Tom Kariuki appointed Honorary Professor of a prestigious UK university
Dr Thomas Kariuki has been awarded an Honorary Professorship at LSTM. Dr Kariuki is Director of the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA), an initiative launched in 2015 by the African Academy of Sciences and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) agency. He has been a long-time advocate involved in the global effort to develop vaccines, drugs and diagnostics for poverty related diseases.
Dr Kariuki’s appointment is in recognition of the collaborations, both historical and current, with LSTM. He has previously worked with Professor David Molyneux researching neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and currently with Professor Imelda Bates, working jointly with LSTM’s Capacity Research Unit through the DELTAS Learning Research Programme.
Given that Dr Kariuki leads AESA’s efforts to accelerate word-class research, foster innovation and promote scientific leadership in Africa, his appointment as Honorary Professor will benefit LSTM’s ongoing work to help develop the next generation of clinicians and researchers able to address some of the biggest questions in global health today.
The AAS is a Pan-African organisation headquartered in Kenya, which aims to drive sustainable development in Africa through science, technology and innovation. It has a tripartite mandate of pursuing excellence by recognising scholars and achievers; providing advisory and think-tank functions for shaping the continent’s strategies and policies; and implementing key science, technology and innovation programmes that impact on developmental challenges through the new agenda setting and funding platform, the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA). AESA was created by AAS and the NEPAD Agency.
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Launched in 2015, the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA) is an Africa-led, Africa-centred, and Africa-specific platform for developing strategies, mobilising resources, implementing science, technology and innovation (STI) programmes in Africa and evaluating the impact of these investments.
AESA was created by the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD Agency) in partnership with the Wellcome Trust, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), and the UK Department for International Development, DFID.