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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

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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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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 her work at Drakkar, Lydie edited and published 16 Kinyarwanda titles and distributed over one million textbooks. Drakkar’s textbooks have been supplied to 3,800 primary and secondary schools, reaching three million children across Rwanda.

Lydie founded Happy Hearts Preschools in 2015 to provide quality preschool education for all. Now the fastest growing network of private preschools in Rwanda, Happy Hearts serves children aged 1-6 years from diverse backgrounds, utilizing an innovative and harmonious blend of Montessori pedagogic principles with Rwandan values and culture. Lydie previously worked for OTF Group, a Boston-based consulting firm which advised the governments of Rwanda and Gabon in Information Communication Technologies, the Hides and Skin, and Timber industries respectively.

Lydie earned a Master’s in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 2018 and is a certified Montessori teacher from the North American Montessori Center (NAMC) in Canada. She is a recipient of numerous awards, including the “Prix de la Femme Francophone de l’Année” conferred by the International Association of Francophone Mayors (AIMF) in 2021, the Mandela Washington Fellowship in 2016 and the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Fellowship in 2013. She sits on the board of the African Leadership University.