The AAS is governed by :
Members of the Governing Council
Prof. Felix Dapare Dakora
President of The AAS
Prof Dakora obtained his BSc (Hons) degree in Agriculture from the University of Ghana in 1977, an MSc degree from the University of Sydney, Australia, in 1981, and a PhD in Botany from the University of Western Australia, Perth, 1989. He currently holds a South African Research Chair in Agrochemurgy and Plant Symbioses at the Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa; and is Fellow and President of the African Academy of Sciences. In 2012, he won the UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences, and the African Union Kwame Nkrumah Science Excellence Continental Award in 2016. He is a Member of the Academy of Sciences of South Africa, Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa, and TWAS Fellow. He currently serves as Adjunct Professor to the University of Western Australia for the period June 2012 to May 2021. Prof Dakora’s research has contributed to our current understanding of the signalling and protectant roles of legume molecules such as flavonoids, alkaloids, amino acids, terpenoids and isoflavonoid phytoalexins, as well as of rhizobial metabolites such as lumichrome, riboflavin and indole acetic acid, especially in plant functioning and the expression of bacterial nodulation genes. His research has i) identified legume species and their associated microsymbionts that can serve as biofertilizers for cropping systems in Africa, ii) selected legume varieties and super-smart soil microbes that are tolerant of drought, low pH, high salinity and high temperatures for use in a climate change scenario, and iii) isolated native soil rhizobia that promote increased trace element uptake and accumulation in food legumes for overcoming micronutrient deficiency in Africa. Prof Dakora has published 427 papers (which comprise 119 peer-reviewed journal articles, 16 Book Chapters and 292 peer-reviewed Conference papers/abstracts) and a Book entitled: “Biological Nitrogen Fixation: Towards Poverty Alleviation through Sustainable Agriculture” published by Springer. He has an individual H-index of 33, and his work has been cited 4876 times by peers in the discipline. Prof Dakora is passionate about capacity building, and has trained 44 postgraduate students (27 master’s and 17 doctoral) from 14 African countries.
Prof. Barthelemy Nyasse
Prof Nyasse is a full University Professor of Organic Chemistry with special interests in Medicinal Chemistry and Natural Products Chemistry into which, he has published many articles in peer-reviewed journals. Prof Nyasse is the Head of the Promotion of Academic Research at the Ministry of Higher Education of Cameroon and Head of the Laboratory of Medicinal Chemistry, Faculty of Science, the University of Yaounde where is working on selective inhibitors of the glycolytic pathways in the Trypanosomatideae which provoke Sleeping sickness and Chagas Disease. In this context, Prof Nyasse has developed new selective inhibitors with known mechanisms of actions either by synthesis or from extraction from medicinal plants of Cameroon. Prof Nyasse in addition to his daily duties as a lecturer and research management is also a member of many scientific bodies: He serves as a Scientific Adviser to International Foundation for Science (IFS), Scientific Adviser to WHO/TDR & ANDI (African Network for Drug & Diagnostics Innovation), Focal point of GIBEX (Global Institute for BioExploration), Lead Trainer of Trainers of AWARD (African Women in Agricultural Research and Development), Consultant to WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) and OAPI (Organisation Africaine de la Propriete Intellectuelle). He is also member of the Adviser committee of PRD College (Poverty related Diseases) and Global Health Systems; Member of American Chemical Society; Member of European peptide Society, Prof Nyasse is author of many publications dealing with pure synthetic chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry and Intellectual Property as evidenced by the attached list of his articles. The results from these publications have contributed in the formulation of local drugs such as Hepasor, Camzin and in the protection of some plants species that otherwise would have been destroyed.
