ABOUT IPA


Five years ago, AIF initiated the IPA to support African innovators by unlocking their potential and catalyzing the African innovation spirit, promoting home-grown solutions for Africa’s prosperity.
We seek to:


Today, IPA is a leading platform on the African innovation landscape; it has a network of 6000+ African innovators spanning 50 countries; 45 of the continent’s top innovators and 35+ innovation enablers.


The Awards

7 Nominees each receive a voucher worth US$ 5,000

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Thematic Focus

The Prize focuses on the following Innovation areas:

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Meet the IPA Team

IPA Director

Pauline Mujawamariya-Koelbl

IPA Process Manager

Robinson Esialimba


IPA 2017

Here's information on how to apply for IPA 2017. Find out more if you are interested in being an Evaluator. Also check, out the competition key dates below.



APPLICANTS

Do you want to apply for IPA 2017? Download the Call for Applications then click below.

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EVALUATORS

If you are keen to join our IPA 2017 team of Evaluators, click here

IPA 2017



Key dates for IPA 2017

Deadline for Submissions 03 January 2017

  1. Pre-screening: 03 Oct 2016 – 6 Jan 2017
  2. Screening: 01 Nov 2016 – 31 Jan 2017
  3. Judges review : 6 Feb – 6 March 2017
  4. Shortlisting: 13 - 24 March 2017
  5. Validation: 27 March – 28 April 2017
  6. Phone interviews: 08 – 25 May 2017
  7. Face to face interviews & Awards ceremony: July 2017 (Exact date TBC)

NEWSROOM


Featured


I have read with keen interest the African Innovation Foundation’s IPA journey during the last 5 years, seeking excellence and ingenuity in African innovators and inventors. Your ability to build and drive a brand around mobilising African innovators and entrepreneurs, who deliver market oriented solutions to African challenges and supporting them through your processes is unique and most relevant now than ever for our continent. I would like to emphasise that the future of Africa, as a continent, lies within our ability to be self-sustained in products and services, as well as in maintaining a steady growth of world class entrepreneurs in the Science Technology and Innovation space.


HE Lt. Gen. Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama
President of Republic of Botswana; IPA 2016 Awards ceremony, Gaborone



AIF Call for IPA 2017 Applications

African innovation: investing in prosperity

A truly Pan-African initiative for Africans by Africans, hosted in all four corners of the continent!

Rabat, Morocco – 27 September 2016 The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) driver of The Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) is pleased to announce today the launch of the sixth edition of the IPA awards by calling for applications to the prestigious competition. The competition once again offers Africa’s top crop of innovators a share in a grand prize of US$150 000. . . .[...]



. . . in the News



10 nominees announced for AIF’s Innovation Prize for Africa 2016

Gaborone, Botswana 09 May 2016 – The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) today announced the top 10 nominees for its landmark programme, the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA). Now celebrating its 5th year under the theme “Made in Africa”, IPA is the premier innovation initiative in the African continent, offering a grand share prize of US$150 000 and incentives to spur growth and prosperity in Africa through. . .[...]




AIF announces IPA 2016 Call for Applications

3 August 2015, Zurich, Switzerland– Are you an African ground breaker? Can you innovate for positive change? Do you want to be part of the growing innovation movement in Africa? Does your innovation boast the “Made in Africa” brand?

If your answer is yes to the above, then you’re invited to participate in the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) 2016 competition. The IPA is an initiative of the African Innovation Foundation (AIF) that was established in 2011. It aims to mobilize African innovators and entrepreneurs. . . .[...]


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Winners & Nominees

Each year, 10 nominees are selected through a rigorous and validated process driven by an expert panel of judges. The top three innovations are selected and the winners receive a share prize of US$ 150 000 with each nominee receiving a US$ 5 000 voucher. Meet the 45 best African innovators.

Pauline Mujawamariya Koelbl

Director

Pauline Mujawamariya Koelbl joined the African Innovation Foundation in July 2011 as the IPA Program Director,f but is also responsible for managing the innovation and technology programs of the Foundation. Pauline focuses on cultivating market-orientated solutions for African-led development across the continent, building an innovation ecosystem that will invigorate economic growth across Africa.

Pauline has more than 15 years’ international development experience with organizations such as UNICEF and GTZ in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, ENDA Tiers Monde in Senegal, and the Jewish Family and Children’s Service and TANGO International in the USA.

