About INGSA-Africa

The INGSA-Africa Regional Chapter brings together policy practitioners and scientists from across the African continent.

In February 2016, INGSA announced the creation of the INGSA-Africa Regional Chapter at its successful workshop in Hermanus, South Africa. The chapter has since been augmented with representation from francophone Africa, following INGSA’s first ever French-language workshop, held in Dakar, Senegal, in March 2017. The success of these workshops, and the subsequent enthusiasm for an African regional chapter, is a testament to the existing capacity for science advice across Africa, and the recognition that there is further work to be done.

Based out of the offices of the International Science Council Regional Office in Pretoria, South Africa, INGSA-Africa will act to raise awareness of science-policy advice and build a critical mass of enlightened practitioners across Africa. INGSA-Africa will be organising capacity building workshops and conducting impactful research aimed at promoting the development of robust regional and global science advice ecosystems.

INGSA-Africa Activities

The INGSA-Africa Regional Chapter, provides regular events and opportunities for members. To see what opportunities are currently available see the INGSA-Africa Activities page.

Structure of INGSA-Africa

Chair

Dr Mobolaji Oladoyin Odubanjo

Dr Mobolaji Oladoyin Odubanjo is a public health physician who currently serves as the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Academy of Science (NAS) where he leads the Academy’s work in science advice. He was previously the Chair of the Association of Public Health Physicians of Nigeria (Lagos Chapter) from 2014 to 2018.

Before coming to NAS, Dr Odubanjo worked for the government and at one point, headed a general hospital. He has also worked part-time for a number of private hospitals and has served on the board of several family-owned businesses.

Steering Committee

Christian Acemah

Christian Acemah is the Executive Director of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences. He previously served as the Director for Strategy and Program Development for the African Science Academy Development Initiative, U.S. National Academies. He was also Visiting Professor of African Studies and Social Sciences at Quest University, Canada.

Acemah has also served as the Executive Officer, Policy and Research at UNICEF within the GAVI Secretariat, and has worked in the Sudan-Uganda program of the Lutheran World Federation. He holds a first degree in Mathematics and Philosophy from St. John’s College and a graduate degree in International Development and Strategy from Georgetown University.

Enock Musungwini

Enock Musungwini is a public health and policy specialist, health management consultant, and development practitioner with more than 18 years of working experience covering broad public health and various thematic areas. He previously served on the Steering Committee of the World Health Organisation Zimbabwe WISN and on the Zim-SADC Parliamentary Forum Technical Working Group on Gender and Family Planning.

Musungwini is a member of the Royal Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, the Development Practitioners Network of Zimbabwe, the International Society for Substance Use Professionals, and the Africa Disability Research Alliance.

Dr Farah Ouechtati

Dr Farah Ouechtati holds a PhD in Human Genetics from the University of Tunis El Manar. She was formerly Assistant Professor in Neuroscience and has experience in biomedical research, project management, as well as partnerships in public and private sectors at national and international levels.

Dr Ouechtati has also worked on science-policy interface, stakeholder engagement in health organisations, and evaluation with the Ministry of High Education. She was recognised as an International Rising Talent by UNESCO and the L'Oréal Foundation in 2014, and joined the Global Young Academy in 2021.

Professor Jean Liyongo Empengele

Professor Jean Liyongo Empengele is a lecturer at the Faculty of Social Sciences and a researcher at the Center for Political Studies at the University of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. He represents the Quality Assurance Unit of the faculty at the university.

Internationally, Professeur Empengele was part of the first team of INGSA Francophone Africa and is a member of several learned societies including the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and the International Association of Sociologists of French Language (AISLF).

Professor Madiagne Diallo

Professor Madiagne Diallo is a researcher and an expert in operational research, decision aid, and scientific advice to governments. A Laureate of the 2020 African Evidence Leadership Award delivered by the African Academy of Sciences and AFIDEP, he is the Director of Scientific Animation of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council of Senegal, and Professor at the Industrial Engineering Department of Pontifical Catholic University in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Professor Diallo was formerly the General Consul of Senegal in Sao Paulo, and was the Founder of the platform “Science Advice Africa” which has more than 500 members in 28 African countries.

Dr Nzweundji Justine Germo

Dr Nzweundji Justine Germo is a researcher at the Institute of Medical Research and Medicinal Plants Studies (IMPM) in Cameroon. She conducted her PhD research at the University of Florida in 2011 and at Alabama A&M University in 2013 under a UNESCO-L’OREAL fellowship.

Dr Nzweundji received the Best Junior Researcher of IMPM award in 2015, a TWAS-DFG postdoctoral fellowship at Geisenheim Hoschule University in Germany in 2018, and an ASLP fellowship in 2019. She is the President of the Cameroon Academy of Young Scientists and a member of the Global Young Academy.

Dr Renée Street

Dr Renée Street is a Specialist Scientists and the Deputy Director at the Environment and Health Research Unit of the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC). She leads the Persistent Toxic Substance Programme. Over the past decade, Dr Street’s research has focused on various aspects of heavy metal exposure and its impact on human health.

She has a keen interest in public health issues and policy development. As a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr Street has been instrumental in setting up the SAMRC Wastewater Surveillance and Research Programme to monitor SARS-CoV-2 RNA trends.

Professor Dr Sameh Soror

Professor Dr Sameh Soror is Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy at Helwan University. He is also the Founding Director of the Centre for Scientific Excellence Helwan Structural Biology Research. Professor Soror has served as supervisor of the specialised councils, as well as foreign secretary and supervisor of cultural and scientific relations sector at the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology.

He was lionised by the World Economic Forum during the meeting of new champions in Tianjin, China, and was awarded the Helwan University Prize in Basic Science and the Helwan University Excellence Prize in Medical Sciences.

Dr Shaheen Motala-Timol

Dr Shaheen Motala-Timol is a higher education and quality assurance scholar-practitioner. She is currently heading the Regulatory Affairs and Accreditation Division at the Higher Education Commission in Mauritius. Dr Motala-Timol is also an independent higher education consultant for government agencies and serves as an external quality assurance specialist for international regulatory agencies such as the Oman Academic Accreditation Authority and the Turkish Higher Education Quality Council.

She was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College in 2017 and a Fellow at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Rwanda under the InterAcademy Partnership Africa Science Fellowship in 2019.

Regional Programme Officer

Dr Richard Glover

Dr Richard Glover holds a PhD in Biological Sciences (Food Microbiology bias) from KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana. He has served as Programme Specialist (Biological Sciences), ISC ROA, Pretoria, South Africa (2012 - 2021), Senior Lecturer/Researcher (in Food Microbiology), UDS, Navrongo, Ghana (1996 – 2015) and Research Officer (Microbiology), CSRPM, Mampong-Akwapim, Ghana (1991 – 1996).

He is an active fellow of the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP) with research interest in Traditional African Fermented Food Processing Technologies.

To contact INGSA-Africa, please email Dr Richard Glover at Richard.Glover@council.science.