Twenty outstanding scientists from all major regions within Africa will participate in the inaugural Africa Science Leadership Programme (ASLP). The scientists represent basic and applied sciences, and span a wide variety of disciplines including the social sciences and humanities. Among them are six members and one alumnus of the Global Young Academy (GYA).

Africa Science Leadership Programme – Inaugural Fellows at the start of the programme at University of Pretoria, South Africa

The programme has just started on 7 June with a week-long workshop on ‘Leading a new paradigm for African Science’. The fellows will dive deeply into topics such as collective leadership and science communication. Leaders including Prof. Cheryl de la Rey – Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Pretoria – and Sarah Wild – Science Editor of the Mail & Guardian – and others will join the fellows for interactive sessions. The workshop will be followed by a year of application and mentorship, with a follow-up workshop planned for April 2016.


“We are excited about this unique initiative that will support early to mid-career African academics in developing leadership skills,” said Eva Alisic, Co-Chair of the Global Young Academy (GYA).

“The programme will set an example for similar programmes on the continent and elsewhere to follow, to prepare the next generation of scientists for a changing paradigm in science – more interdisciplinary, more globally connected and more relevant than ever before,” added Professor Bernard Slippers, project leader from the University of Pretoria and past co-chair of the Global Young Academy.

Asst Prof Binyam MendisuAddis Ababa University, Ethiopia
Dr Mariamawit YeshakAddis Ababa University, Ethiopia
Dr Lydia AziatoUniversity of Ghana, Ghana
Dr Vincent LogahKwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology, Ghana
Dr Fridah KananaKenyatta University, Kenya
Dr Vidushi Neergheen-BhujunUniversity of Mauritius, Mauritius
Dr Abdeslam BadreMohammed V University, Morocco
Dr Jose FafetineEduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique
Dr Etinosa IgbinosaUniversity of Benin, Nigeria
Dr Abidemi AkindeleUniversity of Lagos, Nigeria
Assoc Prof Emmanuel UnuabonahRedeemer’s University, Nigeria
Dr Eshchar MizrachiUniversity of Pretoria, South Africa
Prof Joleen Steyn-KotzeNelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa
Dr Salerwe MosebiMintek, South Africa
Assoc Prof Olubukola BabalolaNorth West University, South Africa/Nigeria
Dr Surette Van StadenUniversity of Pretoria, South Africa
Dr Connie NshemereierweMartyrs University, Uganda
Dr Alice MatimbaUniversity of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe
Assoc Prof Dexter TagwireyiUniversity of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe
Dr Franscisca MutapiUniversity of Edinburgh, Scotland/Zimbabwe

The Africa Science Leadership Programme is run by the University of Pretoria in partnership with the Global Young Academy, and is funded by the Robert Bosch Foundation. It involves much collaboration, including with the Leopold Leadership Programme at Stanford University and the specialist facilitation company KnowInnovation.

Learn more about the ASLP at:

For more information about the partners of the programme visit the website of

University of Pretoria


Robert Bosch Stiftung

Leopold Leadership Programme