Gaya Stephen Agong,, Prof.

Fellow of AAS since 2006;
Plant Breeding
Born in 1960, Kenya

Prof. Agong obtained his M.Sc. in Plant Breeding at the University of Nairobi in 1990, PhD in Agricultural Science at Justus-Liebig University, Giessen in Germany in 1995 and undertook Postdoctoral studies in a joint program between University of Hannover in Germany and Okayama University in Japan (2000).

Prof Agong is Associate Professor, presently Deputy Vice Chancellor at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT). Previously he was Director of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Technology (IEET), Chairman of Department of Horticulture at JKUAT, Dean Faculty of Agriculture, Lecturer, Senior Lecturer of JKUAT, and Executive Director of AAS.

His research interests include: plant Breeding/Breeding of Horticultural Crops, Cytogenetics and genetics, Biometrics, Agricultural experimentation, Seed Science and Technology. He is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences, secretary-General of PBAK and Association of Commonwealth Universities. He has 68 publications.

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Joash Ronald Aluoch, Prof.

Fellow of AAS since 2005
Medical sciences
Born in 1942, Kenya

Prof. Aluoch graduated in medicine in 1974 from the State University of Utrecht and obtained his Doctorate Degree in Medicine at the University of Netherland (1985).

His experiences include: Resident, Internist, Senior Resident, Physician consultant, Assistant Adjunct Professor and Senior Lecturer. Presently, he is Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Physician – Hematologist at the University of Nairobi.

His research interests cover: immunohaematology of tropical diseases and clinical epidemiology of both gastrointestinal and cardiovascular diseases. His memberships are: Visiting clinical Professorship, Royal College of Physicians, International Clinical Epidemiology Network, Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

He has published 3 books, 31 papers in scientific medical journals, and has made not less than 26 conference presentations. He is a member of the board of governors of Kuoyo Kochia Secondary School Homa Bay District- Kenya, co-organizer of African region of international clinical epidemiology network, member international outreach committee, and chairman steering committee proposed cancer Unit, Kenyatta National Hospital.  He has contributed to the development of the medicine department of University of Nairobi.

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Shem Arungu-Olende, Dr.

Fellow of AAS since 1990
Electrical Engineering
Born in 1939, Kenya

Dr. Arungu-Olende obtained his PhD in Power Systems Engineering at the University of London (1968). He was the leading consultant of the “Monitoring and evaluation” section of a Project of Ministry of Roads and Public Works of Kenya focusing on the socio-economic impact and HIV/AIDS assessment.

He was also: Lecturer, Senior Lecturer at the University of Nairobi, AAS Secretary General (2005- present). He was UN member of Africa Region for the preparation of the World Summit on Sustainable Development, and Technical Secretary on Energy at the UN.

His research interests include:  Energy and sustainable development, engineering systems design and analysis, Science and Technology policy studies and development, economics systems analysis and planning. He is a member of the Inter Academy Council (Netherland), a Senior System Analyst (NASA), Visiting Scholar (USA), fellow of the Institute of Electrical Electronics Engineers.

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Calestous Juma, Prof.

Fellow of AAS since 2006
Science and Technology Policy Studies
Born in, Kenya

Prof.Calestous Juma is an internationally-recognized authority on the role of innovation in economic development. He is Professor of the Practice of International Development and Director of the Science, Technology, and Globalization Project at Harvard Kennedy School.

He also serves Faculty Chair for the School’s Innovation for Economic Development Executive Program. He co-chairs the High-Level Panel on Science, Technology and Innovation of the African Union (AU) and is a member of the judging panel of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering.

He is a former Executive Secretary of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity and founding Executive Director of the African Centre for Technology Studies in Nairobi. He was Chancellor of the University of Guyana and has been elected to several scientific academies including the Royal Society of London, the US National Academy of Sciences, the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) and the UK Royal Academy of Engineering.

Juma holds a DPhil in science and technology policy studies from the University of Sussex (UK). He has received several international awards and honorary degrees for his work on sustainable development.  His latest book, The New Harvest: Agricultural Innovation in Africa, was published in 2011 by Oxford University Press. Twitter @calestous

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Maina Thomas Kariuki, Dr

Fellow of AAS since 2009;
Biology, Biomedical Research
Born in 1962, Kenya

Tom Kariuki is a graduate of the University of Nairobi, Kenya, and the University of York, UK, where he undertook his PhD studies in immunology under the mentorship of Prof Alan Wilson.

