Speakers

Many speakers attended the GAR:

Her Excellency Naledi Pandor is South Africa’s Minister of Home Affairs. She has played a leading role in South African politics and education policy planning and reform. She was elected to parliament in 1994 and served as Deputy Chief Whip of the African National Congress (ANC) in the National Assembly from 1995 to 1998. She became Deputy Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces in 1998 and served as Chairperson from 1999 to 2004. Mrs. Pandor became Minister of Education in 2004, then Minister of Science and Technology in 2009, a position she held until she was appointed to her current post in October 2012. Mrs. Pandor received a B.A. degree from the University of Botswana and Swaziland and an M.A. in education from the University of London. In 1997, while serving as an MP, she received a second MA in linguistics from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. She was the first woman chancellor of the Cape Technikon (which later merged with Peninsula Technikon in 2005 to form the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town).

 

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Ben Turok is a former anti-apartheid activist and current South African member of parliament with the African National Congress. He has degrees in Engineering, Philosophy and Political Science and has written and edited 16 books on development in Africa. Ben was born in Latvia in 1927 and came with his family to South Africa in 1934. He joined the Congress of Democrats and became their national secretary 1958.  After being arrested for protests against apartheid and convicted to three years in prison, he moved with his family to Tanzania and then Britain. Ben has been the editor of the Sechaba and the founding Director of the Institute for African Alternatives.

 

Pontsho Maruping started her career in the mining industry having worked for Anglo American and De Beers. Following this, she joined the Department of Science and Technology (DST), working on various technology areas. In 2010, she was appointed by Cabinet to serve on the South African Council for Space Affairs. In February 2011, Maruping joined the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) as the Group Executive: Industrial Sectors. Her portfolio includes Mining, ICT, Energy and Advanced Manufacturing. Maruping’s qualifications include Science Education (University of Lesotho), Economic Geology (University of Johannesburg) and Technology Management (Pretoria University).

 

Herman Kojo Chinery-Hesse is a software engineer by profession. 19 years ago he co-founded the SOFTtribe limited, one of the leading software houses in West Africa. He holds a number of directorships and is an Assessor of the Commercial Court, Ghana. He has won a number of personal awards including Outstanding Ghanaian Professional from the GPA Awards (UK), as well as the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Texas State Alumni Association and Texas State University-San Marcos (USA).

 

Jonathan Farley is an Institute Researcher in the Research Institute for Mathematics (Maine) and a former CISAC science fellow (2005-2006). His work focuses on applying mathematics to problems in counterterrorism and homeland security. In 2004 he received the Harvard Foundation’s Distinguished Scientist of the Year Award, a medal presented on behalf of the president of Harvard University for outstanding achievements and contributions in the field of mathematics. He obtained his doctorate in mathematics from Oxford University in 1995.

 

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Martial Loth Ndeffo Mbah from Cameroon is a 2005 AIMS graduate. He received his PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK in 2010. His thesis was on optimization of epidemic control under economic constraints. Ndeffo is a mathematical theoretical biologist who is interested in combining epidemiological, ecological and economical factors. He is currently a postdoctoral associate in epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health pursuing his work on schistosomiasis, and looking at the triple relationship between  schistosomiasis, malaria, and HIV in Africa.

 

Naser Faruqui is the Director of Science and Innovation of the IDRC and leads a global team that helps developing countries use science, technology, and innovation for sustainable and equitable development. He also oversees projects like the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences’ Next Einstein Initiative and IDRC’s partnerships with Canada’s science granting councils. Faruqui is also an expert on water management issues, including greywater reuse. He holds an Executive MBA from Queen’s University in Kingston and a master’s degree in environmental engineering from the University of Ottawa.

 

Ingrid Wünning Tschol is Head of Science Department at the Robert Bosch Foundation in Stuttgart. Prior to this, she worked as Senior Scientific Secretary of the European Medical Research Councils (EMRC) at the European Science Foundation in Strasbourg, France, after having been Programme Head of Molecular and Cell biology Unit, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft in Bonn. She was in the 1980s a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Biology of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, USA.

