AIMS-NEI is governed by a Board that is responsible for appointing AIMS-NEI staff, selecting new AIMS centres for development, raising and distributing funding for AIMS centres, and reviewing their Annual reports. A number of very distinguished pan-African and international figures have been recruited as members of the AIMS-NEI Board. A subset of them will serve as the legal Trustees of AIMS-NEI.

The following persons have agreed to serve on the Board of Directors of AIMS-NEI:

    Prof. Neil Turok (Chair), is the current Director of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.  He is a former Professor of Physics at Princeton University and Chair of Mathematical Physics at the University of Cambridge.  Among his many honours, Prof. Turok has received a Sloan and Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering, the James Clerk Maxwell Medal of the Institute of Physics, he is a Canadian Institute for Advanced Research Fellow in Cosmology and Gravity and a Senior Fellow of Massey College at the University of Toronto.  Born in South Africa, Prof. Turok founded the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in Cape Town in 2003.  For his scientific discoveries and his work founding and developing AIMS, Prof. Turok was awarded a TED Prize in 2008, recognized with the “Most Innovative People” award at the 2008 World Summit on Innovation and Entrepreneurship and received the World Innovation Summit on Education (WISE) award in 2010.  Prof. Turok has a PhD from Imperial College London, 1983.

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    Mr Mohammed Gharbi, is a former Vice-President for the African Development Bank in charge of West and Central Operations, and Chief of Staff for one of the Presidents of the African Development Bank. He has an extensive network among donor and development organizations.  Mr Gharbi specializes in foresight and strategic planning, as well as capacity-building in the private, public and civil society sectors


      Dr. Howard Alper, is a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Ottawa.  He has previously served as Chair of the Board of Governors of the Council of Canadian Academies, Canada’s Science, Technology and Innovation Council, the Canadian Research Knowledge Network and the IAP-Global Network of Science Academies, and is a former president of the Royal Society of Canada.  In 2000, the Governor General of Canada presented Dr. Alper with the first Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal in Science and Engineering, the most prestigious award in Canada for science and engineering.  Dr. Alper is a member of the Advisory Committee for the US National Science Foundation, and the Science Advisory Committee of the World Economic Forum. In 1999, Dr. Alper was named as an Officer of the Order of Canada, in 2002 an Officer of the French National Order of Merit, and in 2014 a Commander of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic. Dr. Alper has a PhD from McGill University, 1967


      Mr Cheikh Tidiane Mbaye, is a specialist in the telecommunications sector as the former CEO of Sonatel, the principal telecommunications provider in Sénégal, and former board member of Intelsat Ltd. Having also held the position of President of the SONATEL Foundation, Mr Mbaye has shown a strong passion for education and especially for increasing access for girls.  As a longtime supporter of AIMS, he is the Chair of the AIMS Senegal Board of Directors. Mr Mbaye is a graduate from the French National Telecommunications Postgraduate School and the French National Statistics and Economic Administration Postgraduate School.


      Mr Chief Ojo Maduekwe, is the former Nigerian High Commissioner to Canada from 2012 to 2015.  He has pursued a long history in Nigerian politics, becoming a member of the National Assembly in 1983, a member of the Constitutional Assembly in 1988 and a Senator in 1998.  He has held several high profile positions within the Nigerian government including Federal Minister of Culture & Tourism (1999-2000), Federal Minister of Transport (2000-2003) and Foreign Affairs Minister (2007-2010). He holds a LLB Honours from the University of Nigeria Nsukka (1972) and became a Barrister-at-Law at the Nigerian Law School in 1973.  Mr. Maduekwe is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, the International Bar Association, a Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Club and is a Senior Partner with Maduekwe & Co.



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