In order to effectively manage its scholarship programmes the Planet Earth Institute (PEI) has announced the creation of an academic board. Described by the Institute as a “high-level body”, the board will manage the administration of scholarships granted by the PEI.
The main scholarship programme of the PEI is the HE Ameenah Gurib-Fakim PhD Scholarship Programme, which handed out its first tranche of scholarships to Mauritian academics last year. The fund was brought about by the work of Dr Alvaro Sobrinho, who was Chairman of the organisation at the time. By teaming up with international organisations, including the World Bank, and a team of like-minded businessmen, Dr Sobrinho was able to raise a significant amount of funding for the scholarships.
The Chairman of the Academic Board was announced in February as Professor Sir Christopher Edwards. Sir Christopher has been with the PEI for many years as a trustee, as Chairman of the Academic Board he will oversee its smooth running and advise of issues relating to medical sciences.
Alongside Sir Christopher, sever others have been appointed to the board. The distinguished board includes Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub, PEI trustee and world-leadings surgeon, Professor Madeleine Atkins, the Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council in England, and Professor Lynn Frewer who will provide advise relating to food and agribusiness.
When asked about the board appointments Sir Christopher Edwards responded, “We have been very fortunate in attracting some outstanding people to help us take forward the mission of PEI in enabling the scientific independence of Africa.” He went on to say, “we are focusing on five main areas – energy, water, agri-business, blue sky science and medical science. The Academic Board has key individuals in each of these areas, and the PEI is very grateful to them for agreeing to be part of this very important project”.