 

Bruce Bassett, a prolific theoretical and observational cosmologist in South Africa, conducts research to discover Earth’s place in the universe. After doing a BSc and MSc in Applied Mathematics at the University of Cape Town (UCT) he went to SISSA in Trieste for the PhD, followed by a post-doc at Oxford. A year later, in 1999, he moved as a senior lecturer to what became the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation at Portsmouth University. After a few years he returned to Cape Town to a joint position between the South African Astronomical Observatory and the Mathematics and Applied Mathematics Department at UCT where he is a Full Professor. Since the middle of 2010, he also works together with the AIMS research centre as a senior researcher helping to establish cosmology at AIMS.

 

DK Osseo-Asare is an architect and designer. Together with Ryan Bollom and Ashley Heeren, he co-founded Low Design Office, an architecture studio based in Austin, Texas and Tema, Ghana. Osseo-Asare received both an A.B. in Engineering Design and an M.Arch from Harvard University. DK led urban design on the Anam City (Nigeria) and Dawhenya-Afienya-Shai (DAS) Development Triangle (Ghana) projects.

 

Gita Goven is one of South Africa’s foremost sustainability thinkers. As Founding Partner and CEO of ARG Design, she has pioneered a practice of socially and environmentally transformative design that includes landmark projects such as the MiCiti Bus Stations, Joe Gcabi Transport Interchange, amongst several others. ARG Design engages the disciplines of Urban Design, Planning and Environmental Management, Architecture and Landscape Architecture, and Water and Food security systems. She currently chairs the team of the Wescape regenerative settlement design project to build 200 000 households in a regenerative city extension to the city of Cape Town.

 

Barry Green is the Director of AIMS-South Africa. Barry has been closely involved with the growth of AIMS since its founding in 2003 and was appointed the second Director in April 2010. He is a member of the Board of the AIMS-Next Einstein Initiative and on the Advisory Board of the planned Pan African Centre for Mathematics in Dar Es Salaam. He completed his PhD at the University of Cape Town in 1984, spent 10 years as a research scientist at the University of Heidelberg in Germany and was most recently the Head of the Mathematics Department at Stellenbosch University.

 

Fritz Hahne is the Founding Director of AIMS-South Africa. He was instrumental in the Institute’s establishment in 2003 and has overseen the successful graduation of 252 students from its Postgraduate Diploma Programme. Fritz Hahne is also the former Dean of Sciences and Professor of Physics at Stellenbosch University.  Fritz is currently engaged with projects at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) and with the Academy of Science of South Africa.  Fritz holds a PhD from the University of Cape Town. 

 

KlébertKlébert Kentia Tonleu from Cameroon is a 2007 AIMS graduate. He is currently finishing his PhD in stochastic analysis and stochastic finance at the Berlin Mathematical School (BMS), in Germany. In 2010 and 2008 Klébert  was awarded with the BMS Scholarship in the framework of the German Excellence Initiative. He is interested in volatility derivatives and his research focusses on optimal control problems in continuous time, and related backward stochastic differential equations methods.

 

Eleni Kinfe Degaga studied at AIMS 2007/2008. After graduating at AIMS, she joined the physics department at Syracuse University 2008/2009. Besides completing the 51 credit hour course work requirement, passing the PhD qualifying examination and working as a teaching assistant, she has been working in experimental soft condensed matter and biophysics research group with Prof. Martin Forstner. Eleni has also been working on two interdisciplinary projects focusing on how cells respond to mechanical forces or external perturbations.

 

Nkem-Amin Khumbah is a mathematics lecturer at the University of Michigan. He holds a MS in mathematics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and a Ph.D. in Information Technology from George Mason University. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Michigan, Nkem was an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at North Georgia College and State University. He also held research fellowships at Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (UCLA) and the Mathematical Science Research Institute (UC Berkeley).

 

TimKamanuTimothy Kuria is  Kenyan and his interests are statistical and mathematical modeling. He holds a B.Sc in mathematics (Nairobi University), Chartered Accountancy II (Strathmore University), Post Graduate Diploma in Mathematical Sciences (AIMS & University of Cape Town), M.Sc in Statistics (cum laude, University of the Western Cape), and PhD in Bioscience/Bioinformatics (KAUST – King Abdullah University of Science and Technology). His research focuses on the prediction of small non-coding RNA sequences called microRNAs which are involved in different types of cancer and other incurable diseases such as HIV, autism and Alzheimer’s.

