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Science at the US-Africa Leaders Summit, Washington, DC, 12-15 December 2022

ISC and partners will organise a series of side events focussing on the contribution of science to the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit and its outcomes taking place in Washington on 12-15 December 2022. The US-Africa Summit is intended to demonstrate the United States enduring commitment to Africa and underscore the importance of U.S.-Africa relations and increased cooperation on shared global priorities. White House Announcement

                       The programme is in development, so please monitor it for updates

The Summit will build on shared values to better foster new economic engagement; reinforce the U.S.-Africa commitment to democracy and human rights; mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and future pandemics; work collaboratively to strengthen regional and global health; promote food security; advance peace and security; respond to the climate crisis, and amplify diaspora ties.

ISC will organise a series of events designed to highlight the role and contribution of science to the US-Africa relationship under the heading of Science at the US-Africa Leaders Summit 2022. ISC organised a similar series of meetings during the last US-African Leaders Summit, which took place in 2014. The objectives of the meetings will be to highlight the importance of science in Africa, to foster greater collaboration between African nations and the US, and to increase investment in science for Global Health, Digital Transition, Space, Biological Diversity, Education and Skills, among other areas and to support an enabling policy and regulatory environment for science collaboration to flourish between Africa and the US.
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Wednesday, December 14 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
(14077) The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) : African youth in the diaspora & Africa at the forefront of African Scientific Excellence in shaping the #AfricaWeWant
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About AIMS
The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) is a Pan-African Network Centre of Excellence for postgraduate training, research, and public engagement in mathematical sciences. Founded in 2003 in South Africa and later replicated in Senegal, Ghana, Cameroon, and Rwanda under the framework of the Next Einstein Initiative, AIMS is supplying the STEM pipeline by training African students for a Master's in Mathematical Sciences, including a co-op option with a direct link to industry. Students admitted at AIMS benefit from full scholarships and close interaction with tutors and professors worldwide. AIMS has trained 2500 young scientists over the past two decades. The faculty comprises volunteer professors from the best universities globally, including Nobel Prize and Fields Medal laureates. With expertly tailored academic and non-academic programs spanning Centres of Excellence, Research Centres, the AIMS Industry Initiative, and gender-responsive Teacher Training.

"If you are planning for a year, sow rice; planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people." - Chinese proverb.

Africa, its people, and its leaders continually battle the double challenge of achieving SDG targets and adapting to climate change. More than 30% of primary-school-age girls remain out of school in Sub-Sahara Africa. Also, Africa's contribution to global scientific knowledge stands at 1.1%. Consequently, Africa's ratio of scientists and inhabitants currently stands at 79 scientists per million inhabitants, the lowest. Also, scientists trained in Africa often work elsewhere due to the lack of infrastructure and availability of resources. To meet the demands of a teaming young population at the centre of the world's pressing challenges, including the food crisis, flooding, and economic downturn – there is a need for deliberate action through multilateralism and global effort to restore hope and enable growth. Thus, AIMS seeks to leverage the US-Africa Leader's Summit to push for a resolution and legislation to back its #InclusiveAccess agenda in Climate Change, Health, and Economic Progress.

This session will also feature AIMS Alumni leading African Scientific Excellence in Academia, Industry, and Non-profit work.

Expected outcomes
The expected outcomes of this session include the following;
  1. An appreciation of the growth opportunities in enabling scientific excellence and training in Africa.
  2. AIMS Impact in the mitigating the impact of COVID-19, Climate Crisis and Improving Health Outcomes.
  3. Awareness of the value proposition of AIMS and how our alums are changing the way we see our world.
  4. Amplify the need for innovative financing in funding education across Africa.


11:00 am - Welcome Address & Premiering of Wajenzi (Science in Africa Movie)
11: 35 am - Reflection on Science in Africa Movie
11: 40 am - Africa at the forefront of Championing Scientific Excellence - Case of the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences
12:00 pm - Roundtable discussion with alumni & participants
12:30 pm - End

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Tabitha Mundia

Deal Sourcing & Country Mgt - Kenya (AIMS Alumnae), International Finance Corporation
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Paul Taylor

Visiting Faculty, Ex-Tutor & Researcher, AIMS
Dr. Paul Taylor has a background in physics, having completed his doctorate in astrophysics from the University of Oxford. He currently works as a researcher and open source programmer in neuroimaging methods development at the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIH, USA), where... Read More →
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Oyakhilome Wallace Ibhagui

Fixed Income Quant Strategist (AIMS Alumnus), International Finance Corporation
Oyakhilome Wallace Ibhagui serves as a Financial Officer at the International Finance Corporation. He is a senior research fellow who volunteers as director of placements at the Best Academy for Underrepresented Minorities (Baum) Tenpers, a not-for-profit research and training center... Read More →
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Mawulolo Ameko

Applied Scientist (AIMS Alumnus), Microsoft
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Lydie Hakizimana

Lydie Hakizimana is a seasoned educator, successful entrepreneur, and the Chief Executive Officer of AIMS.As founder & CEO of Drakkar Ltd, a pioneering Rwandan educational publishing house, Lydie has over 10 years of experience in the production and distribution of textbooks. Through... Read More →
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Samuel Edet

Economist (AIMS Alumnus), World Bank Group
Samuel Edet is an Associate Economist with the Economic Policy Research Department, World Bank Group, where he contributes to frontier analytics on private sector development topics in support of IFC’s investment, advisory, and asset-management services. These include flagship reports... Read More →

Wednesday December 14, 2022 11:00am - 12:30pm EST
National Press Club, Washington DC 529 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20045, United States