GKI's Advisory Board Members Celebrate Accomplishments and Milestones
The Global Knowledge Initiative's progress to date would not be possible without the advice, support, and time invested by members of GKI's Advisory Board. We are proud to recognize the recent accomplishments of a few of these distinguished individuals.
Ismail Serageldin, co-chair of the Advisory Board, will soon be honored with the National Academy of Sciences' (NAS) most prestigious award, the Public Welfare Medal. He will receive the award on May 1, 2011, during the NAS annual meeting. The medal is awarded annually to a person who exemplifies and champions the use of science for the public good. Serageldin, Director of the Library of Alexandria in Egypt, has dedicated much of his life to supporting sustainable development, solving world hunger, and encouraging freedom of discovery and thought in science. He promotes scientific achievements while emphasizing how the pursuit of science leads to an improved quality of life around the globe. During the recent demonstrations in Egypt, Serageldin, joined by Egyptian youth and Library staff, staunchly defended the Library from potential looters and vandals. His work kept many treasures safe from harm.
Nina V. Fedoroff, co-chair of the Advisory Board, assumed her role as President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) during AAAS's annual meeting "Science Without Borders" February 17-21, 2011 in Washington, DC. Formerly the Science and Technology Advisor to the Secretary of State and to the Administrator of USAID, she currently is the Willaman Professor of Life Sciences and an Evan Pugh Professor at Penn State University. She also serves as Distinguished Visiting Professor at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia. At KAUST, she is establishing a new center for desert agriculture. Fedoroff will use her presidency at AAAS as a platform to encourage the association to further expand its international engagement. She'll serve as President of AAAS for one year, prior to which she served as President-Elect. After her one-year tenure as President, she will serve as Chairperson of the AAAS board.
Mohamed Hassan, a GKI Advisory Board Member, is stepping down from his post as executive director of The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) after 25 years of dedicated service. Hassan's work at TWAS has engaged scientists, especially young scientists, with scientific institutions and policymakers in the developing world. His research on climate issues, including sand transport and the physics of wind erosion, has delved into the relationship between climate and the people of developing nations. Hassan continues to serve as the President of the African Academy of Sciences.
GKI and TWAS share many goals. TWAS is an international organization dedicated to recognizing and supporting science in developing countries, responding to the needs of scientists in those countries, and promoting scientific collaboration to solve major challenges in the developing world.
As one GKI Advisory Board Member steps down from TWAS leadership another takes his place. Romain Murenzi, another GKI Advisor, has recently been appointed as the next Executive Director of TWAS. As Minister of Education, Science, Technology and Scientific Research of Rwanda in the early 2000's, Murenzi oversaw the enhancement and modernization of Rwanda's education system, emphasizing scientific and technological capacity. Most recently, as Director of AAAS's Center for Science, Technology and Sustainable Development, he worked to solve scientific challenges related to sustainable development in the developing world.
GKI is thrilled to announce and celebrate the success and distinguished service of its Advisory Board. We encourage them in their endeavors as we all work towards solving scientific, technological, and innovation challenges in the developing world.
Contributors: Christina Golubski, Andrew Gerard
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