Prior to joining the AIF, she worked for the World Health Organization in Geneva and the Research Corporation for Science Advancement Foundation in USA. Pauline currently serves as a board member of the Flame Tree Initiative, a US-based NGO that focuses on using ICTs to address the digital divide through collaboration with African universities. She is also one of the Bellagio/PopTech Catalysts, a joint initiative between the Rockefeller Foundation and PopTech which brings together a global community of innovators and thought leaders from different fields to share insights and work together to create lasting change.

Pauline has a BA Honors degree in international studies from the University of Arizona with a core focus on sub-Saharan Africa development. She also has a Master’s degree in Poverty and Development from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Sussex University, United Kingdom where she was a Fulbright Scholar. In addition, Pauline served as a Fulbright Fellow at UNESCO, Paris, focussing on freedom of expression, democracy and peace.

Pauline has a passion for people and their development, and dedicates her time towards ensuring the economic and social empowerment of Africans.Recently, she received the Social Responsibility Alumna Award from the University of Arizona Honors College for her commitment in promoting social responsibility throughout her life.

Robinson Esialimba

IPA Process Manager

Robinson Esialimba joined the African Innovation Foundation in September 2013 as Process Manager, responsible for operational running of the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) and related activities.

Prior to joining AIF, Robinson founded and was managing an online platform that provided African technology startups with business strategy consulting and connections to viable sources of financing.

Robinson comes with a wealth of management experience of over 10 years, having worked in senior management positions in international organizations and UN agencies in Africa and Europe. He was a Senior Technical Officer with the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva,Switzerland, advising on patent licensing for vaccine and pharmaceutical companies in Africa.

Robinson holds a law degree from the University of Nairobi in Kenya, and a Masters in Law from the University of Lund in Sweden, specializing in intellectual property law and innovation. In addition to intellectual property law, he has interests in private equity financing, international trade law and project management.

Laura Yuego

IPA Program Officer

Laura Yuego is the IPA Program Officer. She joined AIF in 2013 and provides operational support to the program with a focus on francophone African innovation ecosystem. Her skills include project management, websites and platforms administration, translations and event organization.

Laura worked several years in Higher education as a Research Assistant at the Faculty of Law in the University of Yaoundé 2 (Cameroon). Laura has over seven years’ experience working in the nonprofit sector in Africa and Switzerland. Prior to joining AIF, Laura worked in project management for Swiss NGOs specialized in humanitarian emergency aid and development aid.

She holds a Master’s degree in African Business Law from the University of Yaounde 2 (Cameroon) and a Master’s degree in Management of projects in Africa from the University of Paris 11 (France).

1st Prize

Valentin Agon

Api-Palu

Dr Valentin Agon is from Benin and specialises in alternative medicine; he has received a doctorate for his research in this field. Valentin has been the recipient of several awards - both for his work on alternative medicine and promoting innovation and entrepreneurship in Africa.

Valentin developed Api-Palu, an anti-malaria drug treatment made from natural plant extract. It is significantly cheaper than available anti-malarial drugs, and has great inhibitory effects on 3D7 strains of plasmodium falciparum the causative agent of malaria. Sub-Saharan Africa is home to 88% of malaria cases and 90% of malaria deaths reported globally (WHO: 2015) with some African governments spending up to 40% of their public health budgets on malaria treatment. Api-Palu manifests as a fast rate of malaria parasite clearance from the blood following short term treatment, with relatively lower doses. It is available in tablets, capsules or syrup. The drug has been approved in Benin, Burkina Faso, Tchad, and Central Africa Republic because of its therapeutic and non-toxic effects.

Highest Social Impact

Eddy Agbo

Urine Test for Malaria (UMT)

Dr Eddy Agbo is a molecular bio-technologist from Nigeria, and Chairman/CEO of Fyodor Biotechnologies, promoters of UMT. Eddy has a PhD in Molecular Genetics from Utrecht University in Netherlands and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Prior to founding Fyodor, he held a senior research position at John Hopkins University, USA.

