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Dr. Philippe Kuhutama Mawoko

Dr Mawoko is the Director of the African Observatory for STI within the African Union Commission.  Over the last ten years at NEPAD, Dr Mawokocoordinated both the African Science, Technology& Innovation Indicators Initiative (ASTII) and the African Mathematical Institutes Network for the Office of Science and Technology (OST) of the AU-NEPAD Planning & Coordinating Agency (NPCA). Prior to joining OST, Dr Mawoko worked as a Programme Manager in the NEPAD e-Africa Commission. Former Minister of Post and Telecommunications in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), DrMawokoled the initial policy reform in the post and telecommunication sector in the DRC. He served as senior consultant, forecasting new telecommunication products and servicesin the marketing division of Telkom South Africa. He worked as a Senior Manager in charge of the Management of Information system (MIS) section in the electronic division of NedCor Bank in South Africa. Dr Mawoko holds a Ph.D in Mathematics from the University of Salzburg in Austria (1988). He lectured Mathematics and Statistics in several universities including the University of Zimbabwe in Harare, the University of Lesotho in Roma and the University of Kinshasa in the DR Congo. He published in the area of random walks, and continues to contribute in several market demand research projects, ICT and STI.

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Dr.Almamy Konté

Dr Konté is a Senior Expert in Innovation Policy at the African Observatory for Science, Technology and Innovation (AOSTI). Dr Konté has a PhD in Physics and was the Director of Technological Research in the Ministry of Scientific Research in Senegal. Besides this function, which he has held since May 2006, he is appointed in February 2009 as lecturer and researcher in the Faculty of Science and Technology at the Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar. Dr Konté was previously a lecturer and researcher at the Unit for Training and Research in Applied Science and Technology, where he was Head of Information Technology from 2001 to 2005.  Within the scope of his research work, Dr Konté was Associate Researcher in the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste, Italy, from 2001 to 2009. From 2007 to 2009, Dr Konte was the coordinator of the National Steering Committee for the development of the Science and Technology Park, within the framework of the technical assistance given to Senegal and Ghana by the United Nations. As the main Senegalese representative in the ASTII (African Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators) programme since 2007, Dr Konté was responsible for the data produced by Senegal.As a result of his interest in STI indicators and the work he has undertaken on innovation in the informal sector, his name was put forward in November 2011 as member of the Steering Advisory Committee of CESTII (Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators) of South Africa.

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Dr. Bi Irie Vroh

Dr Vroh is Senior Expert, Science and Technology Policy at the African Observatory for STI (AOSTI). Prior to joining AOSTI, DrVroh was Breeder and head of a research for development program for West and Central Africa at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA). Holder of a PhD (1999) in Agronomic Sciences and Bio engineering from theUniversity of Liege, Belgium (Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech), he worked as a Molecular Geneticist and Project Lead in the USA at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, University of Missouri Columbia and Cornell University in the area of biotechnology, genomics, genetic diversity and genetic improvement of crop species. He has led and coordinated several international projects including the Generation Challenge Programme (GCP) for IITA and the HarvestPlus Challenge Programme (biofortification of food crops) engaging several countries in Africa, Latin America and the international research centers of the CGIAR group in the food security and food quality areas. Dr Vroh is presently an expert advisor of the International Foundation for Science (IFS, Sweden). He has conducted several capacity building workshops and mentored students as supervisor of B.Sc., M.Sc. and PhD programmes in connection with various Universities. DrVroh has published several papers in peer reviewed journals including Science, Nature Genetics, The Plant Cell, Bioinformatics, Plant Physiology, Transgenic Plant Journal, Plant pathology, Theoretical and Applied Genetics, Crop Sciences, Plant breeding, African Journal of Biotechnology etc., and has presented his research works at several national and international conferences.

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Mr.Johnstone Kimanzi Kong’otole

Mr. Johnstone Kimanzi is the Finance & Administration Expert of the African Observatory for Science, Technology and Innovation. He holds a Master of Commerce in Accounting from Strathmore University and  a Bachelor of  Commerce- Accounting from the University of Nairobi (2nd class Honours Upper Division) and is a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya ( ICPAK). He has over 8 years of working experience in accounting and finance. Prior to joining the African Observatory for Science Technology and Innovation, he worked at United Nation World Food Programme. His main functions and activities at AOSTI include financial management, accounting, Budgeting, payroll processing, administration and the preparation of financial reports. 

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Latest publications

UNESCO Science Report 2015 - Towards 2030

UNESCO Science Report 2015 - Towards 2030

AOSTI has contributed to the UNESCO Science Report 2015 - Towards 2030. Authors of Chapter 18:   George Essegbey, Nouhou Diaby and Almamy Konte (AOSTI). Read more

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Informal economy in developing nations – Hidden Engine of Innovation?

Informal economy in developing nations – Hidden Engine of Innovation?

AOSTI has contributed to the new book on the informal economy in developing countries published by Cambridge University press. The main contribution of AOSTI includes the Chapter 7 "Innovation Policy...

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Assessment of Scientific Production in the African Union Member States 2005-2010

Assessment of Scientific Production in the African Union Member States 2005-2010

This report on scientific production in Africa comes at a time when the African Union (AU) celebrates and commemorates its 50th anniversary and charts its development trajectory for the next...

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