He currently works at the Institute of Primate Research (IPR;, a Biomedical and Conservation biology facility that is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Tropical Diseases and Human Reproduction, and an African ANDI Centre of Excellence in Preclinical Research, located in Nairobi, as Senior Research Scientistand current Director.

His research interests are on the immunology of major and neglected infectious diseases, co-infection of major and neglected diseases and the influence of worm infections on vaccination outcomes. He has published widely on aspects of vaccines and diagnosticsdevelopment for schistosomiasis (Bilharzia), malaria and co-infections. His research support comes from the European Foundations, NIH, South-South collaborations and local funding organizations.

He is a recipient of various international awards including Fellowship of the African Academy of Sciences, Senior Fellowship of the European Foundations Initiative for Neglected Tropical Diseases and presidential honor of the Order of Grand Warrior of Kenya for public service.

He is the current President of the Federation of African Immunological Societies (FAIS), a committee member of the International Union of Immunological Societies (IUIS)-Education Committee, and member of the management committee/acting Treasurer of the African Academy of Sciences. He also serves on other sporting, community and academic boards. He is married with two daughters. 

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Gilbert O Kokwaro, Prof

Fellow of AAS since 2006
Born in 1954, Kenya

Prof. Kokwaro obtained his D.Phil. in 1987 from the University of Wales and subsequently (1993) did post doctoral studies at the University of Liverpool in UK.

He went through the normal academic ranks from Lecturer in 1984 to Full Professor in 1999. He is a researcher of pharmacology and clinical pharmacology, Professor of Pharmacology and Therapeutics at the University of UK, Professor of Pharmaceutics at the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Nairobi, the Founding Fellow of the Kenya National Academy of Sciences and the Founding Chairman of the Department of Pharmaceutics and Pharmacy Practice at the University of Nairobi.

His research interests are in health of African children with severe diseases in clinical pharmacology of anticonvulsants, severe acidosis as complication, population pharmacokinetics of aminigliycosides, biochemical pharmacology of novel resistance, resistance-reversal antimalarial drugs, and the use of proteomic techniques to identify markers of severe disease.

He was the first Executive Director of the AAS, Director of the Welcome trust Research Laboratories in Nairobi, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Scientific Officer of the African Centre for Clinical Trials, Chairman of the International Academic Board of the Tropical Institute of Community Health and Development in Africa (Kenya). He is author of 55 publications, holder of one patent (2005) and has collaborations with professional societies.

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John O Kokwaro, Prof

Fellow of AAS since1995
Born in Kenya

Prof. Kokwaro obtained his PhD in 1969 from the University of Uppsala in Sweden. He has been a prolific writer who by 1986 had revised and published four books for the flora of East Africa.

He is a retired Professor of Botany (Professor Magnificus) serving on contract terms and still spending his limited time on field research but more with post graduate students at the University of Herbaria. Prof Kokwaro has been in 2004 the Chairman of the governing council of a proposed private University, the first in Kenya to commence with both faculties of health and pure sciences.

His research interests are in systematic Botany and ethnobotany (indigenous botany by the people and for the people). He has several national and international recognitions and awards and, is member of professional societies like the New York Academy of Sciences, the Linnaean Society of London. He has published ten books in systematic, economic botany, ethnobotany and over 70 scientific papers.

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Meave Leakey, Prof


Meave Leakey is one of the world’s foremost authorities on African fossil monkeys and, more recently onhominins through her leadership of the KoobiFora Research Project, the longest continuously running field-based research project concentrating on human origins.

This project has led to the discovery, study and publication of hundreds of fossils and other remains that have deeply illuminated the period of deep human ancestry. Since 1989, Meave has led the annual field expeditions to Lake Turkana in northern Kenya, which has resulted in the discovery of numerous new vertebrate species. Of particular importance are the spectacular fossil hominin discoveries, which have increased our understanding of our own evolutionary past prior to the emergence of Homo sapiens.

In the mid eighties she described three new genera and species of early Miocene apes, Afropithecusturkanensis, Turkanapithecuskalakolensis and Simiolusenjiessi, as well as new specimensof early monkeys. These discoveries increased the complexity of the Miocene early primate record. In 1995 she described a new species of early hominin, Australopithecus anamensis that walked on two legs 4.1 myr ago. A. anamensisprovides the earliest secure evidence of bipedality, and is the oldest known widely accepted member of the human lineage. In 2001 she described another new species of early hominin, Kenyanthropusplatyops, that lived 3.5 myrago and that documents a much greater complexity in early human evolution than previously known or anticipated.