 

Charles LebonCharles Lebon Mberi Kimpolo is from the Republic of the Congo. He graduated in Mathematics from AIMS South Africa in 2004. He holds a doctoral degree in Computational and Applied Mathematics from the University of the Witwatersrand. Charles is currently working as a Consultant Developer at ThoughtWorks. Previous to that, he was part of the team working on the Business Analytics and Monitoring and Evaluation Function in the Strategic Planning Division at the University of the Witwatersrand. 

 

Cute-mine3Akinlotan Morenikeji Deborah, from Ondo state, Nigeria, is currently completing her masters by research at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. She did her first degree in Pure and Applied Mathematics at the  University of Ibadan, Nigeria, where she graduated with a first class honours. She graduated from AIMS-SA in 2012, with a distinction, and as one of the five outstanding students, for which she was awarded the Paul G. Allen Family Scholarship. She is currently modelling the dynamics of HIV-related malignancies, with a focus on the incidence of lymphoma in the Western Cape of South Africa. She is also an enterpreneur, who is into professional cake making and sewing. She aims at being a renowned mathematics academic. 

 

ProsperProsper Ngabonziza is  from Rwanda. He was graduated from AIMS South Africa in 2010. After AIMS, Prosper did a Masters in experimental physics at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. Currently, he is doing a PhD in nanotechnology  at the MESA+ institute for nanotechnology of the University of Twente, Netherlands. He is also working  for FOM (Stichting voor Fundamenteel Onderzoek der Materie),  which is the Netherlands  government organization that supports physics related researches. His research focuses on investigation of Topological Insulator Materials.

 

savannahSavannah Nuwagaba was a student at AIMS during 2010/2011. After graduating at AIMS, she pursued her Masters degree in Biomathematics at Stellenbosch University. She is currently pursuing her PhD at the same University in the field of mathematical modeling of ecological systems.

 

 

GraceGrace Omollo Misereh  is  from Kenya. She recently graduated at AIMS – Ghana with a Master in Mathematical Sciences. Grace also holds a Bachelor degree in Mathematics and Physics from the Moi University in Kenya. She is especially interested in differential equations and bio-mathematics.

 

 

Jeanne MarieJeanne Marie Onana Eloundou from Cameroon is a AIMS 2010 graduate. She is currently completing his PhD in Systems Biology and Mathematical Modelling at the at Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology,  in Germany. Her education also includes a Master of Sciences in Mathematics at the University of Stellenbosch.

 

 

BewketuBewketu Teshale Bekele from Ethiopia is a 2008 AIMS graduate. After completing the AIMS program he worked on modelling infectious disease projects. He graduated in MSc from Stellenbosch University based at SACEMA, South Africa. Currently he is pursuing his PhD at the same research centre. His research focus is modelling the impact of early HIV treatment in South African HIV and TB epidemics.

 

François Tsobnang is the Scientific Advisor of the General Director and the Head of Laboratory of Eco materials for Construction, 2iE in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. He holds a PhD in Solid State Physics by the University of Orsay Paris XI and a Master in Solid State physics. Before joining 2iE,  François Tsobnang  was  Deputy Director of ISMANS, Engineering School  (Le Mans) and has Habilitation from the Faculty of Sciences, Paris XI University.

 

Neil Turok is the Director of the Perimeter Institute and the Founder of AIMS.  He was born in South Africa and he founded the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), which opened in 2003. Based in Cape Town, this postgraduate educational centre supports the development of mathematics and science across the African continent (www.nexteinstein.org). For this work and his contributions to theoretical physics, Dr. Turok was awarded a prestigious TED Prize. Dr. Neil Turok earned his PhD at Imperial College. After a postdoc in Santa Barbara, he was appointed Associate Scientist at Fermilab before moving to Princeton, where he became Professor of Physics in 1994.

 

ClraisseClarisse Uwizeye  is  from Rwanda. She is a current master student in Mathematics and Applications at AIMS – Senegal. Clarisse holds a Bachelor degree in Applied Mathematics from the National University of Rwanda. Besides her interest in Mathematical Sciences, she is passionate about composing music and poetry. 

 

Thierry Zomahoun is the Executive Director of AIMS-NEI. He has dedicated two decades of his life to development in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean in the sector of education, human capital and medium size enterprise development. Recognized for leading regional and global ground-breaking educational programs across multiple geographic regions, Thierry sees AIMS-NEI as an exceptional opportunity to open doors for many bright young people across Africa and to enable them to contribute to the upliftment of their continent.

