The Next Einstein Forum (NEF) has launched the search for fifty-four of Africa’s top young science and technology ambassadors, one from each African country. The selected NEF Ambassadors will join the NEF Fellows Class as young science and technology champions from Africa.
The Next Einstein Forum (NEF), an African Institute for Mathematical Science (AIMS) initiative in partnership with the Robert Bosch Stiftung, will unite more than 500 outstanding thinkers and distinguished stakeholders from around the world together in Africa for the first ever NEF Global Gathering on 8-10 March 2016 under the patronage of Macky Sall, President of Senegal.
The NEF Ambassadors will have the opportunity to network with NEF Fellows, acclaimed scientists and technology leaders as well as industry and policy leaders at an innovative gathering that will focus on how science and technology can solve global challenges and accelerate human development.
‘The NEF is unique in that fifty percent of participants at the NEF’s Global Gathering will be under forty-two years old. The NEF Ambassadors will represent their countries and the continent on a global stage, joining the movement for science-driven growth and development,’ said Thierry Zomahoun, chairperson of the NEF and president and CEO of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS).
NEF Ambassadors should be residents of an African country, under forty-two years of age, have completed advanced studies in science, technology or have significant entrepreneurial achievements, have a track record of leadership in their community, are passionate about promoting science and technology and have an active online profile and following.
‘As NEF Ambassadors, the group of fifty-four young men and women, will join our NEF Fellows as the face of science and technology from Africa. They will embody the potential of a continent that will be the hub of science and innovation in the next few decades. We believe the next Einstein will be African,’ said Zomahoun.
The NEF has been endorsed by the African Union Commission as well as the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco), the governments of Rwanda, Senegal and South Africa, the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and a growing number of private sector partners from across the world who are passionate about positioning Africa’s scientific community as an influential member in the global scientific community, which will ensure sustainable human development in Africa and other parts of the world.
Applications are available at www.nef.org/ambassadors and will be received until 31 August 2015. The final list of NEF Ambassadors will be published 15 November 2015.