Urine Test for Malaria (UMT) was developed by Eddy. It is a rapid non-blood diagnostic medical device that can diagnose malaria in less than 25 minutes. Africa has the highest number of malaria cases worldwide; more often than not, when fever is detected, anti-malaria medication is administered. However, the inability to quickly diagnose and commence malaria treatment can lead to various complications including kidney failure, build-up of lung fluid, aplastic anaemia and even death. UMT uses a dip-stick with accurate results in just 25 minutes. The technology detects malaria parasite proteins in the patient’s urine with fever due to malaria. The UMT is simple and affordable, and a potential game changer in managing malaria and saving lives across Africa.

2nd Prize

Imogen Wright

Exatype

Dr. Imogen Wright is a South African scientist who holds a first-class degree in physics and computer science from Rhodes University, a Masters in Theoretical Physics from Canada’s Perimeter Institute and a PhD from the University of the Western Cape.

Imogen’s innovation, Exatype is a software solution that enables healthcare workers to determine HIV positive patients’ responsiveness to ARV drug treatment. According to WHO, 71% of people living with HIV/AIDS reside in Africa. Until now, governments’ response has been to ensure access to treatment for all. However, a growing number of people on ARVs are resistant to drug regimens, leading to failure of the therapy, exacerbating the continent’s HIV/AIDS burden. Exatype processes the highly complex data produced by advanced “next-generation” DNA sequencing of the HIV DNA in a patient’s blood. Through a simple report, it detects drugs that are resistant to the patient, then highlights the need to avoid these to ensure successful treatment. Exatype has the potential to contribute towards effectively managing HIV/AIDS in Africa, and also holds promise in helping detect drug resistance for other disease burdens such as Tuberculosis (TB) and malaria.

Eddy Agbo

Urine Malaria Test UMT (Nigeria)


Dr Eddy Agbo is a molecular bio-technologist from Nigeria, and Chairman/CEO of Fyodor Biotechnologies, promoters of UMT. Eddy has a PhD in Molecular Genetics from Utrecht University in Netherlands and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Prior to founding Fyodor, he held a senior research position at John Hopkins University, USA.

Urine Test for Malaria (UMT) was developed by Eddy. It is a rapid non-blood diagnostic medical device that can diagnose malaria in less than 25 minutes. Africa has the highest number of malaria cases worldwide; more often than not, when fever is detected, anti-malaria medication is administered. However, the inability to quickly diagnose and commence malaria treatment can lead to various complications including kidney failure, build-up of lung fluid, aplastic anaemia and even death.

UMT uses a dip-stick with accurate results in just 25 minutes. The technology detects malaria parasite proteins in the patient’s urine with fever due to malaria. The UMT is simple and affordable, and a potential game changer in managing malaria and saving lives across Africa.

Andre Nel

Green Tower (South Africa)


André Nel has an M.Eng degree (electronics and software) from the University of Pretoria in South Africa and has been registered as Professional Engineer since 1991. Andre is passionate about energy efficiency and renewable energy, and has been developing solutions for the Green Economy since 2007. He is a recipient of several awards.

Andre’s innovation, Green Tower is an off-grid water heating and air conditioning solution based on solar power that uses advanced thermos-dynamics to create up to 90% savings in electricity consumption. Water heating and air conditioning systems can account up to 60% of energy consumption in a home or building. There are a number of heating and cooling systems in the market, but few that have demonstrated consistency in efficiencies regardless of weather conditions.

The Green Tower improves efficiency of a solar heat pump with solar thermal collectors, low pressure storage tanks and heat exchangers. With Africa’s middle class rapidly growing and demand for energy outstripping supply, this initiative has the potential for large scale roll out. Green Tower can conserve limited energy resources, diverting them from heating and cooling systems to more productive industries.

Godwin Benson

Tuteria (Nigeria)


Godwin holds a first-class honours systems engineering degree from the University of Lagos in Nigeria and was best engineering Student and 3rd Best Overall Student in the entire graduating set. He worked briefly at ExxonMobil as an Onsite Support Engineer, and also at Deloitte Nigeria as an Information Security Associate before developing Tuteria.

Tuteria is an innovative peer-to-peer learning online platform that allows people who want to learn any skill, whether formal or informal, to connect with anyone else in proximity who is offering that skill. For instance, a student needing math skills can connect online with someone in their vicinity offering remedial classes in mathematics. The tutors and the learners form an online community that connects them, and once a fit is established, they meet offline for practical exchange. Both tutors and learners are thoroughly vetted to ensure safety, accountability and a quality learning experience.

