

Mahama Ouedraogo

African Union Commission
Director, Science and Technology Department
avatar for Dr. Nicholas Ozor

Dr. Nicholas Ozor

African Technology Policy Studies Network
Executive Director
avatar for Silvia Parres Palomares

Silvia Parres Palomares

IES Massanassa, Valencia, Spain
Head of technology department
avatar for Dakshesh Patel

Dakshesh Patel

Tingo Group Nigeria
Group CFO
avatar for Prof. Dr. Alexandrina Maria Pauceanu

Prof. Dr. Alexandrina Maria Pauceanu

Geneva Business School
avatar for Javier Jimenez Perez

Javier Jimenez Perez

Pangea Consultores
Managing Partner
avatar for Corrado perna

Corrado perna

Senior Policy Officer
avatar for Ambumulire N. Itimu Phiri

Ambumulire N. Itimu Phiri

National Council for Higher Education (NCHE)
Acting Chief Executive Officer
avatar for Anna Podlesna

Anna Podlesna

Corporate Social Responsibility Manager
avatar for Joachim Post

Joachim Post

German Aerospace Center
Manager, International Relations

Patricia Postigo

European Commission, DG Research and Innovation, Research Infrastructures programme
Policy Officer
avatar for Mirjana Povic

Mirjana Povic

Space Science and Geospatial Institute (SSGI), Ethiopia
Assistant Professor
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rahma rachdi

United States Press Agency
Correspondent- Head of Bureau
avatar for Khilona Radia

Khilona Radia

Antrum Biotech
avatar for Amr Radwan

Amr Radwan

Egyptian Academy of Scientific Research & Technology (ASRT)
Head of the Research & Innovation Management Department

Veron Ramsuran

University of KwaZulu-Natal
avatar for Holy Ranaivozanany

Holy Ranaivozanany

Head of Outreach, Advocacy and Partnerships
avatar for Antony Randall

Antony Randall

Planet Home
Co Founder, Co-CEO, COO
avatar for Amani El Rayes

Amani El Rayes

Institute of National Planning

Neville Reeve

European Commission, DG Research

Paul Ruebig

European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT)
Governing Board Member
avatar for Maria Cristina Russo

Maria Cristina Russo

European Commission
Director for Global Approach & International Cooperation in Research...
avatar for Gitanjali Sah

Gitanjali Sah

World Summit on the Information Society
avatar for Tahar SAHRAOUI


University of Blida. Algeria
avatar for Abdin Mohamed Ali Salih

Abdin Mohamed Ali Salih

University of Khartoum
Professor of Civil Engineering
avatar for Dr Omeima Salih

Dr Omeima Salih

Ahfad University for Women , Omdurman, Sudan
Vice President for Academic Affairs
avatar for Amadou Alpha Sall

Amadou Alpha Sall

L’Institut Pasteur de Daka
Administrateur Général
avatar for Amel Sami

Amel Sami

National Ribat University
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