In 2007, she described a new cranium of Homo erectus, which, with other fossils, confirmed the distinctiveness of Homo erectus and Homo habilis, and suggested that these two species lived broadly sympatrically in the same lake basin for almost half a million years. And in 2012, she described new fossils that included a face and a complete mandible that confirm that, in addition to Homo erectus, two species of early Homo lived contemporaneously in East Africa in the early Pleistocene.

Meave Leakey has an exceptional record of fieldwork and world class scholarship on Cenozoic mammalian evolution, with emphasis on primate and human evolution, over the last 25 million years. She has published articles and monographs describing faunal assemblages recovered from many paleontological sites in the Turkana Basin dating between 24 and1 myr.

She holds a faculty position in the Department of Anthropology at Stony Brook University and is a Director of the Turkana Basin Institute in Nairobi, Kenya. She is also an Honorary Fellow of the Geological Society of London.

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Raphael Munavu, Prof

Gender: Male

Prof. Raphael Munavu is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Nairobi where he has served since 1976.  He is   current Chairman of the Kenya National Academy of Sciences (KNAS) as well as   Chairman of the Council of South Eastern University College (SEUCO). 

Prof. Munavu attended Kalamazoo College (B.A, 1967-1970); Wayne State University (M.Sc., 1970- 1972) and the University of Detroit (Ph.D, 1972-1975). He is a specialist in Organic, Environmental and Industrial chemistry.  Publishing over sixty refereed and commissioned papers, he has written extensively on the role of Higher Education, Chemistry, Science, Technology and Innovation in socio-economic development. 

He has also undertaken consultancies on the environmental impacts of utilizing   various natural resources. His research interest is in discovering and developing appropriate and innovative chemical processes for the conversion of locally available resources into useful products.

His achievements include:

  1. Conversion of readily available carbohydrates (sucrose, lactose, fructose and glucose) into furfural, hydroxymethyl furfural (HMF) and HMF dimers using DMSO.  These products have proven and potential industrial uses. Munavu’s team were first to report on these DMSO-mediated reactions
  2. The behaviour of alcohols and diols in the presence of DMSO, dialkylsulphides and bromine. His team were first to report on the synthesis of methylene acetals using diols in the presence of DMSO and bromine. The reaction intermediate, trimethylsulphonium bromide, is now commercially available.
  3. Extraction, chemical studies, and potential uses of vegetable oils from the seeds of local plants. The oil of Croton megalocarpus, Jatropha and cape Chestnut are now being piloted for production of biodiesel in Kenya.

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Gideon Barak Agembo Okelo, Prof

Fellow of AAS since 1988
Born in 1941, Kenya

Prof. Okelo obtained his Medical Degree (MD) from the University of Kenya; DTM&H (Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene) from the School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene of Liverpool, Diploma of MRCP (Member of the Royal Colleges of Physicians), FRCP (Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians) from the University of Edinburgh (Scotland) and MBCHB (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery/Chirurgy) Degree from the University of Calcutta in India.

He is Senior Consultant Physician – specialist in infectious diseases and a global authority on Echinococcosis.  He has served as Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Nairobi, and Director of Medical Services in the Government of Kenya. 

He has been Executive Director and Secretary General of  the African Academy of Sciences (AAS),  Executive Secretary of the Network of African Scientific Organizations (NASO), and Secretary of the Network of African Academy of Science (NASAC). He is member of Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene of London and member of the Advisory Committee to the Editor (ACE) of the book Disease Control Priorities in Developing Countries. He has 100 peer reviewed papers and is an elected Fellow of TWAS.

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Okidi Odidi, C, Prof.

Fellow of the AAS since 1986,
Environmental Law
Born in 1942, Kenya

Dr. Okidi obtained his M.Sc. in 1973 and PhD in 1975 from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, in Massachusetts (USA) in 1975 – 1976.

He became Research Fellow and Post-doctoral Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Centre for International Studies. He then joined the Institute for development studies (IDS) of the University of Nairobi as Research Fellow, Senior Research Fellow and Research Associate Fellow (1976 – 1988) and became full professor in 2002. 

