Third Annual Conference of the African Science Academy Development Initiative
Biographies of Keynote Speaker, Speakers and Moderators
Engineer Benson Ajisegiri is a Nigerian with over twenty years of post graduation experience. He has spent substantial part of his working experience as an employee of the Federal Government of Nigeria and is presently a Directorate Staff. He has worked variously as Zonal Engineer and Project Manger on World Bank-assisted Water Supply Programs in various States of Nigeria. He is deeply involved in the formulation and development of water supply and sanitation policy for Nigeria. He holds a Masters degree in Water Management and Business Administration from UNESCO-IHE and TSM Business School in the Netherlands. He has also participated in various short courses, workshops and seminars within and outside Nigeria. He has special interest in activities that could contribute to the development of societies through innovations that have due regard to technical, socio-cultural, gender, ethics and environmental factors. Engineer Ajisegiri is married and has three children.
William Anderson is associate executive director in the Division on Earth and Life
Joel G. Breman, M.D., D.T.P.H., is senior scientific adviser, Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health, and co-managing editor of the Disease Control Priorities Project. He was educated at the University of California , Los Angeles ; the Keck School of Medicine, the University of Southern California ; and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Dr. Breman trained in medicine at the University of Southern California - Los Angeles County Medical Center ; in infectious diseases at the Boston City Hospital , Harvard Medical School ; and in epidemiology at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Dr. Breman worked in Guinea on smallpox eradication (1967-69); in Burkina Faso at the Organization for Coordination and Cooperation in the Control of the Major Endemic Diseases (1972-76); and at the World Health Organization, Geneva (1977-80), where he was responsible for orthopoxvirus research and the certification of smallpox eradication. In 1976, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire ), Dr. Breman investigated the first outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever.
Following the confirmation of smallpox eradication in 1980, Dr. Breman returned to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, where he began work on the epidemiology and control of malaria. Dr. Breman joined the Fogarty International Center in 1995 and has been director of the International Training and Research Program in Emerging Infectious Diseases and senior scientific adviser. He has been a member of many advisory groups, including serving as chair of the World Health Organization's Technical Advisory Group on Human Monkeypox and as a member of the World Health Organization's International Commission for the Certification of Dracunculiasis (guinea worm) Eradication. Dr. Breman has written more than 100 publications on infectious diseases and research capacity strengthening in developing countries. He was guest editor of two supplements to the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene : ?The Intolerable Burden of Malaria: A New Look at the Numbers? (2001) and ?The Intolerable Burden of Malaria: What's New, What's Needed? (2004).
Salif Diop is Senior Environmental Affairs Officer at UNEP’s Division of Early Warning and Assessment (DEWA). He is a water specialist with extensive experience in various aspects of coastal oceanography, freshwater assessment, aquatic and marine conservation.
James M. Hughes, M.D., is Professor of Medicine and Public Health with joint appointments in the School of Medicine and the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He serves as Director of the Emory Program in Global Infectious Diseases and Director of the Emory Center for Global Safe Water. Prior to joining Emory in June 2005, Dr. Hughes worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), serving as Director of the National Center for Infectious Diseases (NCID) and as Rear Admiral and Assistant Surgeon General in the U.S. Public Health Service. He first joined CDC as a member of the Epidemic Intelligence Service in 1973. He served as Director of CDC’s Hospital Infections Program from 1983 to 1988, as Deputy Director of NCID from 1988 to1992, and as Director of NCID from 1992 to 2005.Dr. Hughes received his B.A and M.D. from Stanford University and completed postgraduate training in internal medicine (University of Washington), infectious diseases (University of Virginia), and preventive medicine (CDC). He is a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) as well as numerous other national and international professional societies, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and IDSA. Among his honors and awards are the Distinguished and Meritorious Service Medals and the Surgeon General’s Exemplary Service Award from the U.S. Public Health Service and The Secretary’s Open Forum Distinguished Public Service Award from the Department of State. Dr. Hughes’ research interests include identifying factors contributing to the emergence and reemergence of infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance; evaluating policies and practices for preventing, rapidly detecting, and responding to infectious diseases; and assessing approaches to strengthening global capacity to address microbial threats.
Dr. Keusch is Associate Provost for Global Health, Boston University, and Associate Dean for Global Health at Boston University School of Public Health. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Keusch served as Director of the Fogarty International Center at the National Institutes of Health and Associate Director for International Research in the office of the NIH Director. A graduate of Columbia College and Harvard Medical School, he is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. He has been involved in clinical medicine, teaching and research for his entire career, most recently as Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine and Senior Attending Physician and Chief of the Division of Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases, at the New England Medical Center in Boston, MA. His research has ranged from the molecular pathogenesis of tropical infectious diseases to field research in nutrition, immunology, host susceptibility, and the treatment of tropical infectious diseases and HIV/AIDS. He was a Faculty Associate at Harvard Institute for International Development in the Health Office. Dr. Keusch is the author of over 300 original publications, reviews and book chapters, and he is the editor of 8 scientific books. He is the recipient of the Squibb, Finland and Bristol awards for research excellence of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and has delivered numerous named lectures on topics of science and global health at leading institutions around the world. He is presently involved in international health research and policy with the NIH, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine, the United Nations, and the World Health Organization.
