African Academy of Sciences names Dr Tom Kariuki Interim Executive Director and bids farewell to Professor Berhanu Abegaz

Immediate release 13 March 2017

Nairobi, Kenya- The Governing Council of the African Academy of Science (AAS) has appointed Dr Tom Kariuki as Interim Executive Director, to serve from 7 March 2017 until a new Executive Director is selected.

Dr Kariuki is an immunologist of distinction, Fellow of the AAS and one who has served as AAS Treasurer from 2013-2014 prior to assuming his position as the Director of the AAS/NEPAD Agency’s agenda setting and funding platform – Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA). 

Dr. Kariuki’s appointment follows the departure of Professor Berhanu Abegaz who was at the helm of the Academy for six years until his contract ended on 6 March 2017. Dr Kariuki brings immense insight and knowledge of the AAS and the internal operations of its Secretariat in Nairobi, where he oversees the day-to-day functioning of the AESA platform, a funding and agenda setting platform seeking to address Africa’s health and developmental challenges by promoting the development of Africa’s research leadership, scientific excellence and innovation.

We use this opportunity to thank Professor Abegaz for his insight and invaluable contributions that has seen the AAS grow from a nascent science academy to a truly pan-African Academy with 363 distinguished Fellows from almost every African country with an increase in women scientists and under-represented countries; the establishment of the Affiliates programme to nurture the next generation of independent African scientists; the establishment of strategic partnerships with key donors and philanthropic organisations to drive science and innovation on the continent.

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