Prof. Amina Abubakar
Amina Abubakar is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Public Health at Pwani University, Kenya and a Research Fellow at the Kenya Medical Research Institute/Wellcome Trust Research Programme. She is also an honorary fellow at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, UK. Amina is a Kenyan psychologist, who co-leads the Neuroscience research group at Kenya Medical Research Institute-Wellcome Trust Research Programme, based in Kilifi, Kenya. This is a dynamic multidisciplinary research group interested in child and adolescent well-being. In collaboration with colleagues, she has developed measures of early child development which are currently in use in several African countries. In 2016, she won the Royal Society Pfizer Award in recognition of her pioneering psychological research in East Africa, and for the impact her work has had in the field of neurodevelopmental assessment. Her substantive work has focused on the adverse impacts of a range of health conditions on young people’s neurocognition and mental health. In 2016, she was awarded the MRC/DfID, African Research Leaders award to investigate the associations between executive functioning and mental health, medical adherence, risk taking behaviour and scholastic outcomes among adolescents in the context of HIV.
Prof. Mahmoud Abdel-Aty
Vice President, Northern Africa Region
Prof Abdel-Aty completed his doctorate in quantum optics at Max-Plank Institute of Quantum Optics, Munch, Germany in 1999. He was promoted to associate professor at 2004 and full professor at 2009. He received the D. Sc. (Doctor of Science), in 2007. Now he is a full professor and head of Mathematics Department at Zewail City of Science and Technology, Egypt. He is a general director of Natural Sciences Publishing USA and Editor-in-Chief of Applied Mathematics & Information Sciences (an International Journal), an editorial board member for several international journals. He has published over 180 papers in international refereed journals, two books and five book chapters. He has been awarded several national and international prizes, such as World Academy of Sciences (Egypt Section) prize in mathematics, state prize, Egypt, Abdel-Hameed Shoman Prize, Jourdan, Amin Lotfy Prize, Fayza Al-Khoraphy prize etc. He is especially well known for seminal contributions to theories of quantum measurement, nanomechanical modeling, highly non-classical light, practical information security, and optical implementations of quantum information tasks. His current research interests include optical and atomic implementations of quantum information tasks and protocols.
Prof. Vincent P.K. Titanji
Vice President, Central Africa Region
Prof Titanji is currently an Honorary Dean at the Faculty of Science, University of Buea. He obtained his PhD degree (1978) and ‘Docent’ title (1988) in Physiological Chemistry from Uppsala University and his MSc degree in Animal Biochemistry from Lomonosov Moscow State University in 1973. Subsequently, he founded and headed the Biotechnology Center, Nkolbisson, University of Yaounde I (1986-1996) and the Biotechnology Unit, University of Buea (1997-2012). He was appointed to the University of Buea as the Dean of the Faculty of Science (1993-1998) Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Teaching (1998-2005) and Vice Chancellor or Rector (2006-2012). As an expert in Protein Chemistry and Metabolic Regulation he initially focused on the elucidation the role of protein phosphorylation-dephosphorylation reactions in regulating glycolysis in the liver and the morphogenesis of the blinding parasite Onchocerca volvulus. Coordinating an interdisciplinary team on the applications of Molecular Biology techniques to tropical diseases, he and his colleagues devised diagnostic tests for river blindness, cloned vaccine candidates and identified new drug leads from medicinal plants for the treatment of river blindness and malaria. More recently his group has characterized new clades of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in Cameroon and probed into their susceptibilities to first line TB drugs. He has successfully trained 18 PhD graduates, 60 MSc students and has published more than 110 research articles in peer-reviewed journals. Prof. VPK Titanji was instrumental in the creation of the Cameroon Biochemical Society and has been President and Secretary General respectively of the Federation of African Societies of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (FASBMB) and the Federation of African Immunological Societies (FAIS). He is a Knight of the Cameroon Order of Valour, a Chartered Biologist (C. Biol), and Fellow (FI Biol) of the Institute of Biology, London; a Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences; a Fellow of the Third World Academy of Sciences (FTWAS) and a recipient of the IFS/DANIDA P.
