Vidushi Neergheen-Bhujun is a senior lecturer since 2014 Department of Health Sciences and ANDI Centre for Biomedical and Biomaterials Research at the Faculty of Science of the University of Mauritius. She graduated with a PhD in Biosciences in 2008.
Vidushi has research interest centered on the cancer chemopreventive effects of bioactive extracts derived from food and medicinal plants indigenous to Mauritius. Vidushi is determined at finding locally optimised solutions for the prevention and management of cancer, an intensifying problem on the African continent, including Mauritius. Her research interfaces with medicine, molecular biology and biochemistry and has culminated in more than 50 impactful communications.
Moreover, she has been an active member of the Global Young Academy from 2012 to 2017, is a Next Einstein Forum Ambassador and is a fellow of the African Science Leadership Program. In 2014, she was honoured by the World Economic Forum as one of the Global Young Scientists 2014/2015, a group of scientists with a proven track record of advancing the frontiers of science in areas of high societal impact. In 2017, she received the Best African Woman Researcher Award from Merck Africa for her outstanding contribution to cancer research.
Ghada Bassioni is currently the Head of the Chemistry Division at the Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University in Cairo (Egypt). She is appointed as the Egypt-Germany coordinator, Science and Technology Development Fund, Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. She is a Doctor rerum naturalium of the Technische Universität München, in Munich (Germany).
She is a member of the Egyptian National Committee for Pure and Applied Chemistry, Egyptian Academy of Scientific Research and Technology and has been a member of the Global Young Academy since 2013. She has been recognized with several national, regional and international awards and was selected as an academic visitor and panelist at the Nobel Laureates meetings in Lindau (Germany) in 2012 and 2014, respectively. In 2013, Ghada Bassioni received the Young Scientist Award at the World Economic Forum in Dalian, China. In 2016, she has been awarded the Fulbright fellowship as well as the L.A.B. fellowship of three organizations: Nobel Laureate Meetings in Lindau, the European Forum in Alpbach and the Falling Walls in Berlin.
She has organized a significant number of scientific and gender-related conferences and workshops as women’s representative from 2005-2007 at the Technical University Munich, as Chair of the Women’s Initiative at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Abu Dhabi Section 2009-2011, and as a member and lead of the Women in Science working group of the Global Young Academy. She has received the LEWA Leadership Excellence for Women award runner-up in 2013 and was an invited speaker within Springboard Women’s Development Project, organized by the British Council in 2013.
ISABELLE ADOLÉ GLITHO
Isabelle Adolé Glitho-Akueson is Full Professor of Animal Biology (specialty in Entomology) in Université de Lomé (Togo). She was Invited Professor at the Université de Tours (France) from 1993 to 2011, at the Université de Niamey (Niger) and at the Université de Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) from 1990 to 2015.
With more than 35 years of experience in teaching and research, she has more than 120 papers, 70 communications and 3 scientific books in several areas of Entomology (Integrate Pest Management and insect vectors Management). To date, she trained more than 50 young researchers from different countries in Africa, especially in agricultural and medical entomology.
She is holder of the UNESCO Chair "Women, Science and Sustainable Water Management in West Africa” and President of the Regional Experts Commission of West Africa for Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (CRE-DRAO/AUF). Isabelle Glitho is the Vice-Président of Togolese National Academy of Science, Art and Letters (ANSALT) and the African Academy of Sciences fellow. Professor Glitho is Officer of Togo Academic Palms, Knight of CAMES Academic Palms, Knight of La Légion d’Honneur (France) and Laureate for the Regional African Union Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Award 2013.
Jean-Baptiste Meyer is senior researcher at the Institute of Research for Development and professor in various universities in Europe and Africa. He has run research and higher education programmes with the National University of Colombia, the University of Cape Town (South Africa), the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences in Buenos Aires (Argentina) as well as in North Africa and Soudan more recently.
Jean-Baptiste Meyer has been coordinating the CIDESAL European research and development project, on diaspora incubators, developing new methods and instruments for global mobility understanding and management.
His works include : El nuevo nomadismo cientifico : la perspectiva latinoamericana (ESAP, 1998), Scientific Diasporas (IRD editions, 2003), La société des savoirs : trompe l’oeil ou perspectives (L'Harmattan 2006), A sociology of diaspora knowledge networks (2011), Diaspora : towards the new frontier (2015).
Tolu Oni is an Associate Professor in Public Health at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She has been born in Nigeria and got a PhD in United Kingdom. She is a Public Health Physician/urban epidemiologist and leads the Research Initiative for Cities Health and Equity (RICHE), a transdisciplinary urban health research collaborative providing evidence to support implementation of healthy public policies. RICHE activities include Systems for Health projects: investigating how urban systems (e.g. housing, food) can be harnessed for health; and Health Systems projects: integrated heath systems responses to changing patterns of disease and multimorbidity in the context of urbanisation.
She has published over 40 manuscripts in international journals, and has given presentations at international academic (urban health, HIV, TB) and non-academic meetings including the United Nations High Level Political Forum for Sustainable Development, New York; and the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting, Davos 2018. Profiled in the Lancet journal in 2016, she is also a 2016 Next Einstein Forum Fellow, Fellow of the WEF Global Future Council on Health/Healthcare, Fellow of the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study; and is co-Chair of the Global Young Academy.