Benjamin Gyampoh steps down as Programme Manager

Immediate release

Nairobi, Kenya, 22 January 2018-The African Academy of Sciences wishes to announce the departure of Dr Benjamin Apraku Gyampoh as Programme Manager with effect from 12 January 2018.
Dr Gyampoh, who is affectionately known as Benji, joined the AAS in 2012 as Programme Officer where he revived "Whydah", later rebranded as Science*Policy*Africa, the flagship newsletter for the Academy; and was later responsible for the Climate Impact Research Capacity and Leadership Enhancement (CIRCLE), a programme to develop the research skills and leadership of early career African researchers in the field of climate change. CIRCLE is a partnership between the AAS and the UK-based Association of Commonwealth Universities, implemented with the support of the UK Department for International Development (DFID).
Benji was promoted in 2015 to Programme Manager and his portfolio grew in 2017 to include the AESA-RISE Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme, a scheme to support the training of postdoctoral researchers in Africa.

“Benji’s passion for training scientists was evident in the vigour and diligence with which he implemented CIRCLE leading to its success. He will be greatly missed,” said AESA Director Dr Tom Kariuki. 
Under Benji's management, CIRCLE recruited 100 post-master’s and PhD fellows who published over 100 papers in peer reviewed journals and attended over 200 conferences and training workshops from the inception of the fellowships in 2015 to date. The current phase of the programme ends in 2018. The CIRCLE programme also consistently scored an A+ from the DFID’s annual performance evaluation.
“I am proud of CIRCLE’s achievements and the work done by the African Academy of Sciences to provide training to African scientists in an area of great importance to the continent.

"Africa’s young people are no longer its future but its present and I applaud the AAS for its commitment to building their capacity. I am very grateful to the AAS for the capacity built in me as well and I thank my colleagues and all researchers and institutions I worked with for a very rewarding experience,” Dr Gyampoh said.

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