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Meet Africa’s Future Leaders in Science, Engineering, & Technology

March 5, 2020

Room MC C2-125 | 1818 H Street NW, Washington DC

  • Six bright young African PhD students, members of the first cohort of scientists from across the continent awarded scholarships by the Africa Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF) for Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology will share their experiences, research, and plans for applying the knowledge they have gained as part of the program back home.

    In addition to hearing from the PhD students, we will also hear from:

    • African governments and universities – why they see RSIF as a groundbreaking innovation in regional integration and collaboration
    • RSIF donors (World Bank & Korea) – why establishing a regional fund for training, research and innovation in Africa was an operational breakthrough with potential for replication in other regions.

    RSIF is a unique and far-reaching initiative, driven by African governments to accelerate the creation of a skilled and high quality labor force to propel Africa’s socioeconomic transformation. It supports PhD training, which incorporates international and home country study; applied research; and innovation for enterprises in priority development sectors within Africa. Operationalized just 2 years ago, 6 African countries have already joined the fund, along with development partners, including the World Bank, and more will join in 2020.

    RSIF Brochure

    RSIF Flier


  • Join via WebEx

    MC: Sajitha Bashir, Global Adviser on Science, Technology and Innovation, WB




    Networking with WPI students and faculty (Light refreshment will be served)


    Welcome – Ruth Charo, RSIF Program Task Team Leader, World Bank

    Promoting excellence in research in Africa: High quality students, faculty and international partnerships

    African Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF) Scholars

    Video: Jean Baptiste Habinshuti (Rwanda), David Oluwasegun Afolayan (Nigeria), Fatoumata Thiam (Senegal), and Richard Kipyegon Koech (Kenya)

    Lightning talks: Pauline Munganyinka (Rwanda) and Emmanuel Effah (Ghana)

    International Partner University - Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)

    Winston Soboyejo, Provost and Senior Vice President, WPI

    PhD supervisors: Carrick Eggleston, Brajendra Mishra, Kehinde Oyewole, Ulkuhan Guler

    African Host Universities

    Maïssa Mbay (University Gaston Berger, Senegal), Peter Onwualu (African University of Science and Technology, Nigeria)


    Creating a pan-African science fund: Innovations in financing and governance

    RSIF Regional Coordination Unit

    Moses Osiru, Manager, Regional Coordination Unit, icipe

    RSIF Contributing Government

    Hon. Dr. Valentine Uwamariya, Minister of Education, Rwanda

    PASET Executive Board

    Aminata Sall Diallo, Executive Director, PASET Executive Board

    RSIF Donor

    Bokwon Lee, Advisor to the Executive Director, Korea


    The World Bank’s support for RSIF

    Deborah L. Wetzel, Director for Regional Integration in Africa, WB

    Safaa El Tayeb El-Kogali, Education Practice Manager for Eastern and Southern Africa, WB

    Luis Benveniste, Regional Director for Human Development in Latin America and the Caribbean, WB

    Jaime Saavedra, Global Director for Education, WB





    Last Updated: Mar 03, 2020