Professor George Okoye Krhoda, CBS, until December 2006, was the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and Chairman of the Negotiation Committee on the Nile Basin Cooperative Framework. Formerly Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Water and Irrigation, Associate Professor of Geography, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, College of Education and External Studies, and Chairman, Department of Geography, University of Nairobi.
He is a hydrologist/water specialist by training. After obtaining a bachelors degree in Hydrology, Climatology, Geomorphology and Statistics, he worked for the Government of Kenya as a hydrologist before proceeding for post-graduate studies on river hydraulics and water resources planning. His major areas of research and publications are hydrology, groundwater modeling, natural resources management; policy analysis; environmental assessments, environmental impact assessment; modeling and computer application in water resources planning and development, scenarios for environmental recovery; and project management and evaluation.
Prof. Krhoda has worked in various capacities for the World Bank, UNDP, UNICEF, UNEP, the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Nairobi, and African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) and co-organized with UNO/UNEP international conferences on UN Desertification Convention, UN Convention on Climate Change, Basel Convention and ILEC/World Lakes Conferences. Krhoda was appointed Rapportuer for the GA/UNEP, in February 2006 in Dubai, The United Arab Emirates. Krhoda resumed his teaching and research duties at the University of Nairobi, and currently his consultancy work concentrates on Policy Dialogue, Reforms and Conflict over Natural Resources.
Kasingye Kyamugambi has been working in the water and sanitation sector for the last 10 years. He is a senior engineer in the Water Development Directorate of the ministry of water and environment. He is experienced in planning, management and implementation of various water supply and sanitation projects. He is on various technical working committees in the sector. Kasingye has written and presented papers at National and International fora.
Kasingye Has B.Sc in civil engineering, M.Sc Water Resources Engineering and executive MBA. He has attended various short courses on procurement, water resources planning, financial management and water supply modeling. Kasingye is a corporate member of Uganda Institution of Civil Engineers and a registered Engineer (RE) in Uganda.
Ian Moise is the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) technical advisor for USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance. Since 1995, he has worked on both development and disaster assistance programs in over 40 countries in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Central America. He has a Masters in Environmental Studies, Science and Policy from the University of Oregon and is interested in how sustainable health outcomes can be achieved through WASH and environment programs in international development and disaster contexts.
Dr. Narciso Matos 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 (www.uem.org.mz). 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.
Philip Musgrove is a Deputy Editor of Health Affairs, published by Project HOPE in Bethesda, Maryland. From October 2002 to September 2005 he was an Editor of the Disease Control Priorities Project at the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health. He worked for the World Bank (1990-2002), retiring as a Principal Economist, having been Advisor in Health Economics, Pan American Health Organization (1982-1990) and a Research Associate at the Brookings Institution and at Resources for the Future (1964-1981). He is Adjunct Professor in the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, and has taught at George Washington University, American University and the University of Florida. He holds degrees from Haverford College (BA, 1962), Princeton University (MPA, 1964) and MIT (PhD, 1974).
His skills include strong logical and analytical capacity; first-rate editing and writing-- Health Economics in Development praised by Prof. Nick Barr (London School of Economics) as “a thoroughly good read—wide-ranging (but not diffuse), balanced (but with direction), strong opinions (but not opinionated) clear (but not oversimplified)”; and an ability to explain complex ideas in writing, lecturing or teaching, to non-specialists.
Dr Ok Pannenborg is the World Bank’s most senior technical (non-managerial) health professional. A national of the Netherlands, he holds degrees in civil and international law, as well as in tropical medicine and public health.
After directing long-term strategic policy at the Ministry of Health and serving as population and health adviser at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague, he joined the World Bank in1986. Within the Bank he worked first on health, nutrition and population (HNP) operations in the Asia Region and subsequently in the Africa Region. Following several years as Division Chief for Health, Nutrition and Population, he became the Sector Leader for health, nutrition and population for the Africa Region, and then the Bank’s Senior Health Adviser. He is a member of the Bank’s overall Sector Board for Health, Nutrition and Population, where he was until recently the main spokesperson for the Bank’s worldwide activities in malaria and communicable diseases and currentlyis now for its involvement in health and medical research as well as in pharmaceuticals.