Faten Hamdi is an agronomist, with specialized training in horticulture and plant protection, educated at the Institut Supérieur Agronomique in Chott-Meriem, Tunisia. She holds a PhD in Biology and Agricultural Sciences from Montpellier 2 University, France, and the University of Sousse, Tunisia.
Throughout her university studies, she has been interested in the biological and integrated protection of plants.
She discovered her entrepreneurial spirit by participating, during the second year of her PhD, in the Programme d’Accompagnement à la Création d’Entreprises Innovantes en Méditerranée launched by the the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD France). She was among the winners of the first edition.
After obtaining her PhD in France, she returned to Tunisia to create the company ControlMed, devoted to the production of insects useful for agriculture. Her project was innovative in Tunisia.
Faten Hamdi keeps in touch with the world of research by developing collaborations with Tunisian, Mediterranean and African scientific and higher education research institutions.
She seeks to develop the activity of her young company and to develop it internationally.
NATHALIE PERSSON ANDRIANASITERA
Nathalie Persson is scientific coordinator of international support programmes in food science and social sciences research at the International Foundation for Science (IFS).
The mission of the foundation is to support the most promising young scientists in the developing world through a competitive small research grant scheme.
Nathalie Persson is responsible for the process of identification of the best candidates with research projects in social sciences and food security and nutrition issues. She preselects projects for further review and recruits independent reviewers as well as senior scientists from the five continents for a scientific committee that makes grant recommendations. She also administers the whole process whilst managing a lasting relationship with the network of human resources who contribute to the mission of the foundation in her research areas of responsibility.
She also works with capacity building as a trainer and/or coordinator to train scientific methodology and proposal writing, scientific communication and presentation techniques for prospective grant applicants, for grantees and has demonstrated good results from accompanying measures tailored for applicants from institutions and countries that usually show a low rate of success in research grant applications.
She has initiated, coordinated, or managed IFS participation in many scientific events (conferences, workshops, seminars, and scientific meetings) in Europe, Africa, Latin America and Asia, including for example the PanAfrican conference Food Africa improving food system in Africa, co-funded by the EU; MISTRA (The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research) funded initiative on traditional grains, environment friendly solutions and poverty alleviation; Sunray, sustainable nutrition in Africa for the years to come.
She has managed with demonstrated good results interdisciplinary/team projects: Collaborative research grant programme between Central and West Africa research institutions (CORAF WECARD), the IFS green water research grant project funded by SIDA (Swedish International Development Agency).
She has long experience of working in a multicultural environment and speaks fluently four languages including French and English.
Her background is in food science, nutrition and in business and administration. She was trained in Dijon, France as Ingénieur ENSBANA (Food Science and Applied Nutrition), and as Ingénieur IESIEL-INA in Dairy Economy and Industries in Paris. She was trained as a Marketer at Påhlmans Handelsinstitut in Stockholm, Sweden. Earlier she attended as well a nine month business course at IGIA-ESSEC (Economics and Business School) in Cergy, France.
VERONICA ACHIENG OKELLO
Veronica Okello is a researcher and a lecturer at Machakos University in the Department of Physical Sciences and also doubles up as the Director of Quality Assurance.
Veronica has a PhD in Analytical/Environmental Chemistry from State University of New York at Binghamton, USA.
Currently, her research focuses on the development of green sustainable remediation approaches for heavy metals and non-conventional pharmaceuticals pollutants, persistent organic pollutants. In addition, she also has interest in the development of nanoscale materials that offer new possibilities for the development of novel remediation and environmental monitoring technologies.
Veronica has participated as a trainee in several Chemical Safety and Security Programs both locally and internationally and she is currently actively involved in the development of a curriculum that will see the inclusion of Chemical Safety, Chemical Security and Chemical Weapons Convention into University Curriculum in Kenya. Worth noting is her recent participation in Global Chemists’ Code of Ethics Science and Technology Leadership Program that was held in May in Nairobi, Kenya and the Reputable Chemical Supplier Workshop, organized by Sandia International Laboratories, USA, held in Serena Beach Hotel, Mombasa.
In addition, she is the founder and coordinator of Go Green MksU club, a vibrant student club operating on the principles of Green Chemistry. In her spare time, Veronica enjoys participating in mentorship programs for students and community development projects where in the later she is actively involved in promotion of Chemical Safety and Security programs in both formal and non-formal institutions/sectors.
Now retired, François Piuzzi was director of research in physico-chemistry at the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission. He is an expert in the application of lasers in physico-chemistry.
He founded the instrumentation prize in physical chemistry awarded annually since 2007 by the Division of physical chemistry, common to the Société chimique de France and the Société française de Physique.
He chairs the "Physique sans Frontières" commission of the Société française de physique, of which he is a member of the board. He was president of the Physics for Development group of the European Society of Physics. He is also a member of the board of the Association pour la promotion scientifique de l'Afrique.
Alice Matimba is the Overseas Courses Development Officer based at the Wellcome Genome Campus, Advanced Sciences and Scientific Conferences in Hinxton, United Kingdom. Her role is to coordinate and expand the portfolio of overseas courses and to develop links with networks and centres in low and middle income countries in Africa, Asia and South America.
Alice Matimba graduated with her PhD in Human Genetics from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Thereafter, she pursued a pharmacogenomics postdoctoral research fellowship at the Mayo Clinic, USA before joining the University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences in 2012, where she focused on health education and research in non-communicable diseases, pharmacology, genomics and ethics.
She has received several grants and implemented research as the Principal Investigator on various projects. She is also a member of the Global Young Academy and was an inaugural fellow of the African Science Leadership Programme. Through this she has developed an extensive network with researchers and experts in academic and capacity development fields.