His research interests include international and comparative environmental policy, law and institutions, international water policy and law, law of the sea, public international law, and law and development. He has served as Director of the Centre for Advanced Studies in Environmental Law and Policy at the University of Nairobi and Dean of the Environmental Studies at Moi University and Senior Legal Officer and Task Manager and Chief of Unit at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

He has been member of Board of Management of the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute and member of the National Environment Council of Kenya’s supreme policy organ under the Environmental Management and Coordination.

Also he served as Chairman of the Faculty Committee on Research and Chairman of the Governing Council of Kenya Water Institute. He is member of the American Society of International Law and several other professional societies; he has several national, regional and international awards and recognitions with 30 publications.

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Philip Okinda Owur, Prof

Fellow of AAS since 2009,
Organic Chemistry
Born in 1952, Kenya

Prof. Okinda obtained his M.Sc. in 1978 and PhD in 1980 from the Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland (USA). He then returned to Kenya and became Lecturer at the University of Nairobi.

His research interests include the quality production of black tea, understanding the chemical basis Kenya tea quality and improving both cultural, agronomic and black tea processing technologies. He has successively been Chemist Principal Research Officer, Head of Chemistry, Principal Scientist, Senior Principal Research Officer, Head of Technical Services, and Deputy Director of the Department of Tea Research Foundation of Kenya (TRFK) before he became Professor in 2004 at the University of Maseno.

He has served in different institutions as Director of the School of Graduate Studies in Charge of Administration, Director of International Relations and Interlink of Maseno University. He has been Chairman of the Department of chemistry and Chairman Maseno University High Temperature and Foundry Project; member of the scientific advisory panel of the Board of Directors of the Tea Research Institute of Tanzania (TRIT), and member of technical and scientific advisor of the Rwanda tea industry. He is member of the American Chemical Society and several other professional societies. He has national, regional and international awards and recognitions and also has 200 publications.

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Judith A. Omumbo, Dr

Medical Sciences (Epidemiology)
Gender: Female
Country: Kenya

Dr. Judith A. Omumbo holds a PhD from Oxford University, an MPH (Hebrew University, Israel) and a Bachelor’s degree in Dentistry (University of Nairobi).

She began her career in epidemiology working as part of the KEMRI/Welcome Trust Collaborative Programme in Kenya. She was awarded a Welcome Prize studentship to undertake DPhil at the University of Oxford in modeling the spatial risks of Plasmodium falciparum in East Africa and completed her Dphil in 2005 after which she moved to the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) as an Associate Research Scientist with IRI’s Africa Program until 2011.

Her research interests continue to involve building the capacity of the health sector in Africa to use climate information effectively for decision- making in the control of climate sensitive diseases. She serves on the Scientific Advisory Committee of the World Wide Anti-malaria Resistance Network (WWARN) and the External Technical Advisory Group for AvecNet, a project on “Targeting malaria by hitting the vector” that is led by the Liverpool School of Tropical medicine and sponsored by the European Union.

She has contributed significantly to the development of the use of maps and Geographic Information Systems to undertake the spatial and temporal distribution of malaria in Kenya and the Greater Horn of Africa over the past 15 years of her career. She serves as at technical advisor on malaria international program of the World Health Organization

She has added her knowledge of climate information to capacity building initiatives she has led for climate sensitive disease control program in Eastern Africa. Dr. Omumbo’s vision is for Africa to lead its own agenda or decision making for development needs and this will increasingly become the case as scientists from Africa extend their collaboration and receive recognition by peers in Africa for their achievements.

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Frederick A.O. Otieno, Prof

Field: Civil Engineering
Gender: Male
Country: Kenya

Prof. Fred Otieno currently the Deputy Vice Chancellor: Research, Innovation and Partnerships at the Durban University of Technology, South Africa is a “C” rated Researcher with the National Research Foundation (NRF) South Africa.

He is a Professional registered Engineer (Pr Eng), a Fellow of the South Africa Institution of Civil Engineers (FSAICE), a Senior Fellow of the Water Institute of Southern Africa (WISA) in South Africa and was the WISA President in 2007/2008. He has over 30 years in consulting, lecturing and research activities in his areas of specialization (water, environmental, general civil engineering, project management and general management).

He has successfully supervised over 30 masters and 8 doctoral students and continues to do so. He has been an active researcher in a number of disciplines and more recently focusing on water resources management, water and waste water treatment, solid waste management and general environmental management. He has published over 60 accredited Journal papers and over 120 peer reviewed international conference papers.

