Board on African Science Academy Development (BASAD)
Enriqueta C. Bond(IOM), Chair
Enriqueta Bond, PhD, recently retired as President of the Burroughs-Wellcome Fund, an independent private foundation whose mission is to advance the medical sciences by supporting research and other scientific and educational activities. Dr. Bond received her undergraduate degree in zoology and physiology from Wellesley College, her master's degree in biology and genetics from the University of Virginia, and her Ph.D. in molecular biology and biochemical genetics from Georgetown University. Dr. Bond served as the Executive Officer for the Institute of Medicine from 1989 to 1994 before serving as president of the Burroughs-Wellcome Fund (July 1994-present). In addition to her current position, she has also served on the Board of Health Sciences Policy at the Institute of Medicine, the Board of the Society for the Advancement of Research on Women's Health, and the Board of the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, and as the Vice Chair of the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Center for Infectious Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the chair of the Board of Regents of the National Library of Medicine.
Jo Ivey Boufford (IOM) ex officio President
The New York Academy of Medicine
New York University School of Medicine
In addition to serving as President of The New York Academy of Medicine, Jo Ivey Boufford, MD, is Professor of Public Service, Health Policy and Management at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at New York University School of Medicine. She served as Dean of the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University from June 1997 to November 2002. Prior to that, she served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from November 1993 to January 1997, and as Acting Assistant Secretary from January 1997 to May 1997. While at HHS, she served as the U.S. representative on the Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO) from 1994–1997. From May 1991 to September 1993, Dr. Boufford served as Director of the King's Fund College, London England. Dr. Boufford served as President of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), the largest municipal hospital system in the United States, from December 1985 until October 1989. She was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine in 1992. She received an Honorary Doctorate of Science degree from the State University of New York, Brooklyn, NY in May 1992. She received her B.A. (Psychology) magna cum laude from the University of Michigan, and her M.D., with distinction, from the University of Michigan Medical School. She is Board Certified in pediatrics.
Michael T. Clegg (NAS) ex officio Donald Bren Professor of Biological Sciences,
Department of Ecology & Evolution
University of California, Irvine
Michael T. Clegg, PhD, received his BS and PhD degrees in agricultural genetics and genetics respectively at the University of California, Davis. In 1972 he joined the faculty of Brown University moving from there to the University of Georgia in 1976. In 1984, he served as Professor of Genetics at the University of California, Riverside and served as Dean of the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences from 1994 to 2000. He is founding Director of the Genomics Institute at the University of California, Riverside. In 2004, Dr. Clegg became the Donald Bren Professor of Biological Sciences, Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of California, Irvine. Clegg’s research specialty is population genetics and molecular evolution. His early work in population genetics focused on the dynamical behavior of linked systems of genes in plant and Drosophila populations. During this period, he also contributed to the theoretical study of multilocus systems employing computer simulations together with the analysis of mathematical models. Later he helped pioneer the comparative analysis of chloroplast DNA variation as a tool for the reconstruction of plant phylogenies. His current work is concerned with the comparative genomics of plant gene families, the molecular evolution of genes in the flavenoid biosynthetic pathway, the use of coalescent models to study crop plant domestication and the application of molecular markers to avocado improvement. Clegg was elected to membership in the US National Academy of Sciences in 1990 and he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1992. He was elected Foreign Secretary of the US National Academy of Sciences in 2002. He has also served as President of the American Genetic Association (1987), President of the International Society for Molecular Biology & Evolution (2002) and Chair of the Section on Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2003).
