Thomas Kariuki, director of the new Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa, tells Justus Wanzala why one of his challenges will be getting African governments to commit more funding to science.
The Kenyan biomedical scientist was appointed director on 30 March. Research Africa caught up with Kariuki last week, asking him about his priorities in his new job.
The Nairobi-based AESA is a pan-African science funding and agenda-setting platform created by the African Academy of Sciences and The New Partnership for Africa’s Development Agency. It has been offered seed funding by NEPAD as well as by three international research funders: the Wellcome Trust, the UK Department for International Development and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.