He previously worked as a consulting engineer and has over the years consulted for a number of NGO’s, Government Departments, national and international organizations and the United Nations Specialized Agencies in his areas of expertise. He has previously held a number of Non-Executive Director positions, among these being the Vice Chairperson of the Water Research Commission, Non-Executive Director and acting Chairperson of Pikitup in Johannesburg; Chairperson of Softstart BTI Technology incubator and the South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL).

He currently sits on the Boards of  and Randwater and Invotech Incubator, where he is the Chairperson of the Board. He is also involved in the UNESCO’s African National Scientific and Technological Institutions (ANSTI) Board as the Vice Chairperson of its Board as well as being a Council Member of the South African Institution of Civil Engineers.

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Shem Oyoo Wandiga, Prof

Fellow of AAS (2005),
Born in 1939, Kenya

Prof Wandiga obtained his BSc from Howard University in 1967, M.Sc. in January 1972 from the University of Maryland and PhD in June 1972 from the Case Western Reserve University (USA).

He then joined the staff of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Nairobi and rose the ranks to become Professor in 1984. His research interests include the design, synthesis and characterization of metal chalets which have apparent utility as chemotherapeutic agents and as models for metal binding dynamics in biological systems; synthesis and characterization of metal chelates with unique structural features, stereochemistry, optical activity and electronic properties.

His work revealed half-life’s DDT as much shorter in the Tropics than in the Temperate zones (3 months versus 10 years). He was Deputy vice-Chancellor and Principal of the College of Biological and Physical Science at the University of Nairobi. He has been Senate Member Coordinator of Project Investment with the Ministry of Education, Chemistry Committee Coordinator for South and East Africa Chemistry Environment Network of the Association of Science Faculties of African Universities and Kenya Executive Board Representative at UNESCO.

He served as Chairman of the Department of Chemistry and Chairman organizing Committee for the second international chemistry conference in Africa. He is member of the World Conference on Science International Organizing Committee and several others professional societies. He has 101 publications, national and international recognitions and awards

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John Ouma-Mugabe,Prof

Fellow of AAS since 2013
Science and Technology Policy
Prof Mugabe is Professor of Science and Innovation Policy at the Graduate School of Technology Management (GSTM), University of Pretoria and founding Director of the Foundation for Innovation and Technology-Africa (FIT-Africa) Pretoria, South Africa. He is former Executive Director of the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) Nairobi, Kenya, and Director of the Office of Science and Technology of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Midrand, South Africa.
He was a Programme Officer of the International Diffusion of Biotechnology Programme of the International Federation of Institutes of Advanced Study (IFIAS), Maastricht in the Netherlands. Prof. Ouma-Mugabe holds a doctorate degree in political economy of technology and environmental policy from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He serves of many boards and committees of international organizations and programmes.
 Prof Ouma-Mugabe is a fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science (WAAS) since 2001 and Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) since 2013. He has published on science, technology, innovation and environmental policy in Africa. His current research focuses on the political economy of science, technology and innovation policy-making in Africa. He is writing a book tentatively titled Building Links: Science, Innovation and Public Policy in Africa.

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Rosemary Chepkorir Sang, Prof

Fellow of AAS since 2014
Medical Virology, Medical Entomology, Arbovirology
Born in 1953

Over the course of her career, Prof Sang has secured funding of about US $ 10M (WHO/TDR, GEIS, USDA, CNHR,, SIDA, IDRC, Biovision, NIH) and published important findings on Arbovirus ecology, epidemiology, surveillance, discovery and Outbreak Investigations. 2002 – 2014. 

She is and has been a member of the World Health Organization expert committees covering the International Health Regulation (IHR) Roster of experts, in Rift Valley Fever 2013-2016; Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network, 2002 - 2014; WHO scientific working group to review dengue knowledge, set priorities for future research, 2006; Advisory group of independent experts (AGIES) Review smallpox Research  & make recommendations to WHA 2010-2013.

She has also supervised 15  masters and 13 PhD, students and four postdoctoral fellows.

Recognitions: membership in national and other academies, prizes, awards

  • Exemplary contribution in Rift Valley Fever outbreak investigations in Kenya 2006/07, Centre
  • For Disease Control (CDC), 2008.
  • Contribution to Chikungunya outbreak investigations, East Africa 2005, United States Army
  • Medical Research Unit.
  • Contribution to significant improvement in Identification, prevention and control of emerging
  • Infectious diseases, Emerging Infectious Diseases Conference, March 2012, Atlanta, GA, USA.