Globally, conventional methods of education and learning are transitioning from centralized to distributed, and from standardized to personalized. Such trends have resulted in better learning outcomes. Tuteria fits in well with this model, and has been highly recommended by the IPA judges for the African continent.

Imogen Wright

Exatype (South Africa)


Dr. Imogen Wright is a South African scientist who holds a first-class degree in physics and computer science from Rhodes University, a Masters in Theoretical Physics from Canada’s Perimeter Institute and a PhD from the University of the Western Cape.

Imogen’s innovation, Exatype is a software solution that enables healthcare workers to determine HIV positive patients’ responsiveness to ARV drug treatment. According to WHO, 71% of people living with HIV/AIDS reside in Africa. Until now, governments’ response has been to ensure access to treatment for all. However, a growing number of people on ARVs are resistant to drug regimens, leading to failure of the therapy, exacerbating the continent’s HIV/AIDS burden.

Exatype processes the highly complex data produced by advanced “next-generation” DNA sequencing of the HIV DNA in a patient’s blood. Through a simple report, it detects drugs that are resistant to the patient, then highlights the need to avoid these to ensure successful treatment. Exatype has the potential to contribute towards effectively managing HIV/AIDS in Africa, and also holds promise in helping detect drug resistance for other disease burdens such as Tuberculosis (TB) and malaria.

Youssef Rashed

The Plate Package [PLPAK](Egypt)


Dr. Youssef Rashed graduated with an MSc degree from Cairo University, Egypt and received his PhD from the University of Wales, United Kingdom in 1997. He is currently a professor of structural engineering at Cairo University and the Deputy Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Universities in Egypt.

Youssef’s innovation is The Plate Package (PLPAK) a robust software solution that assesses the architecture of building plans or technical drawings, determining structural integrity of the end design. PLPAK applies the boundary element based method to analyse and view practical design on building foundations and slabs. This enables engineers to represent building slabs over sophisticated foundation models easily, building information modelling techniques and eliminating human error.

With the rapid growth of African cities, there is increased demand for infrastructural developments to support the growing population. The infrastructure system in Africa, especially building architecture, tends to go untested due to huge associated costs in verifying structure integrity, and can lead to the collapse of buildings with many deaths. PLPAK addresses this through its low-cost, easy to use but world class tool.

Olufemi Odeleye

The Tryctor (Nigeria)


Femi Odeleye is an automobile designer with more than 18 years of experience in design and engineering from both Africa and Europe. He obtained a BSc in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Lagos, Nigeria and a BA in Automobile Design from Coventry University, UK. He worked for the automotive industry in the UK before returning to Nigeria to work on the Tryctor.

The Tryctor is Femi’s innovation - a mini tractor modelled on the motorcycle. By attaching various farming implements, it can carry out similar operations as a conventional tractor to a smaller scale. Farming for most small scale farmers in the continent is tough, laborious and characterized by low productivity. Small scale farmers are constrained by the costs involved in switching to mechanized agriculture and use of heavy equipment. However, through inspired alterations to a motorcycle’s engine, gearing system and chassis, this innovation has made it possible to mechanize agriculture in Africa for small scale farmers in a way that was previously inaccessible.

Additionally, the Tryctor is easy to use and cheaper to maintain as 60% of its parts and components are locally sourced. The IPA judges were captivated by the clever adaptation of a motorized solution that is ubiquitous in Africa, largely for transportation to a solution for mechanized farming for small scale farmers.

Samuel Rigu

Safi Sarvi Organics (Kenya)


Samuel Rigu graduated with a degree in Agribusiness from the University of Nairobi in Kenya, and had previously founded two agribusiness companies. In 2013, inspired by visiting colleagues from MIT, Samuel co-founded Safi Organics.

Safi Sarvi Organics is the name of Samuel’s innovation - a low-cost fertilizer made from purely organic products and waste from farm harvests, designed to improve yields for farmers by up to 30%. Rural farmers in sub-Saharan Africa pay huge costs for fertilizer, which is often produced abroad and imported. Owing to such high costs, farmers can only afford the cheap, synthetic, and acidulated fertilizer varieties. In many areas where the soil is inherently acidic, use of acidulated fertilizers can lead to long-term soil degradation and yield loss, at about four percent per year.

