Professor Aderemi Kuku, the president of the African Academy of Sciences, made the appointment, which is effective from 8 May 2015, after consultation with other members of the Governing Council. Toteu takes over from Thomas Kariuki who is now the director of the AAS’s Alliance for Accelerating Excellence (AESA) in Science in Africa.
Toteu, who is currently working in the UNESCO Regional Office in Nairobi as Earth Sciences specialist, joins the 13-member Governing Council, the highest decision body of the academy, and the four-member AAS Management Committee.
He will look after the financial interests of the academy, and will serve as an ex-officio member of the Board of Trustees of the AAS Endowment Fund and also the Audit and External Risk Committee.
The Cameroon-born geologist has lectured at the University of Botswana and South Africa’s University of Cape Town and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. He served as the vice president (2001-2004) and president (2004-2008) of the Geological Society of Africa for Central Africa.
He is deputy secretary general for Africa of the Commission of the Geological Map of the World and was a member of the Board of the International Year of Planet Earth.
Toteu is an experienced international scientist and an accomplished scientific diplomat on behalf of African Earth Science. He has made substantial contributions to knowledge of the chronostratigraphy of the Pan-African Belt, both within and beyond Cameroon, ore deposits in Central Africa and is a leading scientist on the Tectonic Map of Africa.