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Elizabeth Anne Bukusi, Dr

Fellow of AAS since 2014
Obstetrics & Gynaecology; Epidemiology (Health Sciences)  Research Ethics
Born in 1961

Dr Bukusi is currently Chief Research Officer and Deputy Director of Research and Training at the Kenyan Medical Research Institute (KEMRI).
KEMRI is the national body responsible for carrying out health research in Kenya and is ranked as a leading centre of excellence in health research in Africa, as well as globally.  She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Global Health at the University of Washington, an honorary lecturer in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Aga Khan University in Nairobi, and Nairobi University, and Adjunct Associate Professor in Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of California San Francisco.

Her leadership role in research, women’s health and HIV/AIDS is widely recognized and reflected in her numerous commitments to expert committees at the World Health Organization (Department of Reproductive Health and Scientific and Technical Advisory Group, Special Panel on Country Program and Policy Development in Reproductive Health, Scientific and Technical Advisory Group (STAG)).She is a Board Member of the South African Medical Research Council.

Recognitions: membership in national and other academies, prizes, awards, etc

  • 2001-to date Nairobi Clinical Epidemiology Unit
  • 1995 to date Kenya Obstetrical and Gynecological Society
  • 1995 to date Christian Medical Fellowship (Kenya)
  • 1990 to date Kenya Medical Women‟s Association
  • 1997-2000 Kenya Association of University Women
  • 1987to date Kenya Medical Association.

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Abdisalan Mohamed Noor, Dr

Fellow of AAS since 2014
Malaria Epidemiology and Spatial Modeling
Born in 1975

In 2014 Dr Noor was conferred the position of Visiting Professor, University of Oxford. Noor is the Director of INFORM, an initiative aimed at harnessing epidemiological evidence for malaria decision-making across Africa. In 2009 he was awarded the African Union Scientific Award for Life and Earth Sciences.

He has given several plenary talks including one of the opening plenary talks to the Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (MIM) in Durban in 2013. He sits on several WHO and RBM Experts groups and is regarded as the most senior scientific expert in the spatial epidemiology of malaria in Africa. In 2011, he was given a presidential appointment to serve as the Chairman of Kenya’s NCPD.

Recognitions: membership in national and other academies, prizes, awards, etc

  • 2009, African Union Young Scientist National Award in Life and Earth Sciences
  • 2007-2014, Honorary Visiting Fellow, University of Oxford
  • 2012, Current, Fellow - Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
  • 2013, Current, Co-Chair - RBM Monitoring and Evaluation Reference Group
  • 2014, Current, Member, WHO Global Malaria Technical Strategy Steering Committee
  • 2014, Current, Member, WHO Technical Experts Group, Malaria Surveillance, Monitoring and Evaluation
  • 2014,  A Lancet Journal Career Profile
  • 2014, Visiting Professor of Spatial Epidemiology, University of Oxford.

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Amina Abubakar

Fellow since 2017

Born in 1974

Field of Specialisation: Developmental and Health Psychology Sciences

Job Title: Research Fellow at KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme-Kilifi.


Amina Abubakar is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Public Health at Pwani University, Kenya and a Research Fellow at the Kenya Medical Research Institute/Wellcome Trust Research Programme.  She is also an honorary fellow at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, UK. 

Amina is a Kenyan psychologist, who co-leads the Neuroscience research group at Kenya Medical Research Institute-Wellcome Trust Research Programme, based in Kilifi, Kenya. This is a dynamic multidisciplinary research group interested in child and adolescent well-being.  In collaboration with colleagues, she has developed measures of early child development which are currently in use in several African countries. In 2016, she won the Royal Society Pfizer Award in recognition of her pioneering psychological research in East Africa, and for the impact her work has had in the field of neurodevelopmental assessment. Her substantive work has focused on the adverse impacts of a range of health conditions on young people’s neurocognition and mental health. In 2016, she was awarded the MRC/DfID, African Research Leaders award to investigate the associations between executive functioning and mental health, medical adherence, risk taking behaviour and scholastic outcomes among adolescents in the context of HIV.

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Mary Abukutsa-Onyango                

Fellow since 2017

Born in 

Field of Specialisation: Agricultural sciences                       

Job Title: Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research, Production and Extension, JKUAT.