Safi Sarvi costs the same as traditional fertilizers, can reverse farmers’ soil degradation and lead to improved yield and income. The product uses biochar-based fertilizer which can counteract soil acidity, retaining nutrients and moisture in the soil. Additionally, the carbon-rich fertilizer removes carbon from the atmosphere by at least 2.2 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per acre of farm per year.

Kit Vaughan

Aceso (South Africa)


Kit Vaughan is the CEO of CapeRay Medical. He has a post-doctoral fellowship in orthopaedic engineering from Oxford University, was a professor at the University of Virginia, and was the Hyman Goldberg Chair in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Kit is a Fellow of the International Academy for Medical and Biological Engineering.

Kit developed Aceso, an imaging technology, capable of performing full-field digital mammography and automated breast ultrasound at the same time, dramatically improving breast cancer detection. Annually, there are more than half a million cancer deaths in Africa and these numbers are expected to double in the next three decades. If diagnosed early enough, the cancer can be treated successfully.

However, because 40% of women have dense tissue, their cancers cannot be seen on X-ray. Furthermore, a false negative finding can have devastating consequences. Aceso is a single device that can acquire dual-modality images – full-field digital mammography and automated breast ultrasound - at the same time. This world first system is protected by international patents and has been successfully tested in two separate clinical trials with 120 women.

Valentin Agon

Api-Palu (Benin)



Dr Valentin Agon is from Benin and specialises in alternative medicine; he has received a doctorate for his research in this field. Valentin has been the recipient of several awards - both for his work on alternative medicine and promoting innovation and entrepreneurship in Africa.

Valentin developed Api-Palu, an anti-malaria drug treatment made from natural plant extract. It is significantly cheaper than available anti-malarial drugs, and has great inhibitory effects on 3D7 strains of plasmodium falciparum the causative agent of malaria. Sub-Saharan Africa is home to 88% of malaria cases and 90% of malaria deaths reported globally (WHO: 2015) with some African governments spending up to 40% of their public health budgets on malaria treatment.

Api-Palu manifests as a fast rate of malaria parasite clearance from the blood following short term treatment, with relatively lower doses. It is available in tablets, capsules or syrup. The drug has been approved in Benin, Burkina Faso, Tchad, and Central Africa Republic because of its therapeutic and non-toxic effects.

Johan Theron

PowerGuard (South Africa)


South African Johan Theron has a National Diploma for Technicians in Electronic Engineering. He has been involved in a number of ventures in the electronics industry dating back to the 70s and has seen a number of his inventions becoming industry standards. He has also been recipient of a number of innovation awards.

Johan developed PowerGuard, a technology that enables consumers to determine the maximum amount of power supply required for daily operations. Consumers can thus reduce their power demand, especially during peak times, leading to more efficient power supply, and helping to reduce power cuts. PowerGuard addresses electricity fluctuations, and power delivery and supply challenges by reducing the peaks, relieving pressure on the electricity network. Consumers can set their own maximum peak power usage needs.

This technology substantially reduces load shedding and power rationing, diverting power to more productive industries. Africa faces a high demand for grid power, but with limited resources and an aging infrastructure, the existence of a smart grid can help reduce the pressure on existing infrastructure while moving the continent slowly towards renewable energy.

IPA 2016 Judges

Amolo Ng'weno

Nationality: Kenyan
Regional Director East Africa – Bankable Frontier Associates
Chairwoman and former IPA judge

Amolo is the East Africa Regional Director of Bankable Frontier Associates (BFA), a consulting company specializing in financial services for low income populations. One of BFA’s flagship projects includes financial diaries chronicling the lives of low income individuals in several African countries. Until 2015, she was Managing Director of Digital Divide Data Kenya Ltd (DDD), a social enterprise that provides data and research services to companies and governments employing young people from disadvantaged backgrounds while supporting their higher education.

Amolo joined DDD after a stint at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation where she was Deputy Director, Financial Services, in the Global Development Program. As Deputy Director she worked to improve the scale, range and impact of financial services available to the poor in developing countries. Prior to her work at the Gates Foundation, Amolo was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Trust for African Rock Art, Nairobi. Prior to that she served as co-founder of Africa Online, East Africa's first internet provider that operated in eight countries before being bought over by Telkom South Africa. Amolo holds a B.A. in Psychology and Social Relations from Harvard University and a Master's in Public Affairs from Princeton University.