Princeton Lyman Adjunct Senior Fellow for African Policy Studies
Council on Foreign Relations
Princeton Lyman, PhD, is former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria and to South Africa. He was Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations in the Clinton administration. Princeton Lyman is currently Adjunct Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Previously, he was Director of the Global Interdependence Initiative at the Aspen Institute, a project coordinating the efforts of advocacy, business, and humanitarian groups to cope with the tensions created by contemporary globalization. He is author of the book Partner to History, which recounts his experience in South Africa during the transition from Apartheid to democracy. As Assistant Secretary, Dr. Lyman was responsible for the formation and implementation of U.S. policies with regard to the UN and UN agencies and other international organizations. On UN issues, he works in cooperation with the U.S. mission to the UN. From 1992 through 1995, Dr. Lyman served as U.S. Ambassador to South Africa during that country's transition from apartheid to democracy. He was Director of the State Department's Bureau for Refugee Programs from 1989 to 1992. Prior to that assignment he served as U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria for three years. In the early 1980s he served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs. Dr. Lyman entered government service in 1961. His domestic assignments as a Foreign Service officer also have included USAID's Bureau of Program and Policy Coordination, USAID's Bureau of African Affairs, and the Institute for Scientific and Technical Cooperation. He also served overseas in Seoul, Korea, and as Director of the U.S.A.I.D. Mission to Ethiopia. He is a recipient of numerous Presidential and State Department performance awards. Dr. Lyman has a bachelor's degree from the University of California and a Ph.D. from Harvard University.
Narciso Matos Executive Director
Foundation for Community Development
Narciso Matos, PhD, is Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Foundation for Community Development in Mozambique. Dr. Matos holds a PhD in Chemistry from the Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM) in Mozambique (1975), and Humboldt University in Germany (1985). Dr. Matos has worked at several academic and administrative levels at UEM. In the late 1980’s, he was Dean of the Faculty of Science, and from 1990 to 1995 was Vice Chancellor of UEM. He served as member of the Mozambique’s Parliament from 1986 to 1995, five of those years in the Parliament’s Committee for International Relations. He served as Secretary General of the Association of African Universities (www.aau.org), headquartered in Ghana, during the years 1995-2000, when he was also member of the Advisory Group on Higher Education for the Secretary General of UNESCO. From 2000 to 2007, Matos was Program Director of the International Development Program at Carnegie Corporation of New York (www.carnegie.org), overseeing the foundation’s work in sub-Sharan Africa with a focus on strengthening higher education in select African universities; enhancing women’s opportunities in higher education; and, revitalizing public and university libraries. Dr. Matos has a vast and deep understanding of the issues, problems and promises central to development in Africa today, particularly in education.
Cheikh Mbacké Senior Advisor (retired)
Cheikh Mbacké, PhD, recently retired as Senior Advisor, Population Program, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in Dakar, Senegal. Prior to this, Dr. Mbacke was responsible for The Rockefeller Foundation's regional programs and key Foundation-wide administrative offices, specifically information technology, fellowships and special projects, library services, office services and program administration. Dr. Mbacké, a population scientist by training, began his career with the Foundation as a senior scientist for its Population Sciences division in 1992. He became the Foundation's representative for Africa in 1999 and director of Africa Programs and representative for eastern and southern Africa in 2000. In this position, he was responsible for developing and implementing the Foundation's new strategy for improving the lives and livelihoods of the poor and excluded people in Africa. In 2003 Dr. Mbacké was the recipient of the Rockefeller Foundation's Outstanding Achievement Award for his excellent leadership and management of the Nairobi Office. Dr. Mbacké joined the Foundation after spending six years as a researcher and head of the training division of the Center for Applied Studies and Research on Population and Development at the Sahel Institute in Bamako, Mali. Prior to that, he was both researcher and statistician, working on projects such as the first Senegalese census and on a pilot survey in a nomadic area in Mauritania in preparation for the first Mauritanian census. Dr. Mbacké has a bachelor's degree in statistics from the Institut National de la Statistique et des Études Économiques in Paris, France, a master's degree in demography from the Institut de Formation et de Recherche Démographique in Yaoundé, Cameroon, West Africa, and a doctoral degree in demography from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He has several publications and is a member of several professional associations. Dr. Mbacké was raised in Nioro, a town in Senegal, West Africa, about 25 kilometers north of the Gambian border. He grew up learning English, French and his native tongue, Wolof.
