The highly anticipated #ScienceAfrica UnConferencec has announced three high-level speakers for the event, which takes place next month.
The first is the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Program Officer, Kedest Tesfagiorgis, who is responsible for the Grand Challenges initiative. Her work focuses on providing funding for scientific research and technological innovations aimed at solving some of the most serious health issues the world is facing. The programme is particularly focused on Africa, where many serious health challenges continue to threaten the population, including malaria and HIV/AIDS.
Tesfagiorgis is a keen and dedicated health advocate from Ethiopia. She has been working the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for many years and was instrumental in setting up the Grand Challenges Exploration segment of the programme, which allows researchers to apply for funding to solve specific health problems.
The second high-profile speaker now confirmed for the conference is Dr Thomas Kariuki from Kenya. Recently appointed Director of the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA) at the African Academy of Science, Dr Kariuki is an acclaimed and experienced biomedical scientist. He will be the first director at the newly established AESA, which will seek to raise funding for new research into pan-African health issues.
The third speaker to be announced by the Planet Earth Institute is Professor Charlotte Watts from the UK. Professor Watts is the Chief Scientific Advisor at the Department of International Development, commonly known as DFID. Professor Watts will give the keynote presentation at the conference. As well as her work with DFID, Professor Watts has spent 20 years researching HIV, gained numerous educational awards in economics and social sciences as well as medicine.
The three speakers will add to the already busy line up of speakers and workshop leaders. Alongside the aforementioned persons, Dr Alvaro Sobrinho, Lord Paul Boateng and HE President Gurib-Fakim will also attend the conference, each offering their own unique contribution to the days events.
The conference will take place on September 14th at Kensington Town Hall in London. Tickets are still available.