Prof Nyasse Barthelemy

Nationality: Cameroonian
Professor, Department of Organic Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Yaounde 1, Cameroon
Deputy Vice-Chancellor in charge of Teaching, Professionalization and Development of ICT, University of Bamenda, Cameroon

Professor Nyasse Barthelemy has lectured at the University of Yaounde since 1986 after obtaining his PhD in Chemistry of Materials, alternating between the University of Yaounde (Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry) and the National Museum of Natural History Paris (Chemistry Laboratory). After two years of academic services at the university, he joined the University of Uppsala for his second PhD, awarded to him in 1995.

After living in Sweden for six years—where he interned with multi-national pharmaceutical companies, acquiring knowledge on the protection of Intellectual Property (IP) assets and knowledge transfer—he returned to the University of Yaounde in 1995 where he was appointed Professor of Master in 2005. He is also an Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch in South Africa. He teaches organic chemistry and research methodologies in scientific research at the University of Yaoundé and the University of Bamenda. He is the author of several scientific publications on the chemistry of natural products, IP and organic synthesis.

Dr Catherine Adeya-Weya

Nationality: Kenyan
Regional Head – East Africa, Fieldstone Private Capital Group

Dr. Catherine Adeya-Weya is an Information Scientist with knowledge and skills in information development issues. These include the social, political and economic potential and impact of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) particularly in Africa. Dr. Adeya has over 20 years’ experience in ICT research, having worked for agencies such as the United Nations University/Institute for New Technologies (UNU-INTECH) in the Netherlands.

Dr. Adeya has been published widely in the field of ICTs for Development. She served as the Vision Sector Director for Business Process Outsourcing/Information Technology Enabled Services (BPO/ITES) at the Ministry of Information and Communications in Kenya from 2012-2013. Her job involved providing strategic leadership for the development of key flagship ICT projects in the Ministry which included Konza Techno City and the National Broadband Strategy. She was the Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KOTDA), the agency responsible for spearheading the development of Konza Techno City - the first mixed use technology city in Kenya.

Dr Adeya was the Chief Judge in the first Vision 2030 ICT Innovation Awards in Kenya. She serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Perspectives on Global Development & Technology.

Dr Nhlanhla Msomi

Nationality: South African
Chairman – The Innovation Hub Management Company (TIHMC)
Honorary juror and former IPA validator

Dr. Nhlanhla Msomi’s career has spanned research, academia, corporate advisory and entrepreneurship. He worked as a molecular geneticist focusing on genetic mapping of complex polyploids, before joining the Durban University of Technology (Microbial Biochemistry and Genetics). He quit academia to co-found a biotechnology investment holdings company, with interests in a Molecular Pathology start (BioPath Laboratories) and a large Bioprocess company (SA Bioproducts). Dr. Msomi has served as a partner in a corporate advisory firm (now Quartile Capital) responsible for, inter alia, the operationalisation of the Kwa Zulu Natal (KZN) Growth Fund, a public-private partnership fund and establishing an investment ventures division. He was also a member of the founding Investment Committee of the Southern African Intellectual Property Fund. He is currently group CEO of MSQ Health (a company of Safika Holdings’ healthcare portfolio).

He has intermittently returned to public service, first as the CEO of the East Coast Biotechnology Regional Innovation Centre and then interim CEO of the Technology Innovation Agency. He has also served on the Boards of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Council (CSIR), National Advisory Committee on Innovation (NACI), and South African Society of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (as President). In addition to chairing the TIHMC board, he is a member of the Board of Governors at the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB).

Dr Toluwalogo Odumosu

Nationality: Nigerian
Assistant Professor - Science, Technology & Society, University of Virginia(UVA), School of Technology
Former IPA validator

Dr. Odumosu’s academic work focuses on telecommunication policy and the engineering of mobile systems on the African continent. His work touches on communications research, the development of national engineering infrastructures and the growth of trans-national markets across the continent. He has conducted research on mobile communications in Nigeria and South Africa, and undertaken a comparative study of the development and emergence of the telecommunications industry in the European Union and United States.

In addition to teaching, conducting research at UVA and consulting at PF Systems, one of the most innovative and successful professional audio design firms in Nigeria, Dr. Odumosu is also a research associate at Harvard University’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Business. He has just completed a book on the importance of science and technology policy, and research cultures to innovation and the competitiveness of nations.