Academy of Science of the Developing World
Romain Murenzi, PhD, is currently the Executive Director of the Academy of Science of the Developing World. Prior to this, he was director of the AAAS Center for Science, Technology and Sustainable Development, and also as served senior scholar for a year. He also serves as a visiting professor at the University of Maryland's Institute of Advanced Computer Studies and has held various positions in academia in the United States and France. Dr. Murenzi has also held key cabinet positions in Rwanda. In 2001, he was appointed Minister of education, science, technology and scientific research, and, in 2006, was Minister of science, technology and information and communication technologies. As minister, he contributed to the expansion and modernization of Rwanda's education system and the building of the country's scientific and technological capacity. Dr. Murenzi's research has focused on applications of multidimensional continuous wavelet transforms to quantum mechanics, and image and video processing. He earned his doctorate (1990) and master’s (1986) degree in physics from the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium, and bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Burundi (1982). Romain Murenzi was elected a member of TWAS in 2005, and also served as vice president of TWAS for Africa. He is a member of the Board of the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, Advisory Board of Scientists without Borders, and the Scientific Board of UNESCO's International Basic Science Program.
Venkatesh Narayanamurti (NAE) ex officio
Technology and Public Policy Program
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Venkatesh Narayanamurti, PhD, is the Director of the Science, Technology and Public Policy Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). He is also the Benjamin Peirce Professor of Technology and Public Policy and a Professor of Physics at Harvard. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from Cornell University in 1965. He also has an Honorary Doctorate from Tohoku University. He spent much of his scientific career at Bell Laboratories where he became Director of Solid State Electronics Research in 1981. From 1987–1992, he served as Vice President for Research at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. At Sandia, he oversaw a research portfolio of $250 million which spanned its missions in defense, energy, environment, and economic competitiveness. From 1992–1998, he served as Richard Auhll Professor and Dean of Engineering at the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB). During his tenure there, the number of faculty elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in the UCSB College of Engineering grew from three to nineteen. In 2005, through the generosity of an anonymous donor, an endowed chair in his name was established at UCSB. From 1998–2008, he served as Dean of the Division and then School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University. At Harvard, he saw the renewal of Engineering and Applied Sciences through a greatly enlarged faculty and the creation in 2007 of the first new school in seventy years. During his tenure as Dean, twenty-two endowed chairs were raised, research funds doubled to approximately $40m, and new linkages with industry were established. During 2003–2006, he was concurrently Dean of Physical Sciences at Harvard. Several enhancements to the physical infrastructure including a new 90,000 squarefoot Laboratory for Interface Science and Engineering were undertaken. Narayanamurti has published widely in the areas of low temperature physics, superconductivity, semiconductor physics, electronics, and photonics. He is the author or co-author of more than two hundred peer-reviewed scientific publications.
Narayanamurti is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. He is also a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the IEEE, and the Indian Academy of Sciences. Over the years he has served on numerous advisory boards of the federal government, research universities, national laboratories, and industry. This service has included Chair of the DOE's Inertial Confinement Fusion Advisory Committee, Chair of the Committee of Visitors of NSF's Division of Materials Research, Chair of the NRC Panel on the Future of Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, member of the President's Council for the UC Managed National Laboratories, and member of the Governing Board of Brookhaven National Laboratory. He currently serves on the Engineering Dean's Councils of Cornell and Brown Universities, the Governing Board of the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies, Sandia National Laboratories, the Public Policy Committee of the Engineering Dean's Council, the Committee on International Security and Arms Control (CISAC) of the National Academy of Sciences, as Chair of the NSF Panel on Future Light Source Facilities, and as Chair Elect of the APS Panel on Public Affairs. In addition to his duties as Professor, Narayanamurti lectures widely on solid state, computer, and communication technologies, and on the management of science, technology, and public policy.