Prof. Elly N. Sabiiti
Vice President, Eastern Africa Region
Prof Sabiiti obtained his M.Sc. in 1980 from Makerere University (Uganda) and PhD in 1985 from the University of New Brunswick (Canada). He then joined Makerere University and rose through the ranks to become full professor in 1998. His research interests include agricultural sciences, livestock farming and sustainable rangeland management. He has established the public university called “Gulu University”, vetted the establishment of Busoga University with Swedish Institutions and worked as member of the joint Commission for the setting up of the University of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences in Uganda. He has been Head of Crop Science Department of the University, Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry of Makerere University, National Coordinator of the Faculties of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine for the implementation of the SIDA project on dry-land husbandry. He has served as member of the Advisory Committee for the Pastoral Information Network Programmes. He is a member of TWAS, Tropical Grassland Society of Australia. He has several national, regional and international awards and recognitions and has published 100 articles.
Prof. Robert T. Guiguemdé
Vice President, West Africa Region
Guiguemde obtained his M.Sc. from the University of Bordeaux in 1977 and is a retired Major General of the armed forces of Burkina Faso. He was the Head of Department, Parasitology and Parasitic Diseases at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ouagadougou from 1984 – 2014 and the Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of Bobo-Dioulasso from 2005 – 2014. Guiguemde specialises in; Tropical and parasitic diseases (malaria, dracunculiasis, schistosomiasis, leishmaniasis etc), planning, implementation and evaluation of control programs, training in medical parasitology, elaboration and implementation of research proposals and management of research teams. He is the current President of the National Academy of Sciences of Burkina Faso, the African Society of Parasitology and the Council of the Francophone African Dean of Faculties of Medicine. He is also a Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences.Guiguemde has been awarded Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Bordeaux 2 (1990), the Mohamed El Fasi prize for research in tropical diseases from the Association of the Francophone Universities (1994) and the Commander of the National Order of Burkina Faso (1990).He has published 112 papers on parasitic diseases in international journals.
Dr. Boitumelo V. Kgarebe
Vice President, Southern Africa Region
Dr Kgarebe is an international expert in scientific program and project management, with vast experience in networking of higher education institutions and institutional relationship management focusing mainly on capacity building. Dr Kgarebe is an analytical chemist by training and holds BSc (Hons) in Pure and Applied Chemistry, M.Sc. and PhD in Analytical Chemistry all from the University of London, as well as an MBA from the University of Botswana. She has more than 21 years of university teaching and research experience at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She has also been the head of a national scientific research centre responsible for food research, innovation, commercialization, and technology transfer. She has worked at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague. The OPCW, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2013, and Dr Kgarebe was given due recognition for her contribution to the outstanding work of the Organisation. At the OPCW, Dr Kgarebe developed and handled a wide portfolio of international technical cooperation and training programmes that focused on the use of chemistry and science for economic and technological development, with a particular emphasis on developing countries and countries whose economies are in transition. She was also in charge of training national laboratories to obtain accreditation in chemical warfare agents analysis. Currently, Dr Kgarebe works for the National Health Laboratory Services, where she is the Head of the Analytical Services at the National Institute for Occupational Health in Johannesburg. The division provides specialized laboratory services for diagnostic and research purposes, advisory services and training to support the practice of occupational and environmental health. A core function is the responsibility for building capacity in analysis of hazardous substances in environmental and biological media to assess workplace exposure and making the service available to a wide range of users to meet the requirements of Regulations of Hazardous Chemical Substances. Dr Kgarebe serves as a High Level Expert of the African Union. She is also a Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS), for which she is the Vice President for Southern Africa, and serves on its Governing Council.
Ms. Victoria Sabula
General Counsel and Board Secretary
Mrs. Sabula, a Kenyan national, serves as AGRA’s in-house legal adviser and manages the affairs of the Board of Directors. Starting her career with KCB Bank Group 10 years ago, she has extensive experience providing in-house legal advisory services across sub-Sahara Africa, structuring and negotiating corporate finance transactions, drafting and negotiation of complex contractual agreements, and advising on governance and multi-country regulatory compliance matters. She is passionate about agriculture and access of the poor to innovative farming solutions that will see them lifted out of poverty.Mrs. Sabula holds a Bachelor of Law (LL.B) Degree from Moi University, a post Graduate Diploma in Law from Kenya School of Law, a diploma in Human Resource Management from Kenya Institute of Management, and a Masters in Business Administration from Nazarene University. She is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, a Chartered Public Secretary and an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in Kenya. She was in 2015 named to Legal 500’s General Counsel Power List Africa which recognizes the top 100 corporate counsels in Africa.
