Banyaga, Augustin, Prof.

Fellow of AAS since 2009; Mathematics
Born in 1947, Rwanda - USA

Prof. Banyaga was educated in Switzerland where he obtained B.Sc. in 1971, M.Sc. in 1972 and PhD in 1976 from the University of Geneva. He is currently at the Department of Mathematics of the Pennsylvania State University.

He held his first position in New Jersey at the Institute of Advance study of Princeton in 1977, and then moved to Harvard University as Assistant Professor in 1978, became Associate Professor in 1984 and Professor in 1992.

He was visiting Professor at the University of Louvain in Belgium, Warwick in UK; Butare in Rwanda, Porto Novo in Benin; Maryland and Howard in USA. His research interests are in algebra, geometry, typology, contact, poisson, and dynamics sympletic, locally conformal sympletic, volume preserving and measure preserving diffeomorphisms of smooth manifolds.

He has collaborations with Professional Organizations and Scientific Institutions; also has national and international awards and recognitions. He has 70 articles and 2 books published.

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Murenzi, Romain, Prof

Fellow of AAS since 2011, Physics with specialization in Mathematical Physics
Born in 1959, Rwanda

Romain Murenzi is the executive director of TWAS, the academy of sciences for the developing world, in Trieste, Italy. Murenzi was born in Rwanda and raised in Burundi.

After graduating from the National University of Burundi in 1982, he taught mathematics in high school for three years before being awarded a fellowship for doctoral studies from the Catholic University of Louvain, where he earned his doctorate degree in physics in 1990.

Murenzi subsequently became a postdoctorate researcher at the Center for Research and Advanced Training in Scientific Computation in Toulouse, France, and a professor of physics at Clark Atlanta University in the United States. Between 2001 and 2009, he served as the minister of science and technology in Rwanda.

He returned to the United States in 2009 to assume a joint appointment as director of the Center for Science, Technology, and Sustainable Development at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Washington, DC, and visiting professor at the University of Maryland's Institute of Advanced Computer Studies in College Park, Maryland.

He was appointed executive director of TWAS in April 2011. Murenzi is member of the following boards:  the Global Research Council (GRC), the Global Viral Network (GVN), and the Sustainable Development Solution Network (SDSN). Murenzi's major areas of research include multidimensional continuous wavelet transforms to quantum mechanics, image and video processing, and science and technology policy.

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Agnes Binagwaho 

Fellow since 2017

Born in 1954

Field of Specialisation: Medical and health sciences

Job Title: Vice Chancellor – University of Global Health Equity, Rwanda.

Professor Agnes Binagwaho, MD, M(Ped), PHD is a Rwandan pediatrician who completed her MD at the Université Libre de Bruxelles and her MA in Pediatrics MA at the Université de Bretagne Occidentale. She was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science from Dartmouth College and earned a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Rwanda College of Business and Economics, with her PhD Dissertation titled "Children’s Right to Health in the Context of the HIV Epidemic".

Professor Binagwaho was named Vice Chancellor of the University of Global Health Equity in 2017. From 2002-2016, she served the Rwandan Health Sector in high-level government positions, first as the Executive Secretary of Rwanda's National AIDS Control Commission, then as Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, and then for five years as the Minister of Health. She is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, a Professor of the Practice of Global Health Delivery at the University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda, and an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. In October 2017, she was inducted into the US National Academy of Medicine.

In 2015, she received the annual Roux Prize and Ronald McDonald House Charities Award of Excellence. With over 150 peer-reviewed publications, her academic engagements include research across areas including health equity, HIV/AIDS, information and communication technologies (ICT) in e-health, and pediatric care delivery systems.

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