 

Ulrike Albrecht is head of the Humboldt Foundation’s Department of Strategy and External Relations. She is responsible for the coordination of strategy discussion and the cooperation with national and international funding bodies and academic organisations. Ulrike Albrecht is also the chair of the University Council at Heidelberg University and has been an external member of the University Council since 2004. Ulrike Albrecht studied history and English at the University of Göttingen, where she also did her doctorate in history.

 

Karen CraggsKaren Craggs-Milne is the Director of Gender Equality Incorporated, a Toronto based consulting company.  Originally from Kenya, Karen has worked on gender issues over the last thirteen years in several sectors and regions in Canada and overseas. As a highly accomplished expert in the field of gender equality, Karen has traveled across the globe to work with governments, organizations and communities to review their own practices and employ a systematic approach to promoting gender equality in projects, programs, policies and organizations. Armed with a rare combination of vision, leadership and technical skill in Gender Equality, Karen’s passion for gender equality is inspiring and contagious.

 

Robert Crow is an experienced public policy and technology industry leader, currently serving as Executive in Residence at the Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo. Bob is the former Vice President for Industry, Government and University Relations at Research In Motion Limited and was also Vice President Policy at the Information Technology Association of Canada. Bob hold a master’s degrees in planning and economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Toronto, respectively. He serves Shad Valley International as a Director, currently serving as the Chair of the Board.

 

Martin Hilbert pursues a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the role of information, communication and knowledge in the development of complex social systems. He holds doctorates in Communication, and in Economics and Social Sciences, and a permanent appointment as Economic Affairs Officer of the United Nations. He created and coordinated the Information Society Program at the UN Regional Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean. His work has been published in recognized academic journals such as Science, Psychological Bulletin, World Development, and Technological Forecasting and Social Change, and has been featured in popular magazines such as Scientific American, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, Washington Post, BBC, Die Welt and Correio Braziliense, among others. He has provided technical assistance to Heads of State, government experts, legislators, diplomats, companies and civil society organizations in over 20 countries.

 

Driss Ouazar is professor of civil engineering and computational methods at l’École Mohammadia d’Ingénieurs, Université Mohamed V-Agdal, Morocco. He leads the Hydro-Systems Analysis Laboratory, formerly associated with Morocco’s National Research Council. Ouazar is a member of Morocco’s High Water and Climate Council and sits on a scientific board of that country’s National Research Council. Since 2008, he has served as national representative to the International Association of Hydrological Science and was nominated as resident member of the Hassan II Academy of Science and Technology in 2006.

 

Christoph Stork, PhD, is Senior Researcher at the Research ICT Africa LIRNEasia’s sister organisation.  He holds a PhD in financial economics from London Guildhall University, UK. He has more than 10 years research experience in Africa and has led continent wide household and small business surveys, providing the only multi- country demand side data and analysis of ICT access and usage on the continent, for use by regulators, policy makers and multilateral agencies such as the OECD and the ITU.

 

Amadou Tall is the Academic manager of AIMS-Sénégal. PhD graduated in “Encoding, Cryptography, Algebra and Applications”, he attended several international research conferences (Microsoft Research center in Seattle, Advanced Mathematics research institute in Strasbourg) and many summer schools in Africa (Côte d’Ivoire, Mali). He was awarded with  the Ibni Prize in 2010.

 

Angelina M. Lutambi grew up in a family with 9 children in rural Tanzania. She was awarded a grant to study at Dar Es Salaam University.  She graduated from AIMS in June 2004 and then completed a Masters at Stellenbosch University investigating the properties of models of the spread of HIV/AIDS. She returned to Tanzania in 2007, and now works as a research scientist for the Ifakara Health Institute in Tanzania. She is also a doctoral student at the Swiss Tropical Institute, Basel.

 

Roy Singham is the founder and chairman of ThoughtWorks Inc. and he is recognized globally as a software development innovator of change. Throughout his 20-year career, Roy has inspired the industry as an influential supporter of emerging technologies, open source programming languages, and agile methods of software development. He represents ThoughtWorks as one of the Global Growth Companies at the World Economic Forum. Roy is a graduate of Howard University in Washington, DC.