Dr. Mahama Ouedraogo
Director, African Union Commission for Human Resources, Science and Technology
Mahama Ouedraogo holds a PhD in plant breeding from Texas A&M University. He served as acting Director of the Semi-Arid Food Grain Research and Development and Executive Secretary of the African Union Scientific Technical and Research commission. He is currently the head of science and Technology division and acting director of the department Human Resources Sciences science and Technology (HRST), of the African Union Commission. In these capacities he oversees the implementation of various African Union decisions on Science and technology, including the Science Technology and Innovation strategy for Africa (STISA-2024); the African Space Policy and Strategy, and the Pan African University.
Mr. Fredrick Murunga
Finance, Risk, Audit and Compliance sub-committee
Murunga is a business development professional with over 20 years of experience spanning Finance, Marketing and General Management. He has steered Captiva Africa LLC from a fledging start-up to a leading business advisory firm in the sectors of water, sanitation and clean energy serving clients across East and West Africa regions. He was formerly the Managing Director for Africa Online Ltd where he led the company, in amongst otherthings, raising funds and setting up the first consumer wireless broadband infrastructure in East Africa. He had previously served as Finance Director at Menanet Communications in Egypt where he assisted in growing the company from a dotcom hopeful to the second largest and most profitable ISP in Egypt. He also served in the Business Advisory Services division of PricewaterhouseCoopers for 9 years before joining Unga Group Ltd as the Group Internal Auditor. Murunga has a B.Com from the University of Nairobi, an MBA in Finance from Manchester Business School, University of Manchester in the UK and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Murunga is a business development professional with over 20 years of experience spanning Finance, Marketing and General Management. He has steered Captiva Africa LLC from a fledging start-up to a leading business advisory firm in the sectors of water, sanitation and clean energy serving clients across East and West Africa regions. He was formerly the Managing Director for Africa Online Ltd where he led the company, in amongst otherthings, raising funds and setting up the first consumer wireless broadband infrastructure in East Africa. He had previously served as Finance Director at Menanet Communications in Egypt where he assisted in growing the company from a dotcom hopeful to the second largest and most profitable ISP in Egypt. He also served in the Business Advisory Services division of PricewaterhouseCoopers for 9 years before joining Unga Group Ltd as the Group Internal Auditor. Murunga has a B.Com from the University of Nairobi, an MBA in Finance from Manchester Business School, University of Manchester in the UK and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
The Governing Council
This is the Board of Directors of The African Academy of Sciences. It consists of 11 members elected by the General Assembly. The president of the General Assembly is the Chairman of the Governing Council. The Council exercises oversight on The AAS Secretariat directly as well as through its committees. It is charged with the responsibility of reviewing and assessing the Academy’s programmes to ensure they are in line with the priorities of the General Assembly. It establishes policies and provides strategic thinking. It also conducts the election of new Fellows, prepares the agenda for the General Assembly, reviews and approves the selection of affiliate members and appoints auditors.
The Governing Council (GC) has three sub-committees. These are:
Assists the GC in its governance stewardship and oversight responsibilities to ensure that The Academy is governed in line with best practice. More specifically, the Committee identify individuals qualified to become Committee members and recommend to the GC, nominees for appointment; recommend to the GC corporate governance principles and policies applicable to the Academy; vet and recommend to the Board individuals nominated to become Fellows of the Academy; and exercise and perform the authority, duties and responsibilities of the Committee set forth in this charter.
Assists the GC in overseeing The AAS’ scientific programmes, in the development and implementation of the Academy's programme activities and achievement of the Academy’s objectives. The Committee is also responsible for ensuring the Academy has high level advice from individuals with significant expertise in each program managed by The AAS.
In addition to audit, risk and compliance it also has oversight on strategy, Human Resources plan and Financial reporting.